Jonathan Gold writes the Counter Intelligence column for the LA Weekly. On a recent trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, he discovered the torta ahogada, or drowned sandwich. It's a crusty roll, spread with black beans and filled with roast pork. It's then covered with a thin tomato sauce and chile sauce. He recommends several places in Los Angeles to get this messy and delicious sandwich.
Tortas Ahogadas Las Originales
11541 Laurel Canyon Blvd., San Fernando. (818) 361-7793.
Tortas Ahogadas Beto
209 N. Chatsworth Drive, San Fernando. (818) 837-3177
La Chiva Loca
7952 Firestone Blvd., Downey. (562) 622-2729
Tortas Ahogadas GDL
6810 S. Eastern Ave., Bell Gardens. (323) 771-1924
6426 Whittier Blvd., East L.A. (323) 838-5943
Find all of Jonthan Gold's recommendations on the Good Food Restaurant Map.