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Burritos - LA Dish of the Month (April 2013)

ipsedixit Apr 1, 2013 07:33 AM

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.

  1. Servorg Apr 1, 2013 08:43 AM

    Do enchiritos count?

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      ipsedixit Apr 1, 2013 10:02 AM

      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.

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        kevin Apr 1, 2013 10:07 AM

        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
          ipsedixit Apr 1, 2013 10:13 AM

          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
            Servorg Apr 1, 2013 10:16 AM

            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)

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              kevin Apr 1, 2013 10:19 AM

              "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.

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                Servorg Apr 1, 2013 10:22 AM

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

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                  kevin Apr 1, 2013 10:24 AM

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

                  Just curious.

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                    ipsedixit Apr 1, 2013 10:31 AM

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

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

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                      Servorg Apr 1, 2013 10:33 AM

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

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                        Ciao Bob Apr 2, 2013 09:03 AM

                        I think you are all nuts.

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                  Porthos Apr 1, 2013 10:41 AM

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

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                    Servorg Apr 1, 2013 10:44 AM

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

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                      ipsedixit Apr 1, 2013 10:44 AM

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

                      Deal?

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                        Servorg Apr 1, 2013 10:45 AM

                        Now that's truly "balls to the wall"

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                          kevin Apr 1, 2013 10:52 AM

                          Ok, no I get.

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

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                            kevin Apr 1, 2013 10:53 AM

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

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                            Porthos Apr 1, 2013 10:54 AM

                            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! :)

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                              Servorg Apr 1, 2013 11:28 AM

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

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

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                                Porthos Apr 1, 2013 11:37 AM

                                Everyone is a winner! :-D>

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                                  Servorg Apr 1, 2013 11:38 AM

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

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                                    ipsedixit Apr 1, 2013 11:41 AM

                                    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!

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                                      Servorg Apr 1, 2013 11:43 AM

                                      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>

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                                        ipsedixit Apr 1, 2013 11:50 AM

                                        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?

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                                          Servorg Apr 1, 2013 12:06 PM

                                          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>

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                                            ipsedixit Apr 1, 2013 12:09 PM

                                            They have no balls.

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                                              Servorg Apr 1, 2013 12:15 PM

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

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                                          WildSwede Apr 2, 2013 01:56 PM

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

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                        WildSwede Apr 2, 2013 01:54 PM

                        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.

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                          kevin Apr 2, 2013 02:32 PM

                          Damn.

                          Do they still serve the Bell Beefer ???

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

                          Thanks.

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                            WildSwede Apr 2, 2013 04:05 PM

                            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. :-)

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                              kevin Apr 2, 2013 04:09 PM

                              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 ?

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                                kevin Apr 2, 2013 04:09 PM

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

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                          CharlesKochel Apr 10, 2013 04:19 PM

                          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. Porthos Apr 1, 2013 12:27 PM

                          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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                            kevin Apr 1, 2013 12:29 PM

                            Do they make those with ground beef too ?

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                              Porthos Apr 1, 2013 12:34 PM

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

                              Sorry. No gonads. :(

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                                linus Apr 1, 2013 04:14 PM

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

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                                  Servorg Apr 1, 2013 04:15 PM

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

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                                    bulavinaka Apr 1, 2013 04:25 PM

                                    Ah nuts...

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                                    Dommy Apr 1, 2013 04:31 PM

                                    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!

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                                      Servorg Apr 1, 2013 04:34 PM

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

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                                ns1 Apr 1, 2013 12:55 PM

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

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                                ns1 Apr 1, 2013 12:54 PM

                                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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                                  kevin Apr 1, 2013 01:00 PM

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

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                                    ns1 Apr 1, 2013 01:01 PM

                                    only thing I had around to give perspective of size.

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                                      kevin Apr 1, 2013 01:01 PM

                                      My bad.

                                      Why didn't I already arrive at that conclusion ?

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                                        kevin Apr 1, 2013 01:02 PM

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

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                                          ns1 Apr 1, 2013 01:08 PM

                                          how do they prepare the ahi?

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                                            kevin Apr 1, 2013 04:25 PM

                                            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. SilverlakeGirl Apr 1, 2013 04:13 PM

                                    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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                                      Servorg Apr 1, 2013 04:25 PM

                                      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...

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                                        A5 KOBE Apr 1, 2013 04:26 PM

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

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                                          kevin Apr 1, 2013 04:26 PM

                                          I'm just waiting for pastrami month already.

                                          Is that going to be next up at bat ?

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                                            SilverlakeGirl Apr 2, 2013 04:35 PM

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

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                                              SilverlakeGirl Apr 6, 2013 04:27 PM

                                              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.

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                                                Servorg Apr 6, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                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...

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                                                  SilverlakeGirl Apr 6, 2013 04:36 PM

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

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                                                  Ernie Apr 6, 2013 08:30 PM

                                                  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.

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                                                    BHAppeal Apr 13, 2013 01:00 PM

                                                    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.

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                                                  Ernie Apr 2, 2013 10:11 AM

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

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                                                    SilverlakeGirl Apr 2, 2013 04:36 PM

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

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                                                      Scotty Apr 3, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                      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
                                                    WildSwede Apr 2, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                    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/

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                                                      SilverlakeGirl Apr 3, 2013 07:03 PM

                                                      Thank you. I'll look for it.

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                                                        WildSwede Apr 4, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                        Also, I noticed that Alberto's has them.

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                                                      LAgirl2 Apr 10, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                      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).

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                                                        kevin Apr 10, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                        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.

                                                    3. A5 KOBE Apr 1, 2013 04:49 PM

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

                                                       
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                                                        kevin Apr 1, 2013 04:57 PM

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

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                                                          Servorg Apr 1, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                          And will anyone be brave enough to down a http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/oki-do...

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                                                            A5 KOBE Apr 1, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                            I've learned my lesson. Never again.

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                                                              Servorg Apr 1, 2013 05:02 PM

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

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                                                                kevin Apr 1, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                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.

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                                                              ns1 Apr 1, 2013 05:01 PM

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

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                                                                kevin Apr 1, 2013 05:18 PM

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

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                                                                  ns1 Apr 1, 2013 05:23 PM

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

                                                          2. WildSwede Apr 2, 2013 02:07 PM

                                                            The bean & cheese burrito at Sabroso's in Winnetka. Best one I have ever had and I had it again yesterday. They put their red enchilada sauce inside - well, it says it on the menu and they used to do it automatically, but recently even if I remind the guy when I place the order they still forget. Their beans are delicious and their salsas are great. Still the best B&C burrito I have ever had (and I try new places all the time). Have been going there since the 80s.
                                                            19714 Vanowen St.
                                                            Winnetka, CA 91306

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                                                              kevin Apr 2, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                              Is this a bean and cheese with lard ?

                                                              Or will the vegetarians do OK here ???

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                                                                WildSwede Apr 2, 2013 04:02 PM

                                                                Not sure, I haven't asked. Sorry.

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                                                                  kevin Apr 2, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                  No problem. In case you happen to hear anything, please let us know. My sentiment seems to me that others are also lusting after the disgustingly delicious chili cheese burrito as well as the bell beefer.

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                                                                    linus Apr 3, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                                    hey, here's a wacky idea:
                                                                    you can...wait for it...call them and ask.
                                                                    (818) 346-4700

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                                                                      kevin Apr 3, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                                      Thanks Linus.

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                                                                A5 KOBE Apr 2, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                                If you are ever in Orange, I highly recommend Carnitas Los Reyes BnC burrito. Their beans are amazing. I even go gaga over a side of beans and chips there.

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                                                                  kevin Apr 2, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                                  while in orange, i was definitely not into that new sushi bar, oshima, btw.

                                                                  i still will need to try that cue place in Orange though.

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                                                                  Jelly71 Apr 3, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                  They do have good beans there. The best B&C burrito I have had in the Valley is from Alberto's in Van Nuys. It was just beans, melty cheese and a tasty tortilla. Parking is a bit of a nightmare, but it is worth the hassle.

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                                                                    Moose Apr 17, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                    I just had the B&C burrito at Sabroso. I also reminded the guy at the counter to make sure they put red enchilada sauce in it, but it was nowhere to be found.

                                                                    Regardless, it was absolutely delicious. The beans were rich and creamy, and most definitely made with lard. Tortilla was soft and fresh. If I had one complaint, it was that they didn't put quite enough cheese in it, but still...an off the charts B&C burrito to be sure, and I would daresay better than Al & Beas. Beans were better, and the burrito was easily 30% larger.

                                                                    Just curious, WildSwede, have you tried their chile colorado burrito?

                                                                     
                                                                     
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                                                                      WildSwede Apr 23, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                      Hi Moose! So glad you liked it. Yeah, for some reason they do not seem able to read the order fully. Makes me crazy!! I am glad it was good even without it though. I have never tried the CC burrito; maybe next time if I can get past ordering the B&C! ;-) LMK if you try it.

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                                                                        CLowe Apr 28, 2013 09:12 PM

                                                                        that looks so good.

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                                                                          WildSwede Apr 29, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                          it is!!

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                                                                      BrewNChow Apr 2, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                      My favorite in OC for burritos is Albatros. Real San Diego style. I get the california with pollo asado. Definitely add guac. Just like SD.

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                                                                        ns1 Apr 2, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                        Albatros? Is there really an Albatros, or is that a mispelled Albertos/Alertos/Alfredos?

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                                                                          Servorg Apr 2, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                          There does indeed seem to be an Albatros: http://www.yelp.com/biz/albatros-lake...

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                                                                            BrewNChow Apr 15, 2013 08:35 PM

                                                                            That's the one. Best San Diego style burritos.
                                                                            Alejandros in Costa Mesa/Santa Ana is good too.
                                                                            Albertos is meh across the board

                                                                      2. EarlyBird Apr 2, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                                        The carnitas burrito, enchilada-style, at El Abajeno, in Mar Vista. Friggin' gnarly!

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                                                                          Ernie Apr 2, 2013 06:46 PM

                                                                          Favorite bean and cheese burrito is at Mexicatessan in Monterey Park. Their beans are magic

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                                                                            GoodEatz Apr 3, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                            The machaca burrito at Molcasalsa (Harbor x Imperial in Fullerton) is a weekly ritual for me and my family. We can be seen at the Starbucks next door eating our huge breakfast burritos almost every Saturday morning. The burrito is simply machaca, eggs, onions, tomatoes, green bell pepper. No cheese. There are no fillers like potatoes in this burrito. The toritlla is what does it. It's the extra large off white tortilla that allows light through. You can't wait until you can have the last bite which is mostly tortilla. My younger kids like the bacon burrito. My oldest orders a chorizo burrito - again no fillers. Just chorizo and egg. When my vegetarian mom visisted she got a chile relleno burrito and said it was great.

                                                                            1. WildSwede Apr 3, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                              Just had the Bean & Cheese burrito (add Enchilada sauce inside) from Alberto's (the one across from PCC). It is huge! It was okay. I had it once before and remember it being better but maybe that was because I had the sauce inside and on top with cheese! I love their tortilla, though. Their beans are pretty good, too. Have been to that location as well as the one in La Puente. The LP location seems to have different salsas than the Pasadena one. I prefer the Pasadena location. On a side note, I also got an Al Pastor taco ($1) and their AP was pretty good - in case anyone wants to try an AP burrito for the team! Still does not beat Sabroso's, though.
                                                                              I will have it when I get to the valley next, but wanted to mention my all-time favorite non-Bean & Cheese burrito so people who are in the area before I get to one can try it. Las Fuentes in Reseda - their Burrito de Bistek Encebollado (steak and grilled onions). Only thing I have ordered from there since the early 80s. I ask them to cook the steak medium rare. Delicious with sliced avocado inside and the spicy green avocado and house salsas on top! It is a thing of beauty!
                                                                              <edit>: I was just looking at Alberto's menu and they have a Chile Relleno Burrito $3.99.

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                                                                                BearCity Apr 4, 2013 11:19 PM

                                                                                The Alberto's locations vary greatly. The one across from PCC makes a pretty damn good chili verde burrito, although their bean & cheese is not great. However, the Alberto's on Rosemead Blvd at Garvey makes my favorite bean & cheese burrito anywhere. And on Rosemead, the chili verde isn't even an option.

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                                                                                  WildSwede Apr 5, 2013 12:05 PM

                                                                                  Hi Bear! Yes, it seems that way. Maybe they are franchised. I will need to try the B&C from the one at Rosemead and Garvey since I love B&C burritos! Thanks.

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                                                                                  laliz Apr 9, 2013 11:32 AM

                                                                                  I truly like the bean and cheese (w/sour cream) burrito at albertos.

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                                                                                    WildSwede Apr 10, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                                    Which location? Thanks!

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                                                                                      laliz Apr 10, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                      Azusa

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                                                                                        WildSwede Apr 10, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                        Have not tried that one, thanks!

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                                                                                          kevin Apr 10, 2013 07:11 PM

                                                                                          Is La Gilondrina in downtOwn LA any good ?

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                                                                                            kevin Apr 10, 2013 07:11 PM

                                                                                            After all these years, I
                                                                                            Have never tried La Golondrina .

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                                                                                              jesstifer Nov 26, 2013 11:23 PM

                                                                                              La Golondrina is exactly "any good."

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                                                                                    maudies5 Apr 3, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                                    Not a big fan of burritos. I do like the chicken burrito at Eduardo's on Westwood Boulevard. Everything is very fresh and I can get fresh chopped tomatoes (cilantro free). Also, the car wash at Santa Monica and Westwood will wash your car and keep it there while you eat your lunch. Big +++

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                                                                                      kevin Apr 3, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                      Shrimp burritos. It's all about the shrimp burritos. Sans rice.

                                                                                      And if not, then the ultra-Cheese's gringo enchiladas. Oh, so, fucking delicious.

                                                                                      Though it must be said: thoroughly
                                                                                      Gringo and Americanzied.

                                                                                      The mango salsa makes one think that is still hope for civilization as we know it.

                                                                                      While you are at it stop next door for Lobster Szchuan at mandarin express.

                                                                                    2. CharlesKochel Apr 3, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                      BURITO searching Pasadena & hoods NELA tomorrow, any recommendations?

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                                                                                        Servorg Apr 3, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                        http://www.elhuaracheaztecala.com/

                                                                                        http://my-taco.com/

                                                                                        La Estrella Tacos
                                                                                        6103 N Figueroa St
                                                                                        Highland Park, CA 90042
                                                                                        (323) 982-0179

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                                                                                          SilverlakeGirl Apr 3, 2013 07:05 PM

                                                                                          Question: I know La Estrella is a truck too. But I never see the land based stand when it's open.

                                                                                          Does it ever open?

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                                                                                            WildSwede Apr 4, 2013 02:23 PM

                                                                                            There are others. I personally prefer the one on Fair Oaks north of the 210. They are open til pretty late. Also, the one on Orange Grove is good.

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                                                                                            LAgirl2 Apr 10, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                                                            I think the carne asada burrito @ la estrella is decent (although I haven't been there since I moved from Mt. Washington to Ktown). I also enjoyed sitting and watching the metro trains cruise by (extra free entertainment).

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                                                                                          nosh Apr 3, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                          Ok, to get this discussion down to earth --

                                                                                          Carnitas Michaocan, N/W corner of No. Broadway and 19th, above downtown and chinatown, east of dodger stadium. i get my al pastor burrito without beans (i hate beans) so it comes with rice and hopefully extra hot sauce. crispy, fatty slivers of al pastor sliced from a real rotisserie spit. really good. about $5.

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                                                                                            LAgirl2 Apr 10, 2013 06:41 PM

                                                                                            I need to try their pastor burrito. In the past I've always picked up either the carne asada burrito or their special quesadilla (w/ carne asada). I like this location much better than the one on Soto.

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                                                                                              kevin Apr 10, 2013 07:10 PM

                                                                                              And they make for some nasty, greasy farts as te proverbial saying goes if you catch my drift.

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                                                                                              kevin Apr 10, 2013 07:09 PM

                                                                                              I love beans.

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                                                                                                PommeDeGuerre Apr 16, 2013 03:31 AM

                                                                                                How much extra to get it made properly (i.e. without rice or beans)?

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                                                                                                Jelly71 Apr 8, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                Discussing Las Fuentes in Reseda on another thread got me to hankering for their Chili Relleno Burrito, so my mom and I went yesterday. That burrito was so good. It is perfect about 95% of the time (once in awhile, the egg wash will be a little overcooked and I am super sensitive about even slightly overcooked eggs.)

                                                                                                Yesterday, it was perfect. Stuffed with ripe avocado and refried beans. I don't know what cheese they use in the chili, but I always really enjoy it. It is like a jack cheese but doesn't melt all the way?

                                                                                                It is so big, I will be having the other half for dinner tonight.

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                                                                                                  WildSwede Apr 8, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                                                                  Yes, their food is delicious. My favorite there is the Burrito de Bistek Encebollado. Absolute perfection.

                                                                                                2. Mattapoisett in LA Apr 8, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                                  Burrito de camarones at Pinches tacos in Culver City. No rice and Beans. It's mostly shrimp and something they call Veracruz Slaw in a toasted flour tortilla. If your very lucky the shrimp just came out of the fryer but even if it hasn't, it's still good.

                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                    kevin Apr 8, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                                                                    It looks decent and I'll probably hit it up.

                                                                                                    Though I love the version of a shrimp burrito at Eduardo's for true blue, old fashioned, Americanized, gringo Mexican food.

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                                                                                                      jgilbert1000 Apr 15, 2013 12:07 PM

                                                                                                      The shrimp burrito at Eduardo's is sublime. I love it too.

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                                                                                                    oldusedcop Apr 8, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                    The shrimp burrito at Baja Fish Tacos, 17th and Orange in Costa Mesa. Shrimp done in a wine sauce with cotija cheese. Unreal!

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                                                                                                      chris1621 Apr 9, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                                                                      The carne asada famous burrito from the Taco Factory in Tustin. Simple burrito with only meat, guacamole, melted cheese and hot sauce, but so good! Great salsa bar there too.

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                                                                                                        JAB Apr 9, 2013 12:11 PM

                                                                                                        Cheese with carne asada?

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                                                                                                          chris1621 Apr 10, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                                          Yes, very small amount of jack cheese though. My parents still argue with me every time we get them that there is no cheese in the burrito since they can't really taste it, but it is there! For the Famous Burrito you can actually choose your choice of meat, we just prefer the carne asada b/c it's so good there.

                                                                                                          originaltacofactory.com

                                                                                                      2. JAB Apr 9, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                        The venerable East Los institution Los Cinco Puntos. While better know for their hand made corn tortillas, meats by the lb. and my favorite tamales, they have burritos as well which I get on a regular basis. Carnitas con todo with guacamole and red sauce. Habanero available for the brave. This is a nice size burrito (I'm looking at you King Taco) with creamy beans, fluffy rice, pico de gallo and very tender and flavorful carnitas chopped up when you order. If I were to pick nits, the carnitas could be seasoned and there could be some crispy bits but, this is a mighty fine burrito.

                                                                                                        1. ipsedixit Apr 10, 2013 08:49 PM

                                                                                                          Just a friendly reminder folks.

                                                                                                          While historical accounts are great and always welcomed, the focus of Dish of the Month is really for live-up-to-the minute reports.

                                                                                                          So lets take some of the many many suggestions and recommendations posted already, and try them out this month and report back!

                                                                                                          Only 20 shopping days left.

                                                                                                          Cheers.

                                                                                                          1. Porthos Apr 11, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                                                                            From Alberto's on the corner of Westminster and Harbor in Santa Ana. I'm told this is one of the better ones in the area.

                                                                                                            Bean and Cheese burrito in honor of WildSwede and Ipse.

                                                                                                            Carne Asada burrito.

                                                                                                            Both excellent. The bean in the bean and cheese burrito is like velvet.

                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                              kevin Apr 11, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                                                                              Ok. I'm hitting up that corner in a few days.

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                                                                                                                WildSwede Apr 11, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                ;-). Yeah, their beans are very velvety and their tortillas are chewy and smooth!

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                                                                                                                kevin Apr 11, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                I had a great bean and cheese burrito at taco bell the other day. Talk about what you will, but I still love those suckers. It's a guilty pleasure of course.

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                                                                                                                  WildSwede Apr 11, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                  I love them, too. Easy beans, easy onions, extra cheese and extra, extra red sauce. With lotsa hot sauce. ;-)

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                                                                                                                    CLowe Apr 15, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                    +1. They were a childhood staple, and I've never outgrown them.

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                                                                                                                      jesstifer Nov 26, 2013 11:25 PM

                                                                                                                      Do a side by side with with Del Taco. You'll never haunt Taco Bell again.

                                                                                                                    2. A5 KOBE Apr 11, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                      Had a chashu fried rice burrito at Fuji's famous burger. Too sweet, maybe next time sauce on the side. Sriracha helped avoid it from being a complete disaster.

                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                        ipsedixit Apr 11, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                        That thing reminds me of something Chino Bandido would conjure up in Phoenix.

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                                                                                                                          A5 KOBE Apr 11, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                          There is a place in Chino/Ontario? called Dragon Loco that makes a pretty good charsui taco. But the orange chicken quesadilla is straight up nasty. Cheese and sweet really do not belong as a major component of a dish. But Dragon Loco is very similar to Chino Bandido. I mean, this place has carne asada fried rice and chow mein in their burritos. Sounds interesting until you consume it.

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                                                                                                                            Porthos Apr 11, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                            Carne asada fried rice is delicious as Peruvian chaufa.

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                                                                                                                              A5 KOBE Apr 11, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                              The carne asada fried rice does sound safe. Heck, the chorizo wontons sound amazing. I just can't get past that orange chicken quesadilla, that much cheese and orange sauce.

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                                                                                                                                Porthos Apr 11, 2013 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                Sounds pretty scary, kudos for even trying it!

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                                                                                                                              Servorg Apr 11, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                              To this day I miss the chashu avocado tacos at Mago's in Mar Vista (not too mention their double avocado chili cheeseburgers)...

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                                                                                                                                ipsedixit Apr 11, 2013 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                I dunno dude. The thought of chashu and avocado kind of turns my stomach.

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                                                                                                                                  Servorg Apr 11, 2013 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                  If there's room in this world for stinky tofu then chashu avocado tacos are a "shu" in...

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                                                                                                                                  kevin Apr 11, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                  Damn, I missed Mago's while it was around. I guess the closet would be Howard's for the avocado and chili cheese burgers, though there burgers are pretty crappy.

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                                                                                                                                    Servorg Apr 11, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                    http://www.laweekly.com/1999-11-04/ea...

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                                                                                                                                      kevin Apr 11, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                      Yeah, I remember a review like that of that sort, but I never got around to visiting. If I'm not mistaken, the fast-food stand must have closed within a few months or even a year of that review, which is to say more than a decade ago. Oh, how time flies.

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                                                                                                                                        Servorg Apr 11, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                        We went way too often in the mid '70's and then kept on going until they closed. It was a sad day. Another place I still lament, and went to for breakfast so many times I lost count, was the original Rutt's Hut in that little triangle of land where Pico Blvd., Barringon and Tennessee come together (across the street from where the strip club Plan B sits and which used to be Chicago Pizza Works). I ate Hawaiian sausage and eggs so frequently I began to ooze it out of my pores on hot summer days. This Rutt's was owned by the parents of the guy that started the Rutt's over on Washington Blvd. (and he sold it off to the present owner at some point).

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                                                                                                                                          kevin Apr 11, 2013 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                          The current Rutt's ain't worth but a penny ?

                                                                                                                                          There's a few joints that I deeply and sorely miss.

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                                                                                                                                            Servorg Apr 11, 2013 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                                            I like the macaroni salad at the Rutt's on Washington and, if I remember to ask them to leave out the moyashi I enjoy their chashu Royale with fried rice in lieu of the steamed.

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                                                                                                                                    condiment Apr 14, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                    Also their spamburgers. I could swear I once had a sashimi burrito there, listed as a special, but I never saw it again, and the counterpeople denied all knowledge of it. My personal Shangri La.

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                                                                                                                                      kevin Apr 14, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                      Please let me know where one can get a sashimi burrito these days.

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                                                                                                                                PommeDeGuerre Apr 16, 2013 03:18 AM

                                                                                                                                Rice doesn't ever belong in a burrito.

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                                                                                                                                  bulavinaka Apr 16, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                  You're a rice-ist... ;)

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                                                                                                                                    PommeDeGuerre Apr 16, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                    Guilty as charged in the case of burrito ingredients. :-) I have just never understood wrapping a carb in a carb. I wouldn't put rice on a sandwich or a taco, so why would I want it in a burrito? I am slightly more accepting of beans in the case of a bean and cheese burrito, but when I request a meat burrito, I am not wanting nor expecting beans to be included (probably biased from growing up on SD burritos from the various "*to's.")

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                                                                                                                                      Ernie Apr 16, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                      I am not a fan of rice in burritos either. I think they are just a low-cost filler ingredient to make burritos appear larger

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                                                                                                                                        Servorg Apr 16, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                        "I have just never understood wrapping a carb in a carb."

                                                                                                                                        You mean like that (in)famous San Diego asada & french fries burrito that I hear tell about? ;-D>

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                                                                                                                                          PommeDeGuerre Apr 16, 2013 11:37 PM

                                                                                                                                          I don't eat that either. That is a later variation (popularized in the 90s, but I was a kid in the 80s) on the SD Mexican scene probably devised for late night "get in my belly" sessions.

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                                                                                                                                            SilverlakeGirl Apr 17, 2013 12:08 AM

                                                                                                                                            <<You mean like that (in)famous San Diego asada & french fries burrito that I hear tell about? ;-D>>>

                                                                                                                                            I always used to marvel at the "potato salad sandwiches" in Little Tokyo.

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                                                                                                                                              PommeDeGuerre Apr 17, 2013 01:21 AM

                                                                                                                                              Marvel or question? :-)

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                                                                                                                                            bulavinaka Apr 16, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                            Carb in a carb is common in Asian foods. Taiwanese bakeries do a bread with a purple yam-filled mochi - carb in a carb in a carb!

                                                                                                                                            I know burritos are not Asian in roots or culture, but if some Asian joint has a burrito-ish item on the menu, rice is most likely going in. This might erk the gods and police of burritodom, but they should be chastised for not having an open mind. :)

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                                                                                                                                              ipsedixit Apr 16, 2013 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                              Chinese sesame bread with yiou-tiao is a fabulous carb-on-carb concoction.

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                                                                                                                                                PommeDeGuerre Apr 16, 2013 11:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                I have tried it and do not care for it, so my mind was open and I made a decision. Also, it makes no nutritional sense unless you are literally starving to death or can't afford anything but filler.

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                                                                                                                                                  PommeDeGuerre Apr 16, 2013 11:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                  And in case you're wondering (and I know you aren't), I don't understand garlic bread served with pasta or pizza either. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                    bulavinaka Apr 17, 2013 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Bowing my head and shaking it with deep contempt as I wipe the crumbs of my chicken katsu sandwich from my snarling lips. Meat coated in fat-fried carb in bread. :)

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                                                                                                                                                      Servorg Apr 17, 2013 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                      That made me laugh so hard I almost dropped my deep fried Twinkie...

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                                                                                                                                                        kevin Apr 17, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                        chicken katsu sandwich ?

                                                                                                                                                        Where at ?

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                                                                                                                                                          bulavinaka Apr 17, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                          LA Spice in Culver City - I mean in F-in' Culver City. :)

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                                                                                                                                                            kevin Apr 17, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Was it pretty fucking good ?

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                                                                                                                                                              bulavinaka Apr 17, 2013 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Hella F-ing good, but I'm a carb slut - I'm too F-ing easy...

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                                                                                                                                                                kevin Apr 17, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                These days I'm trying to stay away from the carbs most of the time.

                                                                                                                                                                Got one of those fucked up diets to deal with.

                                                                                                                                                                But sushi rice is still fair game. Sushi is always beyond healthy, right ?

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                                                                                                                                                                  Servorg Apr 17, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I think you meant to write "Sashimi is always beyond healthy..."

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                                                                                                                                                      SilverlakeGirl Apr 17, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I love potato pizza, love potato tacos, eastern european potato cheese stuffed dumplings, Indian potato stews on Basmati rice ...

                                                                                                                                                      The list goes on and on. I think many people love carbs.

                                                                                                                                                      OTOH, my doc does say refrain from lots of carbs to avoid diabetes,

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                                                                                                                                                        ipsedixit Apr 17, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Don't forget spaghetti sandwiches.

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                                                                                                                                                          bulavinaka Apr 17, 2013 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Quit talkin' dirty to me...

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                                                                                                                                                            ipsedixit Apr 17, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Ever have a French Toast sandwich with pancakes as the "meat"?

                                                                                                                                                            It's like the carboholics version of a Monte Cristo.

                                                                                                                                                            We used to make those at the Circus Circus breakfast buffets when we were wee little 'Hounds.

                                                                                                                                                            Then when we grew up we discovered Shoney's ...

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                                                                                                                                                              kevin Apr 17, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Not the Circus Circus buffet.

                                                                                                                                                              Those were the days.

                                                                                                                                                              That reminds me that I still need to try The Steakhouse at Circus Circus.

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                                                                                                                                                              A5 KOBE Apr 17, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Korokke Pan

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                                                                                                                                                                bulavinaka Apr 17, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                If my tongue wore pants, they'd be down around my ankles right now. :-!

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                                                                                                                                                                PommeDeGuerre Apr 17, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I will simply leave the Insulin Vending Machine by the door and slink away. Heathens. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                kevin Apr 17, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                MMM, that reminds me of the stuffed sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                                bulavinaka Apr 17, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I used to live off of Ramona's beef and potato burritos. These posts are like a porn pay site for carboholics...

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                                                                                                                                                                  kevin Apr 17, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Food porn, what could be better ?

                                                                                                                                                    3. A5 KOBE Apr 14, 2013 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Burrito de camarones at El Pescador. This item, the ceviche and the nopales keep me coming back. Also really like the michelada.

                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                        SilverlakeGirl Apr 14, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Forgive my ignorance, but when I run "El Pescador" through the machine, I come up with over a dozen locations.

                                                                                                                                                        Which one?

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                                                                                                                                                          A5 KOBE Apr 14, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Euclid in Ontario

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                                                                                                                                                            Cubancoffee Apr 16, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the clarification,I was headed to Highland Park!

                                                                                                                                                      2. ipsedixit Apr 15, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Breakfast burrito at the Californian Club.

                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                          Porthos Apr 15, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Is that from the menu? I see an uncropped black edge in the bottom left corner ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                            ipsedixit Apr 15, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Yup. No pics in the dining room.

                                                                                                                                                            (And I was with, ahem, "company")

                                                                                                                                                        2. Xericx Apr 16, 2013 01:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Had the fish burrito at Alertos in fountain valley over the weekend.....way downhill....too many onions, fish was barely there without flavor or anything. Huge disappointment because it used to be one of my favorites.

                                                                                                                                                          1. JAB Apr 18, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                            El Cihualteco, 2325 S. San Pedro St., LA 90011 Carnitas con todo. I've been going to this shack for over 28 years and they continue to deliver and the value is very good as well.

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                                                                                                                                                              malibumike Apr 18, 2013 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Tito's Tacos Culver City, Get the meat and cheese only burrito - nothing else comes close!

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                                                                                                                                                                Moose Apr 18, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I concur, and was going to suggest the same. I know some here have a major hate for Tito's, however, I've not had a better chile colorado burrito. If there is one, I should would like to know about it!

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                                                                                                                                                                  wienermobile Apr 18, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Yes...that burrito is a guilty pleasure of mine too.

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                                                                                                                                                                    bulavinaka Apr 18, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Me too, but I always ask for some of their Mexican rice in it. Sorry pommedeguerre a.k.a. burrito popo. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                  Moose Apr 18, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  One of my absolute all time favorite wet burritos is the pork in spicy tomatillo sauce burrito at The Talpa in WLA on Pico just west of Barrington.

                                                                                                                                                                  I get mine wet, covered with the spicy tomatillo sauce and cotija cheese, with refried beans inside. The heat level varies from warm to quite hot. The spicy tomatillo sauce is rich, smoky, and complex. I've not had a taste anything remotely like this burrito.

                                                                                                                                                                  Absolutely transcendent.

                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                    WildSwede Apr 23, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds delicious! I will have to get over there to try it. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                3. ipsedixit Apr 24, 2013 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  My "California Burrito" from the cafeteria at the Roybal Federal Courthouse.

                                                                                                                                                                  *not recommended.

                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                    Ernie Apr 24, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    That looks like one of those vile cold tortilla "wraps"

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                                                                                                                                                                      ipsedixit Apr 24, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      And it tasted like one ...

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                                                                                                                                                                      kevin Apr 24, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Mmmm

                                                                                                                                                                      The food if it can be called that from the federal district courthouse is always enticing.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Wolfgang Apr 25, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      In the past two weeks, I've had a carne asada burrito from Leo's truck at La Brea and Venice and one from the new Pinche's Tacos on Larchmont.
                                                                                                                                                                      Leo's burrito was close but not quite there. It was too salty and wasn't hot enough, temperature wise.
                                                                                                                                                                      The Pinche's burrito had nice flavors but was pretty small for the price.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Moose Apr 25, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Another favorite all time burrito of mine is the Manny Layne pork burrito at Lares on Pico in WLA. Chile verde with beans inside, then smothered with chile verde and cheese on top.

                                                                                                                                                                        After the fire some years ago, upon reopening, it just wasn't quite the same. Very good, but not great like it used to be. Then I moved to the valley and haven't been back since.

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm headed there tonight to give it another shot, so will give a full report.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Moose Apr 25, 2013 09:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          While I was somewhat apprehensive about going back to Lares, the pork Manny Layne burrito did not disappoint me in the least. It was as good as the glory days. Delicious chile verde with lean chunks of pork, with a bit of beans inside. The chile verde sauce ladled on top of the burrito had a bit of heat to it this time, and tasted like there were some fire roasted jalapenos in it, which was actually quite nice. Regardless, it was just wonderful, and I'll be back again soon for another one very soon.

                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                        2. JAB Apr 26, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Today, I opted for a Special Burrito (SB) and a Combo Green at $5.15 & $5.35 respectively. They were small today so the value wasn't there. The chorizo in the SB was not that flavorful and it wasn't at all greasy. The Red Chile was milder than I remember it. Previously, it was just beyond my comfort level when I got a Combo Red. Perhaps, it was diluted by the addition of Green Chile in the SB or there might be a variance in the heat levels from batch to batch. The Combo Green is made with a beef stew type of meat (not fucking pork Kevin). The beans and tortillas in both are outstanding. http://www.lupesno2.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                            kevin Apr 26, 2013 11:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for letting me know. It is highly appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                                            Before the month is up, I will have to mosey on down to Oki Dog for a pastrami burrito.

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                                                                                                                                                                              A5 KOBE Apr 27, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              You don't HAVE to. lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                Servorg Apr 27, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Is that one of those legal "disclaimers" just in case things go badly for kevin's health after downing that total gut bomb? ;-D>

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                                                                                                                                                                                  A5 KOBE Apr 27, 2013 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  The only positive is that if you eat it early enough, you won't have to eat the rest of the day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Servorg Apr 27, 2013 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    "...you won't have to eat the rest of the day."

                                                                                                                                                                                    Is that due to ones ICU stay owing to the coma one has fallen into from the "grease overdose"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                Porthos Apr 27, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                You can do it! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  A5 KOBE Apr 27, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Might as well egg him on and eat a Tommy's breakfast burrito side by side.

                                                                                                                                                                                  A new LA food challenge?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Porthos Apr 27, 2013 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Do it!

                                                                                                                                                                                    Do it!!

                                                                                                                                                                                    Do it!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Servorg Apr 27, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I believe that is the equivalent of standing and looking up at kevin on top of a 10 story building and chanting;

                                                                                                                                                                                      Jump!

                                                                                                                                                                                      Jump!!

                                                                                                                                                                                      Jump!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        bulavinaka Apr 27, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        F-ing JUMP!
                                                                                                                                                                                        JUMP F-er!
                                                                                                                                                                                        Damn, F-ing JUMP F-er!

                                                                                                                                                                                        Kidding... Kevin, we love ya' bro... Oki-dogs are for the young and the reckless...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Servorg Apr 27, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          "Oki-dogs are for the young and the reckless..."

                                                                                                                                                                                          For the young and occlusionless...Or the old and clueless...

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                                                                                                                                                                                            bulavinaka Apr 27, 2013 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Well said...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              jesstifer Nov 26, 2013 11:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Oki-dog is the one and only burrito-y concoction that I have ever walked out on. It is the "Million Dollar Baby" of burritos.

                                                                                                                                                                              3. Ciao Bob Apr 29, 2013 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Tacomiendo - Fish (Snapper, I believe) Burrito with rice, beans, guac (hold the crema) - outstanding! Huge. Great salsas, chips and stewed beans.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin Apr 29, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  which location ?

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