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La Torta Gorda on 24th St. - San Francisco

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I think the last time I posted about Torta Gorda was in 2007: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/372174

And until yesterday, I don't think I'd actually been back. I ended up here for brunch yesterday, and it was a great place to spend the morning. Service wasn't quick, but it was very friendly....it was busy both inside the restaurant and in the shaded back patio where we were sitting. On a sunny Sunday, the patio was really pleasant.

The berry smoothie for $4.95 is huge and big enough to share between 2 or 3 people. Dairy-free, it seemed to be made w/ a variety of berries as well as fresh OJ. Coffee was nothing special, but decent. A dining companion's drink of espresso/chocolate/banana was excellent.

I split two tortas: chorizo and egg, and Hawaiian. The small-sized portion (for $7 or so, I think) is definitely big enough for brunch, and I liked both tortas. On the Hawaiian, I was expecting slices of pineapple, but it was instead little chunks, which didn't work that well. But despite this complaint, it was a good sandwich. The chorizo and egg was messy, but really good.

They have a variety of other menu items, including soups, full Mexican breakfasts, mole, chilaquiles (which I have heard are only OK), and lots of tortas.

Definitely a place I'd recommend if you're planning to be in that neighborhood (whether as a visitor or as someone who lives in the city), especially on a nice day when the patio is open.

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  1. They have very good chiles en nogada, but it's a seasonal dish. Should be available in the fall and through Christmas.

    1. I really like the food, service, and patio at La Torta Gorda. I do wish they had beer/wine though!

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