Monday, April 30, 2012

Mi Mero Mole

5026 SE Division

burrito junkie
burrito junkieAny business with a huge sign that simply reads "Tacos" is alright by me. The smell of Mexican spices permeating the air in all directions is also a good sign. They have a rotating menu, with varying guisados, which are traditional Mexican stews or stir-fries. You choose which one you'd like, and if you want it in tacos, as a plate, or in a burrito. Intriguing right? Check out their website to view all of their rotating concoctions. As my friend said, "I like how you come here not knowing what to expect." This was my first time here, and in good company.

The establishment itself was impressive. They offer a cozy inviting atmosphere, bad ass booze selection, and fast friendly service. But I'm not here to review that, NOW AM I?

I got to sample 4 different burritos, including:
Albondigas: Pork, beef, and ham meatballs stuffed with boiled egg and stewed in chipotle-tomato sauce
Pollo en Mole Verde: Chicken in green mole
Cerdo con Nopales en Chile Colorado: Pork and cactus in red chile sauce. 
Rajas con Crema: Roasted poblano chiles with sauteed onions in a sour cream and aged cheese sauce.

Rajas con Crema Burrito

 I'll focus on this one for my review.

Contents: (see above) plus black beans and rice

Price: $5.50

Sides: Red Sauce, smokey sauce, green sauce, pickled onions, chips and salsa ($2)

Size: Didn't get exact measurements, but it was a mid-range size- not too small, not enormous.

I had high expectations for a place boasting such evocative and unique dishes. If the description on the menu makes my mouth water, the food itself better be euphoric! The rajas con crema was lively and creamy, and the poblano chiles added a fair amount of piquancy. It also had a savory umami vibe from the aged cheese. However, the rice and beans in the burrito seemed to dull down the vibrant flavor of the sauce. The ingredients all tasted very fresh, and the tortillas are handmade on the spot. The salsas were very distinctive, from the smoky chipotle flavor of the red, to the crisp earthiness of the green. The chips were, as my friend said, "the best chips I've ever had." Overall, I could tell that a lot of work went into making this burrito, but I still longed for a bit more. Dare I say, that next time I'll try a guisado in tacos or as a plate, so that I can experience more of the flavor without the rice and beans holding it back? I do.



I'm changing my rating system. Keeping it real with one overall rating out of 5 stars. Taste, size, and satisfaction are all taken into account, as well as price for the quality of ingredients you receive.

 My conclusion: 3.9 stars

Will I go here again? Hell yeah, can't wait to try more options.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Los Gorditos (food cart)

I've been to this food cart, on the corner of Division and 50th, more than I'd like to admit. It's never been mind-blowing, but they offer decent burritos. They are incredibly hyped, and are a mainstay in the vegan/vegetarian community. This is probably what first drew me here, because at one time or another I was vegetarian and still enjoy a nice veggie burrito. This time, however, I opted for something of a more carnivorous variety. Was this a mistake?


  The Super Stacy Burrito

Contents: refried beans, rice, cheese, 2 scoops red sauce, jalapeƱos, grilled onion, beef, raw onion, cilantro, and sour cream, grease

Price: $6.50

Sides: Super hot salsa, green salsa, orange salsa

Length: 7 inches

Circumference: 10 inches

I expected more flavor out of a burrito that claims to have 2 scoops of red sauce and jalapeƱos inside. Ingredient dispersion was quite off, as one bite contained most of the sour cream and another had an overabundance of red sauce. The vague term "beef" is a bit of a put off. And it was just that- beef. Nothing more to say about it. After a few bites, a steady stream of grease began dripping from the bottom of the tortilla, much to my dismay. The one thing that stood out in this burrito was the crunch of the raw onion, which is usually just a bonus in burrito land, not the only life saver. To add some kind words, the orange hot sauce is a tangy delight. However, sometimes a burrito is only as good as its hot sauce; take it away and you are left with a sad droopy clump of molecules. In the end, I couldn't finish this burrito because the last bites were too greasy and all beef.


Taste: 2     Size: 5*     Satisfaction: 1    Overall: 1.5

Will I go here again? Yes, but not for this burrito.

*Sometimes you can have a huge burrito, but if the flavor isn't there, and it's just a greasy wannabe, then size just doesn't matter honey. Size just doesn't matter.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Super Torta

super torta portlandSuper torta portland 
 5640 SE Woodstock           

The Chile Relleno Burrito

Some days I get the craving. I want it big, fast, and cheap. I want it stuffed with cheese and grease and deliciousness. These are the days I am a serious junkie, and find myself obsessing over when I can get my hands on one. I'm tired, I'm starving, and I've had a rough day. I need my fix, something that will send me into that deliriously euphoric burrito-infused intoxication. I make myself wait, because the longer you put it off, the more satisfying it'll be. This is the burrito for these situations. It's close to my house, and it has all of the above requirements.

Super Torta, Chile Relleno BurritoThis burrito is not for the faint of heart. In fact, I'm not even sure I should be recommending it. It might kill someone. I know it's killing me, albeit slowly. But don't be alarmed; it's worth every freaking awesome bite. Just make sure that you don't have much to do after you eat it, or the next day for that matter.

Contents: Chile Relleno stuffed with cheese, Refried Beans, Rice, Cheese, Pico, Grease, and Cheese

Price: $5.40
Super Torta, Chile relleno burrito portland
Sides: 2 red and 1 green salsa

Length: 7 inches

Circumference: 9.5 inches

This is one tasty monster

Ratings (outta 5)

Taste: 4.5
Size: 4.5
Satisfaction: 4.5

This is quite the gut bomb, prepare yourself fool!


You know, some days are better than others. Dropping it to 4 stars average, though I still love this place!