So I’ve been asking around to find really big burritos in order to warm up for my quest to take on the B3 at the Sahara in Las Vegas. My neighbor told me that TLH (I’m just going to use the initials because I’m way to lazy to keep typing the name) had a fairly good sized burrito called the super burrito. Time for a little warm up…
Taqueria La Hermita – Ventura – Johnson Blvd
TLH is really only big enough to be run by two people at a time: a cashier and a cook. The cook is right next to the cashier so he was cooking my food as I was ordering it. I ordered their carne asada super burrito with everything. They told me that it was a bit over 2lbs, so it’s a good warm up. I didn’t want to order more than one because I was a bit worried I wouldn’t like it.
They handed me the goods and it felt pretty heavy. It was a pretty large burrito, and definitely not one you’re going to pick up and eat. The tortillas they use are pretty good and very fresh. The sauce has a great kick and it’s kinda nice to have a burrito with a little bite. They have a pretty good salsa and it has great jalapeno action happening.
It was pretty much down hill from there, which really sucks, because they have some great prices on their combo meals. The carne is so diced up I could almost eat it through a straw, not to mention that it was closer to grey than brown. I’ve never had meat so cut up. What adds to the whole dicing thing is that the cheese is all crumbly, not shredded or even cubed, but crumbly. The guacamole seemed a bit off too.
The beans and rice were fairly bland and the sour cream was tasteless too. Their salsa saves the burrito as far as flavor, but it’s not enough to bail out a burrito of this size. I ate the whole thing because I needed the practice, but my search is definitely going to have to continue for an even larger, and hopefully better tasting, burrito.
If you recommend places for me to try, don’t just give me some place that puts together a really large burrito. Let’s try and make sure it tastes good to so that I’ll actually want to finish it. This burrito was more like the last few Nicolas Cage movies. You wanna like it, and really hope it gets better by the end, but alas……….
I was told to hit Evita’s for the salsa and the enchiladas. Since I dig both, I headed on over. Evita’s has won a few local awards for salsa at the Oxnard salsa festivals and you can view their various awards right over the salsa bar. I was hoping I was in for, at the least, some really good salsas.
Evita’s Mexican Café – Ventura off of Main St
Evita’s is a little pink restaurant on the side of Main St, at the East end, before you hit the Pacific View Mall. Even though I rarely enter a pink building, because it is a man card violation, I figured it was for a good cause and I had already gotten another violation that day for watching Footloose.
So tonight, I was totally planning on doing a review on this Mexican restaurant that I went to last week. But to be honest, it wasn’t that great and I was lacking the inspiration necessary to feign interest in the place. Therefore, on a whim, I chose to make my triumphant return to Mama Rita’s in Newbury Park.
For those of you who haven’t read the Kitchen Nightmares debacle, check it out now before you jump into my post tonight.
So I wanted to originally go back to Mama Rita’s with the crew that we took to the Kitchen Nightmares shoot. But conflicting schedules, plus the fact that Michelle had a baby in the interim (congrats, btw!), made it a luxury that I just couldn’t afford. I walked into the place at around 7:45pm and was greeted warmly by the owner’s mother. She offered me a table, but since I was all alone, I opted to saddle up to the bar. Continue reading
Any trip to Ventura should always include a trip to the Harbor. There are a lot of restaurants to choose from, so over the next few months EatMeCalifornia will try to get you a good idea of where to go for the best views and the best food. We’ve already given you the Seafood Broiler. Now it’s time to spend some time at Margarita Villa.
Margarita Villa – Ventura Harbor
Margarita Villa is on the top deck, right above the carousel. They have one of the best views of the Harbor and a great deck to eat and enjoy the view. Like most of the restaurants in the harbor, it has the hand painted walls, lots of windows and a full bar. There are a few TVs to catch a game and they have a live band a few nights a week. On this particular night there was a band and for the most part they played cover songs. All I remember of the talent is a horrible rendition of Johnny Be Good. I hoped the food would be better then the music, because I think I saw Chuck Berry crouched in a corner, ready to hit the lead singer with his guitar. Continue reading
B and I went on a little journey to San Diego to expand the EatmeCalifornia empire and bring you guys a little sampling from our sister city to the south.
We actually intended to eat much earlier in the day and maybe give you a sampling from a bit closer to LA but we were cruising through traffic really well and the radio kept playing blocks of Brian’s favorite artists like KC and the Sunshine Band, Zamfir’s wood flute, and a solid block of the blond Frankenstein John Tesh. Had they played Celine Dion I’m afraid we wouldn’t have stopped at all.
However, no such luck, no Celine, so we ended up stopping in Oceanside and hit an interesting spot called Davina’s Cabo Grill. Continue reading