A Taste of Old Town Tortilla Factory

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In the heart of Old Town, located in a 75-year-old adobe home, is Old Town Tortilla Factory. This charming dining gem–complete with a patio full of 100-year-old trees and a gazebo bar–dishes up some of the Valley’s tastiest Mexican food, starting with, of course, margaritas.

That Platinum Margarita is a traditional, high-quality margarita concocted of Casamigos Silver Tequila, Cointreau and fresh citrus juice. It is perfectly refreshing for a hot Valley night (add some jalapenos for a spicy kick); plus, it comes with the shaker that contains the leftovers so you’re sure to get every last drop.

Rich and indulgent, the chorizo fundido is the right way to kick off a meal at Old Town Tortilla Factory if your appetite is ready for something cheesy, melty meaty. The dish features a skillet of pepperjack cheese dip filled with chorizo and rajas. Because much of the chorizo and rajas settled toward the center of the skillet, be sure to give the cheese a good stir. You’ll want a bite of spicy chorizo in each bit. Plus, the tortilla chips are just right. Not too thin, not too thick. Not too salty, yet not bland.

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For the main event, hearty appetites will appreciate the Carne de Fuego, a bistro-cut steak in homemade chipotle-honey sauce, served with sautéed peppers, onions and a whipped sweet potato-stuffed green chile. The meat has a tempting sweet and spicy flavor while the sweet potato-stuffed green chile in an unexpected and delicious side dish. For something a little lighter–a perfect summer dish–try the grilled mahi mahi tacos. They are served with summery roasted corn guacamole and slightly spicy jalapeno sauce served with a side of pico black beans.

Dessert at Old Town Tortilla Factory is a must. The big-as-your-head multi-layer chocolate cake is smothered with homemade raspberry sauce and whipped cream. It might take a four-top table to finish this dreamy slice, but it’ll be worth the challenge.

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