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  • kevin Feb 13, 2014 05:05 PM
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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.

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  1. 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

      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

        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

          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

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

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

      2. re: JAB

        I gotta try this. My go to is usually relleno bean but I love a hot red sauce

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

        1. "Je ne sais quoi", dude.

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

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          1. re: annagranfors

            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

              i thought he did do a food blog

          2. I hit Lupe's today, and ruined my entire work day by ordering 1 green and cheese and 1 red hot burrito. Boy these are good. Frankly, I've never been a partisan in the burrito debates--I love the Mission burrito, but there's a beautiful simplicity in what they do at Lupe's. One of the best places I've been in East LA.

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            1. re: Haeldaur

              That red can be HOT! Also, Kevin has yet to hit Lupe's.

              1. re: JAB

                Is the red a homemade sauce, or is it a packet? Honestly don't care because it's great, but curious.

                1. re: Haeldaur

                  I assume home made but, I'm not positive.

              2. re: Haeldaur

                Thanks for the rec. Went for the first time today. had a bean and red and a bean and green. So simple, so good. Nice people, too.

                I remembered this old review is anyone wants to check it out. I like the way JG described the charm of an uncomplicated burrito.

                Thanks again.

                1. re: PaulF

                  in comparison to al and bea's, there's no contest, lupe's deux is just medicore. and that ain't no joke.

                  1. re: kevin

                    I feel the opposite.

              3. El Burrito Jr. (Redondo Beach & Torrance) has a very tasty and cheap bean and cheese burrito. 2 burritos and a large drink $6.

                1. Hi Kevin. Welcome back from your hiatus! Have you tried my favorite? Sabroso's bean & cheese burrito. They are in Winnetka. I know that the menu states that they have red sauce inside, but 95% of the time they forget - even when I remind them when placing an order. So good!!

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                  1. re: WildSwede

                    Still on hiatus I'm afraid. This several months old thread was resurrected today.