Burritos

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2007/07/11 22:49:49 (permalink)

Burritos

Seems like folks are talking a lot about burritos in the Southeast. Here in LA, a famous one is in East LA, at El Tepeyac. It's called the Hollenbeck, after the LAPD station nearby. I guess cops eat more than doughnuts. This belly bomb weighs in at something like 2 pounds. It's not for me. For years, I've just made my own at home. Here's my latest:
A flour tortilla, big enough to fold one end and roll up. Spread refried beans down the middle. Toss on board some chopped red and green onion. Add either/or pickled jalapenos and if you can get 'em, fresh,chopped de-seeded roasted serranos (I just blacken a serrano with a pair of tongs over a gas flame, then rinse the burnt skin off). You can add a nice hot red or green salsa at this point. Now see if you can heat this in the microwave, or maybe a large pan. When heated, add grated cheese (I don't like the cheese to melt too much) and fresh chopped cilantro. Now add sour cream. Fold one end and roll it up. I eat mine with a fork. This is vegetarian, but of course you could add any kind of non-vegie item, or dump salsa on top, mojado style.

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    UncleVic
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    RE: Burritos 2007/07/11 22:55:14 (permalink)
    If your from LA, check out this site: http://www.burritoblog.com/
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    RE: Burritos 2007/07/12 04:13:44 (permalink)
    How many burrito threads are we going to have--simultaneously--here?

    Burritos such as described above are available on every shopping street in San Francisco and thoughout the downtown, with the heaviest concentration in the Mission District, of course. Well-known names, sometimes with more than one location, include Taqueria Can-Cun, Taqueria San Jose, Taqueria La Cumbre, Taqueria El Toro, Taqueria Pancho Villa, El Faro, El Castillito and many others.

    This web site has ratings on a large number of burrito parlors in SF: http://www.burritoeater.com/taquerias.php

    This one is a personal favorite:



    I am also a regular here:



    and here:



    and here:



    And for all the fans of food porn here:

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    enginecapt
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    RE: Burritos 2007/07/12 06:29:33 (permalink)
    I suggested El Tepeyac to Roadfood member Wanderingjew last year, but he was reluctant to enter the neighborhood. Of course, my referring to it as "Homicidal Hollenbeck" probably didn't encourage him all that much.

    Lone nut, for something different buy a jar of nopalitos (diced Nopal cactus) for inclusion in your burros. They lend crispy/tart/mucilaginous notes to the concoction.
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    RE: Burritos 2007/07/12 11:54:12 (permalink)
    Whole beans are much preferred to refried in my dream burrito.
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    RE: Burritos 2007/07/12 13:51:51 (permalink)
    ^^^Bill, I actually prefer refried even though it's another step away from anything that would be recognized in Mexico. I like my burritos sloppy and oozy which means not only refried beans but plenty of sour cream and salsa. Oh, and the hot accent should come from those canned peppers "en escabeche" (literally, "marinated" I believe) that are near ubiquitous in taquerias--both jalapenos and seranos are available as well as nopalitos.
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    RE: Burritos 2007/07/12 14:57:17 (permalink)
    For my money the best Burrito in the bay area is created at a Mexican/Asian food market in Hayward Ca. You talk about fresh and great tasteing....I don't know the exact address but it is right off Jackson st. Turn at Ana's American Mexican restaurant,(Which by the way has a great economical breakfast) you can't miss the market, there is a full Canaceria there, and all kinds of Asian/Mexican goodies. Also in San Leandro there is an excellent taqueria Guadalajara on east 14th st. This place is also outstanding.
    These are simple earthy places with above average food and very economical.
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    RE: Burritos 2007/07/14 14:27:32 (permalink)
    Sorry for starting another thread.. I'm kinda new to the program here. It's nice that people are shooting pix of their favorite burrito vendors, and I guess they are buying items that might be hard to cook up at home, but I do prefer doing it myself, cost considerations aside. I can cook scrambled eggs better than any coffee house, and I can make a burrito to my specs that I prefer to any corner burrito house.

    I don't know how many of ya'll will remember these two items, now sadly unavailable. I know these are not well regarded by the cogniscenti, but I and others sure liked them: The fried mini burritos (almost identical to the Jack in the Box item, only smaller) from Carl's Jr., circa 1985. These little guys were sold as a small or large order. I'm told they used a won-ton (rice) wrapper, not flour. Inside: A tiny bit of seasoned ground beef and probably American cheese. Came with a nice hot sauce. A favorite 2:30AM post drinking binge finger food. Another lost fave: The Chili Cheese Burrito from Taco Bell. Kind of small, with just the right amount of chili/cheese. Add some hot sauce and you're done.

    By the way, I know everyone hates Taco Bell, but it's interesting that the chain was launched by a guy whose last name was "Bell". Skakey's Pizza? Started by a WW2 vet whose war wounds left him with neurological damage, hence he was called Shakey.

    -Scott Lindgren, Los Angeles the Damned
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    UncleVic
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    RE: Burritos 2007/07/14 15:22:27 (permalink)
    Lone Nut... Never mind BT, his appetite is bigger then his bite. Nothing wrong with more burrito discussions IMHO.
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    RE: Burritos 2007/07/14 16:32:08 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by lone nut

    By the way, I know everyone hates Taco Bell, but it's interesting that the chain was launched by a guy whose last name was "Bell". Skakey's Pizza? Started by a WW2 vet whose war wounds left him with neurological damage, hence he was called Shakey.


    And both were spawned in none other than California, the fast food womb of North America. TB started in Downey and Shakey's in Sacto.

    Shakey's shakes allegedly were the result of malaria suffered while serving with the USN in the PTO during War 2.
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    RE: Burritos 2007/07/16 03:37:55 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by UncleVic

    Lone Nut... Never mind BT, his appetite is bigger then his bite. Nothing wrong with more burrito discussions IMHO.


    My bite's pretty big when dealing with burritos.
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