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Super Burrito Al Pastor (Dry) at El Super Taco

a_and_w Mar 15, 2007 02:04 PM

I've been eyeing El Super Taco on my recent trips to Monte Alban. Bandini's Taco Blog gave it high marks for tacos, but burritos are a different animal entirely. Plus, I'd read a few things that gave me pause -- e.g., the meat isn't of the highest quality, the burritos contain lettuce (blech!) and they pour sauce over the super, which means knife and fork (a strike in my book). That meant I would have to micromanage the construction of my burrito, which is often annoying for everyone involved. It turns out, however, that my fears were unfounded.

I ordered a super burrito al pastor, dry, without lettuce -- no problem. What I got was one of the finest burritos I've had since moving back to CA. It wasn't wrapped in foil or paper, which typically presents a problem. Not so with this burrito, which was well rolled with excellent proportions and dispersion of al pastor, beans, rice, cheese, guac, sour cream, onions, cilantro, and tomatoes. Admittedly, the al pastor was a little fattier than I prefer, but the meat was still well marinated, with telltale red stains gracing the tortilla towards the end. I didn't see a whole bean option, which I prefer, though they have both pintos and black refried.

Future trips will determine if this joins the list of top burritos on the west side, but this was a decidedly promising first trip.

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  1. ipsedixit Mar 15, 2007 02:19 PM

    Try the asada, nice and tender and well marinated.

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      a_and_w Mar 16, 2007 10:08 AM

      Will do! Have you or anyone else tried the chicken? Is it grilled? Marinated at all?

      1. re: a_and_w
        ipsedixit Mar 16, 2007 11:46 AM

        No, not a big fan generally of chicken at taco places. I stick with beef or pork.

        1. re: ipsedixit
          a_and_w Mar 19, 2007 09:42 AM

          Tried the carne asada, which was well marinated but a bit gristly for my taste -- though no more so than at many other places, including Chipotle. The burrito itself was once again perfectly rolled with excellent proportions and dispersion of ingredients. I may try the chicken next, esp. if it's grilled.

          PS: Love the Orange Bang, which is reminiscent of Orange Julius...

          1. re: a_and_w
            wilafur Mar 19, 2007 11:28 AM

            tried the carne asada (dry) this sat and was very underwhelmed. not only was the carne asada very dry but it was also quite gristley. i guess that what happens with you cook a bunch of meat in the morning and toss it into a steam table for hours upon hours. however, as a&w mentioned the burrito's ingredient proportions were good but too bad the meat sucked.

            i doubt i'll be going back even though it is in my neck of the woods. ugh!!!

            1. re: wilafur
              katkoupai Mar 19, 2007 11:30 AM

              Does "gristly" mean dry and tough? Put this way, it doesn't sound appetizing.

              1. re: wilafur
                a_and_w Mar 19, 2007 11:43 AM

                Wilafur, that's when I tried it, too. I wonder if it was a bad batch?

                Kat, gristly means lots of cartilage.

                1. re: a_and_w
                  wilafur Mar 19, 2007 11:49 AM

                  yep dry and full of dried fat and maybe tendon? i dunno, but the meat was gross.

                  a&w, do you feel stiffed like i do? i'm bummed.

                  1. re: wilafur
                    a_and_w Mar 19, 2007 12:14 PM

                    Stiffed? I wouldn't go that far -- I still enjoyed my burrito. I'll try them again in a day or two and let you know if it was an aberration.

                    PS: Have you tried Eduardo's on Westwood? Really top-notch marinated carne and pollo asada...

                    1. re: a_and_w
                      wilafur Mar 19, 2007 01:13 PM

                      well, i guess you got some better carne asada cause what they gave me was inedible. i took a few bites and threw the rest away.

                      will try out eduardo's next time.....

                      1. re: wilafur
                        a_and_w Mar 19, 2007 02:02 PM

                        Also Taco Plus on Bundy right nearby -- not as good as Eduardo's but better quality carne asada and al pastor than El Super Taco.

                        1. re: a_and_w
                          wilafur Mar 19, 2007 02:25 PM

                          used to go to taco plus all the time whe i was at ucla (lived on amherst & ohio @ 1/2 block away). it was good but i am still taco plus'ed out to this day. =)

                  2. re: a_and_w
                    katkoupai Mar 19, 2007 12:00 PM

                    a_and_w and wilafur, thanks for the definitions. I have never had gristly carne asada yet. On another note, I have friends who actually really like tendon and other stuff in their meat (not specifically carne asada, but pho and bbq and so on). I don't know-- to each his or her own. I appreciate the info. :)

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          nosh Mar 15, 2007 02:35 PM

          There are a lot of things I like about this place: cheap tacos at a buck, simple burritos $4; an interesting salsa bar choice with their habanero, which is great heating up their salsa roja; the grilled onions served with the tacos; easy parking and proximity to me. Friendly staff. Their specialty seems to be tortas, with their sandwich presses usually filled and apparently the most popular order being bagged for takeout or delivery. I still stop in at Tacos Por Favor or Taqueria Sanchez when in Santa Monica or Culver City, but El Super Taco has its strengths and is half the distance for me.

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          1. re: nosh
            a_and_w Mar 16, 2007 10:08 AM

            Yes, they're walking distance from me -- my dilemma is they also apparently deliver. Given how much weight I've put on since moving to LA, I think I'll keep walking.

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            chuck Mar 15, 2007 03:54 PM

            I work down the street on Bundy and tried El Super Taco yesterday for lunch. I had tacos with asada and at $1.00 a piece it is a bargain. The tacos have plenty of meat and the grilled onions are a good addition along with the chopped raw onions and cilantro. I also liked the salsa bar . It will be on my lunch time rotation.

            1. wilafur Mar 16, 2007 11:50 AM

              yum! thanks for the review. i'll be checking them out this weekend.

              1. tony michaels Mar 16, 2007 12:09 PM

                Tried the tacos today. One pescado, one chorizo, one carnitas and one cabeza. Pretty fair, (the fish was probably the weakest of the lot as the cabbage was a bit limp). Of the meat choices I thought the cabeza was the best, then the carnitas and lastly the chorizo. Salsa choices are decent and as was previously pointed out they have a very hot habanero salsa that I blended in with one of the medium hot red ones (the one all the way on the left as you face the salsa bar).

                Nothing earth shattering, but fine enough to keep you coming by every once in a while, for sure.

                1. katkoupai Mar 19, 2007 09:51 AM

                  Where is El Super Taco? Is there more than one? The description of the burrito is really good. It makes me want to try one.

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                  1. re: katkoupai
                    a_and_w Mar 19, 2007 09:58 AM

                    Courtesy of Bandini's Blog:

                    El Super Taco 11923 Santa Monica Blvd 90025 (310)312-6260

                    Only one that I'm aware of...

                    1. re: a_and_w
                      katkoupai Mar 19, 2007 09:59 AM

                      Thank you so much. :)

                    2. re: katkoupai
                      tony michaels Mar 19, 2007 10:22 AM

                      It's next door to Monte Alban if you are in the mood for some Oaxacan food after your burrito / taco noshing.

                      1. re: tony michaels
                        katkoupai Mar 19, 2007 10:25 AM

                        Two meals, one right after the other? Now that's indulgence. I will try to check these out when I'm in that area. Thanks for the info. :)

                        1. re: katkoupai
                          tony michaels Mar 19, 2007 10:37 AM

                          Think of it as an appetizer and a main course. ;-D

                          1. re: tony michaels
                            katkoupai Mar 19, 2007 10:45 AM

                            I felt guilty for getting a burrito and some taquitos at King Taco yesterday. Dining at two places one after another will truly challenge me, on that same level. Thinking of one as an appetizer and the other as a main course is good advice though. I don't know if I can do it, but I like the theory. Thanks for the suggestion. :-)

                            1. re: katkoupai
                              a_and_w Mar 20, 2007 09:45 AM

                              I'd try Monte Alban first. That place was a true taste revelation for me...I can't get enough of their red and black moles. Word to the wise -- the chicken tends to be a bit dry.

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