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19 Superbly Delicious Tortas to Try in Los Angeles

A wide exploration of the city's great Mexican sandwich scene

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Though Los Angeles mostly fancies itself as a taco town, the truth is there’s an endless amount of variety to the cuisine across the Southland. That includes the mighty torta, a multi-hyphenate sandwich that can be soaked in a supremely spicy salsa at one spot, layered with ham, eggs, cheese, and hot dogs at another, and served simply with large chunks of roast meat at a third. There’s almost nothing that LA’s many great torta shops, found everywhere from the San Fernando Valley to the heart of Lynwood, can’t do. Here are 14 great options for tortas in Los Angeles, presented north to south.

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1. Cemitas Poblanas Don Adrian

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14902 Victory Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91411
(818) 786-0328

Within the broad Mexican sandwich category there is an entire sub-genre devoted to the mighty cemita, a loaded Pueblan style that comes laced with stringy cheese, meats, and lots of avocado, all served on a seeded roll.

2. Tortas Ahogadas La Ramadita

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5938 Vineland Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 506-6473

Tortas Ahogadas La Ramadita is a North Hollywood treasure. The roadside stand has been working up exceptionally spicy soaked tortas for years, and they come stuffed with thick chunks of carnitas, raw onion, and lots of lime on the side.

Tortas Ahogadas
Farley Elliott

3. Cacao Mexicatessen

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1576 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 478-2791
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This Eagle Rock Mexican legend brings in freshly baked bolillo rolls from a nearby bakery every day, splitting them full with sirloin beef, cochinita pibil, or an ancho-seared albacore. They also offer an ahogada version that comes face-down over a spicy bed of salsa ranchera.

Cacao Mexicatessen
Cacao Mexicatessen

4. Tortas Ahogadas el Rey

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11537 Garvey Ave
El Monte, CA 91732
(626) 522-0485
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One of the city’s many Guadalajara torta specialists, offering sturdy birotes, or pan salado, with a stinging salsa. Request the heat level according to one’s own tolerance. The tortas here come packed with carnitas, and pickled red onions on the side.

5. Tortas Gigantes El Monje Loco

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3130 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 407-2953
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For a Mexican take on ham and cheese, the Thalia, with ham, Oaxacan cheese, and chorizo, on an artisanal telera roll will leave you singing “I Want You” for lunch, everyday. They’ve got two locations: one in Harvard Heights along Pico and another on the corner of Soto and Olympic.

6. Cook's Tortas

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1944 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 278-3536
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This long-running Monterey Park torta operation has been going strong since 2008, and still serves as one of the city’s best examples of the sandwich style, with classic and more modern torta iterations alike.

Cook’s Tortas
Farley Elliott

7. Las Molenderas

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2635 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(323) 269-2812

A Huntington Park institution, Las Molenderas does perhaps the best iteration of a Boyle Heights torta. The mole option is an eggy, cheesy bite of perfection that makes for one heck of a morning starter.

Las Molenderas
Las Molenderas

8. Cemitero Poblano

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510 S Lorena St
Los Angeles, CA 90063
(323) 264-2973
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This fonda and bakery cranks out cemitas used by Pueblan families and rival cemita poblana trucks and restaurants, which they use on the premises for their own rendition of Puebla’s iconic sandwich.

Cemitero Poblano
Cemitero Poblano [Official photo]

9. Cemitas Los Poblanos

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3451 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(323) 268-2209

Parked on Whittier Boulevard’s highly competitive Cemita Row, the undisputed kings of Puebla’s hero sandwich get fresh cemita rolls are delivered, then filled with salty Oaxacan cheese, a thin milanesa, avocado, chiles chipotles, and papalo (wild greens).

Cemitas Los Poblanos
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10. La Monarca Bakery

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1300 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 451-1114
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With locations all over the Southland, it’s easy to see why the enduring La Monarca remains so popular. There’s the pan dulce, the speciality coffee drinks, and the lunchtime menu filled with savory tortas and molletes, open-faced sandwiches served with pinto beans, cheese, and Soyrizo.

11. Tortas Ahogadas Ameca

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747 S Atlantic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 268-6636
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One of LA’s classic Mexican fondas brings the heat with their namesake torta ahogada, swimming in a salsa de chile de árbol, cut by rich, salty carnitas in a well made pan salado, in a charming space representing the city of Ameca, Jalisco.

12. Torta Movil

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2623 San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90011
(323) 573-3968

A bright red horse trailer, converted into a Mexico City-style torta stand, is one of a quartet of chilango sandwich veterans offering sandwiches as good as you’ll find in Mexico’s capitol. Get the Porky, a pork lover’s trio of shredded pork, chorizo, and head cheese, in a crusty telera roll.

13. Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla

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3600 E Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(213) 453-0193

Armed with a beautiful new truck, these tacos árabes masters also make a fine cemita poblana with lots Oaxacan cheese imported from Puebla, a variety of meats, fresh papalo, chiles chipotles on a tasty, locally made cemita roll.

Tacos Arabes truck in Boyle Heights with new livery
Tacos Arabes truck in Boyle Heights with new livery
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14. Super Tortas Estilo D.F.

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1098 East 41st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011
Phone number (323) 351-8379

This South LA trailer slings meaty options all night long, including their popular Cubano, which squeezes ham, milanesa, chorizo, egg, quesillo and hot dog chunks together inside a telera roll.

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15. Tortas Gigantes El Chilango

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1834 Slauson Ave
Vernon, CA 90058

There’s plenty to eat on Slauson Boulevard, but you won’t have any room after a Niño Huerfano in a Nerf football-sized telera roll, filled with a whole deli platter of cheeses, lunch meats, pork chops, an omelette, and a milanesa.

Tortas Gigantes El Chilango
Bill Esparza

16. Ricas Pupusas Stand

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822 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90044
(323) 975-9495

Okay, it’s not a Mexican torta, but no one makes a Salvadoran pan con pollo, or chicken sandwich like this street stand on the Slauson food corridor, made with well-seasoned chicken and a crisp sprig of watercress in a Salvadoran roll.

Pan con pollo from Ricas Pupusas Stand in South LA
Pan con pollo from Ricas Pupusas Stand in South LA
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17. Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara

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6402 Santa February Ave
Huntington Park, CA 90255
(323) 587-3115

Just next door to barbecue favorite Ray’s in Huntington Park is Tortas Ahogada Guadalajara, a dipped torta style hailing from Jalisco. Expect lots of heat with this one, along with big carnitas piles.

Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara
Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara

18. Balam Mexican Kitchen

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11700 Long Beach Blvd
Lynwood, CA 90262
(424) 338-6762
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Balam is the kind of do-it-all modern Mexican outfit that has come to define a movement in greater Los Angeles. The popular Lynwood spot does burritos, tacos, bowls, and more, and offers a rotating collection of tortas on Thursdays for a reasonable price.

19. Tortas Chingonas

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7015 Somerset Blvd
Paramount, CA 90723
(562) 408-2840

Inspired by Mexico City-style tortas, a Mexican-American food truck riffs on classic chilango sandwiches, super-sized, and bound by queso fundido that pulls apart, beautifully, for maximum Instagram food porn.

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1. Cemitas Poblanas Don Adrian

14902 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411

Within the broad Mexican sandwich category there is an entire sub-genre devoted to the mighty cemita, a loaded Pueblan style that comes laced with stringy cheese, meats, and lots of avocado, all served on a seeded roll.

14902 Victory Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91411

2. Tortas Ahogadas La Ramadita

5938 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Tortas Ahogadas
Farley Elliott

Tortas Ahogadas La Ramadita is a North Hollywood treasure. The roadside stand has been working up exceptionally spicy soaked tortas for years, and they come stuffed with thick chunks of carnitas, raw onion, and lots of lime on the side.

5938 Vineland Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91601

3. Cacao Mexicatessen

1576 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
Cacao Mexicatessen
Cacao Mexicatessen

This Eagle Rock Mexican legend brings in freshly baked bolillo rolls from a nearby bakery every day, splitting them full with sirloin beef, cochinita pibil, or an ancho-seared albacore. They also offer an ahogada version that comes face-down over a spicy bed of salsa ranchera.

1576 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

4. Tortas Ahogadas el Rey

11537 Garvey Ave, El Monte, CA 91732

One of the city’s many Guadalajara torta specialists, offering sturdy birotes, or pan salado, with a stinging salsa. Request the heat level according to one’s own tolerance. The tortas here come packed with carnitas, and pickled red onions on the side.

11537 Garvey Ave
El Monte, CA 91732

5. Tortas Gigantes El Monje Loco

3130 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

For a Mexican take on ham and cheese, the Thalia, with ham, Oaxacan cheese, and chorizo, on an artisanal telera roll will leave you singing “I Want You” for lunch, everyday. They’ve got two locations: one in Harvard Heights along Pico and another on the corner of Soto and Olympic.

3130 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

6. Cook's Tortas

1944 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Cook’s Tortas
Farley Elliott

This long-running Monterey Park torta operation has been going strong since 2008, and still serves as one of the city’s best examples of the sandwich style, with classic and more modern torta iterations alike.

1944 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

7. Las Molenderas

2635 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023
Las Molenderas
Las Molenderas

A Huntington Park institution, Las Molenderas does perhaps the best iteration of a Boyle Heights torta. The mole option is an eggy, cheesy bite of perfection that makes for one heck of a morning starter.

2635 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90023

8. Cemitero Poblano

510 S Lorena St, Los Angeles, CA 90063
Cemitero Poblano
Cemitero Poblano [Official photo]

This fonda and bakery cranks out cemitas used by Pueblan families and rival cemita poblana trucks and restaurants, which they use on the premises for their own rendition of Puebla’s iconic sandwich.

510 S Lorena St
Los Angeles, CA 90063

9. Cemitas Los Poblanos

3451 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023
Cemitas Los Poblanos
Zach Brooks

Parked on Whittier Boulevard’s highly competitive Cemita Row, the undisputed kings of Puebla’s hero sandwich get fresh cemita rolls are delivered, then filled with salty Oaxacan cheese, a thin milanesa, avocado, chiles chipotles, and papalo (wild greens).

3451 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90023

10. La Monarca Bakery

1300 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

With locations all over the Southland, it’s easy to see why the enduring La Monarca remains so popular. There’s the pan dulce, the speciality coffee drinks, and the lunchtime menu filled with savory tortas and molletes, open-faced sandwiches served with pinto beans, cheese, and Soyrizo.

1300 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403

11. Tortas Ahogadas Ameca

747 S Atlantic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

One of LA’s classic Mexican fondas brings the heat with their namesake torta ahogada, swimming in a salsa de chile de árbol, cut by rich, salty carnitas in a well made pan salado, in a charming space representing the city of Ameca, Jalisco.

747 S Atlantic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022

12. Torta Movil

2623 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90011

A bright red horse trailer, converted into a Mexico City-style torta stand, is one of a quartet of chilango sandwich veterans offering sandwiches as good as you’ll find in Mexico’s capitol. Get the Porky, a pork lover’s trio of shredded pork, chorizo, and head cheese, in a crusty telera roll.

2623 San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90011

13. Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla

3600 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023
Tacos Arabes truck in Boyle Heights with new livery
Tacos Arabes truck in Boyle Heights with new livery
Bill Esparza

Armed with a beautiful new truck, these tacos árabes masters also make a fine cemita poblana with lots Oaxacan cheese imported from Puebla, a variety of meats, fresh papalo, chiles chipotles on a tasty, locally made cemita roll.

3600 E Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90023

14. Super Tortas Estilo D.F.

1098 East 41st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90011
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This South LA trailer slings meaty options all night long, including their popular Cubano, which squeezes ham, milanesa, chorizo, egg, quesillo and hot dog chunks together inside a telera roll.

1098 East 41st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011

15. Tortas Gigantes El Chilango

1834 Slauson Ave, Vernon, CA 90058
Tortas Gigantes El Chilango
Bill Esparza

There’s plenty to eat on Slauson Boulevard, but you won’t have any room after a Niño Huerfano in a Nerf football-sized telera roll, filled with a whole deli platter of cheeses, lunch meats, pork chops, an omelette, and a milanesa.

1834 Slauson Ave
Vernon, CA 90058

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16. Ricas Pupusas Stand

822 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044
Pan con pollo from Ricas Pupusas Stand in South LA
Pan con pollo from Ricas Pupusas Stand in South LA
Bill Esparza

Okay, it’s not a Mexican torta, but no one makes a Salvadoran pan con pollo, or chicken sandwich like this street stand on the Slauson food corridor, made with well-seasoned chicken and a crisp sprig of watercress in a Salvadoran roll.

822 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90044

17. Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara

6402 Santa February Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255
Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara
Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara

Just next door to barbecue favorite Ray’s in Huntington Park is Tortas Ahogada Guadalajara, a dipped torta style hailing from Jalisco. Expect lots of heat with this one, along with big carnitas piles.

6402 Santa February Ave
Huntington Park, CA 90255

18. Balam Mexican Kitchen

11700 Long Beach Blvd, Lynwood, CA 90262

Balam is the kind of do-it-all modern Mexican outfit that has come to define a movement in greater Los Angeles. The popular Lynwood spot does burritos, tacos, bowls, and more, and offers a rotating collection of tortas on Thursdays for a reasonable price.

11700 Long Beach Blvd
Lynwood, CA 90262

19. Tortas Chingonas

7015 Somerset Blvd, Paramount, CA 90723

Inspired by Mexico City-style tortas, a Mexican-American food truck riffs on classic chilango sandwiches, super-sized, and bound by queso fundido that pulls apart, beautifully, for maximum Instagram food porn.

7015 Somerset Blvd
Paramount, CA 90723

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