Best Thing We Ate
Best Thing We Ate: Tacos Chukais' Baby Burrito
Tacos Chukais may be named after the taco. But its Baby Burrito keeps us coming back for more. This popular, super-casual shop sits on the second floor of the Broadway Alley. There's often a line outside and, yes, we wait.
The details: While a traditional burrito is a gut bomb, this version is dialed down because the kitchen eschews the rice, beans and extras. Don't whine about that! Here, it's all about the meat. Go for the adobada: pork shoulder, marinated in chilies and citrus and cooked on a vertical spit, then sliced to order. There's a mix of tender, juicy bits and crunchy pieces with a nice char. A generous portion of the pork is rolled onto an 8-inch flour tortilla and finished on the flat-top grill. It tastes like a trip to Ensenada, fresh and bursting with authentic flavors. And because it's not enormous, you can fill out the plate with a couple of excellent $2 tacos, if you like.
Drink this: There's bottled beer and soda. But the big draw is the seasonal fruit aguas frescas. Right now there's cantaloupe, which tastes as fresh as can be and is just $2.25 for a 16-ounce glass.