The Best Burrito Ever

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ke4hoo
Junior Burger
2006/02/23 08:39:39
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
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/02/23 14:13:59
Where those wet burros or dry? And Welcome to Roadfood! Hope to hear some more of your great finds down the road..
V960
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/02/24 10:38:07
Try Phat Burritos just off South Blvd near Price's Chicken Coop for great burritos and even better fresh salsa.
ke4hoo
Junior Burger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/02/25 05:17:47
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
V960
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/01 09:44:26
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.
6star
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/01 11:48:44
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/
ke4hoo
Junior Burger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/02 06:53:40
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
V960
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/02 09:14:31
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.
ke4hoo
Junior Burger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/02 14:31:14
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....
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/02 17:47:17
ke4.. Is your handle a ARS Call?
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/02 17:59:55
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:

ke4hoo
Junior Burger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/03 05:23:44
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
ke4hoo
Junior Burger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/03 05:33:13
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
V960
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/03 11:22:41
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.

UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/03 12:31:16
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

BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/03 13:09:31
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.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/03 13:22:09
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.
V960
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/03 14:32:12
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.
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/03 15:12:28
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.
roossy90
Sirloin
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/03 21:08:43
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
stevencarry
Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/03 21:14:44
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
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/03 22:18:00
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.
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/04 03:05:36
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.

stevencarry
Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/04 03:09:02
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.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/04 03:12:57
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." />" />
Pumbaa
Junior Burger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/14 23:45:43
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).
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 00:25:44
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.
stevencarry
Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 00:44:21
Buddy, please make a rule for the tour. Each place must provide a salsa bar.
It's the only way to go.
Pumbaa
Junior Burger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 07:46:25
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
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 13:21:33
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"
stevencarry
Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 13:48:28
BT's quote;
Here's what it looks like on the menu of my own neighborhood taqueria (El Castillito on Golden Gate Ave.)

You teaser, I thought you were going to show us another great picture.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 14:01:11
The best one is the first one, don't they say?

....if so, I have to nominate my old friend La Cumbre, at 16th and Valencia in SF.
For me in 1983, it was a total outside the box experience, for I'd had Grilled Steak, Rice, Whole Beans, Lettuce & Mexican Food all my life, but never the ingredients combined to make a Mexican Food totally unlike what I'd known up to that point. Nowadays the Mission Burrito is the prototype for Burrito Joints around the country, but back then it was a much more regional thing. Seeing those Ladies flip their steak, with the smoke curling to the ceiling from the open grill-Luscious.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 14:26:13
Pumbaa,

I don't know of any Mexican restaurants, taquerias, or burrito joints in Chicago that CAN'T serve your burrito in the manner you've described. As I recall, most places refer to this style as "suiza"; with cheese and, as BT states, topped with red or green sauce. Although around here, suiza usually indicates red sauce. It is available not only on burritos but enchiladas and flautas as well. If you don't see "suiza" offered on the menu, ask for it

There are several burrito threads here at Roadfood, some of them dealing specifically with Chicago's many burrito locations. You should use the search function and dig them up; they contain some good information.

As for my favorites, if I want a sit down experience, I'll go to Tecalitlan (TECKa-leedle-LAN) on Chicago Avenue about 5 blocks west of Ashland. When I worked in the city, my buddy and I would go there for lunch once a week. I'd order the steak burrito, he'd order the avocado. Then we'd split them and each take half, thereby fooling ourselves that we were getting a balanced meat and veggie lunch(HAH). Didn't matter, they were great. An added plus at Tecalitlan is their pico de gallo that is served at every table as soon as you sit down. The heat level would occasionally vary depending on who made that day's batch. But flavor-wise, it was always brilliant!

These days when I want my burrito to go, I will stop in at any one of the numerous "Burrito House" locations around the city. They make an outstanding version in both the typical "big as your head" size called the "king" and, thankfully, in my advancing years, a more manageable "junior" size, which frankly ain't that much smaller than the "king".

Although burritos are more likely to be found in an American Mexican restaurant, they frequently will reflect the original regional Mexican preferences of the store owner serving them. Thus, at Burrito House, if you want cilantro or onions, you have to ask for them. At Tecalitlan they are automatic. Both places charge extra for avocado on a burrito (unless of course it's an avocado burrito).

Not sure what else to tell you except, welcome to Roadfood. You seem to be at an interesting point in your life; your stated love of both Chi-Chi's and Chipotle indicate a need for a "safety zone" in your dining experience. On the other hand, the fact that you've come to Roadfood indicates that maybe your ready for a little adventure; take some chances. The nice thing about the recommendations and the opinions expressed here, is that they allow you to do both; have a food adventure, still knowing that someone whose opinion you trust has already been there and has given it a thumbs up. Look around there's lot's of good information and converstion to be had here.

Buddy
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 18:14:51
quote:
Originally posted by stevencarry

BT's quote;
Here's what it looks like on the menu of my own neighborhood taqueria (El Castillito on Golden Gate Ave.)

You teaser, I thought you were going to show us another great picture.


Is this what you crave (but I know you've seen it):



By the way, are you all familiar with the site from which this pic came: http://www.burritophile.com/directory.php ?
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 19:55:57
quote:
Originally posted by stevencarry

Buddy, please make a rule for the tour. Each place must provide a salsa bar.
It's the only way to go.
Steven,

While I too enjoy the salsa bar, I'm not aware of that many places that have both a salsa bar and a burrito for which you would go out of your way. That doesn't mean I'm not willing to learn. If you have any suggestions I'm wide open!

Buddy
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 20:13:48
quote:
Originally posted by bill voss

The best one is the first one, don't they say?

....if so, I have to nominate my old friend La Cumbre, at 16th and Valencia in SF.
For me in 1983, it was a total outside the box experience, for I'd had Grilled Steak, Rice, Whole Beans, Lettuce & Mexican Food all my life, but never the ingredients combined to make a Mexican Food totally unlike what I'd known up to that point. Nowadays the Mission Burrito is the prototype for Burrito Joints around the country, but back then it was a much more regional thing. Seeing those Ladies flip their steak, with the smoke curling to the ceiling from the open grill-Luscious.



Here you go, Bill:





Memories, memories. But I've read mixed reviews of it lately. Some say it's not it's former self, but some still rave. Most of the negetivity seems to come from vegetarians and much of it has to do with their guacamole. Personally, I just can't imagine getting a veggie burrito THERE (even though I like them eslewhere) since the glory of La Cumbre was always the carne asada (steak). I haven't been there in a number of years. I wasn't even sure it was still there, but I found current reviews so it must be. I drive up and down Valencia nearly once a week and just didn't remember seeing it.
stevencarry
Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 20:41:14
Buddy, I don't know your area

BT, I thought your pic was of the wet burrito
and that website is good but to be honest I
don't think I have had a bad one so I don't
care about reviews that much. To me it's all
about having a salsa bar with lots of variety.
Plus whole peppers and pickle veggies.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 20:59:16
Steven,

I see you're a coaster. I was out your way last November on 'Que biz in Oakland (BTW, if you're interested in our sauce, we've got it at Molly Stone's, Draeger's, Andronico's and a variety of other small independent markets up your way).

I stayed with my cousin and her husband in Albany and was lucky enough to grab a couple of meals in Berkley. The first night we went to the Chaat Cafe(?) a kind of Indian tapas joint. Very tasty and highly recommended if you like the Indian food.

Night two was spent at a local taqueria whose name escapes me, but whose food lives on in my memory. Had some lovely fish tacos and one of those fresh fruit Mexican slushies. Anyway, the point of all this is that they had a very good salsa bar as you describe.

By virtue of this, I'm going to guess that the salsa bar concept is far more prevalent in your part of the world than mine. Therefore, when you come into Chicago for the GCBH, you will need to pack your own salsa bar.

Buddy
stevencarry
Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 21:20:41
Buddy, You listed my favorite supermarkets (Andronico's and Mollie Stone's are both within 5 minutes and yes I will look for your sauce.

I thought about CSD last night while watching the movie "About Last Night..." which is set in Chicago and at the end Jim Belushi offers Rob Lowe a hot dog and the sign on the cart said "Vienna Beef" so I have to look for that also. By the way if any of you have seen that DVD please help. The after-opening and closing scenes are at a park with bike path and baseball field with a gorgeous back drop of the skyline. Is that park really in Chicago and is it still there and if so where ?
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 21:52:58
Believe it or not, although the movie is based on David Mamet's play, "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," and although I'm a fan of Mr. Mamet's work, I've never seen "About Last Night". Based on your description though, I'm going to guess the scene was shot in Grant Park near the lakefront. Some of the best things about Our Town are the remarkable views that can be had from almost any angle, even while you're bending your elbow with a "football" sized burrito mashed into your face.

Buddy
stevencarry
Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 22:12:34
Buddy, Anyone who was in their early 20's to mid 30's in the 1980's should watch "About Last Night..." It's a chick flick with so much crude guy stuff to even it out it's a near perfect reflection of that (my) time. Along with CSD's,and Italian Beef Sandos it makes me want to hop on the Oakland to Chicago train tonight.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 22:26:58
Guys, some of the best views of Chicago come from up on the "El" platforms (and from the cars) and the "El" system is one of the best things about Chicago. Like New York's subways, it really puts most visitors within reach of good eats anywhere in town without spending their life savings on cabs. On my two eating tours of Chicago, I stayed in the Loop but had no trouble getting to any restaurant I picked out of the various guide books and recommendations I carried along.

Steve, if you were ever a fan of "Married With Children", the fountain shown in the opening credits was, I believe in Grant Park:



And if you ever do go to Chicago, beyond food the big "no miss" is the Art Institute. It has a jaw-dropping collection of French Impressionism.
stevencarry
Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/15 22:37:46
First I'm going to Grant Park, have a Vienna hot dog and hope Demi Moore shows up.

By the way Buddy's Indian spot in Berkeley I believe is Vic'a Chaat Corner on Allston Way betw.4/5th I always wanted to go there. Get this it has I think the widest margin Zagat rating between food/atmosphere
It's 24/4 ,now that's city roadfood !
www.vikdistributors.com

Oops, I just checked and there is a Chaat Cafe on University Ave.
www.chaatcafe.com
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/16 00:14:57
Bingo on your second choice!

Buddy
Pumbaa
Junior Burger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/16 16:27:21
Buddy:
You mentioned a "gathering". Does Roadfood have gatherings? Where can I find out more info on them?
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/03/16 17:06:20
They are sporadic, based on the whims and yearnings of the members. Have no fear; if there is a gathering it will be well discussed, out in the open, usually in the Miscellaneous-Food Related forum, anywhere from six weeks to six months prior to the date of the gathering. I believe there is currently discussion of both a New England Bus Tour, and a southeast Wisconsin tour being organized by chicagostyledog.

Buddy
Torchman
Junior Burger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/08/22 13:26:05
I am a burrito FIEND, and the best burro EVER was from the ORIGINAL "GREEN BURRITO" on Carson blvd in Long Beach CA back in the early 80's. I see that they were actually bought out by Carls Jr and turned into a chain. I havent tried the chain version, but back in the day before they opened the second location in Huntington Beach, it was BURRITO HEAVEN!! The staff barely spoke English, but remembered you by name. The asada burros were to die for,grilled to order steak (dog?)chopped with a cleaver in front of your eyes, pico de gallo to die for..god I can still taste them! I would buy six-8 at a time and have them for breakfast when I was working in the charter boat fleet. To this day, I have never found a burro that can compare...
Frank
TheHotPepper.com
Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/09/04 22:43:05
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.
anselmo1
Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/09/04 23:53:31
The best Burito I have ever had is at Burito Bay in Getzville, NY. The Glutton is something to behold!

http://burritobay.com/index.php
HotDogHead
Double Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/09/06 15:52:08
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Originally posted by TheHotPepper.com

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.


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.
Torchman
Junior Burger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/09/06 20:34:33
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!
Torchman
Junior Burger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/09/06 21:01:28
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!! :-D 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...
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/09/06 21:12:37
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.
tamandmik
Double Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/10/26 09:54:01
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.
Texianjoe
Double Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/10/26 10:49:18
We have Mission Burrito down here in Houston. It is the best of the chains, better than Chipoltes I think, more veriety. And you can pick and choose what you want. Rice, no rice, beans no beans.

[url][/url]http://www.missionburritos.com/

joe
Fieldthistle
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2006/10/26 12:29:35
Hello All,
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.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle

671USA
Junior Burger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2007/07/02 05:03:09
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!!
Foxyfishy14
Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2007/07/11 14:27:07
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.
Big Ugly Mich
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2007/07/11 14:37:49
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Originally posted by 6star 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/
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'.
quote:
Originally posted by BT Steve, if you were ever a fan of "Married With Children", the fountain shown in the opening credits was, I believe in Grant Park:
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
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Originally posted by stevencarry Buddy, Anyone who was in their early 20's to mid 30's in the 1980's should watch "About Last Night..." It's a chick flick with so much crude guy stuff to even it out it's a near perfect reflection of that (my) time. Along with CSD's,and Italian Beef Sandos it makes me want to hop on the Oakland to Chicago train tonight.
Bittersweet memories. I took the Hiawatha Express to Sacramento years back and lost all my pictures when I got married. ~~~~~~ (Those are teardrops.)
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Originally posted by BuddyRoadhouse [Gatherings] are sporadic, based on the whims and yearnings of the members. Have no fear; if there is a gathering it will be well discussed, out in the open, usually in the Miscellaneous-Food Related forum, anywhere from six weeks to six months prior to the date of the gathering. I believe there is currently discussion of both a New England Bus Tour, and a southeast Wisconsin tour being organized by chicagostyledog.
Yenno, maybe we could talk the Sterns into inserting a "Gatherings", "Soirees", "Parties", or similar folder in the "Miscellaneous" folder.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Best Burrito Ever 2007/07/11 19:56:46
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Originally posted by 671USA

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..


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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