El Burrito Loco (Castro Valley, CA)
Score: 4.5 / 10 Reviewed by: Chris
El Burrito Loco is aptly named, for you'd need to be a bit loco to come back here a second time.
Burritos are organized by type and by size. Sizes are regular, large and super. The `large' is the equivalent of a super (going the sample size on their counter) at most other taquerias. The `super' is ridiculously huge- about a foot long and a good 4 inches in diameter. But you also need to specify the type of burrito. The supremo is the one with guacamole and sour cream, for example.
Alas, when my `large' burrito arrived, it was not the same size as the sample on the counter. It was noticably soft and sloshy- not packed nearly well enough. My first bite induced a tear down the side and a glob of chile verde leaked out. In short, integration was abyssmal. The flavor itself wasn't bad except for too strong a flavor of refried beans, but it certainly wasn't special either.
Loco does have a lot of meat choices, including chile colorado, shredded beef and chicken, and the old stand-bys of carnitas and carne asada.
The chips here are store bought, but are still edible. But they're not free. The salsa bar is stuffed on the side almost behind the counter. Plenty of choices here, and they're not bad.
Perhaps the worst thing about El Burrito Loco is the pricing. My large and chips (no drink) cost about $9.25. That's crazy, particularly when you consider the `large' is not even as big as most `supers', and it'd cost even more to get cheese.
Borderline taste, terrible integratation, ridiculous prices. Yup, it's Loco.
posted 5/3/2007 2:03 PM, updated on 7/31/2008 7:17 AM