Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana brings Mexico City to Memphis
While I was eating lunch at Las Tortugas this afternoon, I heard the owner, Pepe Magallanes, talking to another customer about spending his morning buying the restaurant’s daily supply of meat, avocados, tortillas and tomatoes. I mentioned it on Twitter and got this reply from @cocomo7:
“Love love LOVE the food there but I can definitely skip the talk about the freshness of the food. I can tell when I eat it.”
So, at her request, I’m not going to talk about how fresh all of the ingredients in my tacos were. Instead, you can see it for yourself.
I had an order of fish tacos (made with red snapper) topped with cilantro, avocado, and some creamy, spicy green sauce wrapped in palm-sized corn tortillas. The tacos came with a side of chips, pico de gallo and more of the tasty green sauce.
Las Tortugas prides itself on serving the sort of authentic dishes that you would find at an upscale taqueria or torteria in Mexico City. There are no burritos, no chalupas, and don’t even think about asking if the staff could add sour cream on the side. Instead, the restaurant serves tacos and tortas (Mexican sandwiches), elote (corn on the cob covered in mayo and cheese), and frescas (refreshing fruit drinks).
The tiny, popular restaurant is run by native Mexican Pepe and his son Jonathan (who is completely cute and charming). There are posters on the wall of Pepe skydiving, laminated copies of articles about the restaurant and signs that note that the staff doesn’t care where you’re from or what kind of Mexican food you’re used to – this is their shop, and that if you just give it a try, you’ll love it.