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Don Burrito Restaurant. Newkirk Plaza. Family owned, authentically Mexican. Beats Benny's Burrito's and worth the trek.

jonkyo | Nov 10, 201311:43 AM

I found myself in Newkirk Plaza, as I had stopped to read the paper and get some breakfast, enroute to a destination.

It could have been Dunkin Donuts.

I opted for Don Burrito Restaurant

(5 Newkirk Plaza, Brooklyn, NY).

Once inside this very quaint and friendly family owned establishment, to check the menu, I could not vision getting my breakfast and taking to a coffee and a read, at the Donut venue just doors away.

I was subdued by the pleasant sounds of light ethnic tunes, of varying sorts, that gently were playing in the background. The family owned establishment's atmosphere was very inviting. No stand out flashy decor, or trendy display. Seating in one square room, with tables of varying sorts depending on the size of your party. Comfortable lighting enough to read, with not a problem, but dim enough to have social occations with friends.

The breakfast consisted of nachos, with cheese, and sour cream with shreds of lettuce, in the middle. I also had coffee that came in a low rimmed thick ceramic cup, classic circular looking and rather large.

The hot sauce is in-house made, and my wait staff, obviously one of the family members, stated that I was the first person she had seen finish the short cup of hot sauce they serve. This not only indicates my delight of hot pepper, but is indication of the craft in cooking that one gets from this particular family owned, independent establishment.

I was told they use cayenne pepper as the base. There is a slight creamy-ness to it, but the overriding flavor is the cayenne pepper and other spices, that inflate the flavors of other dishes one is engaged in.

The nachos were splendidly arranged, with abundant cheese, melted, just right, with a bit of brown on areas, indicating time in the oven or broiler.

The family comes from Mexico, and they cater to the large Latin American and Mexican people living in the area. Hence, Don Burrito is a better bet for a nice Mexican meal, fun with friends, etc, than say, Benny's Burrito.

Of course, the location is not as convenient as Benny's, for some. That equates with Don Burrito Restaurant being a local trusted establishment.

They have a full beer menu with Boheimia and other Mexican Beers, and the usual popular imports and domestics. 4 dollars all bottled beer/

sangria is made in -house made, and is about 4 per glass, 33 for a pitcher.

Food and beverage prices are quite good, reasonable, inexpensive.

They stay open until 11 pm Fridays and Saturdays. 10 pm all other days of the week.

Oh, for the record:

My honest appraisal of Dunkin Donuts: A breakfast at Dunkin's is limited to coffee only.

And to be honest, I rarely take to burritos, and have not been to Benny's since the 1990s. Don Burrito offers the hope that my stomach may come in contact once again with a burrito.

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