Tortilleria Los Hermanos
As a city kid, I don't know much about garages. In my head, they consist of soggy boxes filled with old clothing and middle school volleyball trophies. Maybe some flat seltzer. Oh, and unopened cans of tennis balls. But down the street from the L train Jefferson stop, in the garage of an unassuming red brick building, you won't find anything soggy or flat. In this, the most delicious garage in town, some of the city's best tacos are being served.
Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos is a tortilla factory first, Mexican cantina second. If you think about it, that kind of split personality makes perfect sense. What could be a better place to eat fresh corn tortillas than a tortilla factory that just so happens to top them off with meat and veggie fixings? Nobody ever said, "this tortilla is so good, I'd hate for it be ruined by adding chorizo to each bite." And if you know somebody who does say that kind of thing, you need to find some new people to hang out with.
Los Hermanos’ menu is so straightforward, the staff doesn't even feel the need to take your order. To avoid anything getting lost in translation, the system here requires you to jot down your picks on a piece of scrap paper and slide it across the counter to the ladies working the grill. Grab a Mexican soda out of the fridge, or better yet, crack open your BYO-six-pack and wait for your name to be called. If the main area is full, you can even walk into the factory - mind the parked car and the tortilla equipment - and cozy up to one of the tables on the other side of the glass.
With tacos priced at $2.25 a pop, tostadas for $2.50, and a quality sized quesadilla for $3.25, you can have a delicious and filling meal at Los Hermanos for under $15. You're out for BYOB Mexican food, in a garage, in Bushwick. What else would you expect?
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Wrapped in two corn tortillas and topped with shredded lettuce, tomato, and onions. The steak and chorizo are our favorites, though anything pork-based is damn good too. The chicken needs a lot of sauce to be worth much of anything, but go ahead and try as many of these as you please - the rest of the menu plays second fiddle to these stars of the show. If you want to add heat, ask for a few pickled jalapeños and load up.
Instead of a soft tortilla, these are a crispy, crunchy version of the factory product. A layer of refried beans resides on the bottom, which is then topped with your choice of meat, avocado, and sour cream. It's a mess once you start eating, and it's a glorious mess at that. Order some.
The quesadillas at Los Hermanos are grilled up nicely to give the tortilla a nice texture without being quite as hard as the tostadas. Filled with avocado, they are considerably larger and more filling than the tacos. Unfortunately, the cheese adds very little flavor.
Pass. Same meat, same veggie toppings, but instead of the signature tortilla, these are served on bland white bread. As the saying goes, when in Rome, eat the tortillas.