Taqueria La Raza (Philadelphia, PA)
Score: 4 / 10 Reviewed by: Chris
A few blocks east of Temple University Hospital in north Philadelphia is La Raza- a clean, bright, friendly place that makes large, hot, but unsatisfactory burritos.
I ordered the carnitas burrito. Thankfully, the lettuce that comes with it was entirely on the outside, as a garnish for the plate. The massive slab was not wrapped in foil, and required a fork to eat. Two slices of processed cheese covered the top, along with some crumbled cheese - not a promising start. I dug in and it was piping hot. The rice and beans were fine, but i detected none of the promised sour cream or pico. Worse, the cubed pork was dry and devoid of any flavor. Even adding guac and salsa did not help and after half way it was simply a chore to continue.
Before the burrito, i had some guacamole and nachos, chips arranged into the pile of guac to give it a flowering appearance. The chips were excellent and the guacamole quite tasty, even with the included onion bits. The table has two squeeze bottles of salsa- one a mild red, the other a quite spicy verde. Too bad they didn't simmer the carnitas in the verde salsa- that would have been quite good. This was easily the best part of the meal.
For $6.50, this burrito is good value in terms of quantity, but not quality. But the chips and guac are not free- it's a whopping $5, because it's not a side, it's an antojito. They're good, but not -that- good. Overall then, too much for too little.
La Raza is a nice little place, perhaps with some good food, but burritos are not among them.
posted 8/11/2008 10:36 AM, updated on 2/22/2009 1:31 PM