Think for a second about that sandwich sitting in your desk drawer, the sad one you made out of habit this morning before heading out the door.
Now, think about ditching that tired amalgamation of enriched white bread and non-descript lunch meat, grabbing a co-worker and heading out for a torta - Dagwood-esque layers of spiced and slowly braised and grilled meats, crisp vegetables, cheeses and beans stuffed between halves of ciabatta - from Milagro Modern Mexican.
Crispy chicken breast, avocado and serrano pesto will change the way you look at your usual chicken sandwich while braised barbacoa beef and caramelized onions do double duty, satisfying midday desires for both tacos and barbecue.
Vegetarians will find that a hearty combination of roasted portabella mushroom and greens is as filling as their carnivorous counterparts and are by far the best pairing for the sweet potato fries accompanying each sandwich. Rounding out the four torta options is the chori huevo, housemade chorizo sausage, pickled jalapeños, roasted tomatillo salsa and a fried egg with a creamy, runny yolk that binds the sandwich together while challenging the structural integrity of the roll. A warning before diving in: Take care to roll sleeves and tuck ties.
Beyond tortas, Milagro also hand-presses corn tortillas for kicked-up "street" tacos, including Baja-style fish with chipotle aioli and a recent return to the menu, al pastor. Searching for a starter or lighter dish? Check out Milagro's award-winning Statesman chili with large cuts of steak and black beans - a perfect warmer as we move into fall.
Milagro Modern Mexican, 20 Allen Avenue, Suite 130, Webster Groves, 314.962.4300, milagromodernmexican.com