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Bean & Cheese Burrito, update

kevin Feb 13, 2014 05:05 PM

So finally I gave the bean and cheese burritos, the Special C, at El burrito Jr. in Redondo Beach the proverbial whirl. That's two burritos and a soda pop for about six bucks. It was good, cheesy (jack and cheddar mix) but it was missing that certain jenais a qua, which is known as "red sauce".

But I prepared for that by ordering a third bean and cheese burrito and specifying that it be served "wet" withe the red sauce and the shredded cheese melted over.

The wet bean and cheese burrito was quite good and hit the spot, the burritos sans sauce much less so. Also, I like my bean and cheese burritos with only a cheddar mix that coalesces with the refried beans.

So for now, it's Al and Bea's which I have had a few times now. Their been and cheese is loaded with shredded cheddar, the beans done to the proper refriedness (is that even a word, who cares ???) and the application on a red sauce, that packs a wallop, inside the burrito. The sauce is inside to it ain't served wet. But one day when I ordered extra red sauce the usually dainty burrito imploded and exploded all over my pants, which was not fun (especially since refried bean stains on one's pants despondently and depressingly looks like shit stains).

Anyhow, al and beas are pretty good it must be said.

Though the hunt continues for the paragon vision of the red sauce-inflected bean and cheese burrito of my nascent years a la Proust and his silly madelines.

  1. annagranfors Feb 13, 2014 11:05 PM

    "Je ne sais quoi", dude.

    Close, but no burrito. And Proust and his madeleines would frown disapprovingly. :)

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    1. re: annagranfors
      chewbacca Feb 14, 2014 07:34 AM

      I love Kevin's style......more authentically West Coast. And thanks for the tip on the red sauce inside! Kevin you should do a food blog.

      1. re: chewbacca
        VenusCafe Feb 19, 2014 01:04 PM

        i thought he did do a food blog

    2. k
      kevin Feb 13, 2014 05:30 PM

      btw, you gonna be at the chow meet ????

      1. JAB Feb 13, 2014 05:20 PM

        Your hunt isn't complete until you've hit Lupes # 2. Their red sauce packs more than a wallop.

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        1. re: JAB
          kevin Feb 13, 2014 05:26 PM

          any clue if I can walk between the two ????

          both of them are in boyle heights, right ?????

          but then again you haven't tried al and bea's yet, right ????

          And one day when I have more time, I'm going to have to sit down to a full-plate special at Ciro's.

          1. re: kevin
            JAB Feb 13, 2014 05:30 PM

            No, Lupes is way further down at the far reaches of EastLos.

            I've had Al & Beas multiple times but, don't get the hype.

            Ciro's is bomb.

            1. re: JAB
              kevin Feb 13, 2014 05:31 PM

              I see.

              Now what do I get at Ciro's ????

              I doubt I'd order a bean and cheese burrito there, right ??????

              Too bad they don't serve drinks.

              And I still have to hit up Colonia Taco Lounge for newfangled Mex.

              1. re: kevin
                JAB Feb 13, 2014 05:33 PM

                My favorites at Ciro's are steak picado & milanesa.

                I'm hoping to make the trek from South OC for the chow meet.

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