Richard Riehl 2 a.m., March 4
Vegetarian Chupacabra Burrito
Being half Mexican I am completely comfortable claiming that the Mexican food of San Diego is the best Mexican food in the world — perhaps even better than in Mexico! When the accumulated wisdom from centuries of tasty-food-making fuses together with the vegetarian and/or quasi-healthy eating habits of Southern Californians, you get the highly evolved veggie burritos that many of us know and love.
Case in point, Chupa Cabras Taqueria in Pacific Beach. Their veggie burrito is filled with "marinated and grilled veggies, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, guacamole, and rice," as their menu reads, complete with a heart next to it symbolizing a "healthier choice." As Chupa Cabras is under a year old, I see their veggie burrito as the farthest point in the evolution of burritos.
Free chips are always bittersweet while waiting for a burrito. You love em' and they taste wonderful — probably because they are free, but you know if you keep eating chips before you get your burrito, you'll get full and it will defeat the purpose of ordering a burrito in the first place.
Although Chupa Cabras doesn't have a website yet, they do have free Wi-Fi.
Chupa Cabras Taqueria
987 Garnet Ave (corner of Cass St. & Garnet St.)
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