Burritos are not a bad metaphor for adulthood. At some point, they just got too messy and too complicated. The fun disappeared amidst the responsibility of attempting to tackle a portion that was simply too big for one's plate.
But you can get back to the burrito basics at Burritos To Go y Algo Mas (recommended by reader Lois). The grill in a storefront, next to a busy Stop-N-Go, does one thing - burritos - at a level that exceeds the $3 you'll have to part with. Bring cash, though, because that's all they take at 701B Central in Kansas City, Kansas.
- The burritos are right-sized at Burritos To Go.
Burritos To Go gets the fundamental concept that this is a handheld lunch that needs to be compact and ready quickly. There's usually a line that moves briskly at the counter just inside the door, where the grill cook is also the cashier. After you order, your tortilla is heated on the griddle. Once it's a bit toasty, a base layer of refried beans is added plus whatever you've ordered. The burritos range from egg-centric breakfast options to shredded chicken, beef and chicharonnes (pork rinds). The mole is pleasantly smokey, while the salsa verde has enough kick to make you reach for your drink.
Skip the small soda fridge at Burritos To Go and instead walk next door to the Stop-N-Go for whatever beverage you desire. Take both to the handful of picnic tables adjacent to the gas station parking lot. When you finish, you'll have an urge to get right back in line and take down a second burrito. Just give it a minute to let the refried beans find their meniscus, and you'll realize that you're the right amount of full. If you need something sweet, walk up the street to Osuna Bakery at 749 Central for a gingerbread pig.