Wolfe Burgers ( www.wolfeburgers.com ) in Pasadena has been posted on these boards before, so I won't go into the lurid details about their fabulous condiment bar or the great zucchini fries or their yummy chorizo breakfast burritos.
No, what's worth mentioning this time around is Wolfe Burger's "Lobo".
What's a Lobo, you ask?
No, they haven't gone exotic and started serving game meats. A "Lobo" at Wolfe Burger is a mischiveious creation of 2 beef tamales, topped with enough chili to drown a small suburb, and then garnished with handfuls of cheese, tomatoes, and green onions.
They call it a "Lobo" ... I call it a heartburn-on-a-plate.
This is good stuff ... good stuff in the way that a bag of Fritos Corn Chips drenched in chili is good stuff. Not gourmet, more like softball game and picnic food.
How did it taste? Well, the chili was a bit sweet and not as spicy as I would like, but the tamales (even hidden underneath all that gunk) was very good, albeit not great.
But you can't judge a dish like this on individual pieces. It has to be taken as a whole .. and, as one combo meal, it scores 5 out of 5 Mylantas in my book.
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