burrito eating at sarita’s taco shop / spring valley, ca
Recently Jake and I saw this Thrillist article talking about the best California burritos in San Diego. In case you don’t know, a California burrito is basically a carne asada burrito with potatoes added – usually in the form of french fries. Jake and I haven’t been to many of the “best” burritos on this list and he wanted to check out Sarita’s Taco Shop in particular. It’s not too far from his house and we recently made a little trip over there to check out their California burrito.
This is a place across the street from Sarita’s. DRUGS! This sign amused me for some reason. Are there drugs in the furniture store or in the sporting goods outlet? I have no idea, but apparently there are drugs nearby.
[california burrito / $5.85]
Here is the California Burrito! The burrito is about the length of MY forearm – but not Jake’s (we read reports that this burrito was huge, and while it is large, it was not as large as we thought it would be). Compared to Jake’s forearm, the burrito falls short. Let it be noted that I am jealous of his long arms. That’s how he can reach all of those things on high shelves at the store!
Back to the burrito: right off the bat you can see the tortilla has been warmed up and crisped on the outside. There are little bubbles of brownness plus you can see the edge of the burrito got a little color, too. Good sign.
Here’s a peek at the inside. You can see the glistening goodness that is the carne asada with the potatoes. It’s well mixed with the other “stuff” – that is, sour cream, cheese and guacamole. A lot of places will rip you off and not add guacamole or sour cream. Shady!
We really liked that this was well mixed. That way you get a little bit of everything mixed in with each bite. The potatoes were also soft and creamy and added a nice contrast of texture. The carne asada was seasoned well and had a ton of flavor – it was tender and not overcooked. Very yummy burrito! I liked actual potatoes so much more than french fries in the burrito – the texture was way better and the potatoes were cooked all the way through. I have had California burritos with french fries before where it just tasted like soggy half cooked fries were in your burrito and that is gross! I was super happy that that was not the case for this fine burrito.
[adobada chips / $6.99]
We also got an order of Adobada Chips to share between Jake, T and myself. Jake doesn’t like guacamole so he got that on the side for me (YAY). I actually prefer the guacamole on the side because usually you get a lot more guacamole and it helps to keep the chips fresher and crisper. They gave us like an 8oz cup of guacamole which was way more than I was expecting – plenty leftover for snacking on later.
The adobada here is pretty good – it’s tender and moist and only slighty spicy (some places it is way too spicy for my weak tastebuds). I believe we asked to have sour cream added to this for extra money – I don’t think it’s included – but I thought it’d taste good with the nachos. I like that they used both cheddar and cojita cheeses as well and that the cheese on the bottom is melted. Really good version of nachos!
Jake actually bought these first and I ate a few before our meal but then like a good person I stopped and waited until after we consumed a bunch of other food first before stuffing my face with fried sugary goodness. Usually I see bunuelos as big tortillas so I liked that this one was in smaller chunks. It made it a lot easier to eat. You can’t really go wrong with fried cinnamon and sugar goodness – these were crispy and tasted fairly fresh (they were room temperature, not freshly fried or anything). A good end to a tasty meal!
What is your favorite California burrito place? I haven’t tried too many honestly, it’s usually way too much food for me but luckily I have Jake to share my food with!
Sarita’s Taco Shop
9906 Campo Rd.
Spring Valley, CA 91977