Mexico’s cuisine is phenomenal. Mexico City may boast world-class chefs and restaurants, but I maintain the best food is found either on the street or in the tiny hole-in-the-wall places.
One of my all-time favorites has to be the tortas place in Parque Mexico. This place is so good it doesn’t even need a name. Good thing, because it doesn’t have one. Located in a local that faces the park, this literal hole-in-the-wall is situated between the streets of Chilpancingo and Iztaccihuatl.
“Izta..what?” you might say. Don’t worry, it’s next to a shop that sells hot dogs, with a sign that actually has a hot dog on it. Find the corner of Chilpancingo and Parque Mexico and look for the sign. The tortas are in between a mini-convenience store and these hot dogs. Here’s a map.
I’m not gonna give you the cliché that these tortas melt in your mouth, but they will make you scream with joy. The best by far is the pierna con queso. And yes you MUST order it with cheese.
Pierna means leg and in this case, pork leg, and it is beyond delicious. The little piggy is carved right before your eyes, the bread dipped in its juices, a hefty portion of cheese slapped on top and melted on the grill. Add a thin layer of beans, onions, tomatoes, avocados, salsa and jalapeños all for a mere $45 pesos or about US$3.50.
Unfortunately, the place only stays open until about 4 pm. So get out early, grab a torta to go, walk across to the park and set up camp with the new love of your life.
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