Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina – More Stuffing!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - by Willie Mae

My friend Alice and I met for lunch on Gunbarrel Road in between shopping. The traffic is absurd in that area after Thanksgiving!  If I go to Hamilton Place for any Christmas shopping – I try to go as early in the season as possible because it just gets worse towards Christmas.

We didn’t want to go anywhere fancy; we just wanted to grab a bite to eat. After Thanksgiving leftovers, we were ready for something a little different.

We pulled into Salsarita’s. Alice hadn’t been there before and neither had I.  You walk in and order at the counter where they make your meal.

Alice wanted a taco salad with ground beef for 6.99 (I guess she felt that she was being good to order a salad). I saw something called a Casarito for 7.29. Mine was a type of burrito that had queso cheese dip smothered over it and I chose chicken for my meat.

The boy that was making mine started by asking me if I wanted beans and rice. I looked at the pan of refried beans and turned my nose up – “no, not beans”… then I saw black beans and changed my mind – “Oh yes, I will have black beans and a little rice”.

The boy covered the flour tortilla with the starchy mixture and when he laid the diced chicken on top of that, he asked what else I would like on it (it worked like Subway and I could choose my fixins).

Well, looking at the mound of food already on that tortilla, I didn’t see how he would put anything else with it and be able to fold it. So I just told him to add some sour cream and jalapeños and that was it.

He did as I asked and he managed to stuff all of it in a small, fat folded burrito. I would rather have had a lot less rice and beans and been able to add veggies. After Thanksgiving leftovers, I didn’t need any more bulk.

I was not pleased with what I had chosen but if I had asked for lettuce, tomatoes and cheese, I think that it would not have all fit.

I should have told him to take off some of the rice and beans so I could have added other ingredients. I did ask for jalapeños, but he must not have heard me, I didn’t see him add them.

When the girl at the register began to ring up my order, I had asked her for jalapeños on the side. She nodded and after exchanging money and food, I took my tray to sit down. No jalapeños! I guess if you don’t make people follow through, you can’t complain about it.

The food was not hot – just luke-warm, bordering on room temperature.  Alice’s salad looked a lot better and she was really enjoying it (she tends to make yummy noises when she eats)!

I decided to try their hot sauces on the table which were Tabasco brands. There was a habanero sauce that was pretty dang hot! I guess that would make up for not having my peppers.

After eating my post-Thanksgiving lukewarm rice, bean and chicken Casarito, I was stuffed once again and …feeling like a turkey.


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