Thursday, June 23, 2011

Two in the pink. Two El Rey burritos to be precise.

El Rey Burritos in West Des Moines is known for their legendary big burritos, culminating in the two-foot-long Rey Rey. But El Rey also makes great guacamole, along with enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, breakfast dishes and more.

Having a hankering for some good guac after sampling the disappointing goo at Abelardo’s [see blog post], I visited El Rey on a sunny Friday afternoon to reacquaint myself with the food after a long absence.

My usual partner in late night eats has taken offense with El Rey’s new digs, finding the omnipresent hues of cerise, coral and dark pink that decorate the new place most unpalatable. Being the passenger on our late-night excursions I must either go where they desire to eat, invariably at Perkins, or stay home and microwave a burrito.

The table salsa served with tortilla chips is thick, tomatoey and mild. In appearance and texture its like eating a thick tomato sauce mixed with pico de gallo. The burly tomato overpowers the cilantro and onion.

Guacamole is chunky, yet velvety. Onion comes through with a nice crunch. A delight to eat.

The Burrito Vegetariano is a fiesta of starch, with potato, beans and rice all within a large flour tortilla. The abundant lettuce that all of El Rey’s burritos sport adds a much needed contrast in texture and flavor.

The chorizo in my second burrito has a vinegary bite that goes well with the lettuce and sour cream.

The salsa verde is tangy and vibrant with the refreshing taste of tomatillo. What little heat it boasts fades quickly on the palate. Little dabs to every other bite of the chorizo burrito compliments it.

The spicy salsa roja is the very essence of red chile. Good heat that builds fast in the throat, and lingers long. My favorite of the three salsas offered and an excellent addition to the mild veggie burrito.

El Rey’s service on this visit was very friendly and accommodating. I asked for my burritos to be cut in half so that I could save half of each for carryout. The server brought out the halves to go after I had finished my meal, each half wrapped tightly in foil and obviously kept warm. A nice touch to a great meal, pink walls and booths notwithstanding.

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