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[Photo: Mir Finkelman]

In Allerton, you're more likely to find jerk chicken than Mexican fare. But if you're in need, tiny La Cocina Mexicana's tortas are more then tasty enough to satisfy a neighborhood craving. Take the Hawaiiana ($7): lightly toasted bread, crisp and panini-like, with slabs of supermarket-pink ham, fried pork, and the usual torta suspects. The ham is rather shy, but the sweet and salty fried pork--oily and indulgent--sings out. Creamy queso and avocado inject some necessary brightness to bring balance, along with those hidden pickled jalapeƱos, even if they could've been a bit stronger.

La Cocina Mexicana

651 Allerton Avenue, Bronx NY 10467 (map)
718-882-3183

About the author: Chris Crowley is a former Serious Eats intern. You can follow him on twitter here, or pay a visit to his new food blog, Sound Bites, over on Wordpress.

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