Thursday, July 19, 2007

Mexican Sushi

I work in San Francisco's Tenderloin, an area known more for pho and fast food than for fine dining. But, sometimes what I'm looking forward to for lunch is nothing fancier than a plump veggie burrito.

Luckily, nearby, there is a tiny Mexican restaurant, Castillo B on McAllister Street (Castillo A is a few blocks away), too humble to have a website, but they have the smilingest burrito maker in the city and he rolls a mean lunch.

The flour tortilla is heated on his griddle with mild cheese, then spread by a nonchalant flick of his spoon with rice, black beans, salsa (I like wimpy mild and the chef knows that but he always teases me first by threatening with a twinkle to add the spicy one), crema, avocado and lettuce (shredded ice berg - we are not snooty here, folks!). Roll that puppy up and you've got lunch for two days! He will even cut it in two and wrap the other half for tomorrow. They give the chips free on the side and they have a great juke box with plaintive Mexican ballads or lively salsa beat to see you through to the afternoon's activities.

You can ask for one of several kinds of meat, and I sometimes do indulge in the carnitas, but recently whenever I walk the two blocks down to this restaurant, it's the Mexican sushi I'm after.


13 Comments:

Blogger Dagny said...

That looks delicious. Reminds me of the burritos I used to get at Cancun over on Market.

Thursday, July 19, 2007  
Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

Hoooyah, love the veggie burritos! I usually order mine with either carnitas or chile verde. Richmond has a slammin' Mexican & El Salvadorian scene as well. The Mission still rules though.

Biggles

Friday, July 20, 2007  
Blogger Marsha Vdovin said...

I just found your blog.

I like it!

Refreshing -- Good work!

Marsha

Friday, July 20, 2007  
Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

I just had the best burrito ever for lunch. The darned thing had different flavors from side to side, from top to bottom. The carnitas were succulent, then crunchy with a burst of porky greatness. Plus they were piping hot. The rice n beans were just a tad less hot and the rice tasted as though it'd been stewed with chickens. The right side was filled with lettuce, salsa, sour cream and cotija cheese !!! Then, a bit of monterey over all. The flour tortilla had been lightly grilled and the pungeant flavor of that was all through the meal.

Having the cotija in there with the greens made a sparky little salad inside the tube, wonderful. And it was so darned large that you could take a bite of each different section if you wanted to. Honestly, it was too big, even for me. I don't think they were making them large for show, the people eating in there were working class and needed fuel baby! Staff? Bright, happy and helpful. Shame I can't remember the name of the place ...

Biggles

Friday, July 20, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Dagny, can you focus that for me a little? Between what and what on Market? :-)

Biggles, no fair talking so mouth-wateringly and then not remembering the name and address! Pretty please!

Marsha, welcome! I'm tickled every time someone praises my blog! I'll visit yours soon and see what's up! If you want to visit a really fun blog, all my recommendations are great but I'm particularly fond of my first two that I visited, Orangette (Seattle) and I'm mad & I eat (Marin).

Friday, July 20, 2007  
Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

Hmmm, you know, it's that place. Kinda on the corner, at the end of the parking lot. If you're heading north, it's on the left. It's where the H. Salt Fish & Chips used to be, but moved north a door. Right across the street from Mercadito San Juan. You must know the place.

Biggles

Friday, July 20, 2007  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

OMG, Dagny's right. Cancun on Market (at Sixth) is OUTTA sight.
However. That doesn't mean your little purveyor is any kind of slouch. What fun. Almost makes me wish I still had a job.

Friday, July 20, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Biggles, you are just plain devilish!

Cookiecrumb, I'm envying you your status as a bum! It will be a year or so before I can retire. Cancun must be just a few blocks from my work - I'll try to check it out soon! Thanks!

Friday, July 20, 2007  
Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

Ya know, it used to be called Americas or some such, but didn't bother to look. It's kinda on the corner of McBryde and San Pablo avenue. It's in a decrepit old mall with a laundromat, used applience store, car parts place and such.

The burrito's flavors are still playing about in my mind.

Biggles

Saturday, July 21, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Biggles, I will endeavor to follow the clues on the treasure map...

Saturday, July 21, 2007  
Blogger Dagny said...

Cancun is on Market near Sixth -- between Sixth and Seventh. I used to go there when I worked in the Flood Building. I was just looking at Burritophile. Cancun gets an 8.5.

Monday, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Dagny said...

Oops. Guess it helps to read all the comments first.

And I know exactly where the place Biggles mentioned is. I had been wondering about that place once H. Salt moved down the street. I love Cazuelas in Hilltop for their carnitas. The carnitas that Biggles described sound just as good so now I'm definitely going to have to check the place out. I used to be a huge fan of Portumex on 23rd Street in Richmond.

Monday, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Dagny, Wow, thanks for these great leads! I'll check out Cancun as I work pretty close to that address and it's good to know there's one in Richmond, too - close to home!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007  

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