El Burrito Express (Divisadero) (San Francisco, CA)
Score: 8 / 10 Reviewed by: Chris
When i first heard the name `El Burrito Express', i was worried. It sounded like it might be a gimmicky fast-food place like Baja Fresh. But the reviews of the place were very positive, and i'm happy to find the reviews were right- a darn fine place i'd happily revisit.
The place is set up as a classic taqueria. You walk up, you order, then they deliver your burrito or call you to come get it. The menu is confusing. There are burritos, super burritos, bronco burritos, and super bronco burritos, and probably others that i'm missing. The different versions are separated by size and ingredients. The Expresso Burrito is mammoth- two tortillas to create a monster as large as the Super at La Costena.
The standard meat choices are available, plus a couple extras- chicken, chile verde, chili colorado, carnitas, steak. Not too varied, but quite sufficient. I stuck to the Super Chile Verde.
After just a few minutes nursing my Jarritos, my burrito was ready. It was more than ample and was solidly built and wrapped. The tortilla had some nice grill marks to it. I dug in. It had good flavor- a good chile verde, but perhaps a bit light for my liking (i like the tomatillo flavor to be really strong). All the standard ingredients, guac, sour cream, cheese, rice, were well-integrated and played their role properly. The burrito did develop a small tear, but retained it's integrity without incident. This was without a doubt a very good burrito.
There is no salsa bar, but chips come with your burrito, along with a couple cups of salsa, one spicier than the other. You can also request a green salsa. All three were quite flavorful and worthy complements to the burrito. The chips were golden yellow and crunchy, cooked just right.
I don't know if i'll get back to El Burrito Express, but it's not due to a lack of desire. These are some darn fine burritos without any major issues. A solid 8.
posted 2/21/2009 9:09 AM, updated on 2/22/2009 12:58 PM