Saturday, January 17, 2009

Mexican for Lunch: La Costena

After we visited La Bamba, we knew we'd have to try the burrito place next door for comparison. So, we tried out La Costena for lunch today. They hold the Guinness World Record for largest burrito. Unfortunately, I was not all that impressed. I got the marinated & grilled chicken, Mexican rice, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and tomatoes in my 'regular burrito.' Jonathan got the same, only with carnitas (fried pork) instead of chicken, and he added salsa verde. We brought them home to eat, which was a good idea. I didn't care for the heaviness of the tortilla, so I opened mine up and ate it with a fork. The chicken was nothing special, and the burrito as a whole could have used more cilantro. The rice was pretty good. Jonathan loved the carnitas (I had a bite, they were indeed tasty), but agreed that the tortilla was a bit thick.

My main gripe about the place would be the confusion on ordering. It is not clear which toppings are free and which cost extra, and the various prices of the toppings are not obvious on the menu. I also didn't even see the "Super Values" at all. While our burritos started out at $4.99 each, the total was $15.05 after tax. I don't really plan on going back, and continue to be a bit disappointed with the Mexican food out here as a whole so far. If someone has a place to recommend, I'm all ears!

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