Recommended Eating: Chicken Tostadas from Las Tortugas

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 6th 2013 2097 0

Today’s lesson: when the guy behind the counter at Las Tortugas (in this case, the always lovely Jonathan Magallanes) recommends something, you should probably order it. See, for example, these chicken tostadas.

Las Tortugas takes a homemade, round tortilla chip and piles a handful of shredded marinated chicken and lettuce on top. Then, they make a little pinwheel out of perfect little avocado slices and squeeze a little dollop of spicy red sauce on top (sorry I’m not more descriptive – I forgot to ask what that sauce was). The best part? You get two of them, and they come with sides of crème fraîche and salsa verde.

For best results, wash them down with an agua fresca, which is slushie-like juice drink made from fresh fruit.

Both Last Tortugas locations are open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. It gets completely packed during regular lunch and dinner hours, so if you don’t want to deal with a ton of people, go mid-afternoon (though, it was still pretty busy at 2:30 p.m. today).

Go there:

Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana – Germantown

1215 S Germantown Rd.
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 751-1200

Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana – East Memphis

6300 Poplar Ave #115
Memphis, TN 38119
901-623-3882


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Sometimes Las Tortugas is deceptively busy/not busy. The guys behind the counter will talk your ear off, especially if you tell them it's your first time eating there.You may have 2 people in front of you, but it still may be a 20-30 minute wait to get to the register.

    Friendliest (and proudest) staff in Memphis!

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