BY: MICHELE FRANCO
Living in Los Angeles, there are a lot of Mexican restaurants and they seem to blend together after a while. However, there is a place in Monterey Park that sets itself apart from the other Mexican restaurants.
Cook’s Tortas in Monterey Park near the corner of Atlantic and Brightwood Ave. brings variety to the usually redundant Mexican restaurants. The prices are fairly cheap, with a torta and side costing $9.99. The side choices are macaroni salad, potato salad, fruit salad, jalapeno-carrots, apples and creme, and cucumber with lime and chili powder.
Cook’s Tortas has many options, including the classic beef and chicken, pork, shrimp, turkey, veggies and more.
When people walk in, they are greeted by the menu plastered on the wall. I ordered the Veggie#00 with a fruit salad and my mom and brother ordered the Carne Asada#5. My mom choose the apples and creme side and my brother choose the macaroni.
The veggie torta was really good. It had zucchini, roasted peppers, grilled cheese, tomato and onion. The onion had a sweet flavor to it, but it completed the roasted flavor of the peppers. I also tried the carne asada, which also had a nice flavor. On the torta they use pieces of skirt steak, pico de gallo with jalapeno, avocado, lettuce and creme.
The fruit salad was refreshing, there were vibrant pieces of pineapple, apple, jicama, melon and strawberries. With the juices all soaked together, it had the perfect sweet and tangy flavor, with a refreshing crunch of the apple.
The apples and creme was tasty, but not a favorite. It has apples, raisins, nuts and sweet cream. But, the macaroni salad was surprisingly satisfying, especially since I don’t like macaroni salad. The macaroni salad was mixed with ham chunks that give it a bit of that sweet and salty flavor.
Cook’s Tortas would receive a nine on a scale of ten. If it weren’t so small on the inside, then it would be an awesome place to hang out. The price for what you get is fair and on a college budget it’s filling.
Cook’s Tortas is near the Santa Monica freeway, so after a quick bite, a trip to Santa Monica would not be out of the question. Also, considering how busy Cook’s Tortas gets, the service is still fast which is great for people in a rush.