Los Betos: One True Love
When I was choosing a new city to move to a few years ago, I had a feeling that I might find love in Boise, Idaho, so I moved here. But I never imagined that that love would be found in a burrito from a 24-hour hole in the wall Mexican restaurant. Love walks in mysterious ways, but there is nothing mysterious about this scrumptious monster weighing in at over 2 pounds. Meet the California Burrito from Los Betos.
This sucker is packed with a simple seasoned carne asada that is just perfectly griddled with seasoned potatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, and freshly prepared pico de gallo. This is all taken straight off the griddle and then rolled into a fresh locally made flour tortilla. It is served in yellow paper, which you will sorely need to act as insulation from the scorching heat coming off the tortilla. But that heat just adds to the overall life-changing experience that perfect deliciousness can bring. If you’re really lucky, you’ll end up with a pool of savory gravy to slurp up at the end of it all. Awesome!
I prefer my California with some flavors from the salsa bar. Go for the red sauce furthest to the left (the one without all the black specs) mixed 50/50 with the pale green sauce (this sauce gets it’s creamy green color from pureed avocados). Pour liberally on the burrito and go. Beef and potato is good any day, but the stringy, melty cheddar and cool salsa all dance together in your mouth and cause you to close your eyes in delight. I think they must keep a mop handy for all of us that pee our pants from the excitement of it all.
The other items on Los Betos’ menu are nearly as good as well. I recommend the Tortas (grilled bread with guacamole, lettuce, pico, cheese, and meat….I prefer the chicken), Carne Asada Burrito (carne asada, pico, and guacamole), 5 Rolled Tacos (think taquitos; served with cheese, lettuce, and guacamole), Tostada (served double decker style. Go for the chicken, but the pork is nice too), Tacos (carne asada is my favorite, but the tongue isn’t bad either), and fantastic Breakfast Burritos (the steak and egg will keep you full until dinner). The only thing I don’t recommend is their enchiladas; they just disappoint every time I try them.
On your first visit, make sure that you don’t deprive yourself of the delicious Mexican drinks which pair perfectly with everything on the menu. The Horchata is nice (rice milk spiced with cinnamon), but I recommend the Jamaica. Jamaica is made by steeping hibiscus flowers in boiling water and then mixing it with plenty of sugar. Holy hell it is wonderful!
Los Betos has several locations throughout the valley to serve your gluttonous needs. Once you eat at them, you will find their late night drive through a much more appealing option than Taco Bell’s. I have found that the Fairview and Meridian locations have the best California burritos, while the State Street location has the best breakfast burritos. All are good though, despite their run down appearances (however, Meridian is actually very nice and clean). Looks don’t mean anything when it comes to the preparation of fresh, real ingredients cooked right before your eyes.
So go out and give Los Betos a try. Who knows, you might just find a true love there as well.
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