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The unbearable lightness of being a gringo and trying to order the chorizo Mexican breakfast burrito at El Ojo de Agua taco truck

rworange | Jan 12, 200803:46 PM

There is no doubt that there are two breakfast burritos at El Ojo de Agua taco truck. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate.

Clearly on the sign it says in English and Spanish … just English here …

Mexican breakfast burrito - $4.50
Rice, beans, cilantro, onions, hot salsa, guacamole, cheese and sour cream
Mexican sausage and egg or ham and egg

American breakfast burrito - $4.50
Potatoes, cheese, salsa
Ham and egg or sausage


A post of a breakfast burrito where potatoes where substituted for rice and beans haunted me …

*damn* this is good. A full-size burrito with potatoes, salsa, sour cream and a choice of eggs with ham or eggs with chorizo. The first bite was a symphony of flavors, including something smoky (chipotles in the chorizo, maybe?).

However, there was an unsuccessful attempt by another poster to replicate this wonder …

“the guy at Ojo de Agua said they had no such item on their menu. He had never even heard of it. No chorizo, no potatoes in a breakfast burrito. He, therefore, purchased 2 of what they called "Mexican breakfast burritos", consisting of crappy supermarket ham, some eggs, lots of rice and beans. Oh, and crema. They were just passable, even wit h the salsa.”


So, I feel prepared. I double-check the sign on the side of the truck.

“I’d like the Mexican breakfast burrito but instead of rice and beans, I’d like potatoes.”

The woman smiles and diligently writes the order down. TAKES my money, and then turns to the cook who says

“You want the American breakfast burrito?”

I repeat the order.

“You want ham and eggs?” he asks

“No” I say.

Two Latino guys waiting for their order translate EXACTLY what I requested in Spanish. I’m not a great speaker but I understand enough to know they translated this perfectly.

Off goes the cook. As he hands the two guys their order and starts on mine … some intuition makes me ask “Chorizo, right?”

“No” he says. We don’t have chorizo today.

Now I’m faced with rworange’s choice. Do I ask for my money back anticipating that scene? I decide I like the drinks there more than the possible hassle which might get me banned at this truck. Swell, I’ll just have the Mexican burrito with ham instead of chorizo.

As he hands me the bag, I re-confirm … “It DOES have cilantro and guacamole, right?”

He nods and hands me a little cup of chopped cilantro/onion and one of guacamole. Unfortunately I didn’t have the smarts to remember the hot sauce so … no hot sauce for me.

See description of crappy, American burrito above EXCEPT no rice and beans … and from everything I could tell … no potatoes either …just scrambled eggs, ham, a bit of cheese here and there and dabs of sour cream.


Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered order.

My suggestion would be to WRITE DOWN on a paper what you want and BEFORE handing your money over and get assurance. Say the word ‘chorizo’ repeatedly. If there is no chorizo, walk away. There are better breakfast burritos one street up at Taco Grill … the chorizo there is fragrant with cinnamon.

Oh yeah, it came with a few fresh cucumbers, pickled carrots and jalapenos … which are also vastly superior at Taco Grill.

El Ojo does make better drinks though.

El Ojo de Agua Taco Truck
Derby St and International Blvd, Oakland, CA

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