No. 40: California Burrito at Taco Pronto

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French fries + carne asada = California

We have no shortage of burrito joints in our fair county, and yet one type famous in our neighboring county makes itself noticeably absent here: the California burrito.

What's that? You've never heard of a California burrito? Let's just say it's not named that because it has a cornucopia of our state's exceptional produce inside.


No, a California burrito more closely resembles a heart-clogging sandwich from Pittsburgh's Primanti Brothers than anything that ever left Alice Waters' kitchen. Take a burrito and in place of rice or beans, add a heaping mound of extra-crisp French fries as your juice-absorbing starch.  It's a burrito DNA mutation rampant in San Diego, but one rarely found north of Camp Pendleton.

The best example is found at the Taco Pronto locations in Santa Ana and Anaheim, previously praised in our 2010 100 Favorites Dishes list. Stuffed with carne asada, fries, sour cream, Jack and cheddar cheeses, it's not exactly easy on the calories. You want some vegetables to lighten it up? A dash of chopped onion and cilantro counts as vegetables, right?

You know what else counts as vegetables? All of Taco Pronto's incredible house-made salsas. The charred roasted vegetables in the salsa quemada, and the fiercely spicy chile japonesas in the salsa roja make some of the best salsas anywhere.You'll want to get plenty for your California burrito. Those French fries are thirsty little salsa sponges.

The list so far:

41. Kohryu Ramen at Kohryu Ramen
42. Meyer Lemon Curd at Irvine's Lucca Cafe
43. Cola Braised Pork at Haven Gastropub
44. Shao Shan Tsai at 101 Noodle Express
45. Any Sandwich from Paninoteca Maggio
46. Any Vegetable Platter at Tana Ethiopian
47. Bun Cha Ca Thang Long at Vien Dong
48. Comida Corrida at Lindo Michoacán #2
49. Gordita de Tinga at El Rincón Chilango
50. Lobster Waffle at Bruxië
51. The Scone at Coffee, Tea and Tulips
52. Huarache de Carnitas at El Paraiso
53. Chivito at Puerto Madero
54. Brizio Combo at Brizio Chicago Style Pan Pizza
55. French Toast at Starling Diner
56. The $7 Three-Item Combo Plates at Yu's Garden
57. Gudeg at Indo Ranch
58. Salted Caramel Gelato at N'Ice Cream
59. Live Amaebi at Sushi Imari
60. Any Burrito from Dos Chinos
61. Olive Tree's Iftar
62. Sonoran Dog at Rubalcava's
63. Sizzling Hiramasa Sashimi at The Catch
64. Yakisoba Dog from Dogzilla
65. Crispy Pork Belly from Lucca Cafe
66. French Toast with Bacon at Flurries Shaved Snow Bar
67. The Venetian Roll at Sushi at The Venetian Gentleman's Club
68. Okaki Asparagus at Hamamori
69. The "Fried Egg" at Eat Chow
70. Nam Kao Tod at Vientiane Restaurant
71. Chicken Ramen at Jinya Ramen Bar
72. Pig Snout at Tacos & Carnitas Sahuayo
73. Kale and Mushroom Flatbread at 320 Main
74. Congee at King Lobster Palace
75. Fish and Chips at Slapfish
76. Fries at Playground

77. Carne en Su Jugo at La Cocina de Mi Abuelita
78. S'mores at Ti Amo Biscotti & More
79. Broken Rice at Dat Thanh
80. Bulgogi and Potato Pizza at Chicken & Pizza Love Letter
81. Braised Bacon at Break of Dawn
82. Cake Donut at Cream Pan
83. Bistec de Pollo at Mercado El Rey
84. The Rhino at Rancho a Go Go
85. Cabernet Brownies at Blackmarket Bakery
86. Cookie Monster at Lola Ice Cream and Deli
87. Polenta Board at CUCINA Enoteca
88. Falafel Taco at Taco Asylum
89. Wagon-Wheel Bread at THE RANCH Restaurant
90. Toothpick Tacos at Mexico Supermarket
91. Hoppin' John at Memphis at the Santora
92. Free Beans and Chips at Taqueria Zamora
93. Pig in a Blanket Waffle with Gringo Bandito at Cafe Calacas
94. "Pork Hash" at Huong Giang
95. Sweet Chili Chicken Quesadilla At Kogi
96. Licuados at Mil Jugos
97. Hawaiian Ahi Poke at California Fish Grill
98. Takoyaki at Takoyaki Tanota
99. Fiesta Noodles at Jollibee
100. Chilaquiles Verdes Con Huevos Estrellados at La Tablita California

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Taco Pronto

1714 E. McFadden Ave., Santa Ana, CA

Category: Restaurant

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ComradeDan
ComradeDan

@OCWeeklyFood ummm....California burritos are everywhere north of camp pendleton.

professorsalt
professorsalt

@ComradeDan Really? Where?

ComradeDan
ComradeDan

@professorsalt albertos, los cotijas, molca salsa, etc etc etc.

Freak8R
Freak8R

@OCWeeklyFood french fries in a burrito are heavenly. Add guac & sour cream and im set

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