#49: The Torta Ahogada at Taqueria Durango

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Ian Froeb
The torta ahogada at Taqueria Durango
Ahogada means "drowned," and a torta ahogada is a sandwich covered in red-chile sauce. It isn't on the printed menu at Overland's Taqueria Durango (Riverfront Times "Best Taqueria" for 2010). However, you will usually find it written on a small dry-erase board by the cash register.

Here the torta brings carnitas and grilled onions on the traditional oblong bolillo roll coated with red-chile sauce. The sauce is smoky and, to my capsaicin-craving palate, medium hot. The carnitas are equally impressive: luscious with fat without seeming greasy, and quite flavorful. The onions add bite and a touch of sweetness, making for, on the whole, a terrific fork-and-knife sandwich.

(from "For the Love of Tacos," May 27, 2010)

Taqueria Durango
10238 Page Avenue, Overland
314-429-1113
$6.49

I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.

Previously:

#50: The "Morganford Mediterranean" Sandwich at Local Harvest Café & Catering

#51: Vegetable korma at Gokul Snacks & Sweets
#52: Schnitzel & spaetzle at Iron Barley
#53: Oxtail stew at De Palm Tree
#54: Pho at Pho Long
#55: Gyro at Anthonino's Taverna
#56: The Lemon Drop Cupcake at the Cup
#57: Pupusas at Tres Banderas
#58: Gumbo at the Gumbo Shop
#59: The burger at Newstead Tower Public House
#60: Quesadillas tradicionales at Milagro Modern Mexican

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Taqueria Durango

10238 Page Ave., Overland, MO

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