Tio's Tortas (Dallas)
Just receintly tried these and was impressed. Nice, small little place on Lemmon. I had the Arnaldo-
(crema, avocado, cilantro, leaf lettuce, pina mango pico, pibil pork, queso fresco, refried black beans), and my companion had the Barbacoa-
(crema, avocado, leaf lettuce, pico de gallo, cilantro, barbacoa beef, queso fresco, refried black beans)
The regular for $3.99 (comes with fries) was plenty and a bargan I thought. My Dos Equis tap beer was only $1.75. Friendly staff, even gave me a coupon for a free beer on my next visit. Nice, but limited condiment bar.
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I've eaten there several times and each time I try a new torta. I've worked my way through about half their menu. I've yet to find one that wasn't excellent. Their fries are awesome and their condiment bar has items you won't find anywhere else. I wish they would open more locations. This place is first rate. I can't recommend this place enough.
I'm now a fan of Tio's. I did the Arnaldo and was very pleased with the flavor of the pork. To be sure, i tasted the pork by itself and it definitely had a citrusy kick to it. The other parts were added in good proportion to the meat and bread, which was a great bolillo. The meat wasn't tender throughout, but for the most part quite succulent. I was upset that my 3.99 regular sandwich came with no fries, but I'm not complaining for that price. Overall the sandwich is a great way to get a torta fix without having to get a ginormous artery clogger from a real torta joint. The condiment bar is the best condiment bar of any "fast food" establishment, bar none.
I can't wait to try Tio's. For fellow vegetarians, here is how they responded to my question regarding the beans:
Our black beans have a small amount of bacon in them. We have a small but loyal group of customers that has figured out that if they substitute avocado for the black beans on the Relleno or the Vegetale they have a true vegetarian (not vegan, mind you) sandwich with an upgrade for no extra cost. Hopefully this will be a solution for you.
I LOVE this place. As Maynerd says, the Arnaldo and Barbacoa are great. Pavo (roasted turkey, pumpkin seed mole, cranberry/jalapeno salsa, etc) is another favorite. I've also had the chicken, milanese, jamb (their ham is incredible)... maybe a couple of others. All were delicious.
I disagree, however, about the condiment bar - it seemed to be extensive rather than limited. Perhaps you missed it, Maynerd? It's somewhat hidden, off to the left of the cash registers. Pretty much every topping that comes on the sandwiches is available at the condiment bar, including some really nice sweet zucchini pickles, the cranberry/jalapeno salsa I mentioned, chipotle ketchup, etc.
I also really like the fries - lightly seasoned and actually taste like potato. There's some variability (I like my fries brown and crispy) but at their best, these are among my favorite fries in Dallas.