The Burrito Blog

October 2005

24 Hour Burrito Help Line

I have established myself as a hub of tortilla related knowledge, boasting discriminating taste and responsive advice.

It's exceptionally difficult to photograph a text message. Here's the transcription:

Quick I need your help. How are the burritos at Sunset?
$2.99 for the first minute, $0.99 for each additional minute.

This entry is filed in Sunset Grill & Cantina.

Monday, October 31, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for 24 Hour Burrito Help Line

Mexican TV Dinner

I was wandering around my neighborhood in search of dinner the other night, when I was struck by some Burrito Blog inspiration. Thai food can wait...a month.

I stepped into La Ceiba a little late and it was kinda empty. I asked the guy behind the counter what he preferred, the mole poblano or the chicken enchiladas. He picked the mole, and I'm a trusting man.

Burrito Blogging isn't all fun and games. I realized how far behind I was, and decided to get my food to go. Over some television and chicken mole, I started catching up on my posts. While this burst of motivation didn't compare to the one that started it all, my La Ceiba meal fueled me to write about 10 Burrito Blog articles.

Oh, and the mole poblano came with black beans and rice, and was moderately excellent, though $11.

This La Ceiba meal was rated: 7.4.

Thursday, October 27, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for Mexican TV Dinner

Welcome To La Ceiba

Just down the street on the corner of Avenue A and 11th Street (Map) sits La Ceiba, a Mexican restaurant with a few tables and a jukebox. The jukebox offers no American pop hits (everything was in Spanish), and the menu has no burgers.

Finally. Real Mexican food in this part of town is unusually hard to find.

While it's not exactly a the quick eats burrito stand that I prefer, they offer delivery. For now though, I can walk the four blocks.

Click on a menu for a full size version.

This entry is filed in La Ceiba.

Thursday, October 27, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for Welcome To La Ceiba | Comments (3)

Insurance Money Well Spent

Months after the great El Burrito fire, the doors are open again and the interior seems cleaned up. In the first incarnation, El Burrito wasn't the prettiest place in Allston Rock City.

Many thanks to Nikhiel for the pictures of the new interior.

This entry is filed in El Burrito.

Monday, October 24, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for Insurance Money Well Spent

Mass Transit Mariachi

Today, on the way home from a long day at work, a one man performance caught me by surprise on the train. And by 'on the train' I do not mean 'in the station.'

Out of nowhere, some guy just starts singing up a storm between stops. That earned my smile, and earned him a donation.

This entry is filed in {News}.

Saturday, October 22, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for Mass Transit Mariachi

I Make Empires Crumble?

Boston's Burrito Max is no more.

It's always sad when this sort of thing happens, no matter what. Burrito Max baffled me when they forgot the chicken in my harvest burrito. Since the Lechuga! Lechuga! Lechuga! incident, we haven't been on speaking terms. Differences aside, we were brothers.

It has been written that Burrito Blog may bear some responsibility:

Burrito Max has closed the burritoblog slammed them more than once and their prices went up and they switched to peanut oil ... but dammit they were convenient, filling, and I liked 'em ... and now they are gone. No fanfare - nothin.

It can't be so. That's too much power for one man to have.

I support all burrito establishments, no matter how infrequent my patronage may be. I'll take a tortilla with rice over mayonnaise with anything any day. Yes, the ratings are sometimes harsh, but always honest.

Burrito Max, your blood is not on my hands.

This entry is filed in Burrito Max.

Friday, October 21, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for I Make Empires Crumble?

Evidence Of Quesadilla

I got an email mid August from a guy named John. He pointed out that there was no mention of a quesadilla from Anna's on Burrito Blog.

Could it be so?

Well readers, I've had the Anna's quesadilla many times and here's proof. They make their quesadillas using a lightly fried 10" tortilla which is then filled like a burrito (rice and beans are not standard).

These quesadillas are excellent, although they are a little too oily to eat every day.

Anna's quesadillas are double fold, while others are single fold. Which do I prefer? I like variety.

This entry is filed in Anna's Taqueria.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for Evidence Of Quesadilla

Chicken, Beans, Rice

You'd think that's all it'd take to make me happy. After all, I have a website devoted to chicken, beans, and rice.

Somehow, this plate from San Marcos just didn't do it for me. The food here is much less Mexican than the decor, and less good.

This San Marcos meal was rated: 3.6.

Monday, October 17, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for Chicken, Beans, Rice

Welcome To San Marcos

Walking to and from the train each day down Saint Mark's in NYC's East Village, I'd passed San Marcos a number of times (Map). The place always seems busy; the outdoor seating is lively and filled with happy hour drinks. Check out the official site here.

But all is not as it seems.

The happy hour deals only exist for indoor seating. Ok...let's step inside.

This entry is filed in San Marcos.

Monday, October 17, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for Welcome To San Marcos | Comments (1)


Last weekend, Anthony and I ran block after block through a tropical storm in search of a promise: the promise of Tacos Pepitos.

Soaked to the skin, we discovered that Tacos Pepitos does not turn off the 'Open' sign when they are, in fact, closed.

This entry is filed in Tacos Pepito's Bakery.

Friday, October 14, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for Liars!

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Bad weather just came to New York, and I just left.

Los Angeles. Tanning and tortillas await...and Minus The Bear.

Perhaps I'll finally rid myself of Californian hate mail.

I just found your website and love it. My favorite food is burritos also. However, I just thought I'd let you know that you are missing out. Nothing compares to the burritos you can get in SF's mission district or in any number of taqueria's you can find in California.
You'll never look at burritos the same again.
While living here in California I believe I have found the best burritos in the world.
Ok west coast trash talkers, let's see what you've got.

This entry is filed in {News}.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for Rain, Rain, Go Away

Huevos Rancheros To Go

It's tough to beat a weekend brunch. This past Sunday was one of the best ever, though it did not include frijoles. All you can drink Bloody Marys were a permissible one time substitution for corn tortillas.

Vodka with breakfast aside, I wish more places served eggs with tortillas and rice. That's so much more my style.

This entry is filed in Tacos El Charro.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for Huevos Rancheros To Go

No Mas, No Mas!

Remember I mentioned that Felipe's runs out of food late at night? Evidence, my readers.

The big guy in the lower right is blockading the door as drunk students charge. Think European soccer match stampede, but for burritos.

This entry is filed in Felipe's Taqueria.

Saturday, October 08, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for No Mas, No Mas!

Dim The Lights

Greg's looking sophisticated at Taco Loco. Ladies of New Hampshire take note.

This picture is so old I can't even guess the month. I'm almost caught up with the archive photos. As these pictures trickle out, I remember exactly how amazing places like Taco Loco are.

This entry is filed in Taco Loco.

Thursday, October 06, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for Dim The Lights

I Am A Corporate Stooge

Last Saturday I decided to hop a bus from NY to DC to go see Minus The Bear, again. They rocked, again, and so did These Arms Are Snakes.

Once back, it was time to get some pillows and bedding. Where? Kmart.

So I'm walking through the New York's East Village with this gigantic Kmart bag and decide to stop for a carnitas filled dinner at Chipotle on St. Mark's. Now I've got this big Kmart bag in one hand and a Chipotle bag in the other.

As the title would suggest, I was feeling like a bit of a victim of economies of scale.

The carnitas burrito wasn't that great although it was gigantic. I like to get my Chipotle with both medium (not the corn) and mild salsa. It leaves me craving something a little verde. Is there a better suggestion out there?

This Chipotle meal was rated: 3.9.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for I Am A Corporate Stooge

Bistek Y Queso

Carl's is a sub shop that makes a fine burrito. I recommend going for the burritos, but had to taste exactly why they're famous.

John and I split a burrito (review here) and a steak and cheese.

I've got to admit - I'm out of my element here. This is, after all, Burrito Blog, so I'll keep this quick.

It was good.

This Carl's meal was rated: 6.7.

Sunday, October 02, 2005 by Jonah. Permalink for Bistek Y Queso