the torta at el toluco in ballwin photo by juila calleo

Why you should eat this torta at El Toluco in Manchester

The torta at El Toluco Taqueria & Grocery is a true colossus. Its base is telera bread from El Chico bakery on Cherokee Street. Along with the meat of your choice (get the al pastor), you’ll find beans, jalapenos, chipotle salsa, queso de puerco, tomatoes and lettuce, mayo, onion, avocado, queso fresco, Oaxaca cheese and … a few slices of ham in addition to the meat you already selected. Conquering this delicious monster in a small Manchester strip mall you may make you feel like a hero. You are.

Adam Rothbarth is a staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

Editor's Note: This article originally said El Toluco was located in Ballwin. It was updated at 4:40 p.m. Aug. 13 to correct the error.