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Jan 12, 2009 08:58 PM

Tortas ahogadas in/around the SouthBay?

Any of these Mexican sandwiches in or around the South Bay area? I'm looking for tortas done in a traditional Jalisco style with the sauce and all. Bien ahgada!

Also, any recommendations for good Mexican food, also preferably more traditional than Americanized? I've found a bakery I like but not a restaurant or a Mexican carniceria that I'd keep going back to.

I've found Peruvian food in this area and am thus far happy with Kotosh's (in Lomita) ceviche which was flavorful with a tad of spiciness. I also tried a couple of rolls and found them to have fresh, good cuts of fish as well as being creative. I need to go back and try some more rolls and Peruvian dishes to get a more conclusive feel for this place. =) Oh, but it's small and packed!

As a side note, does anyone know of any sushi places that serve fresh, good quality fish and have creative rolls. Rolls that include carpaccio sauce, any spicy rolls, or rolls with garlic are what's intriguing me now. I'm not necessarily looking for traditional Japanese sushi. I've found decent sushi in the Southbay but not great sushi. I've found great Japanese steakhouses, and noodles but I find myself still driving to the Westside for sushi.

I'm just trying to fill in my gaps for food that I like to eat in this area. Thanks for any help!

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  1. Not the South Bay but I saw a truck with Tortas ahogadas in Mid City in a parking lot at Redondo and Adams Bl

    1. Birrieria Manolos in Gardena has tortas ahogadas, but I'm Always distracted by the superior cemitas poblanas (only place in the SB serving them that I know of).

      Lichas is a small place in Hawthorne with great chilaquiles verdes and a few D.F. style antojitos on the menu.

      These are the closest restos to 'authentic' around here that I can recall.

      As far as carnicerias go, I'm not impressed by either the local discount markets or the independents - their orientation is barato, barato, barato. You might try Los Paisas which also runs an outdoor grill on weekends (weather permitting? :-).

      Just 'over the line' are the stalls and markets at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood - definitely worth exploring!

      4267 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

      Los Paisas
      21168 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

      Birrieria y Taqueria Manolos
      831 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

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      1. re: DiveFan

        I've been to Los Paisa's the sign advertising that it's been on food network caught my eye. They have tortas but not quite the kind I'm looking for. They have some decent Mexican food. Granted, I've only tried the carne asada tacos, torta and chicken taco, as well as chicken flautas on a couple of different trips. I'm not sure that I'd buy meat from their carniceria.

        I've not been to Plaza Mexico since I was a kid, and hadn't thought about that. I'll give it a whirl.

        Chilquiles verde, you say. Now you have got my attention. Thank you for the suggestions. =)

        1. re: DiveFan

          Uh, are we talking about the same Plaza Mexico? The one in Lynwood opened in 2004.

        2. Not Southbay but freeway accessible.
          Tortas Bravas on Florence in Downey.
          They serve it to you dry and they have a salsa bar where you add your own salsa to make it as "ahogada" as you want. I couldn't find it on yellowpages.com but it's fairly easy to get there.

          Off of the 710 fwy, exit Florence Ave. (east) towards Bell Gardens/Downey on the corner of Florence Ave and Old River School Rd. next to the Yum Yum Donuts.