Review: Los Reyes De La TortaAuthor: WIBIA | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Phoenix, AZ, On The Road
Los Reyes De La Torta
9230 N 7th St
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Man v. Food in Phoenix was an episode in the most recent season. This was a featured segment, but not the eating challenge of the episode.
Just like any other taqueria food, I love tortas. I have had my fair share of them, that is for sure. When I saw this episode and knew that I was going to Phoenix in August, I had to give it a try.
What I Got: Del Rey, $7.95. Beans, breaded beef, two egg omelet with chorizo, ham, pork, tomato, guac, cheese and a hot dog.
There were two guys sitting next to me that were pretty big dudes and they both ordered it and finished only half, so I was a little bit worried.
The sandwich was huge…Carnegie Deli huge. At first bite, I liked it quite a bit. The breaded steak and the pork were standouts. The bread was a little too wimpy and the sandwich struggled to stay together in my hands. I polished off the first half with no problems. After a few bites on the second half, I decided to start knife and forking it. I found the hot dog to be absolutely useless and I pulled that off my second half.
I left about a quarter on the plate mostly because I was tired of eating it, but I could’ve finished it. The torta was served with Ruffles, which I thought was kind of strange. They didn’t offer chips and salsa service.
Would I Buy It Again? No. (yes, I changed it from the RSS feed this morning) The Del Rey was good, but not great. Considering the amount of Mexican restaurants in Phx, I think that I would try something different. Plus, I’d rather have a torta that was more focused than one that throws everything in the kitchen on some bread and calls it a sandwich. Even though the owner is from Mexico City, I felt it wasn’t that authentic. My wife enjoyed a grilled chicken torta, but she didn’t love her meal either.
This however has confirmed that Man V Food recommendations (as a hole) are not very good. It will probably be my last time that I search out a MvF location.
However, the place is doing a lights out business. Standing room only the entire time I was there, so they have to be doing something right.