Green Minds Think Alike
First, I recognize that there is a great deal of Chile Verde in San Francisco that I have not yet tried. However, I was very impressed with the moistness of the meat, and the flavor of the marinade. Unique points were also awarded for some other objects found in the mix, which I assume are peppers and onions. Should I encounter a better Chile Verde, I'll let you know.
Second, I realize that some people may suspect a conflict of interest with my giving El Buen Sabor such a favorable review since they were my sole corporate sponsor in the recent AIDS/Lifecycle fundraiser. I assure you that my integrity and honor as a Burrito Analyst are of the utmost importance and are not subject to compromise.El Buen Sabor meal was rated: .
B Is For Burrito
B is for burrito.
The State Of Massachusetts' Tacos
Pili's Goes High Class: Tablecloths
We didn't care. We go for the food. But in a town obsessed with looks, we were afraid their business might unjustly suffer.
No more. Pili's got tablecloths and ditched the lawn furniture.
Bravo. We wish you success.
Return To Benitos
Back on Santa Monica Blvd I had to make a stop at Benitos (and Pili's). The carnitas burrito and machaca burrito never seemed to fail me at Benitos, though the rest of the menu is hit or miss. This being the morning, I went with the huevos filled machaca. Delicious.
Split Second Decision: Sanchez Burrito
As a first time patron, I like to browse the options, look around, and deliberate over my menu selection. Not this time. It jumped off the page and slapped me in the face:
Scrambled egg with jalapeño, tomato, onion, cilantro, rice, and beans.
Welcome To Tacos Por Favor
Located next to a small, outdoor skate park, I recommend you get your Tacos Por Favor order to go and prepare to be dazzled by some Tony Hawk inspired 12 year olds.Tacos Por Favor.
You Better Skip Lunch, Huevos Rancheros
There was a bit too much cheese for my liking - I forgot to ask for my beans to be served without queso. My fault. I should have spoke up.
While this plate of huevos rancheros was not the best I've ever had, it certainly tops the results of the Huevos Rancheros Mission in Boston.
And then I skipped lunch.
Macho Plate: "Not For A Woman"
This being my first time back in a while, the menu had changed: Macho Plate. "What's that?" I asked the man behind the counter.
The response revealed his machismo:
It's big. Three meats, chicken, carnitas, steak. Sour cream, guacamole. Not for a woman.
Sized and priced as a dinner, the Macho Plate will put hair on your chest.
Burritos On Fire, No Plantains
It is unclear if the name has changed; the old tarp remains.
Also, the delicious plantains they once offered have been removed from the menu. Boo.
Grace Potter, Human Resources
Some have been asking what I'm up to, running from coast to coast. Does Burrito Blog fund my lavish lifestyle of leisure? No.
John and I have been spreading the work of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Just push play below, be patient, and be prepared to be amazed. Listen to the whole thing.
If you read this far without pushing play, now is your chance to correct your mistakes. Go back and do it.
To show our extreme gratitude, John and I felt it only appropriate to shower them with beans and rice. We all met up at Anna's Taqueria in Porter Square to celebrate their hard work.
Grace and Jenna are no exception.
Marine Life And Chipotle
Was it the moist chicken? Was it the cilantro lime rice? Was it the enormity or the tight wrap?
This burrito was eaten following an excellent visit to the Baltimore Aquarium with Emily. The frog exhibit, dolphin show, and multitude of turtles made this burrito great.
Chipotle sits right across the way, basking in the glow of the Inner Harbor's marine life museum.
PS: I still hate the cilantro lime rice.
We're Watching You, Rainbow
There were two things I hadn't counted on. First, the extremely short duration of time spent in LA after the ride. Second, the complete lack of interest of the rest of my team in finding a taqueria.
Instead, they insisted on a loud, overpriced, disgusting dive called the Rainbow Bar & Grill, which featured a man dressed like Gene Simmons and an entire group of ten guys all dressed like Poison.
Still, I remained true to the mission and ordered an "Apple Burrito" from the dessert menu. But this Apple Burrito was no burrito. Rather, it was apple pie filling wrapped in a piece of pie crust, made to look like a burrito. And that would have been ok, except that it was horrible.
Rainbow Bar & Grill has besmirched the name of the burrito for their own selfish purpose of selling substandard food. We're watching you, Rainbow.
Below is the final list of the Burrito Blog faithful who donated to support the fight against AIDS:
Taqueria El Buen Sabor
"Big" Mike Schwimmer
MSNBC Snubs Burrito Blog
It is also my birthday.
On Cinco de Mayo, MSNBC decided to feature Burrito Blog, bringing joy and amusement to their viewers and my mother.
That joy was cut short in the studio, mere moments before airing, when a Mr. Patrick Kennedy announced he would seek substance abuse treatment. This is breaking news? Burrito Blog was bumped from the Cinco de Mayo broadcast.
It's ok, MSNBC, you are still my favorite. My mom hates you though.
Boca Exposé: Beef Birria
On the way to the office to go over a 75 page paper that about 0-1 persons will ever read, I stopped and got the a grande burrito with no beans and extra hot sauce. And beef birria.
According to Wikipedia, the only site better than Burrito Blog, birria is:
A spicy meat stew usually made from lamb or goat. Originated in Jalisco. Makes great tacos, usually served with guajillow chilis and an onion cilantro salsa.Boca Grande doesn't have lamb or goat, so their birria is made with beef.
The birria was delicious, though not nearly as spectacular as lamb birria I had in Los Angeles at Don Antonio's.
The only thing keeping down the rating is the post consumption blues, which were technically not blue, and rather violent. It is unclear if the explosive aftermath was caused by the beer birria, the extra hot sauce, or a third, unknown factor.
A Tale Of Two Tacos
The advice: try the tacos. Lines flow out the door on a regular basis, and she estimated that more than half of the orders placed are for tacos. Determined to spread the taco love, she insisted I take a photo to share with the world.
Left: chicken. Right: carne asada with guacamole.
Guacamole Is Extra, Sustainable Agriculture
While we missed the bus on this announcement, it is our duty to report on the commendable actions of Chipotle on June 28th of 2006. On that day, all guacamole sales (capped at $50,000) were donated to The Land Institute, whose purpose is
to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops. We have researched, published in refereed scientific journals, given hundreds of public presentations here and abroad, and hosted countless intellectuals and scientists. Our work is frequently cited, most recently in Science and Nature, the most prestigious scientific journals. We are now assembling a team of advisors which includes members of the National Academy of Sciences. These scientists understand our work and stand ready to endorse the feasibility of what we have come to call Natural Systems Agriculture.We of course dig all things sustainable, and applaud Chipotle's gesture. With guacamole prices well over $1.00, that's a lot of profit they donated to a good cause.
This entry is filed in Chipotle.
Your Mission: Huevos Rancheros
Mission: Eat huevos rancheros
Briefing: The quest for huevos rancheros in and around Boston is both challenging and rewarding. Spoils of victory cannot be compared. Tacos El Charro in JP has some excellent huevos rancheros, but they don't open until 11. Other local taquerias that offer plated meals usually do not open early enough, or do not stock huevos (see also: huevos blancos).
Mission Status: Failure.