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The Neighborhood Taco Stand – continued…

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The Carne Asada burrito, enchilada style with red sauce – sorry, I couldn’t wait to start eating!

When I’m visiting friends or family in my home town of Claremont, CA, I work very hard to come up with an excuse or talk people in to joining me at my favorite Mexican joint Los Jarritos.  Now, for those in the Pomona Valley, Los Jarritos is NO secret.  Born from the original El Merendero dive near the LA County Fairgrounds and right next to the NHRA drag strip, Los Jarritos is in a similarly unassuming strip mall on Garey Avenue across from a church converted from the old Garey Bowl bowling alley.  Sounds glamorous right?…just wait for the food.

Los Jarritos is simple and delicious.  And the secret to their flavors is just a few key elements:

- The sauces – whether you go traditional Rojo (red) or Verde (green), the two main sauces that cover their dishes are absolutely exquisite.

- The tortillas – the corn tortillas are always fresh, coming from a local Pomona tortilleria every day – heck, probably every few hours!

- The Carne Asada – very traditional chunks of stewing beef in a great mild spice marinade – absolutely perfect.

- The other meats – Carnitas, Machaca, Lengua, Pollo etc. etc. - all good and available in everything.

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The Chile Relleno is the one sporting the Verde (green) sauce!

- The Enchilada-Style Burrito – whether you call it ‘ranchero style’, ‘wet’ or whatever, Los Jarritos sauce-covered burrito is epic!

- The Chile Relleno – My parents are experts in the relleno, and they continue to swear this is the best one on the PLANET!

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A little squeeze of lemon and the Menudo is ready!

- The Menudo – if you’re into big, bold, tripey Menudo – and my father is – go on Saturday or Sunday and cure that hangover!  Or bring a pot and have them fill it and take it home.

So, wherever you are, whatever you are doing…GO!  GO to Los Jarritos and enjoy – and SAVE ME a TABLE please!

 

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The Neighborhood Taco Stand

When you live in Southern California, Mexican food is basically a food group.  I don’t think a week goes by when I don’t eat some form of Mexican cuisine – either at home or out.  The great thing is, virtually every community in the area has a great local Mexican joint.  It could be a simple take-out spot, a food truck, or a fancier – liquor license/margaritas available – restaurant.  I’m going to start posting about all of my favorite Mexican places, some of which go back dozens of years in my life, while others are fairly new to me.

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Casitas Tacos Burbank, CA – just a walk up counter, but oh so good!

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Just a little walk-up counter joint in a small liquor store strip mall, Casitas Tacos does it simple and right.  Choices of meats, fresh tortillas, flame grilled, tacos and burritos.  When Barb and I get take-out there, it’s a $20 load that includes:

Four (4) carne asada tacos with extra cheese

One (1) cheese quesadilla with guacamole (that one’s for me)

Side of Frijoles and cheese / Side of chips

And, sometimes, an order of Ceballitos – grilled green onions – those are for me too – heartburn coming but worth it!

When in Burbank and in need of a good quality and good quantity Baja-style taco stand, look no further than Casitas.  More to come.