Thursday, May 18, 2006

hello big burrito

Mr. Cupcake is having a wild and crazy night of poker with a bunch of computer nerds. I, however, will be spending some quality time with my blog. Unfortunately, I have been falling behind on some of my recent food excursions, so tonight I'm going to play a little catch up.

Last weekend Mr. Cupcake and I found ourselves without any food at our place. As our hunger started to consume us, I thought of the perfect cure; a big, fat burrito. I've heard raves about La Costena in Mountain View, but for some reason I just wasn't feeling it that day. Instead, we went next door and hit up Taqueria La Bamba.

Let me tell you, this place does little in the way of ambiance. There's counters on each side of the restaurant lined with chairs and most of them were taken when we walked in. We ordered up at the main counter. I didn't play close attention the entire menu since I had already set my sights on a burrito. There were three options available that I can remember: super burrito, regular burrito, and veggie burrito. There might have been one more but I can't remember.



I ordered the regular burrito with chicken and no beans (I hate beans with a passion). It came with rice, cilantro, and pico de gallo. I love cilantro. It makes everything taste so fresh and delicious. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to save my very dry burrito. The dryness was bothering me so Mr. Cupcake went up and got some extra salsa. I also noticed a table with various condiments including limes, onions, and cilantro. I picked up a lime. The salsa was thin and spicy. It added a nice burn to my burrito. The lime also helped moisten it up. As I delve further into my burrito, I couldn't help but to notice how moist the chicken was. The pico de gallo was also sparse, but in those few bites where there was just enough, the burrito was quite good.

What's that? You like looking at my half gnawed on burrito? Well, you're in luck because here's Mr. Cupcake's half eaten burrito:



Mr. Cupcake ordered the super burrito with beef (I think). It came with beans, cilantro, rice, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole. I think Mr. Cupcake liked his burrito. He thought it was big and didn't finish it. Maybe he'll comment with his full analysis. That's right Mr. Cupcake, I'm calling you out!

Our total bill for two burritos and a diet soda was just under $13. I won't be rushing back to Taqueria La Bamba, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't go there. I just have to be in the right mood for a big burrito. I think my favorite local taqueria is Taqueria Los Charros in Mountain View. I don't know why, but I just really like the place. Maybe it's the crispy chips with the two salsas. Maybe it's because it's so cheap. Whatever the reason, I just like it. However, I should visit a few more places before I declare the ultimate taqueria.

2 comments:

mr cupcake said...

You're callin ME out? I'll drop your rss feed like it's nobody's business.

I had a pork burrito. Carnitas was the name I think? Or maybe that's the work cafe influencing me. Anyway, my burrito was tasty. The sour cream was a little too much... next time I think I'd go without and maybe ask for extra guac. That's right, I said next time. Maybe I'll get the menudo.

stevenlebeau said...

I've been a customer at La Bamba for almost ten years, and I think you should give them another shot.

If you don't want a ton of food, their tacos are really good (make sure they use grilled chicken), and their pupusas are absolutely amazing!

Also, I highly recommend their grilled chicken and steak as a filling for burritos and quesadillas (which are awesome!). I don't think I've actually ever ordered by the names they use on the menu.

I know it's been a couple years since this post, but I'm a big fan of La Bamba so I had to say something.