El Super Burrito (Millbrae, CA)
Score: 5 / 10 Reviewed by: Chris
El Super Burrito is not a particularly good place. They serve fairly tasteless burritos en masse, trying to push through as many people as possible. Certainly not a travesty, but not what one should expect in the Bay Area. I find it very similar to the Burrito Shop in Castro Valley.
The ingredients here start out bland and don't improve. The guacamole is the first thing to be put on the tortilla. It's spread rather thinly and doesn't taste like much of anything. Then the rice, shredded cheese, beans, and meat (no sour cream anywhere). By default they put on refried beans, but you can have them put on pinto instead. The chile verde is not very verde- essentially just tastes like stright pork. The chicken is likewise uninspired. In fact, there is something not anything exciting about any of the meats: no spice, no bursting flavors, no special ingredients. After eating all you are left with is the flavor of pinto beans. Integration is rather well done, however. Burritos are well-wrapped and ingredients are distributed evenly.
You get a small cup of salsa and chips with your burrito. There is nothing special about either. A super burrito here costs $6.35. These are quite substantial in size, so it's a reasonable price. The most annoying thing is how the counter is structured. While multiple people can order and have their burrito made simultaneously, there is only one cashier. The result is you spend nearly 10 minutes waiting to pay while your burrito cools in your hands.
El Super Burrito seems to have a loyal following- it is always busy at noon and they get major phone-in orders. But then, so does Baja Fresh. They produce for the masses, not the burritophile. If you're in the area, go down the street to the superior Los Palomas instead.
posted 5/18/2007 2:31 PM, updated on 7/31/2008 7:44 AM