Monday, March 4, 2013

Tortilla Bar in Orem, Utah

Update: The Oteo family has indeed re-opened a restaurant in Lindon called Oteo. They were originally involved with the restaurant, Masa, but have since separated.


Butternut Squash Black Bean Soup w/ shallot oil sauce
Tortilla Bar's chef/owner is Sam Oteo. His father and two brothers work along-side him. For more info on Sam's history, read this excellent article from the UVU Review. I'm deeply impressed with the unique style and flavors that come out of this place. I place it somewhere along the lines of Modern Mexican or Modern Southwestern.

Granny Apple a la Andres: granny apple, manchego, meyer lemon vinaigrette

Avocado Tacos: avocado, utah goat cheese, beets, shallot oil
Here we have a vegetarian taco. Amazing. I love thinly sliced veggies, especially on house-made corn tortillas. 

Molote: corn masa, organic protein (chicken on this day), salsa, frijoles
I love dumpling-like food items. This dish had a good amount of heat. The depth of flavor was impressive. You WILL miss out if you let the heat stop you from ordering this dish.

Calamari Empanada w/ cabbage
My mom decided she'd be brave and order these calamari empanadas. So glad she did! The flavors and crunchy calamari is something to be craved. I want these again soon.

Pork Belly Tacos: christiansen's farm berkshire pork, pickled onions/cucumber, chicharr├│n

I almost have no words for how good everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, was/is. Ha, I wish there had been a hidden video of all of our first reactions. I mean, wide eyes, and "Mmm's", and  I-can't-believe-how-good-this-is, all happened.

Chicken Tacos: louise's wild range chicken, meyer lemon aioli, carrot, lime zest

Sweet Empanadas: sweet cheese, figs, crunchy quinoa, lime zest

Listen up. I'm serious. This place is delicious. It's a small place (gotta start somewhere), so I recommend going at a slow hour or make reservations, but if you have to wait (and you will be waiting and standing outside), believe me when I say it's worth it. 

The menu changes, so hurry over and try things that I have pictured so we can talk about it!

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  1. They did close but they reopened as Masa in North Orem, and if anything they're even better!

    1. As far as I know, Masa is a copy-cat, not a re-opened Tortilla Bar.

    2. Don't waste your time with Masa - they are an uninspired copy cat of the original fresh, flavorful and innovative dishes from the Oteo family.

  2. What is the difference between Masa and Oteo both now in Lindon?

    1. I haven't been to either yet, but I do know that the Oteo family from Tortilla Bar runs Oteo.

  3. Oteos is considerably better tasting good than Oteo's!