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Carne Asada Burrito - San Diego Dish of the Month - March 2013 Edition

DiningDiva Mar 1, 2013 09:24 AM

It won by a shred...CARNE ASADA BURRITO

There were 42 comments on the voting thread. 8 voted for CAB, 7 voted for Corned Beef. The rest of it was filler (beans & rice?)

This so forth and eat Carne Asada Burritos for 31 days and post back what you find.

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  1. Beach Chick RE: DiningDiva Mar 1, 2013 09:39 AM

    I feel that the extra vote to 8 by me, over the Corned Beef, was the unselfish vote that I needed to do, to ensure the happiness of our beloved Fakey's love of the CAB!

    Fakey had to endure a myriad of gooey cheesy globs of chile rellenos...heaven for this Tofu Soy Princess.

    May you all enjoy your Carne Asada Burritos!

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    1. re: Beach Chick
      cstr RE: Beach Chick Mar 1, 2013 11:45 AM

      Very depressing, off to rehab..

    2. k
      karaethon RE: DiningDiva Mar 1, 2013 11:29 AM

      Hopefully we can actually find some decent places until the february fail....

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        RB Hound RE: DiningDiva Mar 1, 2013 01:22 PM

        I'm thinking of stopping by O'Brien's this afternoon for an early happy hour, so if the mood strikes I may have to start this thread off right with Fakey's favorite joint.

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        1. re: RB Hound
          Island RE: RB Hound Mar 1, 2013 02:46 PM

          We should all add Fakey's Fav to our rotation this month so we can judge for ourselves if the hype is fakey.

          1. re: Island
            RB Hound RE: Island Mar 1, 2013 02:57 PM

            I've been to Super Serge's plenty of times before, and it is as good of a CAB as I've had anywhere in San Diego.

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              Fake Name RE: RB Hound Mar 1, 2013 03:36 PM

              Remember- while the food is excellent, it's the service and ambiance that makes the Super Sergio's experience unique and memorable.

        2. Dagney RE: DiningDiva Mar 1, 2013 04:21 PM

          I call El Sol and Tacos El Panson.

          1. DiningDiva RE: DiningDiva Mar 1, 2013 04:23 PM

            8 comments so far and not one of them is a review of a CAB

            You guys are a hoot.

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              Fake Name RE: DiningDiva Mar 1, 2013 04:34 PM

              aw, mom...

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                Island RE: DiningDiva Mar 1, 2013 07:53 PM

                It's only 3/1, give us some time. I love me some CAB.

                1. re: DiningDiva
                  JRSD RE: DiningDiva Mar 1, 2013 07:58 PM

                  Come on, you know that CABs before last call dont count!

                2. DiningDiva RE: DiningDiva Mar 1, 2013 08:23 PM

                  Herding cats I tell you...that's what I'm doing here, herding cats.

                  Good thing I'm a cat person ;-)

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                  1. re: DiningDiva
                    Dagney RE: DiningDiva Mar 1, 2013 09:11 PM

                    We are more like duck-billed platypi.

                    1. re: DiningDiva
                      cstr RE: DiningDiva Mar 2, 2013 06:11 AM

                      Oh sure...... leave no room for common sense, just hammer down those CAB's till you drop!! Meow!

                    2. Beach Chick RE: DiningDiva Mar 2, 2013 07:28 AM

                      Since I don't eat Carne Asada, can I use my DH as a taster by proxy?

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                      1. re: Beach Chick
                        DiningDiva RE: Beach Chick Mar 2, 2013 07:36 AM

                        But of course

                        1. re: DiningDiva
                          Beach Chick RE: DiningDiva Mar 2, 2013 07:40 AM

                          Thanks Mom!
                          ; )

                          1. re: Beach Chick
                            DiningDiva RE: Beach Chick Mar 2, 2013 08:19 AM

                            Por nada

                        2. re: Beach Chick
                          cstr RE: Beach Chick Mar 2, 2013 08:46 AM

                          So if DH, doesn't die or get sick..... you're vote is good? I used to have a 'test cat' for those things, if it lived, I was good to give the food a try.

                          1. re: cstr
                            Fake Name RE: cstr Mar 2, 2013 08:59 AM

                            An excellent use for cats.

                            1. re: Fake Name
                              cstr RE: Fake Name Mar 2, 2013 09:31 AM

                              Great minds think alike!

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                          Island RE: DiningDiva Mar 2, 2013 12:11 PM

                          Please allow me to introduce you to last night's dinner and my favorite CAB for over 20 years. Cue the eye rolls and flame on because it's from Alfonso's of La Jolla.
                          Nothing inside but yummy carne asada surrounded on the outside by a really tasty ranchero sauce with cheese that begs for a side of rice (sloppily added after pic) to soak up every drop. Margs on the rocks complete my perfect meal. CAB is my go to at Fonsies; never tried anything else other than the Mercedes shrimp quesadilla which is my second choice in the rare event that I want a change. When Mr and Mrs Island return from a month in the islands this CAB is what we crave.

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                            Fake Name RE: Island Mar 2, 2013 12:32 PM

                            I mean no offense. And I appreciate participation in the thread. I think it's great you've found something you like in an unexpected place.

                            But that's an enchilada.

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                              Dagney RE: Fake Name Mar 2, 2013 12:41 PM

                              It could be a "wet" burrito though, right? ( asked humbly to his Highness the CAB Overlord, lol).

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                                Island RE: Fake Name Mar 2, 2013 01:01 PM

                                Nope it's not. Wet burrito perhaps, but not an enchilada. It's not small, soft or soaked. I've also had it without the sauce around it, but prefer it with my side of rice.

                                1. re: Island
                                  foodiechick RE: Island Mar 2, 2013 06:55 PM

                                  I know the place well. I know the man well. I live less than 200 yards away. I'm sorry to yuck your yum, but the carne asada he serves is the most overly salted dish I have ever tasted. Maybe the tortilla and sauce on the wet burrito drowns out the MSG somewhat.

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                                    Island RE: foodiechick Mar 2, 2013 09:10 PM

                                    Perhaps, but I don't get salt bomb from this and it doesn't change my opinion. We like what we like and isn't it great we all have that option?

                                    I also second what our resident Beach Chick wrote in the the last Dish of the Month thread:

                                    "Dahlings. . We should always remember to never ever yuck somebody's chile relleno yum. . ."

                                    I think the same holds for CAB or whatever else is on the menu in the future. I don't need to know how the sausage is made if you catch my drift. Plus I think the goal is to report on what we're actually sampling this month, not in the past.

                                    I look forward to hearing about what everyone tries.

                                    1. re: Island
                                      foodiechick RE: Island Mar 3, 2013 12:54 PM

                                      You have taken my minor "flame" far too seriously, I'm certainly not trying to change your opinion. I'm only sharing my 2-cents FWIW.

                                      To quote Senor Fakey: "I mean no offense. And I appreciate participation in the thread. I think it's great you've found something you like in an unexpected place." Ditto.

                                      He is far more eloquent than I.

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                                        Fake Name RE: foodiechick Mar 3, 2013 01:18 PM

                                        "He is far more eloquent than I."

                                        Yer durn tootin.

                                        1. re: foodiechick
                                          Island RE: foodiechick Mar 10, 2013 03:06 PM

                                          None taken, no worries.

                                2. re: Island
                                  eatemup RE: Island Mar 5, 2013 02:49 PM

                                  Enjoyed this exact dish on my first date with the spouse in 1981 at a price of (I think) $5.99. It followed a gin and tonic on the patio at the La Valencia.

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                                    Island RE: eatemup Mar 10, 2013 03:16 PM

                                    That's funny Eatemup because just a few years later I was there on my first San Diego date with my future spouse! We both had the CAB and it's still a favorite of his, although the $5.99 is long gone of course.

                                    1. re: Island
                                      eatemup RE: Island Mar 12, 2013 03:39 PM

                                      His theory, I presume, was that he could take you to a nice part of town, walk around a bit, enjoy a satisfying (albeit cheap) meal, and perhaps you wouldn't catch on to his frugality (frugleness?). Smart man you married.

                                      1. re: eatemup
                                        Island RE: eatemup Mar 13, 2013 12:39 PM

                                        Ha, was that your plan?
                                        Nope my suggestion since I was living here and he was in Orange County at the time. Margs probably cost more than the food! However we were newly employed "kids" with university loans to pay back. Ahhh student poverty, good times when when life was so simple!

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                                  wrldtrvl RE: DiningDiva Mar 2, 2013 01:45 PM

                                  Just ate the CAB at Mexican Fiesta on India just south of Beech. Across the street from my place of employment. Extreley popular at lunch, not open for dinner. No seating. To go only. I have always like the char-grilled taste of the beef used in their CAB and appreciate that the guacamole is very chunky and well-seasoned. The flour tortilla is so-so. And the price is right. Actually, there was a time when I and many of my carb-counting colleagues would buy the CAB and use the tortilla as a plate--just eating the insides....

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                                    phee RE: wrldtrvl Mar 2, 2013 02:37 PM

                                    I haven't worked downtown in a few years, but when did Mexican Fiesta get rid of their little adjunct outdoor dining area?

                                    1. re: phee
                                      wrldtrvl RE: phee Mar 2, 2013 06:01 PM

                                      We may not be talking about the same place. The Mexican Fiesta I am talking about is on India, just south of Beech. I have worked across the street since 1996. I honestly never saw an adjunct dining area, not even plastic chairs placed outside. There is a parking lot to the north, and, but for a gap of maybe 8 feet, a large high-rise office building to the south. Mexican Fiesta itself is in a very small, almost shack size, stand-alone building...

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                                        phee RE: wrldtrvl Mar 3, 2013 09:43 AM

                                        You're absolutely right. I was thinking of Taco Express on State. Close, but no cigar. ;)

                                        1. re: phee
                                          jmtreg RE: phee Mar 6, 2013 05:13 PM

                                          Yeah, those two places are about 2-3 blocks apart.

                                    2. re: wrldtrvl
                                      Violatp RE: wrldtrvl Mar 12, 2013 04:29 PM

                                      LOVE this place. I both lived and worked within a five minute walk for a good long while. So good and so cheap. Between Mexican Fiesta and Mixon Liquor & Deli, I was kept well fed if I didn't feel like cooking.

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                                        phee RE: Violatp Mar 12, 2013 08:23 PM

                                        Another Mixon fan! I used to go there all the time when I worked downtown, and still do when I get over there during the week. Great sandwiches!

                                        1. re: phee
                                          Violatp RE: phee Mar 12, 2013 09:01 PM

                                          Aren't they? Such great taste and quality for the price. And the people who work there are awesome.

                                    3. Beach Chick RE: DiningDiva Mar 3, 2013 09:31 AM

                                      Went to the Mothership of Taco Shops...Super Sergio's, for the famed and beloved Carne Asada Burrito.

                                      DH, was my taster by proxy.
                                      He thought the Carne Asada Burrito was excellent...lots of good quality meat with guac and pico de gallo sauce.

                                      He rated it a 9+ * out of 10 and felt it could of just used a little salt/seasoning but overall he said that Fakey is the man on his knowledge of the beloved CAB!

                                      I had a cheese quesadilla and that was one hot mess of cheesy goodness...their red salsa is quite good.

                                      Took pics but they came out all whacked on the droid and we didn't bring the tablet with us or camera..

                                      So there you have it...Super Sergio's rocks it.

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                                      1. re: Beach Chick
                                        Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Mar 3, 2013 01:20 PM


                                        If the place you went had good quality meat, you may have visited the wrong place...

                                        PS: Check your email- I need a LV recce....

                                        1. re: Beach Chick
                                          cstr RE: Beach Chick Mar 4, 2013 06:16 AM

                                          Please tell us about your experience with the lush ambiance and table side service.

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                                            Beach Chick RE: cstr Mar 4, 2013 06:56 AM

                                            We went through the drive thru and then decided to park next to the car wash...there was a huge divot in the area where you order..the gal who took our order was super nice and the total was $9.16 which is a good omen..lucky numbers for both of us..
                                            We ate in the gorgeous lush concrete patio...it was fine.
                                            After a run at the CBS, it was a perfect ending..

                                            1. re: Beach Chick
                                              cstr RE: Beach Chick Mar 4, 2013 07:00 AM

                                              Ah yes, consistency in food and service, something I really appreciate. Now tell the truth, did you sample some of DH's CAB?

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                                                Beach Chick RE: cstr Mar 4, 2013 07:12 AM

                                                Sample the CAB..no way, no how brown cow..

                                        2. ipsedixit RE: DiningDiva Mar 4, 2013 04:56 PM

                                          CAB at Chipotle.

                                          Had not been to Chipotle for what probably was 5 or 6 years.

                                          Big hefty sucker (probably a good solid 1.5 lbs), with lots and lots of rice, very little beans but pretty good guacamole, and beef that was fit for an AARP denture patient.

                                          If I was going to run a marathon this would be my weapon of choice the night before.

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                                            Fake Name RE: ipsedixit Mar 4, 2013 05:19 PM


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                                              wrldtrvl RE: Fake Name Mar 4, 2013 05:33 PM


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                                                ipsedixit RE: Fake Name Mar 4, 2013 07:15 PM

                                                They offered quinoa too, but I declined.

                                              2. re: ipsedixit
                                                Beach Chick RE: ipsedixit Mar 4, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                pretty good guacamole?

                                                1. re: Beach Chick
                                                  ipsedixit RE: Beach Chick Mar 4, 2013 07:44 PM

                                                  Other than the texture (it was smooth, I like mine chunky), it tasted clean, a bit citrusy and sufficiently guac-y.

                                                2. re: ipsedixit
                                                  jmtreg RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                  I don't know how to respond to such apostasy.

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                                                  knifesavers RE: DiningDiva Mar 5, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                  Lots of comments regarding Super Sergio's. Does the one on Convoy measure up?

                                                  I'll try that one this week.


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                                                  1. re: knifesavers
                                                    Fake Name RE: knifesavers Mar 5, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                    It's the only one that I know of.

                                                    1. re: Fake Name
                                                      Cathy RE: Fake Name Mar 5, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                      There's one at 1631Sweetwater Road and one at 6905 Paradise Valley Road

                                                      1. re: Cathy
                                                        Fake Name RE: Cathy Mar 5, 2013 02:46 PM

                                                        Oooooo. Never knew.


                                                  2. ipsedixit RE: DiningDiva Mar 6, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                    Carne asada burrito at Mexican Fiesta.

                                                    All things considered I think I would've preferred one of their burgers instead.

                                                    Gratuitous, wind blown, bad pictures below.

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                                                    1. re: ipsedixit
                                                      karaethon RE: ipsedixit Mar 8, 2013 08:58 AM

                                                      When I took a quick glance at the blurry burrito photo, I actually thought it was an albino wolf jumping out to try and eat me.

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                                                        Beach Chick RE: karaethon Mar 8, 2013 09:44 AM

                                                        LOL...One Eyed, Horned beaked Albino Moray Eel..with a yellow wrapper around its cute little neck and brown teeth that could use a little white strips!

                                                        1. re: karaethon
                                                          ipsedixit RE: karaethon Mar 8, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                          I'm going to go home now ... and play with my toys by myself ...

                                                          1. re: ipsedixit
                                                            cstr RE: ipsedixit Mar 8, 2013 11:02 AM

                                                            Think of it as artistic chow expression.

                                                      2. k
                                                        knifesavers RE: DiningDiva Mar 6, 2013 11:21 PM

                                                        Went to the legendary Super Segio's tonight and the ambiance of dining under an awning between 2 drive thrus is quite special.

                                                        The CAB is excellent and gets high marks for the taste of the beef but the salsa was not as good as my favorite Aldabertos in Point Loma. There was more beef than guac and pico at SS, but the tortilla was not as good as A.

                                                        So while SS is on the list of great CAB spots the edge for me still goes to Aldabertos.

                                                        However with better hot sauce SS could take over. I'll bring some Tapatio packets next time.


                                                        1. Seiji RE: DiningDiva Mar 7, 2013 11:23 PM

                                                          I’ve been surprised in the past that nobody has mentioned Yesenia’s (I’m referring to the Clairemont Mesa location – I haven’t been to the Caramel Mtn. location).

                                                          The carne asada has just the right amount of fat:lean ratio, and just the right amount of pico de gallo and guac to meat ratio… most other places I’ve been to have too much fat in the meat or too little (Super Sergio’s leans towards too much for me). The one problem is that they sometimes skimp a little on the meat, which means too much tortilla, but it entirely depends on who’s cooking that day.

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                                                          1. re: Seiji
                                                            ipsedixit RE: Seiji Mar 8, 2013 08:03 AM

                                                            Well, the point of DotM isn't to "mention" a place a place with a particular dish.

                                                            Rather, it's to "try" a place with the particular dish in question.

                                                            So Yesenia's lack of appearance thus far is not a sign of inadvertent omission; rather, it's probably just a lack of actual experience(s) during the first 8 days of March.

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                                                              Island RE: Seiji Mar 30, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                              Never heard of Yesenia's , but tried the one in Carmel Mt Ranch on Monday.

                                                              The CAB was not good. Usual filling. CA, guac and a little pico, but the CA tasted like it was marinated in canned beef broth and that's all I could taste. No salsa or hot sauce could save it.

                                                              Was told it's owned by the brother of the Clairemont location. Maybe his bro has a better recipe.

                                                              1. re: Island
                                                                cstr RE: Island Mar 30, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                                marinated in beef broth instead of citrus? Thanks for taking the hit for us. Maybe you'll have better luck with pies in April.

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                                                              cstr RE: DiningDiva Mar 10, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                              Well I used my artistic licence and had a CAT yesterday, I hope it qualifies for the beloved CAB. The CAT, a/k/a Carne Asada Torta, please note that the encapsulation device I choose did not deter from the main internal ingredients or the quality of the total package. In fact, the torta bread was delightfully light and airy. I did not take any pics as the specimen was wolfed down very quickly. The only downside for me was that the CAT was a bit to salty for my taste. I did also experience and enjoy other items which I will describe on another thread here in SD.
                                                              The place;
                                                              Tacos el Compita in Logan Heights, very friendly folks there and comfortable. I'd recommend that you give it a try, prices are very reasonable and they take plastic. I wish they served beer, it would be a nice compliment to their chow offerings. As for the CAT/CAB issue, I defer to the Fake One.

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                                                                Beach Chick RE: cstr Mar 10, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                'encapsulation device'
                                                                Someone has been reading the dictionary I see..
                                                                ; )

                                                                1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                  cstr RE: Beach Chick Mar 10, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                  I'm proud of my H B School days! I did good huh... huh... BTW - they do have marisco's options, hint... hint....

                                                              2. Stiflers_Mom RE: DiningDiva Mar 10, 2013 09:25 AM

                                                                At 6:15 pm on Wednesday, I called ahead to Maritza's to order dos burritos - carne asada y carnitas - Carmen was all like, "Sorry, we are out of carnitas already." I was all like, "What? I was going to have the CAB for dinner and the carnitas burrito for dessert. What do you suggest?" And then Carmen was all like, "Try calling earlier next Wednesday?" How does one argue with that?

                                                                The CAB was spot on - the meat was nicely grilled and tender, the guacamole flavorful, and the three to go portions of salsa that I spooned on lovingly w/ each bite brought the heat.

                                                                There are still three Carnitas Wednesdays left in March to get your CAB on at Maritza's. Do it. Early.

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                                                                  deckape RE: Stiflers_Mom Mar 10, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                  That must have been me that got your Carnitas Burritto Wednesday...sorry. It was good!!!

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                                                                    Norm Man RE: Stiflers_Mom Mar 10, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                    Maritza's sounds good.

                                                                    What is the address of Maritza's?

                                                                    Thanks in advance

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                                                                      Josh RE: Norm Man Mar 10, 2013 05:44 PM


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                                                                      cstr RE: Stiflers_Mom Mar 10, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                                      One of my fav places, gota get there early on Weds, as you now know.

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                                                                      Island RE: DiningDiva Mar 10, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                      Lunch at Rudy's last Friday. Hole in the wall in Solana Beach that's more market than restaurant. A few tables inside and concrete patio outside. $5.50 for a large burrito filled with nicely grilled very flavorful and tender carne asada with just the right amount of guac and pico. One of the few CABs I've found that actually looks like grilled steak rather than pale gray chop. First heard about this place from Cgfan, I think. Only 2nd visit and will try it again; hope it's consistent.

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                                                                      1. re: Island
                                                                        karaethon RE: Island Mar 11, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                        I really like Rudy's also, but the CA they use in the burrito is "worse" quality than the one from the CA plate. Next time, I recommend the plate and then "make your own" burrito.

                                                                      2. stevuchan RE: DiningDiva Mar 11, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                        Had the CAB at Caliente's Mexican Food in Sorrento Valley. Quality non-gray meat with decent flavor, probably flap meat. Condements were in right proportions (pico and guac) and both the red (arbol) and green salsa were tasty but mild. My only complaint was the tortilla could have spent more time on the flat top. Horrible picture below.

                                                                        11815 Sorrento Valley Rd San Diego, CA 92121
                                                                        (858) 259-9579

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                                                                          cstr RE: stevuchan Mar 11, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                          Must be the sunlight 'cus the CAB looks pink on top.

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                                                                            zoey67 RE: stevuchan Apr 28, 2013 10:57 AM

                                                                            Average 3 star Yelp reviews...pass. Horrible picture maybe because it is

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                                                                              stevuchan RE: zoey67 Apr 28, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                              Denny's has a 4 star yelp reviews <sic>, must be good.

                                                                          2. Fake Name RE: DiningDiva Mar 12, 2013 12:03 PM

                                                                            One of the least photogenic foods ever conceived. But here it is. Thy Holy Hand Grenade of flavor, the Super Sergio Carne Asada Burrito.

                                                                            Gray meat, possibly from a can. But something about the seasoning- it has a brighter flavor than other places. Subtle and delicate in its own unique way. Like a delicate 500-pound flower, swaying in a 100mph hurricane.

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                                                                              deckape RE: Fake Name Mar 12, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                                              You'll find the shredded meat used in machaca to be quite common - usually from Argentina - but I can't imagine carne asada coming from a can and have never seen such a thing.

                                                                              1. re: deckape
                                                                                DiningDiva RE: deckape Mar 12, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                Argentinian canned beef is actually surprisingly good. Used alot in beef taquitos. Have not seen it used as carne asada, but if you're ordering a shredded beef taco, or shredded beef enchilada or burrito, chances are good the shredded beef is from a #10 can

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                                                                                  Fake Name RE: deckape Mar 12, 2013 01:46 PM

                                                                                  I agree. But I can't imagine the meat in any CAB I've had (and I've had more than my share) from a taco shop to have ever seen a grill.

                                                                                  In fact, I suspect it's more accurate to type Carne "Asada" Burrito.

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                                                                                    cstr RE: Fake Name Mar 12, 2013 03:16 PM

                                                                                    Yah, the color reminds me of my 'nam fatigues!

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                                                                                wrldtrvl RE: DiningDiva Mar 12, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                Last night I had a CAB from El Saguaro which is on 30th south of Unviersity a couple of blocks. We live very nearby. Up to last night all I ever had there were various breakfast burrito combinations, which I enjoyed. The CAB is not as good, IMHO. The meat was half-way between gray stuff and nice juicy red grilled meat. The sals--too mild and not enough. The flour tortilla--acceptable. The guac--not good. Very thin and no taste. Thumbs down. Meixcan Fiesta is much better.

                                                                                1. Dagney RE: DiningDiva Mar 17, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                                                  I just ate the CAB at Salsa in Alpine, located at 2710 Alpine Boulevard.

                                                                                  Salsa's CAB was not greasy, oily, or a falling apart mess. It contained plenty of meat, guacamole, a tiny bit of fresh salsa, and was wrapped neatly in a flour tortilla. The meat was not too salty, though the spices were not necessarily a flavor extravaganza. The guacamole, however, was delicious and made fresh, and happily unadulterated by unwanted guests, like sour cream.

                                                                                  This was a workhorse CAB. Not completely amazing, but well put together, and the portion size was normal.

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                                                                                    Dagney RE: Dagney Mar 17, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                                    Here is the photo.

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                                                                                    jencounter RE: DiningDiva Mar 17, 2013 05:51 PM

                                                                                    I just tried the CAB Cali-style at Ortiz's Taco Shop in the Point Loma/OB area...loved it. Good flavored meat with some chew (the good kind), very flavorful salsas, delicious guacamole. And! The french fries retained their crunch all the way through. My favorite in San Diego so far.

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                                                                                      NParker RE: DiningDiva Mar 22, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                                                      I haven't eaten a CAB this month, but my husband's favorite is at La Posta de Acapulco No. 8 (Washington & 3rd Ave). 2nd is Roberto's on El Cajon Blvd.
                                                                                      I thought the carne at Lucha Libre was better than your typical taco shop.

                                                                                      1. PommeDeGuerre RE: DiningDiva Mar 23, 2013 02:23 AM

                                                                                        Why share a CAB with a DH or DW when you can ride home with a different FWB every week?

                                                                                        1. Dagney RE: DiningDiva Mar 30, 2013 07:09 PM

                                                                                          Cotija's 24th and Market. Good. Meat is a tad chewy.

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