10: Cochinita Torta at Tortas El Guero

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Number 10: Cochinita torta at Tortas El Guero

If you are what you eat, then I just might be a torta.

Ever since I found this awesome little shop a few years back, I've come in countless times to get my fill of delicious Mexican sandwiches, served with a smile. I look forward to chowing down on one while I watch telenovelas and music videos in the dining room.

What makes them so good? Super-soft, fresh rolls make all the difference, and the fillings are equally scrumptious. The Cubana, the Hawaiiana, and even the basic pollo are mighty fine.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, I go for the cochinita. To me, it's got the same appeal as a pulled pork sandwich, since that's basically what it is, only done up with shredded lettuce, tomato, pickled jalapeno (for a spicy kick that boosts the tangy flavor of the meat), and fat slices of avocado. This is a sandwich where I know I should probably only eat half (come on, something this good cannot be low-cal), but I can never, ever restrain myself. 

Actually, it's best to just go completely overboard and grab a cane-sugared-up Mexican Coke while you're at it. 

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