But temptation and curiosity got the best of me--so on assignment for the Hectic Gourmet,
I had to try an Australian burrito. With plenty of smug ironic detachment, I got the skinny when I laid down some Australian coin at a food stand called Chipotle's.
Question: why are burritos so expensive outside of San Francisco?
Adelaide has roughly three burrito places. The average cost: $10. (In Scotland, burritos sometimes run up to $20.)
Handing over my $10 to a surly bloke in a tank top listening to metal music, I got something roughly the size of a baby's thumb that was glossed in guacamole with a spatula and spiced with a substance resembling ketchup. The beef burrito lacked the traditional "arrachera" cut of carne asada flank steak; giving this sad satire of Mexican food the consistency of an Ortega taco. The final result was like a cardboard parody of burrito wrapped in a dry shell; tiny, tasteless, and very unsatisfying--it would take four of these puppies to quench a hungry San Francisco appetite.
Nice try my Australian amigos--but nothing can beat a Mission burrito.
What's the worst burrito experience you've ever had? Was it a wet burrito in Wisconsin? Or maybe a carnitas burrito in Casablanca. Let us know!
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