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Last Build Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:44:24 -0500

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Burrito Inflation: Cheaper Than A Lawyer

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:44:24 -0500

Food prices are on the rise, and burritos are no exception. But it's not worth starting a riot. Especially not if you are:

A customer's rage was uncontrollable upon discovering that each of the seven Beefy Crunch burritos were no longer $0.99, but $1.49. He fired a BB gun at employees, escaped without the burritos, and barricaded himself in a hotel room with an assault rifle. Repeated for emphasis: without the burritos.

Police tear gassed the room and apprehended the suspect, who will be charged with three counts of attempted capital murder.

($1.49 - $0.99) x 7 = $3.50

$3.50 < Attorney good enough to get this guy off the hook

Full story here. Thanks to Jessie for the tip.

Burritos for Economic Recovery

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:21:39 -0500

Mint put together an interesting infographic on burrito ingredients, consumption, and domestic production. With sources including the Census and USDA, Mint claims:

Guacamole in 2009:
Average consumption per capita: 4.1 pounds
Production value: $345.4 million
Production weight: 269,000 tons
Ingredient buttons have a healthy serving of economic info.


The text is a little small above. Read the full size.

Thanks to Rich for the tip.

Speed Rolling With The Spoon Ninjas

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 17:58:34 -0500

Joshua Walovitch of the Boston Herald has been making news as 'Burrito Boy', seeking Boston's best burrito.

His claim as "the foremost burrito expert in the world" leaves me as "the former foremost," but hey, it's not a contest.

What is a contest is the burrito speed rolling event held at Anna's Taqueria. Josh says:

Five Anna's rollers and myself faced off in a time trial 'rito rolling challenge and the winner was crowned the 2010 Spoon Ninja and awarded the Golden Spoon. They're known as spoon ninjas because of their quick spoon skills when making burritos.

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Burrito expertise aside, I concede this: Burrito Blog cannot compete with the video production muscle of the Herald. Great job Josh.

See also: Evidence Of Ninjas, Pirates Seen At Anna's

From Fenway To Ashes To Boston College

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 11:23:13 -0500

El Pelon is making a comeback! Again. Recall that this hot spot was struck by fire, twice.

From Grub Street Boston:

Owner Jim Hoben confirms, telling us that the second coming of El Pelon is set to open in mid-March at 2197 Commonwealth. "Right now, we have about three weeks of construction left and then some final permitting. Everything will be exactly the same: same menu, same prices, same vendors, same employees, we even managed to save some of the decor from the wreckage."

The official El Pelon site has not yet confirmed. But believe it. There is an El Guapo burrito in my future.

Thanks to John Liu for the tip.

The Obama Burrito Veto

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 11:51:04 -0500

After six straight days of eating at Anna's MIT for breakfast, I was denied this morning by El Presidente himself. Sort of.

Barak Obama is in town to deliver a speech on American leadership in clean energy at MIT. Cops and barricades lined the sidewalks and blocked the streets.

No parking. Burrito veto.

Mark Is Unconvinced

Sun, 01 Mar 2009 12:48:40 -0500

You'd think the kid with the burrito website would be able to convince Mark to order more than chips and salsa at his first trip to Anna's Taqueria.

Nope. Chips and salsa only.

How Convenient For Me

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 12:59:53 -0500

I don't like to shovel. I don't like the snow either. Put the two of them together and what you get is my car looking like an igloo.

Seth (pictured) and David were nice enough to pick me up and take me to Anna's MIT.

My car got to stay cozy inside its igloo. I got warmed up by a super steak burrito with extra hot sauce.

New Unemployment Benefits: Free Burrito

Tue, 10 Feb 2009 17:47:23 -0500

If you send California Tortilla proof of your layoff, you'll get a gift card with a free burrito, plus double points for future purchases.

Those who can mail proof of termination to the company can receive a “Burrito Elito” card loaded with a free burrito. Paperwork dated from November 2008 forward is accepted.

The promotion runs through Feb. 27. Recipients are also eligible for double points on their Burrito Elito card for a month, which awards free items when purchases begin to add up.

The paperwork for the promotion must be sent to the company’s Rockville headquarters or to
California Tortilla has locations in five mid-Atlantic states plus DC.

Thanks to Tevvy for the tip.

Location Location I'm Stuck Here

Sat, 07 Feb 2009 11:15:06 -0500

T-Rex Taqueria had just opened. Maybe they didn't have their act together.

My burrito took a while to make and somehow the hot sauce was left out. The wrap was a little messy and ingredient distribution was poor. And they only had black beans. While waiting I did enjoy the decor: an eclectic mixture of fossil logos and vintage photos of professional wrestlers.

If I were in the area I'd go back, maybe even regularly. But T-Rex is no destination.

Welcome To T-Rex Taqueria

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 11:00:39 -0500

Burrito speed eating rivals John Liu and Sheb both brought T-Rex Taqueria to my attention mere days after its opening.

Located on Cypress Street near the Brookline Hills T stop and Brookline High School, T-Rex is mighty close to competition at Boca Grande, Baja Betty's, and Anna's Taqueria. Expect nothing less from the self proclaimed king of taquerias.

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My bet is they're going after the open campus foot traffic of the high school students and municipal workers at the nearby library and town hall.

Airport Burrito, Airport Prices

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 10:36:47 -0500

Don't get me wrong, I was thrilled to be able to order a burrito at Logan airport's Terminal C. That counts for a lot, but that's where the thrill ends.

I went with the steak classic burrito from Currito, add guacamole. As a long time adversary of the cilantro lime rice, I wasn't expecting much.

Expectation correct.

The Currito burrito was strictly average in every way but one.

$8.33 for a burrito. Wow. I didn't have my scale with me, but the FDR must have been a record low.

See also: Caution: The Moving Walkway Is Ending

Welcome To Currito

Sat, 24 Jan 2009 20:05:41 -0500

Currito is a national franchise chain operating in nine states: Arizona, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, and Washington. The origins of Currito were difficult to track down, even for a sneaky Internet hombre (me).

Headquartered in Ohio, Currito's first year of operation was difficult to glean. Their website was written in Latin as recently as July of 2007. No, Currito does not predate English; websites are often mocked up with Latin before the real content is written. By August 2007, the site noted seven locations in five states. So we'll guess they opened doors spring / summer 2007.

A few options here.

  1. Urban Dictionary said 'Currito' is what you get when you try to spell 'Burrito' with T9 on certain mobile phones.
  2. A Spanish-English Dictionary states: currito, -a, masculine or feminine noun, 1. (ordinary) worker (informal) (peninsular Spanish)
  3. The Currito site repeats the phrase "Currito serves the cure for the common burrito." Oh? I didn't know it was infected.

The Currito menu (official pdf) features chicken, steak, or tofu fillings in one of many worldly wrap styles: Teriyaki, Mediterranean, Cajun, Buffalo, and Bangkok. Thankfully they also have what they call Uncured The Classic, which comes with beans, cilantro lime rice, cheese, and salsa. They also sell a bunch of smoothies.

Take A Break From The Books

Sat, 17 Jan 2009 12:39:45 -0500

Mr. Fink has a pretty serious workload in grad school. Fortunately, he lives close enough to Olecito to walk over for a tortilla time out.

A couple years ago, Mr. Fink showed me The (Big) Enchilada. Now it was my turn.

For $5.50 we each picked up an Olecito burrito that comes with guacamole and a side of chips and salsa.

Take a break from Inman legend Punjabi Dhaba and check out Olecito. Definitely worth it.

Welcome To Olecito

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:20:37 -0500

Located across the street from its upscale parent, Olé, Olecito is much more my style. They serve just the basics: tacos, tortas, burritos, and quesadilas.

Like the style, the pricing is also much more my flavor.

Olecito opened mid 2008, but Burrito Blog needlessly delayed reviewing this little Inman Square eatery. If you're headed in that direction, make sure you don't go too late; Olecito closes at 10 on weekends and 9 during the week.

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Far From Normal: Taco Or Wedding Bell

Sun, 11 Jan 2009 20:47:23 -0500

Not much surprises me anymore. But an highly unusual wedding in a town called Normal, Illinois at a Taco Bell gets the job done.

Thanks to Nancy for the tip.

Check out the full story, Customers continue to order tacos and burritos as vows are exchanged.

I especially like this part:

Caragh Brooks, 21, of Australia, met Paul Brooks, 30, on an Internet dating Web site. They already had the same last name.
"It's appropriate," groom Paul Brooks said. "It's an offbeat relationship."
No kidding. Way to break the mold and think outside the bun. I love it.

See also: Matrimony and Guacamole