Living a long life, as large turtles do, is admirable but making sure your taste buds are satisfied along the way completes the journey.
Those turtles have a Spanish namesake worth pursuing in the Tortuga torta from Taqueria las Tortugas, 1416 Eldridge Parkway in the Energy Corridor. The Tortuga lomo con aguacate sandwich – inspired by Mexico’s colonial San Luis Potosi region – is crafted with the cafe’s signature bread and tender, marinated pork loin, topped with ripe avocado, fresh lettuce, tomatoes and jalapenos.
Step into this cozy place owned by Miguel and Michelle Rojas and you’ll find more than what typical taqueria’s offer, though tamales, enchiladas, flautas and menudo (the traditional, weekend morning remedy) are also freshly prepared.
Take the Rojas’ chamorros de borrego, for example, a marinated lamb shank with sides of rice and savory charro beans simmered in bacon-tinged broth. On weekends, the Rojas not only dish up menudo, but also the traditional consome de chivo, Mexican-style cabrito, or goat meat, stewed in a rich broth and served with onion, cilantro and lime slices.
Adding to the culinary enticement, Taqueria las Tortugas is now offering an Energy Corridor Community Deal for 10 percent off. Get the deal – and others from local businesses and restaurants – by visiting the Energy Corridor District’s Community Deal page here.
“Our specialty, the Tortuga de Lomo, is straight from San Luis Potosi, Mexico,” explains Michelle Rojas. “It's safe to say those who have tried it fall deep. And we’ve got the homemade salsas to spice it all up.”
While the Tortuga torta is a house favorite, there’s a menu filled with authentic Mexican fare such as gorditas and traditional-style tacos packed with ham, seasoned ground beef, goat barbacoa, al pastor (marinated pork), grilled chicken, chorizo, pork maw, chicharron verde, carnitas, cuerito (pork skin) and stewed-until-succulent lengua (beef tongue).