Calexico Cart

By grace.g.yang ยท June 17, 2009
Under: Cheap Eats,Lunch,Mexican,Soho

After hearing a lot of great things about Calexico Cart (and watching a segment about it online), I dragged some friends there for lunch. Andy, Lou, Harlan, and I walked over from our offices and got in line for some of the burritos:


The guys that own Calexico are from California and started the cart because they didn’t think there were any good burrito options in the city. The menu is straightforward and I ordered two carne asada burritos (one was for my brother, I swear!)

Here they are making our burritos:


The carne asada burrito is grilled hangar steak with rice, beans, cheese, pico de gallo, and avocado cream. The finished product (that I had to take all the way from Wooster and Prince!):


And the innards:


Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan of the burrito because I thought the flavors were all really muddled together. When I was on vacation in California in the mission district, I thought the burritos were heavy, but the meat tasted a lot fresher and more flavorful. I thought Calexico’s steak was too tough and chewy. The guys, however, thought I was crazy for not devouring the burrito for its deliciousness (well, I did finish mine, and some of my brothers, but it wasn’t easy!) A lot of people from the office LOVE the place now and go there once a week even though it’s a far walk, but I haven’t been back since. I might give it another shot if I’m in the neighborhood, but I wouldn’t make a special trip for their burrito.

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Reader Comments

Are you serious? I love the stuff.. often contemplate taking a long lunch break just to get it! Plus, I’m so excited that they’re opening a B&M restaurant soon:

Written By talida on June 18th, 2009 @ 8:19 am

@Talida – haha, I guess I *am* crazy for not liking the burritos – there was just something unsettling and heavy about them that I didn’t like. I think it needed more pico de gallo to lighten it up – maybe I’ll go back and try another type soon.

Written By Grace on June 18th, 2009 @ 8:23 am

well for what it’s worth, I really enjoyed my burrito there. I’ve been back a few times since then; it’s worth the walk!

Written By Andy Brett on June 18th, 2009 @ 11:08 am

you are crazy.. those burrito’s kick ass.. you wont find anything better any where in the city.

Written By Barry Bonds on June 25th, 2009 @ 8:23 am

Okay, I don’t want to be known as the crazy blogger that didn’t think Calexico was amazing, so I’m definitely going back – Monday, 6/29, I’ll go for lunch and try it again!

Written By grace.g.yang on June 25th, 2009 @ 8:26 am

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