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Any mexican food like Nico's Taco shops in San Diego?

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I'm looking for any place in the LA area that has bean and cheese burritos with great refried beans and flour tortillas that are not wet, and carnitas burritos with pork that's crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Any suggestions? I have tried Lucky Boy, Puebla Taco, King Taco, La Estrella, Green St, Dona Rosa, Burrito Express, Cactus, Benitos, Burrito King, Tacos Mexico, My Taco, Tere's, the place at the Farmer's Market, Rosarito's, and Yucca's. I didn't think it would be this hard to replace Nico's!

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  1. Wow! You've tried a lot of places! I've never been to Nico's Taco Shop in San Diego, but I remember a thread about bean and cheese burritos on chowhound and someone said Mexicatessan in Monterey Park on Atlantic was suppose to have a good bean and cheese burrito.

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    1. re: bigtums

      Thanks, I'll look it up. Some places have okay b & c but no carnitas or vice versa. Hopefully I will find someplace and I highly recommend Nico's if you are in San Diego.

      1. re: tbrown

        Just a quick note, some discussion of Nico's in San Diego itself has been split back to the California board. You can continue that end of the discussion here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/458207

    2. As someone who grew up in SD, I know how you feel and for me, it's the carne asada burritos that I miss.

      So far, there's only one taco shop (recommened on this board) I've been to in LA that makes a carne asada burrito fairly close to the SD style.

      It's on Westwood in West LA and it's called Eduardo's Border Grill; I get the "classic" burrito minus the queso.

      Haven't tried their carnitas (and I don't like bean and cheese burritos), but since you're open to trying places, it's worth a shot.

      http://www.eduardosbordergrill.com/

      1. I haven't tried the items requested, but I seem to remember reading here somewhere that the Alberto's/Alfredo's/Alerto's chain is San Diego style. Regardless, it is good food.

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        1. re: Velvet Elvis

          I found the Alfredo's in Los Angeles and it was exactly what the doctor ordered! Crisp carnitas with just meat and fresh salsa, refried bean and cheese burritos, and tortillas that were fully cooked and not "wet". Thanks so much!

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