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.
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.