No. 93, Breakfast Burrito from Calacas

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A perfect SanTana morning...
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Calacas is going a bit of renovation right now, as new partners join husband-wife dynamic duo Rudy and Jackie Cordova to offer their pioneering Chicano cuisine. No clue yet as to what new dishes will emerge, but I'm sure its regulars will accept anything--unless the breakfast burrito is no longer there, at which point desmadre will happen.

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It's a simple thing, really: egg, cheese, and a floppy slice of ham, all crammed into a flour tortilla. Where Calacas gets it, though, is in cooking the flour tortilla to that perfect point where char marks begin emerging. Burrito-loving gabachos don't get that a perfect burrito has the slightest crunch, that the tortilla should be pliable but also offer resistance. Calacas gets it--now, keep that burrito!!!

The List:

94. Koobideh Plate from Grill Cafe
95. Tacos de Cecina from Alebrije's
97. Breakfast Sausage from Da-Le Ranch
99. Tres Amigos Burrito from Piaggio on Wheels
100. Bacon-Wrapped Dates from Lola Gaspar

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Location Info

Calacas, Inc.

324 W. Fourth St., Santa Ana, CA

Category: Restaurant

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Haha nothing wrong with loving a little penis Miss Fishy.  I agree that a properly crusted tortilla definitely makes a better breakfast burrito.  I tried Troy's after reading about it in the Weekly and goddam that was good.  Been trying to cut back on the calories over the last year, but an occasional splurge ain't gonna do me in.  You guys should write something about the best places to eat at while high.  A buddy of mine and I went to Slaters last night - hit up some Blue Dream (sativa) in the ole' Da Vinci and got some tasty burgers.  Also - just a suggestion... put the Slaters Old Timey somewhere on this list... although that might be a bit boring.  If not, please put the Houston's ribs on here.  Please guys, please - one of those two.

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Oooh...could I get it with chorizo? I'm a bit of a chorizo addict. (Cue the penis jokes...) :-D


Yes, the best burritos use that tortilla that is thinner than that standard crap you find at Chipotle or Taco Bell, but they're stronger and more dense, and more importantly, grilled like a quesadilla, so they're kinda crispy. And they most definitely contain no rice...

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