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Best Bean & Cheese Burrito in San Diego?

ipsedixit Mar 11, 2013 10:26 AM

Ok, this is dumb, but I've searched and while I've seen general references to "anyplace will do a bean and cheese burrito" or "any taco shop will have a bean and cheese burrito" there's nary a specific suggestion for the best (or at least your favorite) place for a bean and cheese burrito.

So, let's hear it.

What specific place do you recommend? Or do you ..

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    wanker RE: ipsedixit Mar 11, 2013 01:06 PM

    Tony's Jacal in Solana Beach.

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      gator28 RE: ipsedixit Mar 11, 2013 02:30 PM

      Not a real recommendation, but I love any kind of burrito I get at Rudy's in Solana Beach or La Costa. I haven't tried the bean and cheese, but I'm sure it's pretty good.

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        SmellingNice RE: ipsedixit Mar 11, 2013 09:12 PM

        Kotija Jr in Leucadia/Del Mar puts together a mighty fine B&C, and their hot sauce is a mighty tasty complement. Juanita's is a worthy Plan B if you're in the neighborhood.

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          MrKrispy RE: ipsedixit Mar 13, 2013 12:08 PM

          Las Posas on Washington was always my late-night favorite B&C when I lived in that area....the hot sauce isn't very good there except it goes great with the B&C burrito. Not sure why. Of course, it was usually 1-3am so that might have something to do with it.

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            Jottle RE: ipsedixit Mar 13, 2013 01:23 PM

            This might sound crazy, but seriously, trust me on this. Roberto's Taco Shops. Of course, this is a San Diego staple. And the quality actually does vary from location to location even though they are all still owned by the same family. However, I highly highly recommend the Roberto's on Miramar Rd. As a fellow bean and cheese burrito connoisseur, I know how important each component is. You need the right kind of cheese (and the right amount). The standard here is a good sharp yellow cheddar. And the beans should be smooth, but not watery, nor should they be a hard mass. They should have tons of flavor, but not a bunch of salt. And they should not be bland and boring as if they just threw beans in a pot with oil. Roberto's has that great flavor in their beans because of one secret and disappearing ingredient in most new taco shops: LARD. Lard really makes the magic happen. In my 20 years eating bean and cheese burritos at this location, they hit it out of the park 9 out of 10 times. Their beans recipe is spot on, and I sometimes order mine with extra cheese just to get that kick of salt and flavor. Try one there and tell me what you think here!

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              ipsedixit RE: Jottle Mar 13, 2013 07:08 PM

              Never realized that lard was a "secret".

              I've always understood, and expected, any self-respecting taqueria to use lard.

              Thanks for the rec, nonetheless.

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                Jottle RE: ipsedixit Mar 13, 2013 07:31 PM

                It should be standard, but a lot of new taco shop chains are advertising their lack of lard use (probably as a way to jump on the "healthier" food bandwagon regardless of the fact that most mexican staples are full of cheese, meat, etc). To me this significantly alters the taste of the food for the worse.

              2. re: Jottle
                zmirzlina RE: Jottle Mar 14, 2013 11:51 AM

                One time my wife (who is vegetarian) asked "do you use lard in your beans?"

                Their response, was a classic: "as much as you'd like."

                1. re: zmirzlina
                  Gypsy Jan RE: zmirzlina Mar 14, 2013 02:36 PM


                  BTW, if you read bout lard, it is not heart unhealthy.

                  Restaurants don't use it because it is more expensive than the trans-fat, chemically-altered cheap substitutes.

                  I'll take lard in my re-fried beans any day.

              3. Josh RE: ipsedixit Mar 13, 2013 07:31 PM

                El Cuervo in Hillcrest. They make great refried beans, they are generous with the cheese, they use quality tortillas, and they make a fantastic chile de arbol salsa. That was my go-to lunch item for many months. The nice thing about theirs is the beans aren't dry the way some are, but they also aren't so loose that the whole thing collapses halfway through.

                1. phee RE: ipsedixit Mar 14, 2013 03:27 PM

                  I'm partial to the one at El Portal in Mission Valley, and I do like their salsa bar. Service isn't always stellar - most of them seem less than thrilled to be there - but their food is pretty good.

                  1. globocity RE: ipsedixit Mar 14, 2013 08:27 PM

                    El Cuervo in Mission Hills/Hillcrest.

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