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Spare a thought for the suffering chefs and cooks of our fair city. These days are hot enough outside.

In the kitchen of, say, Clayton's Mex Takeout (1107 10th Street, Coronado, at 10th and Orange, 619-437-8811)...

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...you can add ten degrees to the outside temperature.

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Mario, Oscar and Alvaro were flying when I went in this lunchtime.

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Mario, Oscar, Alvaro pause for the camera

I was melting. Had gone to get a California burrito ($5.98) for the beautiful Carla, who loves the island almost as much for this burrito as she does having Diane do her hair.

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Mario at work on Carla's California Burrito

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Carla's gift to me: A slice of the burrito

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I mean, these guys aren't cooks, they're martyrs!

The big fan blowing out the back door didn't seem to make that much difference.

And I suddenly realize, it's not just the hot little room and the hard work: it's the heat radiating off of the burners and the hot plate.

So here's a cool one to the Marios and Oscars and Alvaros of this town.

They sweat so we may chill’n chow.

Oh, and they say tomorrow is going to be even hotter, by ten degrees.

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Clayton's corner

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