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SAN DIEGO- Where's the BEST Carne Asada Burrito?

Unknown Eater Feb 21, 2006 11:32 PM

This is one of our favorites so please help us out.
Anything from dine in to hole-in-the-wall take out will do.

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    JS RE: Unknown Eater Feb 22, 2006 05:33 PM

    Maritza's, in Clairemont.
    3582 Mount Acadia Blvd # D, San Diego, 92111 - (858) 279-8866

    They cook the steak (and yes, they use steak) over an open flame using a bona-fide asador, and the flavor is slightly smoky, with a delicious house-made marinade for the meat. Place is a hole-in-the-wall, and they make their own salsa, which is delicious and spicy. Their guacamole is also outstanding.

    It's a pleasure to eat a CAB where you can actually identify the bits of steak and there's no gristle to be found.

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      KirkK RE: JS Feb 23, 2006 01:25 AM

      OK JS - You've broken me. I drive just about everyday, I'm finally going to have try the CAB.

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        JS RE: KirkK Feb 23, 2006 12:44 PM

        Glad to heat it. I'm curious to see what you think. Maritza's is a total hole in the wall, like I said, but if you go there on a week-night you'll see a steady stream of locals coming in to pick up massive to-go orders.

        Their Wednesday night carnitas special is also quite good, and a real bargain. It's around $7, but you get 3/4 of a pound of pork, and loads of fixins. The only caveat with that is you must call ahead and reserve some because it sells out quickly.

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        jay porter RE: JS Feb 23, 2006 04:18 AM

        I do agree with Mr. S. that Maritza's is very good, but I shamelessly prefer the quesadilla special (ignore the name, it's in the CAB family) at La Posta in Hillcrest, and -- though this is 6 year old info -- the CAB at Trujillo's in the College area.

        Peace out.

        Disclaimer -- I own a restaurat specializing in carne asada--I mean, with absolutely nothing to do with the brilliance that is SD taco shops.

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          JS RE: jay porter Feb 23, 2006 12:46 PM

          My dream CAB would be a La Posta-style quesadilla special with Maritza's filling.

          When I lived around the corner from Martiza's, my regular item was a CAB without the guacamole or salsa fresca. Instead I'd have them fill the burrito with meat, cheese, and enchilada sauce. OMG was that good.

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            Tracy RE: JS Jun 23, 2006 04:55 PM

            I love carne asada burritos I used to live in san diego and fell in love with them there, it took me 15 years to find a restaurant in Kansas City that is from San Diego and has them. I had tried every restaurant I can and have never had success.Carne Asada Burritos are the best. I get them with no guacamole with sourcream, pico de gallo and cheese, yum Now I am hundry

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        mmmari619 RE: Unknown Eater Jul 5, 2006 04:07 AM

        Maritza's has the best Carne Asada in San Diego. I live in the area and there food is excellent.

        1. Pedro LaPayment RE: Unknown Eater Dec 5, 2007 10:53 AM

          OK, we all agree that the best CAB you can get is from the 'hole in the wall', 'orange and yellow stripped', 'wet shacks'. When you order through the drive through all you hear is a quick bit of static and then 'thank you' in a spanish accent. As mentioned above, La Posta is high up there. Try Cotija's in Pt Loma. They rule. Also, something to check out is the 'Grande Burro'. I bet you cant finnish it in one setting. Industy standard is Nico's. Alway consistant.

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            ibstatguy RE: Pedro LaPayment Dec 5, 2007 06:49 PM

            I REALLY like the carnitas as Nico's

          2. DoctorQuality RE: Unknown Eater Dec 5, 2007 04:39 PM

            el asadero on el cajon blvd near sdsu. you wouldn't want to walk into the place by the looks of the outside, but everything inside is legit. fantastic carne asada done right and you won't be dissapointed.

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              Josh RE: DoctorQuality Dec 6, 2007 09:31 AM

              Heh, alright. Glad to see someone else talking about this place. I did a write up on them a few years ago, but never really saw anyone else mention them.

              Their al pastor, carnitas and barbacoa are also great.

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                JRSD RE: Josh Dec 6, 2007 09:49 AM

                The butcher part is very good as well. I liked the shish-kebobs they had with a kind of asada/teriyaki mixed marinade. They also had a great selection of ice/ice cream bars, with the Jamaica being my favorite.

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                Foodnerds RE: DoctorQuality Apr 4, 2008 08:56 AM

                I posted this elsewhere but, sadly, El Asadero has closed :(

                We NEED good food in the SDSU area!!

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                  sabotage RE: Foodnerds May 20, 2008 11:04 PM

                  heart broken. One of my favorite places in SD. I always told everyone I knew about this place. Great food and incredible people. Loved their habanero salsa. XXX!

              3. deckape RE: Unknown Eater Dec 6, 2007 11:00 AM

                Taco Surf in PB makes a pretty good CA Burrito. Goes well with their salsa.

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                  LisaSD RE: Unknown Eater Dec 6, 2007 11:59 PM

                  I like Santana's CAB with sour cream added. Kind of makes its own sauce but the green tomatillo salsa is great!

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                    DragonflyFairrie RE: Unknown Eater Apr 3, 2008 07:27 PM

                    El Rodeo, in Ocean Beach
                    5060 Newport Avenue
                    San Diego, CA 92107
                    (619) 226-8506

                    This is my personal favorite. And when I come to visit in April it's going to be my first stop.
                    The CAB and CAP are awesome in my book. Heck I love everything there.
                    Inexpensive and a staple in Ocean Beach. Open very late mostly for those who have been out late drinking and crave some great Mexican food.
                    No gristle. No fat clods. Just the meat man. That's what it's all about.
                    And for someone who's missing home aka San Diego, it's a must visit restaurant.

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                      MrKrispy RE: DragonflyFairrie Apr 4, 2008 05:51 PM

                      oof great if you need a nearby post-bar burrito, but there is a reason the locals call it El Regretto

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                        Josh RE: MrKrispy Apr 4, 2008 05:59 PM

                        Yeah man, when I lived in OB that was definitely the Mexican food of last resort.

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                      Ariannehana RE: Unknown Eater Apr 4, 2008 01:40 AM

                      The best Carne I've had recenlty is from a little place in Vista(North SD) called Los Cabos. I love their tortas though it is the best torta bread too.

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                      1. re: Ariannehana
                        Paul Weller RE: Ariannehana Apr 4, 2008 07:21 AM

                        Los Cabos is pretty good, but I like Tacos and Chelas right across the street better. The food is a little more expensive, around a buck or two more, but the flavors are awesome.

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                        vinosnob RE: Unknown Eater Apr 4, 2008 09:23 AM

                        JV's Taco Shop on Morena


                        And there's a random place in Del Mar off of Lomas Santa Fe Dr. (west); I think that's the exit off of the 5 North.

                        It's a little grocery store and in the back the make killer carne asada burritos.

                        I think it's called Porto's or something similar; does any one know this place??

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                          PGB RE: vinosnob Apr 4, 2008 10:38 PM

                          Do you mean Randy's(?) Taco Shop on Stevens Blvd in Solana Beach? In a little strip center a few blocks south of Lomas Santa Fe. It's great.

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                            Anfhann RE: PGB Dec 26, 2008 09:12 AM

                            The taco shop is actually called Rudy's. Its located on Stevens Ave, just past Academy drive. Their actual address is 524 Stevens Ave.

                            I did the great CAB hunt in San Diego over the course of 15 years and that's my vote: Rudy's!

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                              vinosnob RE: Anfhann Apr 21, 2009 11:30 AM

                              Thanks for the 411!

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                          Ela0427 RE: Unknown Eater Apr 4, 2008 04:24 PM

                          I like Santana's too...i commit a crime and add beans and cheese to their CAB (meat, salsa and guac). Santana's has a couple of locations and i like their salsa bar.

                          1. Alice Q RE: Unknown Eater Apr 4, 2008 07:44 PM

                            When it's "on" - the Carne Asada at Sarita's in Casa de Oro (off the 94 on Campo Road in Spring Valley) is really, really good. It's our Friday night staple.

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                              kare_raisu RE: Alice Q Apr 4, 2008 07:46 PM

                              i just moved my sister around the corner from here today. I'll have to check that and ranas across the st out!

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                                Alice Q RE: kare_raisu Apr 4, 2008 08:17 PM

                                how funny, you definitely should! The Fresh and Easy store also has some pretty worthwhile stuff, and the bbq joint (though a little scary) is actually pretty good.

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                                  Cathy RE: Alice Q Apr 4, 2008 08:39 PM

                                  And remember, Fresh and Easy stores mark down the dated stuff 1/2 price after about 3 pm on the day of...and are open until 10 p.m.

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                                  Foodnerds RE: kare_raisu Apr 4, 2008 09:36 PM

                                  I like Ranas!

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                                Bullybeer RE: Unknown Eater May 20, 2008 10:44 PM

                                My favorite place is Robertos#10 On el cajon blvd,and ohio st. Their burritos are THE best! The robertos By the roller coaster (belmont park) Is pretty awesome as well!!!!

                                we always go to that one when we are at the beach! I LOVE Carne asada burritos!!!
                                Cant wait to get back home to San Diego!

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                                  cstr RE: Bullybeer May 21, 2008 04:53 AM

                                  I like them at Primo's farmers market in Vista.

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                                    Josh RE: cstr May 21, 2008 07:36 AM

                                    I have to say, after eating a lot of more interesting Mexican meat dishes I've come to find carne asada pretty boring.

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                                      cstr RE: Josh May 21, 2008 09:42 AM

                                      For 2 bucks, it's a nice snack before hitting the road south, that mutes the hunger urge.

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                                        kare_raisu RE: Josh May 21, 2008 09:46 AM

                                        You are right Josh - there are many more interesting dishes but sometimes if it is cut properly, seasoned perfectly and executed with care a [real deal thin] carne asada plate [ not burrito] is beauty of simplicity.

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                                          ocguy RE: kare_raisu Nov 28, 2008 07:35 PM

                                          You guys are all missing.the mark. For absolutely INSANE carne asada, there's a little market/take out place in solana beach on stevens called Rudy's. They cook the carne asada over mesquite and serve it in sheeths, not cut up. It is the most tender meat around. Make your own tacos or burrito...doesn't matter..it melts in your mouth. you try it and tell me if any other place is better. I very much doubt it.

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                                            cgfan RE: ocguy Nov 28, 2008 10:04 PM

                                            Though I don't know it to be the best, (but it's the best CA I've personally had, Rosarito's Yacqui included), I'll also put in a word for Rudy's in the Eden Gardens section of Solana Beach. My 2 cents on their CA (recommend the CA torta over the burrito) can be found here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5752...


                                            Rudy's Taco Shop
                                            524 Stevens Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

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                                    SD Native RE: Unknown Eater Nov 29, 2008 02:13 PM

                                    I like the carne asada burrito at Pokez with the ranchera sauce, cheese, and sour cream on top. When its good, its good!

                                    Rudy's is good but......

                                    Maritza's isnt all that.

                                    1. sd4life RE: Unknown Eater Dec 3, 2008 04:59 PM

                                      I like a place in El Cajon called Las Parillas (The Grills). I guess you can call it traditional Mexican food. It isn't a trendy, big bucks place, nor is it a hole-in-a-wall either. My fav. is the cane asada burrito w/enchilada sauce and cheese on top.


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                                        timbigworm11 RE: sd4life Feb 10, 2009 12:08 PM

                                        I would have to say Lolitas on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Their carne asada is always flavored well and you get no gristle in it which is a super huge plus. They season it well and overall its just awesome. Carne asada burrito or chips or fries will make you smile I guarantee it.

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                                          jusme1964 RE: timbigworm11 Sep 9, 2011 11:34 PM

                                          I Lived in san diego for 35 yrs and nobody makes a better carne asada burrito. I now live in Iowa and trying to get a so called mexican shop to make a san diego carne asada in Iowa is like pulling teeth! They think they need to pack rice and beans for a filler and charge twice as much. When I fly to san diego I always freeze burritos and bring them back and they taste great. Anyone have any Ideas on how to have them shipped to iowa? I have made them but not quite the same. thanks for any input. Jeff

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                                            Encinitan RE: jusme1964 Sep 10, 2011 09:22 AM


                                            Kennedy's Karne ships carne asada. But you need to grill it and prepare your own burritos. http://www.kennedyskarne.com/default....

                                            Kennedy's Karne
                                            1760 E Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92027

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                                              jusme1964 RE: Encinitan Sep 10, 2011 07:25 PM

                                              I Just checked out that site. Thanks for the info, Jeff

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                                              DiningDiva RE: jusme1964 Sep 10, 2011 02:38 PM

                                              You can have them shipped in on dry ice. There ate styro shipping containers that are used for sipping with dry ice. They generally will maintain temp for about 36 hours. It's very common for food manufacturers to ship samples this way.

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                                                jusme1964 RE: DiningDiva Sep 10, 2011 07:27 PM

                                                Thanks for the info. I will look into that also

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