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Mar 15, 2007 02:04 PM

Super Burrito Al Pastor (Dry) at El Super Taco

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. Try the asada, nice and tender and well marinated.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

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

      1. re: a_and_w

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

        1. re: ipsedixit

          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

            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

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

              1. re: wilafur

                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

                  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

                    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

                      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

                        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

                          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

                    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. :)

        2. 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

            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.

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

              1. 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.