Lunchers Report: Certe’s Mexican Torta
Last week two Midtown Lunch’ers sampled the newly introduced Mexican Torta from Certe (on 55th btw. 5+6th) and reported back. First, the tempered enthusiasm:
“Decided to try out the Sirloin Mexican Torta at Certe today. It looked delicious when I was picking it up and I think I was drooling all the way back to the office. The sandwich was decent-sized and came with a dill pickle on the side. My one complaint is that they skimped on the sirlion beef – I definitely would have liked more beef and less avocado. Other than that, it was quite tasty; not as good as last month’s Primavera but very good nonetheless. -Tanman”
Unbridled excitement, via Lunch’er Wayne, is after the jump.
“The Mexican Torta doesn’t look like much in the case. I was momentarily swayed to go Thanksgiving Dip instead, but held firm. I’m glad I did.
Tender grill-flavored perfectly done beef: Check. Savory queso : Check. A lovely melange of chopped tomato & red onion (more a sprinkle than a spread of pico de gallo): Check. Thick-sliced jalapeno for zing & crunch: Check. Avocado for fat & smoothness: Check. A thin spread of creamy dressing, barely there, which is actually the right amount: Check. A forgettable roll that actually works perfectly for this particular sandwich: Check.
This baby is less fat-bomb and belly-buster and more about being a perfectly executed, hi quality execution of a great sandwich. Is it a Duck Pastrami bitchslap upside your head? No. Is it delicious and great to eat? Absolutely.
The one word I would use to describe it : INHALE-ABLE
For $9.70 with tax, very nice. I think Certe & Free Foods not only get points for participating & getting the spirit of the Challenge right, they also have raised the bar for sandwiches in Midtown. It’ll be hard to go back to ‘wichcraft again, and totally forget about places like Cafe Duke, etc. Certe just proved again that for under $10 they can take places like that to school.