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
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  • 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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Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Jennifer Fumiko Cahill is the arts and features editor of the North Coast Journal. She won the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2020 Best Food Writing Award and the 2019 California News Publisher's Association award for Best Writing.

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