Meat, cheese, and two slices of bread. It’s a trinity that’s satisfied appetites all over the world. But Mexico’s take on the every-man staple deserves a place in the sandwich hall of fame. Defined by its chewy, baguette-like bread, the torta turns Mexican meats like lamb barbacoa into handheld snacks. At Brooklyn’s La Loncheria, the sandwich gets an international spin, where chef Luis Jiménez meshes the torta with elements of the Vietnamese banh mi. No matter the style, the torta is a bucket-list item for sandwich-lovers from Mexico City to NYC.
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