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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wet Burrito Diaries: El Huarache Azteca in Highland Park

Photo by Valentina Silva

By Valentina Silva

I’ve had a three prevalent/overwhelming cravings throughout my pregnancy: peanut butter, shredded wheat cereal and wet burritos. Of the food-obsessed trinity, the wet burrito urge is my favorite as it plays right into my blogging schemes, allowing me to “research” various versions around town. My latest and greatest discovery is the adobada burrito at Highland Park’s El Huarache Azteca Restaurante.

El Huarache is one of the most prized restaurants on York Boulevard—it’s always packed, and it’s hard to find many who will deny its superiority. As the name implies, they’re most famous for their huarache, an oblong-shaped slab of fried masa covered with cojita cheese, meat (avocado in this case because we ordered it veggie), crema, lettuce and onions. And, yes, their huaraches are good, but to me, their adobada burrito shines even brighter.

The wet burritos at El Huarache are ladled with red or green sauce. I chose red at the suggestion of the woman taking our order. I was surprised by the soupy quality of the sauce when it came out (if you’ve ever eaten sopa fideo, I’d compare it to that consistency of tomato broth), but it turned out to be a fitting contrast to the spicy adobada pork. The red chili-marinated chunks of meat were succulent and smokey with a hint of sweetness, and the texture was tender with occasional irresistibly fatty and crispy bites. Every forkful was pure satisfaction.

This burrito also includes beans, onions, cilantro and rice, which I’m usually not a fan of, but the portion here was minimal and didn’t actually make an appearance until the last few bites. No harm done, plus it helped sop up the rest of the sauce.

I think I feel another craving coming on.

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6 comments

  1. I will endeavor to stray for this recommendation from my addiction to the huarache con lengua. I’ve never eaten lengua before this restaurant, but I can assure you the places I’ve tried it afterwards did not compare and left me, uh, squeamish. Their horchata is a must-try for lovers of this tasty uber-sweet beverage, but I recommend the pepino limon, a refreshingly delicious cucumber/lime concoction, which washes down spicy Mexican food with ease.

  2. I walk the lonely windswept streets Downtown
    and Eat Mexican Food
    in my Dreams
    from Stands and Restaurants
    That don’t even exist anymore
    Including One or Two
    Not of this World
    I have Sailed the Seven Seas
    I have gone Back in Time

    Christmas Morning just before Dawn
    I had a Large Cup of Mexican Chocolate
    and Two Tamales`
    from a Vendor on the Street Corner
    And then I went to Church.

    • walk the lonely windswept streets Downtown
      and Eat Mexican Food
      in my Dreams
      Sometimes Alone
      Sometimes with my Grandmother
      as I did as a Boy
      from Stands and Restaurants
      That don’t even exist anymore
      Including One or Two
      Not of this World
      I have Sailed the Seven Seas
      I have gone Back in Time
      to taste the rich Cultural Faire
      of Distant Lands

      Christmas Morning just before Dawn
      I had a Large Cup of Mexican Chocolate
      and Two Tamales`
      from a Vendor on the Street Corner
      And then I went to Church.

      Sorry for Repeating Post. Really thought the Article was worth a
      Revision.

  3. this is always a pet peeve of mine….and the address is :
    5225 York Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90042
    Neighborhood: Highland Park
    (323) 478-9572

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/huarache-azteca-restaurante-los-angeles

  4. My mouth watered when I looked at the picture!

    I have been there before for their huaraches & tacos but never for their wet burritos,I am going to stop in and order me one.

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