The Good, The Bad, And The Sleepy
The bad: From a truck. Greasy. Laced with sleeping pills.
See also: Airplane Sedative.
Welcome To El-Charro Mexicano
The truck appears only on weekends between on Columbia Road in Washington DC's Adams Morgan, between 16th and 17th (Map). The menu claims an extensive selection of dishes, but it is a lie: they only have tacos.
For a comprehensive list of other taco truck reviews (especially in LA), check out Bandini's Taco Hunt.
Santa Fe Style Salad
It comes with lettuce, chicken, cheese, corn, and heaps of guacamole.
Burrito Chris said, "Yeah man, it's good," and, "Don't point that camera at me."
Cabeza Means Head
Beef head tacos from La Taqueria are heavy on the onions and cilantro. And delicious.
The burrito was served to me with a grilled tortilla, in a wax paper wrapper, already a sign of poor burrito engineering. I was not asked what kind of beans I would like, and as I feared, the burrito came standard with refried, which as you probably know by now, I hate in my burrito.
Preconceived notions of taste aside, I went for it. I was sorely disappointed. The burrito was bland and starchy. Combined with the mushiness of the refried beans, I wondered if I wouldn't have been better off with the vegetarian family dinner. The worst part: the burrito alone cost me a whopping $9.30 with tax.
Then I, Phil Jonas, did something I've never done before. I left the last bite of my burrito on my plate as a silent protest of the experience.
This was one burrito I would not finish.
Welcome To Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
Unfortunately though, some of my family there is vegetarian.
When faced with the thought of going to a vegetarian dinner on Friday night, I new I had to take action. My plan: a quick stop at Lime Fresh Mexican Grill for a clandestine burrito ought to do the trick.
Lime originally got its start on the notorious South Beach, among the beautiful people. Just before I moved to San Francisco, they opened up a second location in North Miami Beach, closer to my stomping grounds. You can check out Lime's website here and you should because the website is pretty cool. Unfortunately, the food isn't.Lime Fresh Mexican Grill.
Baja Fresh Denies Faneuil Hall Tortillas
There's some new restaurant going in there, and they will not be serving frijoles, tortillas, or anything resembling Mexican food.
Baja Fresh was a paltry improvement, and Faneuil hall has regressed to its former status: my least favorite place.
Segregation Not Welcome
The problem is that Romano's puts the meat off to the side; nothing in this plate is ready for mixing. Anna's has the meat on top of the rice.
Some might offer that this is caused by my no beans request. I would like to point out that there are no beans in the bottom photo, either. Had there been, they would have been in the upper left corner of the plate, at the site of the lettuce.
I don't like my food segregated. Mix it up, amigos.
Zest Fest 2006
It looks like a real hot sauce lovers' convention. Well, that's because it is, I guess.
Boston Globe Ratifies Burrito Contest
Burrito Blog made an appearance in The Boston Globe this weekend where they published the results of the Burrito Blog Speed Eating Contest #1. They also reported, as I had said, that there will be another speed eating contest.
Well, I didn't really mean it.
But I suppose it has to happen now. I cower before that big media pressure. Give it a year, and we'll hold another contest and make a big deal about it.
Forgo The Guacamole, Oh No
Quoted in entirety:
Seriously, who would have thought this CPI would hit so close to home- or quite literally, my stomach? I remember the good old days when my super Carnitas, beans and rice, salsa, hot sauce and guacamole only cost $4.52. I used to keep 52 cents in my car at all times, just in case I had an unexpected Anna's attack. These days I can hardly keep pace with inflation. If this keeps up, I might have to even start forgoing the guacamole.Dave, I miss it too. We all do. But my demand for guacamole is inelastic.
This entry is filed in Anna's Taqueria.
Burrito Blog Speed Eating Contest #1
After some trans national trash talking between Phil and DJ Turbz regarding the rapidity of burrito consumption capabilities, the two finally met for a showdown at Anna's. Sheb Shumar, with a reputation for brief meals, requested inclusion in the competition. Enter John Liu, last minute entrant, ringer, and soon to be Junior Burrito Analyst.
Enough hype. To the tape! From left to right: Phil Jonas, DJ Turbz, Sheb Shumar, John Liu.
Stick around for the closing seconds of commentary from the contestants where John Liu delivers a proverbial chest thumping assertion of dominance.
- Gold: John Liu - 1:35
- Silver: Sheb Shumar - 1:56
- Bronze: DJ Turbz - 2:24
- Aluminum: Phil Jonas - 2:45
Super burritos were nearly agreed upon, with all participants ordering at least cheese, rice, beans, salsa, with a choice of steak or chicken. John and Phil decided to get guacamole and sour cream postulating that a favorite burrito can be eaten faster than the bare minimum.
At the weigh in, Phil's burrito tipped the scale by a moderate but non critical margin.
Burrito Blog will hold another speed eating contest, this time open to the public. Though the date is to be determined, renowned Medford dentist Dr. Steve Lentine has already registered.
Update: Seth Shuman has allegedly shown the video to the delight of Johnny Damon, expatriated Anna's Taqueria junkie.This entry is filed in Anna's Taqueria.
Burritos Are For Lovers
Caitlin and Andrew are college friends of mine. In fact, I lived with Andrew for all four years. The two recently visited me out in San Francisco from Boston, and though Andrew is a huge Chipotle fan, I took him them to La Corneta.
While the meal was solid, the company was better. We laughed and shared stories over sour cream and guacamole. But that's not the best part.
During their trip to wine country later that week, Andrew proposed to Caitlin and the two got engaged. I don't claim to know whether or not the burrito from La Corneta had any influence on Andrew's actions, but perhaps an experiment on the aphrodisiac effect of pinto beans is in order.
Congratulations, you two. We will toast horchata at your wedding.
Welcome to La Corneta Taqueria
Nate lived in San Francisco before I moved here, and one of the first places he took me was La Corneta Taqueria on Mission St. between 23rd and 24th (Map). At first I was skeptical. The inside of La Corneta has an odd look wherein it is both colorful, and at the same time looks almost sterile. My first impression was that it sort of looked like one of those playgrounds they have at McDonald's. Apparently, many people are initially skeptical about La Corneta for the same reason.
As it turns out, the food is pretty good there. If it weren't a bit far from me (relative to the other 3,000 taquerias in the Mission), I'd probably go there much more often. Still, it's worth a trip every once in a while.