Felt the need to give a shout out to Carolina's --newish Mexican restaurant on Monte Vista (next to Bailey's on the Beach). This is Mexican Food like I used to get in San Diego (and I've been missing).
Food is inexpensive, service is friendly, ambience --not so much. But great place to stop and grab food to go.
I've only had the Rolled Tacos w/ guacamole, a Quesadilla, and the Carne Asada burrito-- which I've gone back for a couple of times.
who knew "carne asada burrito" would net such a lively discussion!
I've tried Perico's... not bad
You can't throw words around like "California-style" and "burrito" lightly. That's how accidents happen.
When you take California and put it in front of burrito, we're talking about a very specific style of burrito. Carne asada being a trademark of a proper California Burrito, I understand the temptation to associate any carne asade burrito as a pure Californian, but it's wrong; don't be wrong.
We request our guests respect our food
peculiarities sensibilities, we owe the good people of San Diego the same. The more you know, you know.
This Bay Area burrito tangent...the Bay Area gifted the Mission Burrito to burritodom. It's girth and half-helping of rice are the Misson's distinguishing characteristics. You can find other burrito bloodlines in the Bay Area, of course, but the Mission is a jewel in SF's culinary crown.
Great burrito talk. I encourage further discussion over at Burritophile.
I am a Mission burrito devotee, having worshipped at the altars of Taquerias Cancun, San Jose, La Costena, Grullense, etc., etc. It's not all about carne asada - there is definitely a lot of room for al pastor and veggie options as well.
Here in ABQ, I've yet to find something that completely stacks up. However, Ruben's Grill at Eubank and Candelaria is pretty good and allows for some customization. Taqueria Mexico on Lomas in Martineztown is also pretty good. I tried Carolina's last night and while not 100% the genuine article, it's very tasty, especially when sour cream and cheese are added. Don't turn up your nose at Bumble Bee's, either.
Just FYI, Federico's is totally cool with customizing their burritos, so you can probably make a decent California burrito. I'm in love with their tough/thin tortillas.
Fries on a "California" burrito? I don't know, but I have never had a CAB with fries. Plus this whole "California" designation is simply a marketing ploy for those outside of California to relate to. Alot of us on this thread lived or grew up in California and will attest this to be true. It's a common marketing approach guys. Just because that writer put it out there does not make it the only authority.
Clearly there are more types CABs then we all know
been done - i used to get the one at oki dog in LA.
friggin awesome but a complete and total gut buster. definitely grad student 'meal for a day' fare.