This Saturday my wife and I rode the bus down 5th Avenue to Sunset Park in the continuing quest for tasty burritos. We checked in at Taqueria La Campira, but it was empty, which seemed odd given that that it was prime time for lunch. A quick look at the menu revealed prices a bit too steep for our tastes ($6.50 for a vegetarian burrito, the highest I've seen during the brief history of our burrito quest). We decided to continue down 5th Avenue, figuring on returning to La Campira if nothing better popped up. Five blocks later we found our match: Tacos Matamoros. A small, lively restaurant, it contains 10 or so tables (all of which were occupied). The gringo presence was limited to ourselves and two others, so we decided to sample the fare. We ordered our standard for comparison: one chicken burrito and one vegetarian. Service was friendly, though it helped to know a few words of Spanish. Since all of the tables were taken, we took our food to go, rode the bus back to the Gate (bar on 5th and 3rd) and inhaled a delicious lunch. My veggie burrito contained tomatoes, cilantro, onions, rice, and refried beans, all fresh and savory. The chicken in my wife's burrito was moist and flavorful, unlike the dry meat she's had at other places. And the tortillas were hot and fresh; it was refreshing to bite into a tortilla that didn't have the consistency of cowhide. The sour cream was made from scratch and the hot sauce did wonders to unclog our sinuses. The burritos were tightly wrapped, which I appreciated, since it's always a bummer to look down after the first bite to see that your lunch has collapsed. Prices were dirt cheap: $5 for a burrito and $7.95 for dinner platters. For chowhounds who double as night owls, it is open 7 days a week until 1AM (open at 8AM). Did I mention that the portions were generous? Well, they were, so generous that my wife and I felt confident enough to drink for 6 more hours. I'm happy to report that we made it home in one piece, though somewhere along the way I lost the take-out menu that I had planned to discuss on this post. Oh well, that's one more reason to go back and try Tacos Matamoros again.
See y'all at the next stop.
4503 5th Avenue (btwn. 45th and 46th Streets)
R train to 45th Street or B63 bus