BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT - 2010
El Burrito Mercado
There's nothing like being able to pick up some sweet Mexican breads, to-go tamales, stalks of sugar cane about as tall as you are, or a piñata or two on your way out the door after dinner. For Mexican-centric one-stop shopping, El Burrito Mercado's got you covered. First order of business is the eats, though. Burrito Mercado has a sprawling menu of items in its cafeteria-style "Café Express"—including a section for masa-only entrées—that translates into a 100 percent likelihood of a sprawling meal. And let's just say sprawling does not include a light bisque or a nice spinach salad. After you grab your big-ass breakfast burrito, heaving torta, or rich blanket of carnitas, don't forget to belly up to the salsa bar, and definitely don't forget to weigh your plate down even more with the house Mexican-style escabeche—a pickled assortment of cauliflower, carrot, onion, and jalapeño. Then grab a chair in any one of the ringside seats. One of the best parts of eating at Burrito Mercado is just sitting back, being in the bustle. When you're done, wash it all down with a licuado or a Mexican hot chocolate. And don't forget to pick up a few bottles of Pony Malta on your way out.