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

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: JS

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

      1. re: KirkK

        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.

      2. re: JS

        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.

        1. re: jay porter

          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.

          1. re: JS

            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

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

        1. 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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          1. 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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            1. re: DoctorQuality

              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.

              1. re: Josh

                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.

              2. re: DoctorQuality

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

                We NEED good food in the SDSU area!!

                1. re: Foodnerds

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

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

                  1. 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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                    1. re: DragonflyFairrie

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

                      1. re: MrKrispy

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

                    2. 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

                        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.

                      2. 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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                        1. re: vinosnob

                          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.

                          1. re: PGB

                            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!

                        2. 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. 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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                            1. re: Alice Q

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

                              1. re: kare_raisu

                                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.

                                1. re: Alice Q

                                  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.

                              2. 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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                                1. re: Bullybeer

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

                                  1. re: cstr

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

                                    1. re: Josh

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

                                      1. re: Josh

                                        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.

                                        1. re: kare_raisu

                                          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.

                                          1. re: ocguy

                                            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

                                  2. 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. 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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                                      1. re: sd4life

                                        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.

                                        1. re: timbigworm11

                                          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

                                          1. re: jusme1964


                                            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

                                            1. re: Encinitan

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

                                            2. re: jusme1964

                                              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.

                                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                                Thanks for the info. I will look into that also