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Burrito Weekend

Brooklyn Boy | Mar 17, 2002 09:09 PM

This weekend my wife and I sampled cuisine from two Brooklyn Mexican take-out restaurants. The details are as follows:

1. California Taqueria (corner of Bergen and Court, in Carroll Gardens): Had a Carne Asada Taco, a Grilled Chicken Taco, and a Vegetarian Burrito. The meat in the Carne Asada was well-spiced, but that in the Grilled Chicken was dry and tasteless. The taco shell itself was also dry, so much so that we had to add some cilantro cream left over from our dinner the previous night in order to finish it. The filling for the burrito was OK, though they skimped on the guacamole. But the tortilla was as dry as the tacos. All in all, a disappointing dining experience.

2. Taqueria D.F. (719 5th Avenue, between 22nd and 23rd Street, in Park Slope): Had a Mission Burrito and a Spinach Burrito. The tortillas were hot and moist and the filling was tasty, using fresh ingredients. The spinach in particular was a standout, and it was refreshing to have guacamole that was not loaded down with tomatoes. They have more vegetarian options than California Taqueria, including tofu sour cream. Also, the menu contains a wide variety of items, such as taquitos filled with tongue, goat meat, or cow brain. Service was courteous and prompt. We will definitely be returning here.

We'd like to try Castro's, on Myrtle Avenue, next. Anyone ever been there? If so, any advice on what to order?

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