Thursday, May 24, 2012

Burrito Man: challenge met

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

By now, you've hopefully met Zack Travis, also known as "The Burrito Man."

He's behind the Downtown Burrito Co. streetcart that we first told you about here and reviewed here.

Well, I inadvertently posed a challenge to Travis a month or so ago while sampling from his neighboring food cart, Bite Me Gourmet Sausage.

Colorado Springs Downtown Burrito Bahn Mi

I offhandedly said something about wishing that someone would do a Bahn Mi sandwich here, giving Travis the idea to try a Bahn Mi-inspired burrito.

(It turns out the Margarita at PineCreek did also put one on their latest seasonal bar menu, culinary gods bless them.)

Travis tested his new creation yesterday, posting this on his Facebook page:

My New Burrito for this week is a spin off of a Vietnamese Sandwich called Bahn Mi - But this is how I rolled it:
*****Grilled Chicken seasoned with Tamari, Sesame Oil and Garlic, with a Carrot, Cabbage "Slaw" marinated in a Jalapeno Lime dressing.***** This 'B' will be served Toasted right out of the cooler, not hot. Bon Appetit!!

He then messaged me today to let me know the new item was back on the street, so I walked over for a sample.

Firstly, I'll say the burrito is totally satisfying, especially at the $4 price.

It's not exactly like a Bahn Mi sandwich (note the words "spin off" and "inspired" above), notably missing the tart pickled accoutrement element and fresh herb garnish that typifies many Vietnamese plates.

But the jalapeƱo lime does tenderize the veggies a bit, still leaving a nice crisp crunch to each bite. And the tamari and sesame do place your taste buds squarely in the East, with juicy chicken slivers standing in for many Bahn Mi variations' pork component.

Here's what else you can find at the Downtown Burrito Company cart until around 2 p.m.:


The Breakfast Burrito - Eggs, Seasoned Potatoes, Bacon, Breakfast Sausage, Cheddar Cheese

El Ranchito Burrito - Scrambled egg, Refried Black Beans, Tomato-Green-Chili-Seasoned-Rice and Cheddar Cheese

Colorado Pork - Shreaded Pork slow cooked in Red Chili with Refried Pinto Beans

Beef Borracho - Beer Braised Beef with Tomato and Green Chili Seasoned Rice

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