Tortas Wash Mobile: Sandwiches that Outlive its Tijuana Car Wash Roots

Sandwiches Tijuana


Concepts don’t get much simpler than Tortas Wash Mobile, a sandwich window that dates to 1964 and specializes in one thing: carne asada tortas. The name comes from a nearby car wash that housed the first location. The original Tortas Wash Mobile remains; the car wash is gone. The location we visited on a culinary tour during the inaugural Baja Culinary Fest adjoined the House of Sports, which is where we enjoyed the straightforward but satisfying sandwiches.

House of Sports is a sports bar with karaoke, NFL Red Zone on flat screen TVs, NFL pennants, and a poster of Michael “Sky Man” Jordan on the wall. Somehow, that nickname never stuck Stateside. We know him infinitely better as Air.

Wash Mobile’s Torta (45 pesos ~ $3.50) arrived on toasty house made ciabatta with sliced tomatoes, mayo, sliced, pickled onions, and crusty bits of grilled carne asada. This was a good, balanced sandwich, and it was the right size, meaning not a behemoth.

Sandwiches Tijuana
Customers who are feeling adventurous (well, relatively) can also order a torta with cheese, a double (doble) or an assortment of beverages, apparently none better than horchata.

Tortas Wash Mobile: Sandwiches that Outlive its Tijuana Car Wash Roots

Jalisco 2424, Davila, 22040 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico
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