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ke4hoo

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The Best Burrito Ever Thu, 02/23/06 8:39 AM (permalink)
This is my first post. Years ago,1999, I worked off duty(police) at Two First Union Center (now called Wachovia Center)in Charlotte NC.
There was a place at ground level called Johnny Burrito. You stood in line for a while, as it was packed at lunch time.
These burritos were HUGE and delicious. We actually took one and weighed it on postage scales. Try 28 ounces!!! The cost? $4.95!! Havent been there in a few years, but will never forget a great place and great food,service, and value.
If there are still there, and you are Charlotte,TRY IT!! You will not be disapointed!!
Paul
 
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    UncleVic

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    RE: The Best Burrito Ever Thu, 02/23/06 2:13 PM (permalink)
    Where those wet burros or dry? And Welcome to Roadfood! Hope to hear some more of your great finds down the road..
     
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      V960

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      RE: The Best Burrito Ever Fri, 02/24/06 10:38 AM (permalink)
      Try Phat Burritos just off South Blvd near Price's Chicken Coop for great burritos and even better fresh salsa.
       
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        ke4hoo

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        RE: The Best Burrito Ever Sat, 02/25/06 5:17 AM (permalink)
        Hey V960,
        You sound like a Charlottean. Thanks for the tip. I moved to Welika Lake 5 years ago and miss all the great food back home.
        If I ever get back up there, I'll treat you to some burgers at Mr. K's on South Boulevard,or South 21 onion rings, or Prices (and the list goes on, with salivation). I was born and raised on Sharon Road and graduated from Myers Park High.
        Thanks,
        Paul
         
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          V960

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          RE: The Best Burrito Ever Wed, 03/1/06 9:44 AM (permalink)
          I'm a Presbie baby as are my two daughters. South Meck grad, you know the school that always lost to MP and then went on to win the district.

          Providence Road Sundries, some bar (long since gone) just up from MP on Selwyn..., and Gammons...ahhh life was good.
           
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            6star

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            RE: The Best Burrito Ever Wed, 03/1/06 11:48 AM (permalink)
            In Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, try La Bamba. Authentic freshly-made Mexican food (no freezers in their restaurants) and "Burritos as Big as Your Head".

            http://www.labambaburritos.com/
             
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              ke4hoo

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              RE: The Best Burrito Ever Thu, 03/2/06 6:53 AM (permalink)
              V960,
              Funny you should mention South Meck, I was asked to leave there and enroll elsewhere(MPHS) in 1968. Seems the principal and I didn't want to share the same parking space. I did not want door dings on my new red GTO convertible that by the way after I sold her used to sit in a driveway across from Providence Sundries.
              You remember LaFiesta on South Blvd or Pedros on Independence? Wish they were still there. Ahh, times change.
              My daughter is a presby baby (now 26) I was a CMH.
              See ya,
              Paul
               
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                V960

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                RE: The Best Burrito Ever Thu, 03/2/06 9:14 AM (permalink)
                ke4hoo,
                You were at South when Edmenson was principal. He lived in the house behind the school and ran a few dozen head of Angus cattle back there. He left in '73. I wanted our senior gift to be a sign stating we were the class that finally ran him off.

                La Fiesta was my favorite place for many years. My wife and I, she was a girl friend at the time, would eat there every Friday night in the early eighties. The restaurant beside them bought them out in the late eighties and then tore down the building to expand their own.

                Pedro's is now a used car lot. I don't get out to that side of Charlotte much anymore as I moved north of the city about five years ago.
                 
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                  ke4hoo

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                  RE: The Best Burrito Ever Thu, 03/2/06 2:31 PM (permalink)
                  V960,
                  God,I remember E.H.Edmisten, he was why I left toward MP. He was demoted to principal at the elementary school on Seneca Place. I remember the house and the cattle. You wont believe this but I had a Gun Store in Waxhaw in the early 90's and he came in the store. We talked at length,traded some guns (I got him good) and ended up being good friends, He mellowed out over the years.
                  This kind of post doesn't need to be here I know but you can PM me if this site has the option.
                  Do you have an E-mail address, you have jogged my mind and many memories.
                  Thanks
                  Paul (Buddy) as I was known then........
                  La Fiesta being torn down really sucks....
                   
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                    UncleVic

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                    RE: The Best Burrito Ever Thu, 03/2/06 5:47 PM (permalink)
                    ke4.. Is your handle a ARS Call?
                     
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                      BT

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                      RE: The Best Burrito Ever Thu, 03/2/06 5:59 PM (permalink)
                      First, before I say anything else, let me say welcome to RF. We can get tough on each other but it's all in good fun.

                      Now to get a teeny bit tough on you because it's always hard to support a claim of "best of":

                      quote:
                      Originally posted by ke4hoo

                      This is my first post. Years ago,1999, I worked off duty(police) at Two First Union Center (now called Wachovia Center)in Charlotte NC.
                      There was a place at ground level called Johnny Burrito. You stood in line for a while, as it was packed at lunch time.
                      These burritos were HUGE and delicious. We actually took one and weighed it on postage scales. Try 28 ounces!!! The cost? $4.95!! Havent been there in a few years, but will never forget a great place and great food,service, and value.
                      If there are still there, and you are Charlotte,TRY IT!! You will not be disapointed!!
                      Paul


                      Sounds to me like Charlotte stole more than just a bank when they got Bank of America. As I've posted many times, burritos like that (sometimes called "Mission-style" burritos, I assume because they are pretty much unknown in Mexico but common as roaches--either kind--in San Francisco's Mission District) have fed generations of impecunious students, artists and others in SF and Berkeley. I had my first one in 1976 at a place in the Financial District called Pepito's Burritos. I had the same reaction you did to your first one 23 years later but I have come to find out there are even better ones to be had. The burrito category is actually highly contested in the Bay Guardian's annual "Best Of" readers poll, but Tacqueria Cancun is a perennial favorite:



                      Couldn't find a pic of CanCun's product so here's one from El Farolito, another of the dozens and dozens of such places in town:

                       
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                        ke4hoo

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                        RE: The Best Burrito Ever Fri, 03/3/06 5:23 AM (permalink)
                        Uncle Vic,
                        Thanks for noticing the handle.Yes it is, used to be WB4HSV but I let it lapse in the Mid 60s. Wifes call is KE4JKV. Look me up on QRZ. Whats yours?
                        73s
                        Paul
                         
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                          ke4hoo

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                          RE: The Best Burrito Ever Fri, 03/3/06 5:33 AM (permalink)
                          BT,
                          Yes,score another theft for Charlotte. They are indeed Mission Style, and the guy who started the place got the idea in California. Truly, the first one I ever had was in San Diego when I was at San Diego State in the early 70s.
                          Noticing your pic, where is the pico de gallo and salsa roja? Can you not handle it? LOL
                          Thanks for the welcome and the pics.
                          Paul
                           
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                            V960

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                            RE: The Best Burrito Ever Fri, 03/3/06 11:22 AM (permalink)
                            Hugh McCall visits and tells the guys at BOA "We will assume your name and give up our name NCNB, oh we already gave up that name, we'll give up the NationsBank name, and keep your SF location open for at least a year"

                            Closed almost everything in SF a year later and laid off how many thousands of people? Something about Mr. McCall having a golden hand grenade on his desk that he called the ultimate problem solver should have given someone at BOA a clue.

                            Ah but back to question at hand. Charlotte has very few good Mexican places that Angleos can visit. Number three behind California and Texas in a Mexican influx we have some great Mexican places but I have to take my oldest daughter w/ me to order. She speaks Spanish and my German isn't a whole lot of good when ordering a taco. I have more command of Japanese than of Spanish. Phat Burrito is a great place run by a group of 60's hippies (yes we still have them also) that strive for freshness and quality.

                            Cabo Fish Taco in the North Davidson (called NoDa) Street area is a fantastic Mexican seafood place. A "happening" place for the younger of us. Reminds me of a sign in a bar in the fan district of Richmond "If the music is too loud...you're too old" I'm an old fart who just goes there for lunch.

                             
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                              UncleVic

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                              RE: The Best Burrito Ever Fri, 03/3/06 12:31 PM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by ke4hoo

                              Uncle Vic,
                              Thanks for noticing the handle.Yes it is, used to be WB4HSV but I let it lapse in the Mid 60s. Wifes call is KE4JKV. Look me up on QRZ. Whats yours?
                              73s
                              Paul


                              Looked up your old call from the 60's... You know you can easily get it back! (Vanity Call)..

                              73 de Victor, KC8CKZ

                               
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                                BT

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                                RE: The Best Burrito Ever Fri, 03/3/06 1:09 PM (permalink)
                                quote:
                                Originally posted by ke4hoo

                                BT,

                                Noticing your pic, where is the pico de gallo and salsa roja? Can you not handle it? LOL
                                Thanks for the welcome and the pics.
                                Paul


                                Since I am not a paying member, I can't upload pics of my own. Hence, the burrito in the photo was not mine although it looked to be carnitas (or maybe "al pastor") which is what I generally get. Most tacqueries in SF offer all the free jalapenos en escabeche (slices marinated with carrots and onions) you want and I generally eat a hunk of jalapeno with eat bite of burrito (or occasionally I get the maker to liberally dose the burrito itself with them). No other sauce or salsa required. And if by "salsa roja" you mean dumped over the burrito "wet" style, I say, "No thanks!". A good burrito shouldn't need that IMHO.
                                 
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                                  BT

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                                  RE: The Best Burrito Ever Fri, 03/3/06 1:22 PM (permalink)
                                  quote:
                                  Originally posted by V960

                                  Hugh McCall visits and tells the guys at BOA "We will assume your name and give up our name NCNB, oh we already gave up that name, we'll give up the NationsBank name, and keep your SF location open for at least a year"

                                  Closed almost everything in SF a year later and laid off how many thousands of people? Something about Mr. McCall having a golden hand grenade on his desk that he called the ultimate problem solver should have given someone at BOA a clue.



                                  A couple of points this brings to mind. I got my first car loan ever--in 1971--from NCNB (when I graduated from Duke Med) and bought a new "British Racing Green" Kharman Ghia convertible with it (I've always loved that car). I'm not sure somebody like I was then with no assets and no income (yet) could get a loan from anybody now, so I've always been a little greatful to them for that.

                                  When they bought BofA, they did indeed lay off thousands in the headquarters and back office and pretty much cleaned out their office tower



                                  But all the branches stayed open which is why I remain a customer to this day. They seem to have a teller machine on every corner which makes it convenient not to carry a lot of cash as I prefer not to do in the city.
                                   
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                                    V960

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                                    RE: The Best Burrito Ever Fri, 03/3/06 2:32 PM (permalink)
                                    BT,
                                    We here in the small burg of Charlotte appreciate you remaining a customer. A few of the senior VP's are customers of my catering business and their checks never bounce. BOA's business account fees are absurdly high so I don't do business w/ them.

                                    Another of the major banks has a small problem...First Union purchased Wachovia and reset all accounts. My company has had an account at First Union since 1971 but since the name changed I/we have had an account at Wachovia for three years.
                                     
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                                      MilwFoodlovers

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                                      RE: The Best Burrito Ever Fri, 03/3/06 3:12 PM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Since I am not a paying member, I can't upload pics of my own. Hence, the burrito in the photo was not mine although it looked to be carnitas (or maybe "al pastor") which is what I generally get.

                                      BT,
                                      You most certainly can upload pictures. You simply need to post your pics on some free picture sharing site. I believe Kodak Easy Share, Snapfish, heck even Walgreens and probably a few dozen other sites can fill your needs. Then proceed as you've been doing with the cut 'n paste of the properties info.
                                       
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                                        roossy90

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                                        RE: The Best Burrito Ever Fri, 03/3/06 9:08 PM (permalink)
                                        quote:
                                        Originally posted by MilwFoodlovers

                                        quote:
                                        Since I am not a paying member, I can't upload pics of my own. Hence, the burrito in the photo was not mine although it looked to be carnitas (or maybe "al pastor") which is what I generally get.

                                        BT,
                                        You most certainly can upload pictures. You simply need to post your pics on some free picture sharing site. I believe Kodak Easy Share, Snapfish, heck even Walgreens and probably a few dozen other sites can fill your needs. Then proceed as you've been doing with the cut 'n paste of the properties info.


                                        Ah, HA!. That is the easiest explanation of how to post a photograph...
                                        Thanks!
                                        Tara
                                         
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                                          stevencarry

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                                          RE: The Best Burrito Ever Fri, 03/3/06 9:14 PM (permalink)
                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by BT

                                          First, before I say anything else, let me say welcome to RF. We can get tough on each other but it's all in good fun.

                                          Now to get a teeny bit tough on you because it's always hard to support a claim of "best of":


                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by ke4hoo

                                          This is my first post. Years ago,1999, I worked off duty(police) at Two First Union Center (now called Wachovia Center)in Charlotte NC.
                                          There was a place at ground level called Johnny Burrito. You stood in line for a while, as it was packed at lunch time.
                                          These burritos were HUGE and delicious. We actually took one and weighed it on postage scales. Try 28 ounces!!! The cost? $4.95!! Havent been there in a few years, but will never forget a great place and great food,service, and value.
                                          If there are still there, and you are Charlotte,TRY IT!! You will not be disapointed!!
                                          Paul


                                          Sounds to me like Charlotte stole more than just a bank when they got Bank of America. As I've posted many times, burritos like that (sometimes called "Mission-style" burritos, I assume because they are pretty much unknown in Mexico but common as roaches--either kind--in San Francisco's Mission District) have fed generations of impecunious students, artists and others in SF and Berkeley. I had my first one in 1976 at a place in the Financial District called Pepito's Burritos. I had the same reaction you did to your first one 23 years later but I have come to find out there are even better ones to be had. The burrito category is actually highly contested in the Bay Guardian's annual "Best Of" readers poll, but Tacqueria Cancun is a perennial favorite:



                                          Couldn't find a pic of CanCun's product so here's one from El Farolito, another of the dozens and dozens of such places in town:




                                          I see rice in the picture, I am sure it's good but authentic Mission style does not have rice Bubba
                                           
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                                            BT

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                                            RE: The Best Burrito Ever Fri, 03/3/06 10:18 PM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by stevencarry



                                            I see rice in the picture, I am sure it's good but authentic Mission style does not have rice Bubba


                                            The one's I buy do--but sometimes they don't have meat. I love beans and rice in many forms including wrapped in a giant flour tortilla along with veggies, guacamole, sour cream and jalapenos (i.e a veggie "super-burrito"). Every taqueria I've ever been in offers them.
                                             
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                                              UncleVic

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                                              RE: The Best Burrito Ever Sat, 03/4/06 3:05 AM (permalink)
                                              Hey, can somone put BT on a 30 day suspension here?

                                              If I stare any longer at one of them burrito pics, I'll end up in the nut house...
                                              Ranks right up there with the Chicken Pot Pie with mashed spuds and corn on yesterdays Roadfood Review.

                                               
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                                                stevencarry

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                                                RE: The Best Burrito Ever Sat, 03/4/06 3:09 AM (permalink)
                                                Hey Vic, BT and Michael Stern don't own the rights to food porn. Show us something. BT told me how and it doesn't work but I'll figure it out someday.
                                                 
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                                                  BT

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                                                  RE: The Best Burrito Ever Sat, 03/4/06 3:12 AM (permalink)
                                                  quote:
                                                  Originally posted by UncleVic

                                                  Hey, can somone put BT on a 30 day suspension here?

                                                  If I stare any longer at one of them burrito pics, I'll end up in the nut house...
                                                  Ranks right up there with the Chicken Pot Pie with mashed spuds and corn on yesterdays Roadfood Review.




                                                  Show us yer tits!

                                                  Oops, guess I'm a little late on that.
                                                   
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                                                    Pumbaa

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                                                    RE: The Best Burrito Ever Tue, 03/14/06 11:45 PM (permalink)
                                                    The best burrito in Chicago , IMHO, is at Chipotle. (I know McDonald's is an investor in the company. It's still a great burrito.) It includes beef/chicken/pork, black beans, and white rice. I think they soak the white rice in lime juice. It is fantastic!!

                                                    The best burrito of all time, though, is Chi-Chi's. (No jokes, please. I am still in mourning.) My fav is the twice griled BBQ burrito. Their burritos are easy to make. All we did is (CLASSIFIED).
                                                     
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                                                      BuddyRoadhouse

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                                                      RE: The Best Burrito Ever Wed, 03/15/06 12:25 AM (permalink)
                                                      I'm gonna hold off commenting here for a bit, until we determine if this lad(I assume)is actually serious or just a troller looking for a good time.

                                                      Pumbaa, if you're the real thing, I, and I'm sure many others, will clue you in to where you can find the best burritos in Chicago. I promise, it ain't Chipotle.

                                                      Buddy

                                                      P.S. In fact, could that be our next gathering (after southeast Wisconsin, of course) The Great Chicagoland Burrito Hunt??? I'm feeling inspired here! Pumbaa, I see you're a local boy; I will take you by the hand and lead you through the garden of football sized delights that are a Chicago Burrito! By the time I'm done you will scoff at Chipotle! You will regret ever allowing that testament to mediocrity to take up valuable space in your belly. Any other interested parties?

                                                      B.
                                                       
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                                                        stevencarry

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                                                        RE: The Best Burrito Ever Wed, 03/15/06 12:44 AM (permalink)
                                                        Buddy, please make a rule for the tour. Each place must provide a salsa bar.
                                                        It's the only way to go.
                                                         
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                                                          Pumbaa

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                                                          RE: The Best Burrito Ever Wed, 03/15/06 7:46 AM (permalink)
                                                          I like my burritos "enchilada style", with sauce and cheese on top. I just can't find any places that have them that way. (Are there any? I really don't know. Really!)

                                                          I go with Chipotle as a "second best" option. I like to make my own burritos at home.

                                                          Wes
                                                           
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                                                            BT

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                                                            RE: The Best Burrito Ever Wed, 03/15/06 1:21 PM (permalink)
                                                            I don't see why a small independent taqueria wouldn't serve the thing to you any way you want. I'm not familiar with the options in Chicago but it can't be much different. Just get a "wet" burrito and ask 'em to throw some cheese on top of it.

                                                            Here's what it looks like on the menu of my own neighborhood taqueria (El Castillito on Golden Gate Ave.): "Wet Burrito: rice, beans, onions, cilantro,melted cheese, sour cream, avocado, topped with red or green sauce, choice of meat $5.86"
                                                             
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