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Delicious New Find at El Portal, Pasadena

WildSwede | Oct 15, 2007 03:29 PM

Okay, so when I go to El Portal I usually stick with the Poc Chuc or the Conchinita Pibil. However, last week I was in the mood for a burrito. So, in true WS form, I asked the waiter which he preferred - the Carne Asada or the Fajitas Burrito. After some coaxing, he told me that he always eats the Carne Asada. Sold! Now, I never expect anything spectacular out of a CA burrito at any of those large-ish Mexican restaurants as I usually find the meat to be unseasoned, unflavored, over cooked and dry.
However, this burrito was the exact opposite of that. The abundance of flavor of the meat hit me smack in the tastebuds. I took one bite and shoved the plate over to my lunch companion and told her she HAD TO TASTE THIS MEAT!! She promptly obliged and her face took on a look of wonder. Yes! Delicious, seasoned, flavorful, succulent, juicy, delicious (did I already say that??!!) meat. SO GOOD! I ate the entire thing. I asked the waiter what seasonings they used and he said lime, salt, pepper, some Yucatecan seasonings (not Achiote - I think it started with an M).
I have been craving another one since that same day and plotting when I can get away to go eat it again!
So, next time you are at El Portal, just once, forego the Yucatecan specialties (which they do very well) and try this burrito. I just think that it will become a favorite for you as well!

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