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two most memorable both were found in LA. one was at a dive taqueria and it was as big as my head. took two hands to heft the thing to my mouth. Also in the torrance area was a quiet little place that had great ones. broke da mouth.
This goes back to the late 80’s, Driving with my aunt to a Oakland A’s game and stopping at this little dive bar (I think it was called "Talk of the Town") and getting burritos to bring to the game. They were delicious and big. I fondly remember the juice running down my arm and washing it down with margaritas that my aunt smuggled in. One of the highlights of my visit!
It’s not a filler. It’s a different style of burrito. The so-called "Mission-style" burrito is almost certainly a north-of-the-border invention although I can’t prove it was invented in SF’s Mission District as the name suggests (they are sure common there now, though). Closer to the border, you probably find more of the more authentically Mexican style–mostly just meat and beans, maybe a bit of tomato or lettuce. I know that’s the case in Tucson even now. But in the 1970s I can tell you that the big fat ones overstuffed with everything including rice were the standard here in SF (Taqueria La Cumbre being one exception, as I think I said somewhere above). Personally, to this day I sometimes prefer a vegetarian burrito which is mostly rice/beans/veggies/cheese here. But then I’m a serious rice lover.
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Not in Milwaukee. On the corner of Cesar Chavez Boulevard and National Avenue, there’s a little Mexican grocery called El Rey. They have a lunch counter that makes an awesome burrito. Get it with beef tongue. Get an orange juice and watch the staff squeeze the juice out of six oranges. It don’t get no better. They have another store at the strip mall on 35th and Burnham, and the food there is equally good. As a matter of fact (or of my none to humble opinion), any of the places on Chavez Boulevard between National and Greenfield will not disappoint, at least until it’s time to get off your stool, but a few are Puerto Rican. For burritos, Taqueria Jalisco’s is my favorite in that neighborhood at 1035 S 16th St. It’s LITERALLY a hole in the wall where you get your fare and take it with, but that’s good eatin’.
And all this time I thought Buckingham Fountain (I’ve heard it called "Bundy Fountain" for some ungodly reason) was where we all got our kicks on Route 66, right before breakfast at Lou Mitchell’s. Thanks for setting me straight, BT
Bittersweet memories. I took the Hiawatha Express to Sacramento years back and lost all my pictures when I got married. [:(]~~~~~~ (Those are teardrops.)
Yenno, maybe we could talk the Sterns into inserting a "Gatherings", "Soirees", "Parties", or similar folder in the "Miscellaneous" folder.
Best Burrito I’ve ever had…Moe’s here in New England…it is a chain..but their ingredients are always fresh and you never go hungry (not like Taco Bell)…everyone that I know that has ever been there loves it! I also really loved the burritos from Bueno Y Sano in Amherst Mass. Also, I hear so much about Anna’s Taqueria in Boston, but I think its very overrated…nothing special in my opinion about anything there.
Rice in burritos? Lived in San Diego and San Pedro in early 60’s and attended Carson High (Carson, CA) in the 70’s and I don’t ever recall eating a burrito with rice back then.. Yep, I think the rice is more of a filler to make today’s burrito look like your getting your dollars worth.. In any event, can’t say I’ve tried ’em all but the one that stands out for me is a little place called La Bonita located on Sepulveda Blvd in Carson (Calif).. The "Red" chile shredded beef/bean burrito did it for me. I think the place was bought out by another Mexican establishment called Diana’s.. I went there a couple times a few years ago and I was confused with the variety of burritos.. Diana’s still makes great burritos but I just couldn’t find the same taste as with La Bonita’s.. Hey Torchman, I’m sure you know the place I’m talking about.. How about Astro’s? Their’s is tangy but I use to go there as a backup to La Bonita’s.. Oh the 70’s!!
The best burrito I had was at a place called Fiesta Cantina. They were consistently good,
but simple. Hey, I’m a simple guy. At our wedding reception, everyone had steaks and my
wife (without my knowledge and to my joy) had a Fiesta Cantina burrito delivered for me.
It was just ground beef and whipped refried beans wrapped around a flour tortilla, with
the hottest and creamy cheese sauce. The beauty was the combination of the cheese sauce
with the others. The cheese sauce made me break out in a sweat while the tortilla, beef
and frioles romanced with and completed my tastebuds’ joy.
Unfortunately, they went out of business. But I think there may be one in North Carolina.
They weren’t a chain, but the owner opened a few.
My wife can almost re-create the flavour as far as the ground beef and refried beans, but
the cheese sauce…I’ve never had an instant sweat like that since they closed the doors
of Fiesta Cantina.
Last night I had the single best burrito ever, a place called Go Burger!(ironically) in Las Cruces, New Mexico. If you are ever in the area, on I-25 at exit 3, drive your car directly to this place. Mine was a chorizo and potato burrito with egg, my wife had the chicken burrito supreme with green chile, rice and beans. Along with a chicken quesadilla for the kids and a side of onion rings, the entire bill was 12 bucks, quintessential roadfood. The next time I go, I will snap a picture to post. I also need to update the thread "The Two Places that best represent your hometown" for this is the best meal in town. Evidently, along with Nellie’s, this place has the best reputation for burritos in town, high praise for a border town.
I’m with ya HotPepper and Torchman. If your serving rice with a burrito, it should be on the side (and make it Spanish Rice, well seasoned, along with a side of frijoles). First place around here I saw trying to stuff my burrito with rice was Qdoba (a chain). Put a stop to that instantly. Luckily rest of the places that take my money dont try to pull that one over on me.
Ahhhh…one more "extinct" best to toss in the mix!!! NAUGLES!! LOL..( I obviously grew up in So Cal!! 🙂 )It was on the way home from Bolsa Chica Beach..where every teen/young 20 would be every weekend night with the umpteen hundred fire pits. The 2 am ride home was a MANDATORY Naugle stop…the "Macho Combo Burrito" being the #1 choice to cure the hunger caused by Friday nights and blaring Led Zepplin..:-P. I still feel bad for several people the morning after…I hope they had hungry dogs to clean their back seats!! 😀 I think THAT is the REAL secret of ROAD FOOD…It doesnt always have to be the BEST food…just the RIGHT food, at the RIGHT TIME. Heck, a macho combo would be a gut bomb now that I’ve cracked the 40 mark! I just checked another old ORIGINAL favorite..El Pollo Loco…chain is still in business…but I havent seen one in 20 years being up in the NW. Hopefully their yardbird is still as good as when they had small stands back in the day…
TOTALLY agree on the rice in a burrito! It is a filler that adds nothing to the FLAVOR. Just bulk. Rice is fine on the side for a wet burrito, but please dont put it INSIDE, thank you!
I have to agree with you. Those types of burritos are just not right. The best burritos I have had in Denver is a place called The Burrito Company.
Huge burritos suck. You cut them open and they just become a plate of rice and beans (or whatever’s inside). A good burrito is rolled tight and is narrow. When you cut it open it keeps its shape, or you can just pick it up and eat it. Also, rice sucks inside a burrito.
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