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Torta Ahogada (ideally in NoVA)

noamb Nov 28, 2013 10:04 AM

Sadly, La Mexicana has apparently stopped serving their torta ahogada, which was my favorite item. One time they said they were just out of the right kind of bread, but last time they said they've stopped permanently (or indefinitely, anyway), and now they have a Mexicubano torta. It's good (basically a Mexican style Cubano in the usual torta roll with carnitas instead of roast pork), but just not the same.

So - where else can I get a comparably good torta ahogada? Does anyone know if Tacos al Costalilla serves it?

  1. tommyskitchen Dec 24, 2013 02:31 PM

    Good news- a response from my facebook Inquiry:

    "We will be bringing back the Torta Ahogada on special occasions. Keep checking our FB page for updates "

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    1. re: tommyskitchen
      Ziv Dec 25, 2013 06:52 AM

      That is good news. I was down there a month ago and they just said that they didn't make them any more. That is one spicy dish! I went past "forehead sweat" and moved straight into "scalp sweat pouring down the back of my neck"...
      And that is a good thing. I like spicy dishes like this where the heat is really part and parcel of the dish, not simply a cook rolling the Scovilles.

      1. re: Ziv
        monkeyrotica Dec 25, 2013 01:03 PM

        I'll make a point of posting on their FB page that we want that ahogada back. Outstanding sandwich.

        1. re: monkeyrotica
          tommyskitchen Dec 27, 2013 11:04 AM

          They took a while to answer me, but they do read it!

    2. tommyskitchen Dec 2, 2013 05:32 AM

      Too bad, that was my favorite order there....They have had the other Torta for a while now.....And all the Tortas are on the same bread I thought....

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      1. re: tommyskitchen
        luckyfatima Dec 3, 2013 12:34 PM

        The torta ahogada is not served on a regular bolillo but is supposed to be made with a birote salado so that the crust stays crunchy and does not go soggy in the drenching sauces. I've been served a torta ahogada on a bolillo before, though. But it must be that La Mexicana was making their own birotes salados.

        1. re: luckyfatima
          Steve Dec 3, 2013 01:48 PM

          Last time I was at El Costalillo, they had the special birote salado for the torta ahogada.

          Thanks for clueing me into the proper name for the bread...

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        Steve Nov 28, 2013 11:13 PM

        Yes, Tacos El Costalilla serves torta ahogada.

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        1. re: Steve
          monkeyrotica Jan 7, 2014 04:44 AM

          On the way to drop off a UPS package, I noticed Taco Jalisco had a big neon sign in front saying "TORTA AHOGADA." Anyone tried it? The owner of Costalilla used to work there, so I'm hoping it's pretty decent.

          1. re: monkeyrotica
            tommyskitchen Jan 8, 2014 03:23 PM

            I havent tried the TA here, but I have had the tacos - Only OK, they pale in comparison to La Mex or Costalilla...

            1. re: tommyskitchen
              Ziv Jan 9, 2014 05:36 AM

              I tried the ceviche when I was there, can't remember the main part of the meal but the ceviche was pretty good.

              1. re: Ziv
                monkeyrotica Jan 10, 2014 02:57 AM

                The ceviche at Costalilla is excellent. Since they also do ahogada, I'll probably have to give theirs a try.


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