A torta is a Mexican sandwich served on savory telera, which is a Mexican bread usually six to eight inches long, much like a sub. Between the crispy slices of telera are a litany of authentic ingredients including beans, meats, avocados, fiery condiments, Mexican cheeses and more. The torta is oft overlooked in America due to the wild popularity of quesadillas, tacos and burritos. However, trying some of Charm City’s most delectable tortas may leave residents favoring a new companion for their margaritas.

By Michelle’s Cafe

Michelle’s Cafe
1832 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21231

Michelle’s Café is a favorite among Baltimore residents for its tostadas and plump tortas. Every torta is packed with fresh ingredients, some of which are shipped directly from Mexico for a more authentic taste. The standout torta on this menu is the Mrs. Torta, which includes meat and any of these eight ingredients—avocado, Oaxaca cheese, refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and hot peppers. With these ingredients packed between two crispy pieces of telera, you will be licking your fingers clean with every bit.

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Mari Luna Mexican Grill
102 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, Md. 21208

Mari Luna Mexican Grill has a great torta that you cannot miss. The mouth-watering Torta de Pollo offers generous servings of fresh ingredients and a side of Mexican fries for only $9. A tender, marinated grilled chicken breast is mounted with sliced tomatoes, extremely fresh avocado, lettuce, melted Monterey jack cheese and chipotle sauce between two thick slices of toasty bread. Be sure to show up hungry and order any of the appetizers that come with guacamole. The dip is so good, it could make cardboard appetizing.

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Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria
1032 Light St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230

This restaurant screams authentic Mexican both in food quality and ambiance. The tortas at Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria are only served during lunch hours (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) but they’re worth making the day trip. The Pineapple Pork Torta is phenomenal, combining succulent slow-cooked pork, avocado, black beans, lettuce and sweet pineapple salsa on an adobo barbecue-smeared telera roll. There is also a Blackened Chicken Torta for those whose taste buds disfavor pineapple. If you’re off from work and have a designated driver, be sure to stop in during happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and order one of Blue Agave’s many acclaimed margaritas.

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Take a trip to Mexico without leaving the city at Arcos. (Credit: arcosrestaurant.com)

Arcos Restaurant
129 S. Broadway St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 522-4777

The tortas at Arcos Restaurant are absolutely delicious, but just as favorable is the Mexican atmosphere and gorgeous décor both inside and out. The outdoor dining area is particularly beguiling with its elegant arches, lush greenery and various art pieces and figures paying tribute to Mexico. Enjoy being transported from the bustling streets of Charm City with a yummy-yet-cheap margarita and a Pepito Grilled Torta for only $8.95. This torta includes thinly-sliced steak topped with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions, all served with fries.

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Mi Viejo Pueblito
601 S Conkling St
Baltimore, Md. 21224
(410) 534-1130

Mi Viejo Pueblito’s tortas are massive enough to feed two and are one of the cheapest around town at only $6.50. The hearty sandwich comes with cheese, tomato, onions, avocado and jalapenos with your choice of chicken, chorizo, spicy chicken or beef. The eclectic menu also includes adventurous treats like ground beef with fried bananas and a spicy shrimp cocktail done Mexican style and served in a martini glass. This is a sure spot for your next great dinner on a budget.

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Tracy Dye has always had an affinity toward writing and the arts. A fan of exploring all the hidden gems in Baltimore outside of her work and studies, Tracy is thrilled for the opportunity to bring residents all the latest on nightlife and music in the area. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.