BOA Steakhouse (West Hollywood, Santa Monica)
At BOA Steakhouse, Chef Melendez serves the Grilled Chicken Torta ($14) as a new steakhouse-inspired take on the traditional Mexican sandwich. The most authentic part of the sandwich is that it’s served on a bolillo roll, however the chicken is grilled instead of fried. For texture, Chef Melendez adds a pickled vegetable escabeche, and black bean chips, instead of a spread of black or refried beans. The panela cheese is also charred for added smoky flavor. The dish pairs nicely with a Sunset Heat (Patron Silver tequila, serrano pepper, pomegranate, lime, islay elixir) or Oaxaca Smoke (El Silencio Mezcal, Grand Marnier, orange, lime) cocktail.