Many times I've passed Mi Pueblo and noticed the line of hispanic folks in front of the market's taqueria either waiting to order or waiting for food. Each time I said to myself, wow, perhaps the food's really good, or maybe the prices are right or maybe, just maybe, both! Note to self: stop by next time you're hungry.
Well, that visit occurred last night. A quick scan of the menu revealed the typical taqueria offerings and prices in the $1 to $5 range. I decided upon a carnitas super burrito for $4.95.
The burrito was ready in about 5 minutes (enough time for me to run into the market and pick up a 12 of Pacifico for about $12). Said burrito was wrapped in foil and placed into a styrofoam container with a pickled jalapeno, some pickled carrots and a wedge of lime. I'm guessing the buritto weighed somewhere between 1 and 2 pounds...it was quite substantial.
The first surprise was that the burrito had been grilled!!! I am definitely of the opinion that grilling a burrito is vastly superior to just steaming the tortilla. First bite revealed a nice big hunk of carnitas with that fried taste and texture on the the edges surrounding a rich porky and still moist interior. As I progressed, I found several large hunks of carnitas such that I'm guessing 1/2 the burrito was meat, with the remainder being rice, beans, cheese, guac, salsa and crema. One burrito and 2 of the Pacifico's made for a substantial and satisfying dinner.
I need to return a few times to try some of the other items before calling this place my new favorite taqueria but I definitely know where I'm going when i want a carnitas burrito again!
Mu Pueblo Market
Rengstorff and Caltrain tracks