Ah, Boston’s iconic North End neighborhood… A popular destination for Italian music, Italian ancestry, and… Mexican food?
Tenoch, originally a popular Medford eatery, won over my heart (and slowly but surely, the hearts of steadfast proud Italian locals), after opening their second location in Boston’s North End in early 2014. Founded by brothers Alvaro and Andres Sandova, of Veracruz, Mexico, Tenoch excels in its simplicity of flawlessly serving up traditional Sandova family Mexican recipes.
I was introduced to this tiny eatery that serves up big flavor during the summer I spent living and working in the North End. My co-workers recommended Tenoch to mix things up from having Italian food every lunch break.
As a vegetarian, I was quickly drawn to their vegetable burrito, filled with flavorful guacamole. However, if you find yourself on the more carnivorous end of diets, you simply can’t miss Tenoch’s house specialty: the torta.
A torta (pictured) is a pressed sandwich traditional in Mexico – an authentic home-style recipe, you’re not likely to find at a chain burrito fast food joint any time soon. Tenoch serves theirs stuffed with vegetables, Oaxaca cheese, and meat of your choice, grilled between two slices of Telera bread. And it’s guaranteed to please even the pickiest Mexican food critic.
If you happen to stop by Tenoch during a warm day, I highly recommend taking your torta to go, and hopping right across the street to the Boston Harbor Walk. The meal combined with this view is hard to beat.