Las Tortugas comes to Waukesha
Offers Mexican sub sandwiches

By ANDREA FENCL - Freeman Staff

Feb. 25, 2017

Las Tortugas, 1403 Summit Ave., is a Mexican sub restaurant that opened its doors Feb. 18.
Andrea Fencl/Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA — A new restaurant brings Mexican sub sandwiches to the Waukesha community as Las Tortugas, 1403 Summit Ave., opened its doors on Feb. 18.

“We’re looking forward to add something different to Waukesha,” Milagros Correa, co-owner of Las Tortugas, said. “There are a lot of Mexican restaurants but there aren’t any specific for subs.”

Owners Jose Correa Correa and Milagros Correa started Las Tortugas after much consideration.

“We always made these at home. So we thought, ‘Why don’t we open our own restaurant and sell sandwiches?’” Jose Correa Correa said. “Well, we were thinking about it and I had some money in the bank and we took a risk.”

The Correas were driving around town and spotted the location that is now their storefront. They went to work, painting the interior and adding countertops and tables.

The name Las Tortugas is Spanish for “The Turtles,” referencing the resemblance between the shape of the bread for a sub and a turtle’s shell.

Customers can view photographs from Jose Correa Correa’s hometown, Temascalcingo, Mexico, two hours north of Mexico City.

“It’s very small, a little small town surrounded by mountains,” Milagros Correa said. “It’s so beautiful.” The subs themselves are a reminder of Temascalcingo.

“These kind of sandwiches they make in Mexico City,” Jose Correa Correa said.

Also reminiscent of the sandwiches in Mexico City, the subs at Las Tortugas don’t come with lettuce.

“A lot of restaurants fill (sandwiches) out with lettuce and we don’t carry lettuce at all,” Jose Correa Correa said.

What Las Tortugas does have are meats such as chorizo, ham, pork leg, grilled chicken breast, hot dogs, breaded steak; cheeses; and all sandwiches can come with beans, tomatoes, onions, avocado, mayonnaise, jalapeno peppers or chipotle peppers.

There’s also an option for customers to make their own sub choosing two, three or four ingredients.

“I love sandwiches but you’ve never had a sandwich like these,” Milagros Correa said.

‘We want to be a good example’

Las Tortugas also serves Mexican sodas, flavored waters, shakes, juice and desserts. Jose Correa Correa added that he filters the water and ice.

“We want to bring an example to the rest of the Latino community that with a lot of effort you can make it,” Milagros Correa said. “We want to be a good example. With all of the negativity that’s going on right now, it’s a good thing that someone is trying to come up and say well, we’re not here to take advantage of anything, we’re here to work just like everybody else.”

Jose Correa Correa said when the weather warms up, Las Tortugas plans on having a party outside that is open to the community. He also plans on adding wraps and fruit water to the summer menu.

“We’re open to suggestions,” Milagros Correa said.

Las Tortugas, open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, can be reached at 262-232-8774.