Wolfe Burgers ... or why a "heartburn-on-a-plate" is sometimes SO worth it
Wolfe Burgers ( www.wolfeburgers.com ) in Pasadena has been posted on these boards before, so I won't go into the lurid details about their fabulous condiment bar or the great zucchini fries or their yummy chorizo breakfast burritos.
No, what's worth mentioning this time around is Wolfe Burger's "Lobo".
What's a Lobo, you ask?
No, they haven't gone exotic and started serving game meats. A "Lobo" at Wolfe Burger is a mischiveious creation of 2 beef tamales, topped with enough chili to drown a small suburb, and then garnished with handfuls of cheese, tomatoes, and green onions.
They call it a "Lobo" ... I call it a heartburn-on-a-plate.
This is good stuff ... good stuff in the way that a bag of Fritos Corn Chips drenched in chili is good stuff. Not gourmet, more like softball game and picnic food.
How did it taste? Well, the chili was a bit sweet and not as spicy as I would like, but the tamales (even hidden underneath all that gunk) was very good, albeit not great.
But you can't judge a dish like this on individual pieces. It has to be taken as a whole .. and, as one combo meal, it scores 5 out of 5 Mylantas in my book.
I haven't been to W.B. since Josephine (owner) passed but with posts like your's I may have to head over there, I do miss 'The Big Bad Wolfe'!!!
As far as the chili not being spicy enough, I would humbly suggest a touch of Tabasco and a large pile of yellow chilis followed by an extra Mylanta, side effects may include but are not limited to.........oops, that's off topic!
I used to stop at Tommy's http://www.originaltommys.com/ in Barstow ,everytime i got to socal area, and get a their version that was pretty close to what you described,along with a Tommy burger mmmmm Messylicous!, in N.M. we always called these wonderfully spicy treats,a Tamale pie, or a Deluxe Tamale...anyway you slice it good stuff,as for the heartburn...drink some milk before,and after,that should take care of the problem.....enjoy!