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Kalifornien Burrito at DOLORES in Berlin Guest Review by SPECK

Posted in Berlin, Germany, Guest Reviews, Vegan by burritowizard on July 11, 2011

MEASUREMENTS: Exact Measurements are unavailable however it appeared to be standard size

Veggie Burrito = 3.90 Euro without cheese & 5.70 Euro as pictured (with cheese and guacamole)

 www.dolores-online.de

Dolores California Burritos is modeled after the San Francisco-style burrito (in theory).  The lettuce was a disappointment and left the burrito tasting a bit artificial.  On the upside, Dolores offered a vegetarian mole tofu.  Mole is difficult to find without animal stock, so it was a pleasant surprise to find this true vegetarian option on the venue.  Pricewise with the current U.S./Euro exchange rate, this was slightly more than average U.S. price for a more “upscale” burrito effort.   Salsa was decent, however, Dolores lacks a salsa bar.  If this joint were located on U.S. soil, we would likely have to give it a 6, but considering it’s European location, we’ll give it a 6.75 for effort.

First openend in 2005, Dolores is more of a vegan/ vegetarian place, and less of a true burrito joint.                       

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KNAVE FINDS BURRITO IN IDAHO, POTATOES DON’T PREVAIL

Posted in Boise, Guest Reviews, Idaho by burritowizard on October 8, 2010

222 N 8th St
Boise, ID 83702

(208) 345-0323

www.polloreyboise.com

1994 was weird.  D’you know how amazing hippies look in photographs?  Beautiful kids without the slightest hint of self-doubt.  That youthful, idealistic brazenness.  Those teenage pheromones pre-Loofa and bodywash technology that sent the space age forwards, and then backwards decades.

In 1994, our president was a fake hippie.  Our parents were fake hippies.  Cold War-era baby-boomers tried to save the world, but only sped-up the endgame.  There was a heavy grassroots vibe out there.  There were computers that didn’t really do anything.  Kids protested on campuses for reasons other than litigation and self-promotion.  Raves were killing it but only creeps went to raves, because raves cost, like, twenty bucks to get-in to, and the music was not our thing because we felt a certain way about ourselves, and things like ecstasy only existed around pederasts.  There were random punk bands from Northern California putting out records with artwork like this: www.polloreyboise.com (only Xerox styled)

2010 is confusing.  I happened to be in Boise for my cousin’s wedding.  Boise is a city seeking an identity.  In a way, it seems to align itself with Portland, Oregon (some 430 miles west).  But I’d imagine that Boise would turn an even paler shade of white if it undressed and examined Portland under a bright light and saw the track marks, hairy legs, scabies bites, and bad tattoos.

Pollo Rey is located at, what I can gather, is potentially the prime retail spot in all of Boise, across from the badass North Face store in the heart of downtown. This beauty of a burrito spot may or may not exist on a street closed to automobiles.  Know what I mean?  They love that stuff in the Pacific Northwest and Holland/Belgium/Denmark.  This city has graffiti murals in the alleys of downtown, but no tags or throw-ups, anywhere.  Know what I mean?

Really good burritos, SF Mission-style in a place that feels about fifteen years behind the times.  Basques, dude.  Highly recommended.

Burrito Knave rating: 7.47

BURRITO KNAVE VISITS BADBOY BURRITO IN KEY WEST

Posted in Florida, Gringo, Guest Reviews, Key West by burritowizard on February 12, 2010

1220 1/2 Simonton Street

Key West, FL 33040

(305) 292-2697

www.badboyburrito.com

Let me start off by saying that I am very excited about my first assignment for Burrito Wisdom.  Big ups to the Burrito Wizard.  On a recent trip to Key West, I checked out this tiny burrito spot / juice bar.  What?  You guys grow your own wheat grass?  Really?  Weird.   Bad Boy Burrito is run by a young couple (with a culinary pedigree) and is at once sublime and vexing.  A solid ethos (super fresh ingredients and bio-degradable takeaway containers)?  Check.   Red onion escabeche (a lot of people don’t even know what that is.)?  Check.  No tables (a counter with three stools and a bench out front)?  Check.  $8 burritos?  Check.

(Jesus holding a burrito (above))

Their burritos or “phatties” as they claim to roll them, (I know, right?) consist of an organic flour tortilla with basmati rice, rattlesnake beans (a variation of pinto beans, slightly darker), one veggie filling (marinated tofu, seasonal veg, or mushroom), one salsa (pico de gallo, verde, red chili, mango habenero, or tomatilla) and up to three toppings (everything from shredded cheese and sour cream to ancho chili relish to the aforementioned red onion escabeche).   I tried the marinated tofu with shredded cheese, sour cream and cilantro with (per the owner’s suggestion) the mango habenero salsa.   The burrito, (definitely not a “phattie”) ordered to go, was rolled tightly in tinfoil.  It was excellent.  Transcendental even.  But as I walked back up Simonton Street eating this burrito, slightly confused, a couple of thoughts kept rattling around my brain.  Why doesn’t this place have a couple of defacto burritos on the menu?  Say, I don’t know, a vegetarian burrito or some such, so you, Mr. owner / chef / order taker won’t seem so narked as I (as, invariably, every other first time customer must)  fumble through the toppings list, trying to narrow it down to three?  And, I’m closer to Cuba than I am to Miami.

I really like this place.  Next time I’ll try the…

No Salsa Bar.  Dimensions:  Average.

Value:  Good.  I never thought I’d say that about an $8 burrito.

KNAVE’S SCORE:  8.25