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Los Banos taqueria

Tom Hilton | Aug 21, 2002 02:04 PM

Went back to Cutija (Cutija's? It's a little ambiguous) on 152 in Los Banos, on my way to the mountains. Previously, all I had tried was the chorizo burrito, which was breakfast-style (chorizo & scrambled eggs) and quite tasty. This time, I checked out a carne asada taco and a carnitas torta.

The taco ($1.50) came with an enormous mound of carne asada, topped with a smear of guacamole. The tortillas were slightly greasy, but not to an unappetizing degree. The meat was delicious, but a little gristly. The guac was undistinguished; I'd have preferred an onion & cilantro mix. Overall, though, the taco was quite tasty.

The torta ($3.00) was very big and very good. The carnitas was moist but not greasy, and crispy in places, just the way I like it. A smear of beans, lettuce, and cheese completed the package. The roll was not too hard or too soft, although with the juice from the meat soaking into it there were structural integrity issues. All in all, a great sandwich.

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