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tango 20

cedichou | Jul 20, 200508:27 PM

I ate at Tango 20 yesterday, the new gourmet burrito place on Fulton at Masonic today. Tango 20! is named after the 20th latitude, which runs through Cuba and the Yucatan and Mexico. The tango part escapes me a bit, but it is meant as 'blend of energy from many culture.'

We tried two burritos: the mexican (carne asada, green chili white beans, rice, roasted tomato chipotle salsa) and the mission (citrus braised pork, tango 20 black beans, pico de gallo, and rice). The last meat we did not try: grilled achiote chicken.

The place is brand new, less than a week old, and it is totally disorganized. There were 8 people behind the counter, and it still took quite some time. The person helping us was being trained at the same time. They waste time on silly things: picking a cilantro leaf to put on your burrito, or cutting the burrito in halves (the aluminium foil shreds into little particle that you spend time removing, which is way annoying).

The burritos, despite a steamed tortilla, were quite good. Especially the Mexican. The citrus braised pork was laced with cinnamon (or was it the black beans?), which was not bad, but we did not expect the sweetness. It is served with a little cup of cabbage and exactly one fried plantain chip.

But the price was wrong: $6.75 for the burrito (meat, beans, rice, salsa) and $8.25 with sour cream, guacamole and cheese. And that is for a rather small burrito (we had to go somewhere else to feel satiated).

Conclusion: wait until they streamline prices and operations. At which point it could be a good place.


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