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Cook's Torta's: 30 Sandwiches in 30 Days (Day 23)

Bacalao Torta from Cook's Tortas.
Bacalao Torta from Cook's Tortas.

Confronted immediately by a massive blackboard menu that covers an entire wall, you're guaranteed to grow more intrigued -- and hungry. Favorites at Cook's Tortas include the Bacalao wherein the titular ingredient, dried and intensely salted cod, is reconstituted as a pungent stew of peppers, olives and potatoes. There are also standards like the Milanesa, beefsteak that's pounded flat, breaded and fried, and its opposite, the Ahogada, shredded, slow-cooked pork adorned with pickled onions and a bun that's coated a with a chili-spiked jus. (The menu lists one of the ingredients as "extra napkins." Take the hint.)

Our two favorites are the Pambaso and the Cubana. The former is spicy housemade chorizo coated in a sweetly bitter red sauce and the latter is a trio of meats -- chicken breast, ham and bacon -- layered with gooey melted cheese.

Each torta at Cook's is served on a doughy, rectangular bun with a have a nice crust on the outside with a soft, chewy center. Good bread is the foundation of any good torta. One of the pleasures of Cook's is choosing for yourself, what goes inside.

Torta Mojito at Cook's Tortas.
Torta Mojito at Cook's Tortas.

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Elina Shatkin is a staff writer at LA Weekly. Follow her at @elinashatkin or contact her at eshatkin@laweekly.com.
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Cook's Tortas

1944 S. Atlantic Blvd.
Monterey Park, CA 91754

323-278-3536

www.cookstortas.com

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