I’ll write a longer post on the Dia de los Muertos Festival in Canoga Park at some point this weekend, but today I’m too mentally fried for that kind of work. Today, therefore, will be about the humble burrito. Although probably originating in northern Mexico, this perfect food delivery system was made famous in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. So here are a couple best ofs.
Best Burrito Chain – Freebirds
Before there was Chipotle there was Freebirds. The original location is near the UC Santa Barbara campus in Isla Vista, and is a perfect place for drunk college students stumbling out of the Study Hall after last call. The second location opened up at Texas A&M, and since then the owners of the Texas franchise have opened up more locations in California, Utah, Missouri, Kansas…pretty much all over the place. Highly recommended.
Best Burrito in the San Fernando Valley – El Indio Mexicano
If you disagree with me on this, you’re just wrong. El Indio almost wound up on my list last week, since it’s next to a dodgy nightclub in a sort of creepy neighborhood. The place is open all night, only accepts cash and has an indoor seating area that no one has seen in years. There’s a metal cage around the outdoor eating area, from which you can watch the cook in the kitchen throw handfuls of lard in the pan. Drunk Cal State Northridge students probably still eat there at 2 AM, but it’s been so long since I’ve been up that late that I couldn’t tell you. And the food is freaking amazing.
Short post this week folks. Hopefully I’ll have more tomorrow.