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Monday, October 20, 2008

Off the Beaten Path in Puerto Peñasco: Tortas Siria

Gems Beyond the Tourist District
by Gretchen Ellinger

Really good, traditional Mexican food, and lots of it, is the byword at Tortas Siria. Small, clean, and friendly, Tortas Siria started as a sandwich shop serving the men on the nearby naval base. Thirty years later, Sara Miranda León and three more generations of her family are busier than ever in the same location, and now serve a menu of traditional Mexican staple dishes at very reasonable prices.

Tortas Siria serves up breakfast starting at 8 a.m.…juevos rancheros or chilaquiles will get you going. Popular with locals on the run, a daily lunch special, la comida corrida, is served from 12-1 p.m., in addition to the regular menu. The dinners, served at lunchtime too, are just plain wonderful…you might want to try bistec ranchero, a delicious dish of beef strips in rich, red sauce…seasoned beautifully, but not spicy-hot! The beef or cheese enchiladas are always very good, and the sopes are the best! All entreés are served with refried beans, rice, fresh vegetables, and hot corn or flour tortillas. Condiments, including salsas, chilis, and crema mediana, rich, thick cream which Mexicans drizzle over many dishes, are served on the side. Sodas are available to drink, but you might want to try a tall glass of freshly made jamaica, hibiscus flower tea, or horchata, a traditional Mexican drink made from rice. Both are delicious icy cold.

Oops…I nearly forgot about where it all began…Tortas Siria still serves tortas, and the sandwiches are still great!

Cost? Sandwiches $3-4, including fries; dinner under $8 each, including drinks! Tortas Siria, open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., except on Wednesdays, is located on Avenida Luis Encinas, at the corner of Calle 14. From Blvd. Benito Juárez (the main artery through town), turn west (right) onto Calle 13, also called Avenida Miguél Hildalgo, where the walkway over the street is located at the traffic signal. Cross the railroad tracks, and turn north (right) at the traffic signal at Avenida Luís Encinas. Go one block, and look for Tortas Siria, painted orange, on the southwest corner. Call 383-5527 for take-out or delivery to your home, condominium or hotel. ¡Buen provecho!