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California Burritos? We're not that far North!

Jom Apr 12, 2008 03:34 AM

I recently visited San Diego and I was turned onto the idea of a California Burrito which I went out and tried immediately after hearing about it. I got a Cali Burrito (French fries, carne asada, melted cheese, sour cream and I also had bacon added) and it was one of the most amazing burritos I've ever had. I'm a San Fernando Valley native, and we have quite a few Mexican food places, but I have never come across a burrito like this.

Does anyone know where I could find a California Burrito within the Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley area? I am dying to eat more and more, even though I could feel my heart going =[ after I finished my food.

  1. monku Apr 12, 2008 10:01 AM

    When I heard "California" burrito I figured it had avocado in it too.
    Sounds like it might be a custom job somewhere like "Lucky Boy" in Pasadena on Arroyo Parkway. They got all those ingredients and I don't think they'd get upset if you ask for all that stuff in a burrito.
    Their famous breakfast burrito is loaded with bacon not a few measly strips or bits. Last week I had their carne asada burrito and it looked like it was loaded with almost a pound of beef for $5.60--I barely finished it.

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    1. re: monku
      Jom Apr 13, 2008 12:31 AM

      I am definitely going to check out Lucky Boy, I've never heard of it before but it sounds pretty good from your explanation. If any of you seriously know anywhere in the area with a Cali Burrito let me know because I am dying for one and it's only been a day since my first one.

    2. afinkle Apr 12, 2008 10:16 AM

      In Oregon they have something called an Oregon burrito. Its Guac, Carne Asada and potato home fries. When I moved to san diego I was shocked to find out it was a really a california burrito! They have them at every burrito stand in san diego, so its strange that its not so much up here.

      Its good, but prepare to pass out immediately after eating it in a carne food coma.

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        carter Apr 12, 2008 10:17 AM

        the fries were inside the burrito, and not just an accompaniment?

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        1. re: carter
          JBC Apr 12, 2008 11:37 AM

          "...inside the burrito..."

          Actually a few people have been desperate to find an Israeli Style Falafel in Los Angeles which has fries inside (or on top of) the Pita, from a previous post:

          " Falafel Experts

          For those of you truly familiar with Israeli Style, like one that can be found in Paris, L'as Du Falafel, with scrumptious red cabbage slaw and buttery chunks of fried eggplants, garlic infused chili, with 2-3 pieces of fries sprinkled on top. "

          So fries inside my not be that original or unique of an idea.

          1. re: JBC
            Mel Gee Apr 12, 2008 03:26 PM

            These garbage burritos/tackyos make no sense, at least to my taste and logic. I've had them at Lucky Boy and, I believe, Rick's in Pasadena and can only say ugh. Make that ugh-a-mighty. If you were selling top-quality meat, salsa, and fries would you toss them together into a soakey mush? I'll bet that some low-end proprietor saw his teenager do it once and spotted the gimmick potential.

            However, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and other parts of Brooklyn the coleslaw comes right on top of the meat in hot sandwiches, and that, Chowhounds, can be sublime. Unlike potatoes and people, slaw maintains its integrity even in intimate partnerships -- for example, with barbecued pork or hot pastrami.

            1. re: Mel Gee
              afinkle Apr 12, 2008 05:13 PM

              I think the idea is similar to the Peruvian dish where meat and a rustic french fry are stir fried together. The fries aren't that crispy, but they are great to dilute the meat and are much better than a scoop of rice IMO.

              1. re: afinkle
                kevin Apr 12, 2008 09:52 PM

                lomo saltado, chifa cuisine.

              2. re: Mel Gee
                JeetJet Apr 29, 2008 09:04 AM

                "...low-end proprietor saw his teenager do it once..." I can understand how some people would like fries inside thier burrito because when I was about 8 yrs old I began stacking those great fries at McDonalds onto that bad burger to create something bigger and more worth eating. I still do it when forced to eat at McD and have found that it works just as well with their fish sandwich. However, I had a breakfast burrito at Alberto's several weeks ago and wondered why the potatoes were not so good. When I looked closer at the potatoes inside I realised they were fries. I guess Alberto's would mix the fries with Asada if requested but I would not try it unlees they used McD's fries.

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            andytseng Apr 13, 2008 02:07 AM

            I've heard quite a few requests for this, and I'm really not sure why. It's not like they use a special type of french fry to make a "California" burrito. Just order a burrito and a side of fries, open up your burrito and throw your fries in there. If it's one of those ridiculously large burritos that you have to eat with a knife and fork, you cut a slice of burrito, stab it with your fork, and you stab a few french fries and shove it all down your piehole.

            And what gave San Diegans the right to dub anything a "California" ______.

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            1. re: andytseng
              DiveFan Apr 16, 2008 02:51 PM

              And what gave San Diegans the right to dub anything a "California" ______.

              Thanks for pointing this out, andytseng. Call it a Sandy Eggo!

              1. re: andytseng
                jencounter May 1, 2008 07:24 AM

                Probably the same gumption that gave the Angels the 'right' to dub themselves a Los Angeles team. Ugh.

                The israeli falafal mentioned above (complete with french fries) can be had at Pita Pocket in Northridge. It's on the northwest corner of Reseda and Nordhoff, next to Vons.

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                xxpaulxx Apr 13, 2008 06:50 PM

                Try Wahoo's Fish Tacos. Its not on their official menu but most of the stores have it on the specials board. Lucky Boy will make it for you but they dont have the skinny fries that are generally used in SD so its not quite the same. The other big SD favorite is carne asada fries which is equally hard to find in LA. The only place I know of that serves them is My Taco in highland park (and they are amazing).

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                1. re: xxpaulxx
                  monku Apr 13, 2008 08:26 PM

                  Carne asada fries?
                  I think Carnitas Michoacan has them. One day I was looking at the menu at the nachos especial and there were two different kinds listed and the lady told me one was with tortilla chips and the other with french fries.
                  Carnitas Michoacan
                  1901 N Broadway
                  (Lincoln Heights)
                  Los Angeles, CA

                  If you like that you might also like the nachos at Uncle Robby's in Montebello. Its huge and a meal in itself....beans, chile verde, shredded cheddar cheese, fresh guacamole and sour cream. (no fries though-tortilla chips).
                  Uncle Robby's
                  539 N Montebello Blvd

                  1. re: monku
                    lafoodie7 Apr 29, 2008 09:57 AM

                    If you are more Silverlake/Los Feliz area, Muchachos Tacos (?) on Vermont right next to the car wash and across from the B of A does REALLY good carne asada fries. They have good steak-cut fries, and you can add any type of meat to it (this place does a good chicken mole - you know, for a taco stand type place). They then add cheese and microwave it on the meat/fries, then add guacamole, salsa, onions. To be shared with a friend, and maybe sneak a beer or two (they don't have alcohol, it's just a taco stand with a few tables/chairs in an enclosed area).

                    Good deal for $6.25 or whatever it is; it really can feed two. Sorry I don't know the cross street or proper name....

                  2. re: xxpaulxx
                    Velvet Elvis Apr 13, 2008 09:20 PM

                    you can get asada nachos at any of the various Alberto's permutations. In fact, they are considered to be SD style, so if they make fries you might be able to get the burrito there.

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                    french roast Apr 13, 2008 09:49 PM

                    There's a place in Highland Park (on York) called "My Taco" which is known for their Carne Asada fries. (JGold did a review of them recently in LA Weekly) http://www.laweekly.com/eat+drink/cou...
                    I am sure they would wrap that up in a burrito for you if you wanted.

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                    1. re: french roast
                      Jom Apr 16, 2008 01:58 AM

                      I think I'm going to make my way down to My Taco this weekend to see if they'll do it. Sounds like a delicious place even if they won't put together my Cali burrito.

                      1. re: Jom
                        french roast Apr 16, 2008 11:46 PM

                        Let us know how it goes! Maybe we can start a burrito trend at My taco...also, the lamb barbacoa is fabulous.

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                      LakerFan Apr 29, 2008 11:30 AM

                      like I posted in a similar thread, you should try Albertos or Alfredos, they are located in Rosemead, El Monte, Temple City, and the OC. Albertos was one of the original SD franchises that I remember having Carne Asada fries, now they have so many spin offs or imitators, Alfredos, Mochasalsa, Robertos, etc. but they usually serve the same thing.

                      1. fgrade Apr 30, 2008 02:15 PM

                        the taco and burrito chain alberto's or albert's, serve super fries, aka, california fries, it consists of a mountain of french fried potatoes, covered by a fist full of shredded cheddar, then buried with carne asada, and finally crowned with guacamole and sour cream, squeeze some lemon and drop some of their green salsa on this monster and devour

                        anyhow, i don't remember seeing it in a burrito form on the menu, but surely they will be more than happy to oblige

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