Benny's Burritos--Who Eats This Stuff?
- Miriam Garron Feb 16, 2001 08:37 PM
Tuesday night late dinner--for a high school freshman with homework, that is...We stopped by Benny's Burritos on Greenwich at 7:30. Did I err by thinking the concept had merit? Stuffing lots of stuff into a tortilla? Maybe if the meat didn't taste like liquid smoke. Or if the lettuce wasn't brown. Or if the tomatoes hadn't been chopped days earlier (the same day they made the guac and packed it into a teeny plastic cup--50 cents extra). Where did they find such tasteless cheese to put on the nachos? The pressed chicken sandwich was equally tasteless, the fries cold and limp (Lawry's seasoned salt?)and the salsa--for the $30 plus we spent, I can by my own jar. Was this stuff tasty at some point? Next time home and DiFara's...
Back in the late '80s, when I'd be working in the city for the summer during college and living in abject poverty, Benny's Burritos used to be one of the few places you could get absolutely stuffed for the $5.50 they charged for a plate sized burrito. I never had anything fancy, but the rice, beans, cheese, salsa, and sour cream mush was intensely satisfying to my late adolescent (usually starving) tastebuds. I haven't tried to go back since, esp. as I've now become familiar with "real" San Francisco-Mexican, but I do have fond memories....