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Tag: Tacoma tortas


Meals by the Mile: Exploring Vietnamese dining in Tacoma’s Lincoln neighborhood

In our latest installment of an occasional series exploring South Sound’s restaurant neighborhoods, Sue Kidd delves into the Vietnamese eating district in Tacoma’s Lincoln neighborhood. In recent years, the district has become a magnet for all kinds of restaurants – from soul food to tacos, dim sum and burgers.


First bite: Tortas Locas on South Tacoma Way

Tortas Locas opened June 23 on South Tacoma Way. The sandwich shop serves 17 different styles of tortas, Mexican sandwiches.

One more reason to head to South Tacoma Way for lunch: a new tortas sandwich shop.

Tortas Locas opened June 23 at 5420 South Tacoma Way in a neighborhood that’s home to quality sandwich dining – Philly Joe’s for cheesesteaks and Patty’s, home of the Cake burger, for diner style burgers (and sometime this summer, Porter’s expects it will be serving barbecue sandwiches, among other things, on South Tacoma Way).

Jose Alonso, and his wife Laura, are the husband-wife duo behind the restaurant. Read more »


A tale of two tortas: Zocalo v. La Fondita, a showdown (with avocado) in the Lincoln neighborhood

A carnitas torta sandwich at La Fondita in Tacoma is loaded with pork, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapenos and a smear of mayo.

In the middle of the Lincoln district, a tiny taco truck serves some of the best Mexican eats in Tacoma. I’ve always found it curious that one of the city’s finest Mexican restaurants is not only on wheels, but it’s also squarely in the city’s Vietnamese eating district. In a neighborhood brimming with pho and banh mi, La Fondita has owned the block on tacos, tortas and burritos. That was until three or four months ago when Zocalo, a bakery and torta shop, opened at the corner of South 38th and South G Streets directly across from La Fondita.

While La Fondita specializes in street style Mexican eats, I’d consider the torta one of its specialties, or at least La Fondita makes a really spectacular version. And at Zocalo, tortas clearly are a specialty. Three menu pages are filled with torta choices.

If you’ve never had a torta, they’re portable Mexican sandwiches. A typical torta is made on a squishy six-inch round roll and stuffed with your choice of marinated, grilled or roasted meats (pork, chicken, steak, etc.), jalapenos, sprigs of cilantro, crisp veggies, avocados and a smear of mayo. For my torta tastes, La Fondita’s always has been superior to any other taco truck in town that I’ve tried, let alone sit-down restaurant.

With the two restaurants vying for dining dollars mere steps from one another, I thought it was time to wage an eating battle to see if La Fondita would remain the victor of a torta smackdown. Read more »