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La Torta Loca

Between COVID, a scary diagnosis, surgery, healing, and, well, more COVID, my blog has been on hiatus. I finally decided that even though I’m not eating inside restaurants right now, I’m definitely getting take out! Why not write about that? Maybe I need to temporarily change my blog title from Go There! Try That!  to Go There! Take That!  It doesn’t have quite the same ring though, does it? Anyway, I’m glad to be back talking about food.

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One of my coworkers (oh hey Sherry) always has impressive recommendations for TV shows, books, movies, and restaurants. She gets me. So, if she recommends it, I try it.  That’s how I got to La Torta Loca in Florence, KY.  I’ve actually been sitting on this post since last February (the last time I dined in). After our first visit, I immediately went back a week later with all my friends. 

So, how do I know the restaurant is still as good? Because I got takeout last night and it was even better than I remember.

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In a nutshell, Torta Loca is small but mighty. The food is filling, delicious, full of flavor, savory, and messy! A perfect combo. This is one of those restaurants I kind of don’t want to talk about because I kind of don’t want everyone else to know about it.  BUT,  I also DO want everyone to know about it. Know what I mean?

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La Torte Loca focuses on Empanadas, Tortas, and Arepas. It’s a combination of Mexican and Venezuelan food. You can eat a lot here for your money.  It’s hands-on, authentic, can’t-eat-more-but-will-eat-more, so-going-to-end-up-wearing-it-on-my-shirt delicious.  If you find yourself unsure of what to order, order a bunch! And share. Taste test challenge at its best.

Be prepared though, depending on when you go, you may have to wait a bit for a table or for takeout. There isn’t a ton of seating, but as I said earlier, the wait is worth it. 

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People always ask me what my favorite dishes are and that’s hard. We love all the food here, but if I had to highlight a few items, it would be:

  • Empanadas: the chorizo and cheese, the shredded beef
  • Arepas: La Pelua (Mechada and cheese), La Mejicana (carnitas and cheese)
  • Tortas:  El Guarro (carnitas, jalapeno, onion, lime, cilantro, salsa verde), La Tropicana (chicken, chipotle sauce, pineapple, cheese)

Just don’t skip the chorizo and cheese empanada! I think it’s my fave. Oh, and the chips are served hot and fresh.

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Any keto eaters out there?  I have a friend who does Keto and she LOVED the tacos served on crispy cheese tortillas. Yep, you read that right.  Taco goodness wrapped in a bed of crispy cheese.

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The hostess here is for sure the hostess with the mostess. She seats and greets and serves and . . . well, she does everything but the cooking. She will make you feel at home. Torta Loca is a family-owned business and you can totally taste it in the food. If you are being super covid careful, place an order and take it to-go. As I said earlier, it’s small but mighty. 

La Torta Loca, I love you!

GO THERE (Torta Loca)! TRY THAT (chorizo and cheese empanada, beef empanada)! 





Tom & Chee + a Giveaway

Growing up, my mom did all the cooking– with two exceptions.  My dad made fried bologna and grilled cheese!  These were his specialities.   And while my mom is a good cook, she just never got the grilled cheese as perfectly toasty, buttery, and cheesy as my dad did! When I first learned about Tom & Chee, a restaurant devoted to the art of a perfect grilled cheese sandwich, I was definitely excited and cautiously optimistic.  See, as much as I love grilled cheese and fried bologna sandwiches, I like them the way I grew up.  Simple.  Classic.  A taste of home.

Love these tots with garlic aioli!

Over the past couple years, I’ve eaten at several different Tom & Chee locations; I’ve always enjoyed it.  It’s reminiscent of my childhood . . . just a bit more elevated and a bit more decadent.  Now, there’s a new Tom & Chee location in Anderson Township and I’d argue it’s the best one yet! The staff is incredibly friendly, the melts are perfectly toasted, the food is fresh, the service is quick, and the space is bright and clean!

I know I keep mentioning grilled cheese, but Tom & Chee serves up a variety of melts, sides, salads, and desserts as well.  I think my favorite melt is the Bacon Mac & Chee (cheddar, mozzarella, homemade mac and cheese, and applewood smoked back). Yep, that’s right.  Mac & Cheese ON my grilled cheese. What?!  I’ve dined with several friends and I think we all have a different favorite, which is a very good sign if you ask me. One friend loved the Cuban, another the Philly, and my husband dug the Westsider (pepper jack, bacon, goetta, fried egg, and hot sauce).  We all loved the tots.

Bacon Mac & Chee

Tom & Chee is a great dinner option for all ages!

Oh, and if you like rich, decadent, outside-the-box desserts, you have to try the S’More donut.  Ummmmmmm . . . chocolate pieces, graham cracker and marshmallow mascarpone cheese on a grilled donut! Hello! Yes, pretty please.

S’More Donut

So how can you get a $25.00 gift card to Tom & Chee? Simply share this post on Facebook or Twitter and you will be entered to win.  It’s that easy. What are you waiting for?

Location: 7578 Beechmont next to Kroger

GO THERE (Tom & Chee)!  TRY THAT (The Bacon Mac & Chee; S’More Donut; Garlic, Cheese, and Chive Tots)!