Tortas El Guero

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Mexican sandwiches (tortas) are the raison d'etre at this spiffy cafe, and they come 21 deliciously different ways. Try tender beef tongue if you're adventurous; carne asada if you're not.

These Mexican-style subs, layered with toppings such as lettuce, tomato, avocado and jalapeno, come on fresh telera (fluffy Mexican rolls used for sandwiches), and more often than not, they're served hot. They're not the sandwiches or subs Americans are used to but viva la difference!

The menu also features burros, tacos (hard and soft), enchiladas and quesadillas as well as bottled fruit drinks, bottled Coke, horchata, jamaica and blended fruit drinks called licuados.

Despite the retro-cool vibe of the freestanding building in which it's housed, Tortas El Guero doesn't look very promising from the street. Inside, however, the place is clean and cheerful, its tables covered with colorful cloths, its walls hung with pictures of Mexican heroes.

There's a fresh salsa bar for doctoring up your food and novelas to watch on the tube. Very
homey and fun.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily.

204 E. First Ave.