Gordito Burrito in Sacramento, CA

the front

Gordito Burrito
7810 La Riviera Dr
Sacramento, CA 95826

the front

I came here cuz I read online that this was the place to go for yummy burritos.  Don’t get me wrong, I love hole in the walls but this place was just too shady. There was a very loud couple having a very loud and borderline-violent argument right by where I was waiting for my order.

carne asada burrito

Home of the 1 lb burrito indeed! Too bad the flavors were lacking and I’m pretty sure the salsa used was from a jar.  I read online that this was the best carne asada burrito in town, dead wrong! Not great. Getting here wasn’t easy cuz of all the intersections, so I probably won’t be returning.

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Nopalitos Southwestern Cafe in Sacramento, CA

banana pancakes

Nopalitos Southwestern Cafe
5530 H St.
Sacramento, CA

banana pancakes

My parents and I were looking for a place open early for breakfast on Saturday morning and this place popped up on Yelp with great reviews. After a deluge of Korean meals, my parents and I were grateful for the opportunity to try some delicious California’s Southwestern cuisine. My dad is a bit more of a picky eater so he went with a safer dish, the pancakes with fresh banana. He really liked his pancakes, they were very fluffy.

cactus omelette

My mom got the most popular item on the menu, a cactus omelette. I’ve never really eaten cactus before (except for one time inside of a wedding cake) but I do know that cactus is a very prevalent menu item in Mexico. I tried a bite and it had a mild flavor, I didn’t really know I was eating cactus. My mom’s breakfast plate came with breakfast potatoes on the side.

breakfast burrito

I love burritos! I got the breakfast burrito with chorizo (sausage). It had scrambled eggs, potatoes and salsa inside with cheese. delicious! I definitely want to come back and try the lunch menu.

 

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Taqueria Garibaldi in Sacramento, CA

super burrito

Taqueria Garibaldi
1841 Howe Ave
Sacramento, CA

 

ambiance

This place is pretty close to where I live and I love burritos so it made sense to check this place out. It’s nearby a really commercial area, lots of shopping plazas. The entrance is not along the street though, you have to go around to one of the sides (perpendicular to the street) to enter (don’t stand at the wrong door like I did, I probably freaked out some families as I tried really violently to open the wrong door). Anywho, I got pretty excited when I walked in and saw the salsa bar. There was a deep red one with chunks of garlic *very excited*.

super burrito

I got the carne asada super burrito, chopped beef with rice, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, pinto beans and hot sauce. I also grabbed a few containers of the deep red salsa. The burrito was a decent size (don’t worry, no where near the size of a Chipotle burrito) and the beef was decent but not very tender. The red salsa helped a lot. Since there are better burrito places in Sacramento, I most likely will not return to this place.

 

 

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Tacos La Bala in Houston, TX

the shredded beef taco

Tacos La Bala
5800 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77081

ambiance

Ok you know an area is shady when you see signs on the front door that says “having weapons without a license on the premise is a felony.” Luckily, we walked in after 2 cops It was pretty intimidating being the only non-Hispanics in the restaurant.

tacos

We had ordered 3 tacos but accidentally ordered 2 of the barbacoa (steamed beef), 1 of the shredded beef and 1 of the chimichirron (pork skin). My favorite was the shredded beef.Served on home-made corn tortilla………yes my mouth is watering.

the shredded beef taco

Then we split the burrito, we got the steak fajita meat. You know you’re at an authentic joint when your burrito comes without rice. It was quite good.

burrito

 

But the star of the evening was the quesadilla! It was not only packed with flavor, on corn tortilla but the cheese was out of this world (and you know I’m a huge cheese fan).

quesadilla

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Mission Burrito in Houston, TX

Guacamole

Mission Burrito
2245 W. Alabama
Houston, TX 77098

Guacamole

I was hankering for a burrito and saw that this Mission burrito was nearby where I was staying. When I got here, I was reminded of Chipotle. It was a line-service with americanized mexican ingredients. The service was quick and nice and the lady at the cash register tried to help me save money by telling me which sizes to order. However, I am a guacamole nut and so I got a large order of it. It was alright.

burrito

I had the steak fajita burrito. It’s pretty similar to Chipotle, burritos the size of a baby.

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Tacos Lupita in Haverhill, MA

"vegetarian burrito"

Tacos Lupita
194 River St
Haverhill, MA 01832

the front

I’m not too familiar with Haverhill but when I read about this place, I really wanted to check it out. Luckily for me, this restaurant is on the major street right off of HWY 495 which makes driving here really convenient. But I did drive right by it when I was looking it. The red sign blends in well with the brick. Street parking is a bit tough to find but there are a few 15 min spots right in front.

lots of choices

For vegetarians though, seek elsewehere. My mom usually goes for vegetarian burritos but the only option here was rice, beans, tomatoes and lettuce which is pretty disappointing for vegetarians. They also don’t have any seafood options for those of you who thought, well I am a vegetarian but I also eat fish.

"vegetarian burrito"

My brother and I got the steak burritos. The meats all looked great and there were so many juicy flavors: al pastor, steak, chicken, chorizo (pork sausage). This authentic mexican joint is a gem outside of Boston. This is great for those who don’t want to deal with the chaos that is Boston traffic and parking. The food is great and all the prices are under $10 per entree (the burritos were like $5!!). They also serve tacos (hard shell, soft shell), quesadilla, gorda (Mexican sandwich).

my extra spicy steak burrito

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Yucatan Mexican Restaurant in Pineville, LA

Yucatan Mexican Restaurant
200 Sandifer Lane
Pineville, LA

I had read online that this was the best mexican restaurant in town so we had to check it out! the service was nice and friendly.

chips and salsa

the chips and salsa were quite tasty and authentic! yes~!

can’t believe my dining companion ordered a hamburger from a mexican restaurant. she said it didn’t taste very good. duh!

my chicken chimichanga was delicious! i especially loved the hot sauce.

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Tacos Ago-Go in Houston, TX

Tacos Ago-Go
3704 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002-9504

this is a great neighborhood joint for some Mexican tacos (not much else on the menu). the tacos are cheap and taste great.

ambiance

those wrestler masks reminded me of Nacho Libre so I had to take a picture.

queso and chips

the queso was pretty disappointing, it tasted like melted velveeta. they didn’t really add much to it. the chips were ok.

al pastor taco

this al pastor taco blew my mind. it was delicious and the meat was succulent. the corn tortillas were wonderful too.

sausage egg and cheese taco

sausage, egg and cheese breakfast taco was pretty good too.

chorizo and egg taco

i really liked this breakfast taco: chorizo and egg. the chorizo is a spicy ground pork mixture. the seasoning was wonderful and enhanced by the corn soft taco.

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Santa Fe Tapas in New Orleans

Santa Fe Tapas
1327 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

I’ve driven past this place many times and so I when I saw a Groupon for it, I jumped at the chance. I wasn’t too sure what to expect so I went in with no presumptions. There was only one woman working at lunch time and so it took a while before we got seated and our menus. When we asked for suggestions, she leaned in and the smell of smoke overpowered all my senses.  I was also sad to see that other tables got chips and salsa and our table did not. I wonder why?

beef empanada

We started off with an order of beef empanadas. They were crispy and pretty flavorful and the corn salsa was very refreshing.

crabcake

The crab cakes didn’t have much flavor but the jalapeno tartar sauce was the redeeming quality of this dish.

grilled chicken

The brioche bread was pretty good but the chicken was extremely dry. I had to ask for some sort of sauce to moisten it and was brought Crystal hot sauce. Despite the chicken being dry, the spices on it were pretty delicious. The yucca fries were extremely dry as well, and very bland.

tamale

I think out of all the dishes, the tamale stayed true to the cuisine of origin. I had the braised pork tamale with poblano sauce (which was yum!). Overall, I wasn’t really impressed with this meal but I did go for lunch and apparently they have an entirely separate dinner menu.

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