Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Big, Green Monster

Posted By on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 11:09 AM

click to enlarge We're going to need a bigger boat. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • We're going to need a bigger boat.

A reader wrote in with a tip about the wet burrito at Tasty Tacos (3943 Walnut St, Eureka), saying the green sauce and the marinated chicken are amazing ($9). What the tipster didn't mention is the enormity of the thing, which the menu calls the biggest burrito in town. When it arrives, smothered in a perfectly tangy, green tomatillo sauce, as promised, it makes the plastic fork in your hand look like a baby's. Passing it across the table is like dragging a body.

Inside the blanket of soft tortilla are the usual suspects: rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, salsa and beans. But the juicy, shredded chicken is all my informant promised it would be, slow-cooked in a verde sauce — the recipe for which the cook will not even share with her husband and business partner. 

click to enlarge Like a Zepplin. A delicious, saucy Zepplin. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Like a Zepplin. A delicious, saucy Zepplin.

Now, there are days when a mere mortal-sized burrito will not do. Maybe you're planning to split it with a friend. Maybe you've just finished a triathlon. Maybe you're just wearing loose pants. But something has shifted in your mind to allow you to order a burrito that could conceal an army, should you ever need to breach the gates of Troy. But perhaps today is not that day.

click to enlarge The namesake Tasty Taco. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • The namesake Tasty Taco.

Turn instead to the namesake Tasty Taco ($4). The large corn tortilla is freshly made — all soft and thick with ragged edges and grill marks — and flirting with being a Greek pita. Go with the green sauce and the chicken here, too, and enjoy the zing of the burrito while still being able to walk out of the shop unassisted. 

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