Since we were in San Diego, we just had to try a shop with famous tacos and burritos. Lucha Libre definitely delivered that amazing socal mexican food. We tried the surf and turf burrito and undefeated seafood tacos. The surf and turf burrito had steak and shrimp with yummy chipotle sauce and great rice. I also added this cilantro aioli sauce from the salsa bar to the burrito and it made it even more yummy. For the seafood tacos, you can choose shrimp or blackened mahi mahi. I tried the blackened mahi taco and it was delicious. The taco was an amazing combination of seafood, salsa, slaw, and a touch of lime.
Condado Tacos @ Pittsburgh, PA
I went here with a new group of friends I met in Pittsburgh, and the food fueled us to have a great time. Condado Tacos has tacos already set with their combo of ingredients, but they also have the option to make your own. I went with the Dutch dragon, which had spicy portabella mushroom, cabbage, and the regular fixings like salsa and corn. The special thing about this restaurant's tacos is that they have a hard shell that's wrapped in a soft shell, held together by guacamole. I've never seen anything like this. You get two different textures with just one bite. It's truly a revolutionary idea. If you want to try something other than a taco, they also have a purple haze bowl. This bowl had tofu, red cabbage, and pickled onions. The pickled onions were a very nice touch and added depth to the dish. I would definitely go back to Condado Tacos to satisfy my taco cravings.
Don Julio's was the first place I tried pupusas and it changed my life. Pupusas are a Salvadoran treat made with masa and usually stuffed with cheese. They're served with cortido, which is a tangy slaw to counterbalance the fatty cheese. I had never tried this dish before, so I ordered it when I saw it on the menu. I'm so glad I did because these pupusas are amazing! They have a nice sear on the outside and the cheese and beans were nice and gooey inside. I ordered the pupusas revueltas, which came with beans. The other dishes we tried here was the quesadilla and the carnita enchiladas. These dishes were pretty good, but not as delicous as the pupusas. There's a reason Don Julio's name has pupusas in it. You'll never regret ordering their pupusas. The only regret you'll have is wishing you had ordered more :P
Pepper's @ Estes Park, CO
We stopped here to fuel up before exploring downtown Estes Park. This place reminded me a lot of Chipotle. You can customize your burrito/bowl/tacos. I love burrito bowls, so naturally I ordered one. I ordered a vegetarian bowl that came with sweet potatoes, onions, peppers, and the regular burrito components like rice and lettuce. I thought the addition of sweet potatoes made the flavor really dynamic. It added a sweet flavor to the bowl that made it all the more yummy. Chipotle really should consider adding sweet potatoes to their burritos :) The other things we ordered were the chicken burrito and chipotle chicken salad. Their salads are similar to the bowls, just with no rice. As for their burritos, it was enjoyable and big. I have to say though, the person who made my bowl skimped on the food. My bowl was much smaller than my sisters. My bowl filled me up though and my sister had leftovers, so I'd say that Pepper's gives pretty big portions.
Sonora Taqueria is just one of many awesome Mexican restaurants in San Rafael. As we were deciding what to order, we snacked on the complimentary chips and salsa. I love how restaurants provide that :P I ended up deciding on the carnita burrito. The burrito was a bundle of deliciousness with rice, beans, and flavorful carnitas. Also, we ordered some tacos, chicken and fish, because well who doesn't like tacos?? Every bite of their tacos were amazing and left me wanting more. Then to douse it all down, we got some chicken soup. The stock was infused with tons of flavor and the chicken was super succulent. To sum it up, the food at Sonora Taqueria will satisfy your Mexican food cravings.
Chipotle @ San Rafael, CA
Ever visit San Rafael? If you have, I assume that you have been here to this amazing place. Everyone in San Rafael has a simple favorite Mexican restaurant and that's Chipotle. Chipotle has burritos, tacos(crispy and soft), and an assortment more Mexican influenced food. Their all time popular dish is burritos. You can customize your own burrito with your preferred meat, beans, rice, and not to mention tortilla. In addition to that, one of my favorite dishes is the burrito bowl. The burrito bowl contains beans, rice, meat, and vegetables. Basically, it's a burrito without the tortilla (but they give you the tortilla by the side if you want it :-) ). All in all, Chipotle has earned 4.4 stars from me.
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