I experienced lunch from the

I experienced lunch from the best burrito cart in the city the other day. My coworker insisted that we walk to the burrito guy at 15th and K instead of the one at 17th and K, closer to our office. This wasn’t a problem for me, since I had never been all that impressed by the burritos at 17th and K anyway.

Mmm, best street-burrito I’ve ever had. 15th & K Burrito Man has a broad range of tortilla options, two kinds of beans, three sizes of burrito, choice of regular or lite cheese, and an impressive hot sauce collection, complete with available tortilla chips for taste-testing.

Payment is done by honor system, with each burrito-fan making his or her own change. There’s a burrito loyalty-card program, and the burrito guy will make sure you remember to take your free peppermint patty on your way back to the office with your tasty lunch.

The story goes that a guy who had his burrito street-cart license from the city for 20 years wanted to retire and find someone to pass on his permit to. Very Willy Wonka, no? So he held a burrito cookoff, and awarded the permit to the maker of the best burrito. The winner, so the legend goes, is the guy who owns Pedro and Vinny’s now.

Of course, I didn’t get a chance to ask him about this, since I heard the story after we walked away with our burritos. (With guacamole. Mmm.)

2 Comments so far

  1. Bin_round (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 9:24 am

    Awesome! It’s been years since I worked at 15th & H Sts and a bunch of us from the office would walk to 15th & K and line up for our burrito from the Burrito Nazi (of course, he was not like the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld – in this reference, it is more of an endearment). You did have to know what you wanted before the person before you got their burrito so he could throw your tortilla on the heat and whatever cheese you wanted on it.

    It was the first time (b/c it’s been a few years, prior to Chipotle before burritos were the norm as a lunch option) we saw that you could have burritos in tortillas made of spinach or sundried tomato AND the Burrito Nazi also had magazines for you to read b/c the line got so long.

    I miss my Burrito Nazi…

  2. jen m. (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 9:37 am

    uh, i don’t think that burrito cookoff story is true. the guy who runs the cart now bought the original recipe off the prior guy, so it wouldn’t really matter whether he had the best pre-takeover burrito, you know?

    i used to eat at that 15th and K cart every day, but i have to say that the new guy’s burritos are not quite as good as the old guy’s. i’m not sure why, if he’s using the same recipes. anyway, they are still great burritos. i like mine with jalapeno/tequila hot sauce. mmm, maybe i should stop over there today.

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