Many tortas are named for their key ingredients; a choriqueso, for example, includes sausage and cheese. Others look to some purported place of inspiration, such as the Hawaiiana, which features you-know-what. The torta embarazada ($5.50), or "pregnant" torta, perhaps took its name from protein-rich fillings that address the cravings of mothers-to-be. Or, perhaps, from being stuffed so full — with scrambled egg, sausage and Mexican sausage (read: sliced hot dogs and chorizo), plus bean and mayonnaise spreads, tomato, jalapeno, avocado, and white cheese — that it's ready to burst.
Also shown: a frontal view of Nely's, with signs that advertise a BLT as well as a pambazo; and the restaurant's outdoor mural, which dwarfs the dining room, and which you might easily miss unless you turn the corner.
Nely's Restaurant 180 South Broadway (at Herriot St.), Yonkers, New York 914-613-9573
Paleteria La Michoacana 407 South Broadway (Post-Radford Sts.), Yonkers, New York 914-709-0439 Also at 15 East Prospect Ave. (Gramatan-North 3rd Aves.), Mount Vernon, New York 914-665-0459 www.Facebook.com/PaleteriaLaMichocana
The "Irish BLT" ($5.25) commands a modest premium compared with the classic American coffee-shop version (also available here). The difference, as you've gathered, is that fat-streaked bacon made from pork belly, the common style in the United States, is swapped out for leaner hamlike slabs made from back meat. Irish bacon makes a bulkier sandwich, with but one notable shortcoming: You can't order yours crispy.
Irish Coffee Shop 948 McLean Ave. (Alexander-Glover Aves.), Yonkers, New York 914-776-3309
Grilled chicken, mozzarella, and sundried tomatoes on focaccia ($5.50). A variety of hot specials, as well as fresh mozzarella and sausage, appear daily; this sandwich had the added virtue of easy portability.
Avitabile Brothers 1016 McLean Ave. (Woodlawn-Hyatt Aves.), Yonkers, New York 914-237-2389
Apply cyclonic action to a slice of lemon meringue and you, too, might engineer a tart whose height exceeds its diameter. If you take on Anna Artuso's ($2.95) without a fork, grab an extra napkin, and mind your nose.
Anna Artuso's Pastry Shop 969 McLean Ave. (at Martha Ave.), Yonkers, New York 914-776-1141 www.AnnaArtusoInc.com