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Las Nuevas

3701 E. First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90063


  • Daily 8am-7pm
  • $
  • Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
This popular sandwich shop in the Calle Primero district of East L.A. makes a classic torta, neither the overstuffed luxury torta you find at places like Super Torta or Doña Rosa, nor the chile-sogged torta ahogado that has just made its way into Los Angeles from Guadalajara, but a lean, spare construction of a well-toasted roll, a sliver of avocado, a bit of cheese perhaps and a layer of meat. For an extra buck or two, as is customary at torta joints, you can get the sandwich à la Cubana, which is to say layered with ham and cheese. On a 100-degree afternoon in the profoundly un-air-conditioned restaurant, Las Nuevas feels exactly right: the scowling Eastside hipster behind the counter and the glowing beauty who cooks; the sweaty bottle of Peñafiel plucked from a tub of ice; the crisp sandwich that leaps into immortality with a dab of the house-made chipotle salsa - this is East Los Angeles at the height of summer. The cinnamon-dusted banana shakes are pretty magnificent too.

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