In this week’s episode of Dining on a Dime, host Lucas Peterson heads to the famous Kensington Market district of downtown Toronto, to eat at Torteria San Cosme, which serves traditional Mexican sandwiches, called tortas. Opened by Mexico City-born chef Arturo Anhalt, San Cosme takes the often messy street food to a sit-down restaurant level.
The Kensington Market itself, which was known as a traditional Jewish market in the early 20th century, is notable now for its bohemian aesthetic and ethnic diversity, and is officially designated as a national historic site. Torteria San Cosme is located at the center of the market and sources many of its sandwich ingredients, from meat and cheese to produce, from surrounding vendors. Watch Peterson eat some enormous Mexican tortas — filled with meat, cheese, avocado, pickled jalapeños, and other fillings, held together by a crusty white telera roll.