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Burritos - LA Dish of the Month (April 2013)

In a bit of a landslide, the people of the LA Discussion Board have spoken.

The dish of the month for Los Angeles for April 2013 is Burritos.

Here's a link to the vote: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895769

The goal is to collectively try as many versions of Burritos as possible during the month of April. All iterations of Burritos are game, from bean and cheese to chicken to carne asada to cabeza to whatever.

So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

Looking forward to seeing what people find.

Thanks again for participating.

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    1. re: Servorg

      My inclination is to say "no" but how many iterations of Enchiritos can you actually come up with? There's Taco Bell and then there's ... what?

      So, go ahead, if you want to delight us with your up-to-the-moment review of an Enchirito, then by all means go-ahead.

      It'll be like that Marciano Cherry on top of a big bowl of ice cream sundae -- if you don't care for the cherry, just take it off (cuz it's only ONE cherry) and you still have a big of ice cream sundae.

      1. re: Servorg

        Enchiritos are delicious. But I will have to wait on those for a few days.

        What about the chili cheese burritos at TB ?

        Last I heard there is a joint in Glendora or El Monte that still doles out the CCBs on demand. Now that is a bona fide, erstwhile treasure.

        the shrimp and cheese burrito with guacamole at eduardo's, a cross between an italian pizza and a gringo burrito. Delicious.

        1. re: kevin

          I'm not going to sit here and babysit every single possible permutation of a "burrito".

          I think we can all use our good judgment and Chowhound sense to decide what is and what is not a burrito.

          Some intrepid Chowhound creativity and sleuthing is certainly welcomed, but a bit of common sense shouldn't be completely forsaken.

          I mean, seriously, if someone starts trying to pass off the 101 Noodle Beef Roll as a "Burrito" then I think we'll all eventually be reading posts about stuff like this ... http://masacasaer.com/?page_id=222 and I'm not entirely sure that's where we want this DotM to go.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I may well head over to Bombay Cafe for a "Frankie" and pass it off as a "burrito" so let's see how that flies with the gonad loving crowd... (g)

            1. re: Servorg

              "gonad loving crowd" ???

              Anyhow, those Frankies have not been any good for years since bombay cafe left it's berth on the second floor of a pod-mall on SM Blvd.

              1. re: kevin

                I liked the one I had at their Pico location, although I'll admit it was several years ago when I had it.

                1. re: Servorg

                  What do you mean by the "gonad loving crowd " ?

                  Just curious.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Servorg and Porthos got into a rather interesting discussion of uni and "gonads" during the March DotM.

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8923...

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      A kick, right in the old 'nads (g)

                2. re: Servorg

                  Feel free to back up your position with scientific papers :-D>

                  1. re: Porthos

                    Mine are just not scientific enough to pass muster so I'll go with my gut...

                    1. re: Porthos

                      The first of you two who finds a gonad burrito wins this "discussion".

                      Deal?

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Now that's truly "balls to the wall"

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Ok, no I get.

                          I'll settle for the old infamous "Kosher Burrito" if someone happens to find it again.

                          1. re: Servorg

                            punta cabras might be serving up those uni toastadas soon, hopefully.

                          2. re: ipsedixit

                            Disscusion is done, over, backed by science, and already won.

                            I personally learned more about the uni reproductive cycle than I needed to but hopefully we're all better informed than we were before the discussion started.

                            Moving on to the joys of burrito DOM! :)

                            1. re: Porthos

                              "Disscusion is done, over, backed by science, and already won."

                              And here I sit, looking at it as a tie...silly me. ;-D>

                                1. re: Porthos

                                  Just like those sports leagues for little kids...everyone get a trophy for participating...

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    Honestly, in this case I think everyone did come out ahead.

                                    I know, I for one, am a better and richer person for learning all things, ahem, gonad-ish!

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      I've always suggested that for every indoor 6 man volleyball team I was ever on for a name (Nad's) and then the cheer would be Go!...well, you get the idea. ;-D>

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        Bart: Hello, is there a Freely, there?

                                        Bartender: Who? What's the first name?

                                        Bart: Yes, it's Freely. First name is "I.P."

                                        Bartender: Hey, is there a "IP Freely" in the house?

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          One year they went along with me and we were the "Serve Aces" But they laughed down the Nad's. No vision, that's what I told them. ;-D>

                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                              Or as we liked to say; "Mikasa es su casa"

                                        2. re: Servorg

                                          Servorg - my ex had the same request for any HS team... for the same reason!

                      2. re: kevin

                        Hi Kevin. TB off Grand (I think it is Glendora) no longer makes the Chilito. I found that out about a year ago. I was very sad.

                        1. re: WildSwede

                          Damn.

                          Do they still serve the Bell Beefer ???

                          Please report back of you happen to see or hear of any of these dishes.

                          Thanks.

                          1. re: kevin

                            Don't know about the BB. I will keep my eyes out for you (not literally!). Seems that they are now just the same as all the other TBs in California. I know for a fact that you can still get the Chilito at TBs in Wisconsin and Minnesota. :-)

                            1. re: WildSwede

                              Has the Glendora remodeled similar to the other locations in the past few years or does it still sport that antediluvian eponymous "bell" for lack of a better term ?

                              1. re: WildSwede

                                Next time I am in Wisconsin, I will definitely visit along with the all you can eat debauchery at the local KFC.

                        2. re: Servorg

                          they do in my book ~ which is not saying much! I'd like to wrap up this albacore belly I'm munching at SugarFish in a paper thin flour tortilla and call it love.

                        3. Here we go. Back to the comida.

                          Super Antojitos in Costa Mesa:
                          http://m.yelp.com/biz/super-antojitos...

                          Mojado burrito with carne asada, sour cream, cheese and your choice of green or red sauce. Monster portion. All meat with a minuscule amount of refried beans that didn't interfere with the meat filling too much. Very good. $7.50. $8.50 for all meat. The regular version is so chock full of meat I can't imagine what the "all meat" version must be like.

                           
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                          1. re: Porthos

                            Do they make those with ground beef too ?

                            1. re: kevin

                              Meat choices are: al pastor, chile verde, barbacoa, lengua, asada, pollo, carnitas.

                              Sorry. No gonads. :(

                              1. re: Porthos

                                porthos and i are offering up a reward for the chowhound who locates the tastiest gonad burrito.

                                1. re: linus

                                  A frustrating search like that could make you testy...

                                  1. re: linus

                                    LOL! I know all this is in good fun... BUT not everything belongs in a Burrito people... you have been warned...

                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/72383

                                    --Dommy!

                                    1. re: Dommy

                                      Great "goldie oldie" post digging, Dommy. I miss Rabo...wonder how he's doing?

                              2. re: Porthos

                                Wow I used to drive by the place in HS and never stopped by. How is the place in general?

                              3. In honor of DOM...

                                Carnitas burrito from Paquito Mas. If I'm buying a burrito from anywhere, it better damn well be at least as good as the one I'm getting from a chain joint. Let's call this a "baseline" burrito.

                                 
                                 
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                                1. re: ns1

                                  What's up with the Sani Hands packet in the foreground of the burrito ?

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    only thing I had around to give perspective of size.

                                    1. re: ns1

                                      My bad.

                                      Why didn't I already arrive at that conclusion ?

                                      1. re: ns1

                                        I always stick to the ahi burrito sans the rice when going there.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          how do they prepare the ahi?

                                          1. re: ns1

                                            oh, most hounds won't like it.

                                            they grill the ahi on the grill there but it's cooked to death, always, so this would not be your delicious varietal of seared ahi tuna. and then guac, and then the red pepper sour cream, and onions, pica de gallo.

                                  2. I volunteer to test "Chili Relleno Burritos", my fav. I have already tested the heck out of the only two places I know that make them.

                                    Suggestions appreciated and well considered.

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                                    1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                      Excellent one at La Azteca Tortilleria

                                      4538 E. Ceaser Ave.
                                      LA, CA 90022
                                      (323)-262-5977

                                      also at http://laabeja.tumblr.com/ and www.velvetmargarita.com (although I've never tried this one) and El Taco in Downey has a nice version too located at 7665 Firestone Blvd. Downey, CA 90241 (562) 806-0672

                                      One more: Tacos Por Favor http://www.tacosporfavor.net/index.ph...

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        Second that on La Azteca. The sum of its parts are simply amazing.

                                        1. re: Servorg

                                          I'm just waiting for pastrami month already.

                                          Is that going to be next up at bat ?

                                          1. re: Servorg

                                            That looks sooo good. Can't wait to try it.

                                            1. re: Servorg

                                              I made the trek to La Azteca this afternoon.

                                              When I got there I ordered a dozen flour tortillas and the Chile Relleno Burrito. They said they had sold out of the tortillas but the owner asked if I could wait 20 minutes for them to make them.

                                              Heck, yes, freshly made! A few of the ladies began the process.

                                              The tortillas were blistering hot! I couldn't touch the bag ... just the top. I ate part of the CRB and the tortilla was a wonderful element. The chile relleno fresh ...

                                              I drove over to Elysian Park and finished off the burrito which was even better a little cooler. This, IMO, is a knife and fork burrito due to the wrapper. A winner!

                                              I cannot say enough good things about the handmade tortillas. I'll be back every couple of weeks for them as well.

                                              1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                I like my food a little less than piping hot because I find the flavors come through more clearly and cleanly. They make wonderful tortillas. It's no wonder their burritos are so good, they have an immediate head start on most places. Thanks for reporting back...

                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                  I think I'm going to try Ana Maria's tomorrow. :o)

                                                2. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                  Great report! La Azteca's tortillas are glorious things when fresh. Their corn tortillas are amazing too especially with their carnitas.

                                                  Hope you like Ana Maria's CRB. Their tortillas can't compete with La Azteca but beans and chile rellenos are good and made fresh daily.

                                                  1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                    Thanks to everyone for the La Azteca recommendation. I love CRBs and so after reading this thread I finally made the journey to La Azteca. The CRB was perfect -- just the right balance of flavors, terrific beans, not too heavy, and that amazing tortilla that held the whole thing together perfectly. I have enjoyed the CRB at Tacos Por Favor and Ana Maria's, but the La Azteca version is my favorite by far.

                                                    Picked up a dozen flour tortillas as well, and my wife tried a chicken tamale, which was also very good.

                                                    Again, many thanks to all for getting the word out on this terrific CRB.

                                                3. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                  La Azteca is great. In DTLA, Ana Maria's at Grand Central Market make a good chile relleno burrito too

                                                  1. re: Ernie

                                                    I'll remember that. I almost went to GCM last weekend. I crave Chile Relleno Burritos.

                                                    1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                      Ana Maria's chile relleno burrito is an every other week treat for me. The CRs sell out sometimes, so I take an early lunch that day!

                                                      I also had the Tacos Por Favor version, but I think if I HAD to pick I'd go with Ana Maria's.

                                                      I'll try both again this month.

                                                      PS--When I go to Riverside I stop at Tony's near Central and University for a very good CRB!

                                                  2. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                    Hi SLG. My friend loves CRBs and she gets them at Mijares in Pasadena. I have never had them, so cannot comment.

                                                    http://www.mijaresrestaurant.com/

                                                      1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                        Also, I noticed that Alberto's has them.

                                                    1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                      Have you tried the CRB @ Tere's on Melrose @ Cahuenga? I have yet to try it (I'm not a fan of chile relleno) but my co-workers love them. I was @ the Cactus stand in Ktown last weekend (Beverly/Kingsley-ish) and noticed that they offer CRBs (I imagine that they would have them @ the Vine street location as well).

                                                      1. re: LAgirl2

                                                        Chile Rwllenos at Teres near Oaramount Studios ??????

                                                        I haven't tried it I. Years.

                                                        But back then they were one of only a few joints that served Mexican coke in the bottle, wey.

                                                    2. Just curious, has anybody tried the Soul Burrito at Cliff's Texas Style Burritos and Soul Food.

                                                       
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                                                      1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                        Nope. At least not yet. But I do remember that he was advertising in the LA Weekly intermittently a few years back.

                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                            I've learned my lesson. Never again.

                                                            1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                              Me too, but there's always a new sucker who has arteries than can stand up to the all out assault.

                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                I'll do the Pastrami Burrito. I haven't had that in a few years now. But that fucker does drip quite a grip of grease to put it lightly.

                                                                But I will not add an order of fries to the mix.

                                                                One pastrami burrito is more than enough for me.

                                                            2. re: Servorg

                                                              I've had it and it's not worth it. However, I will say the CCD's @ Oki Dog are my favorite in town.

                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                My favorites for CCDs are currently and still at Carney's.

                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                  I had the Carney's CCD recently and prefer the one from Oki by a large margin.