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Slickrock Burrito

in Restaurant Reviews  · 
 ·  2926 S Grand Blvd, 99203

Slickrock Burrito has been around since about the beginning of time, or, as it is, for as long as I can remember. That actually might not be particularly long, come to think of it, but I digress…

I’m personally not a huge fan of the place, but I can understand why some—many, really—like it. It has its place. Not a place in my heart, but maybe in yours.

The main menu is sorta dull—the handful of choices don’t offer much variety—and I tend to think the «build your own» option is your best bet.

I went with the carnitas burrito during my last visit, and had it wrapped in a tomato tortilla. Black beans, rice, sour cream… Pretty much your standard burrito, and I’m OK with that, at least theoretically.

The initial issue I encountered was the carnitas themselves. Allegedly marinated in a tequila base, they came out flavorless and somewhere on the north side of dry.

Slathering on some more sour cream might have made up for that, but then, I actually think they used the perfect amount: just a couple of thin dollops on the tortilla. In that sense, the burrito was kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place, seeing how too much sour cream only serves to mask flavors.

Either way, I doubt better prepared carnitas would have made too much of a difference. There wasn’t a whole lot going on in the flavor department, anyway, and it all just felt a bit… spartan? Bland?

On the other hand, one can go «glass half full», and say it had a comfort-food quality to it. You know, kind of like a winter stew. Warm and comforting, but perhaps not too exciting.

Maybe that’s why people like Slickrock. It isn’t my «thing», but the public in general doesn’t seem to be all too supportive of me in that regard. I’m more of an Atilano’s man, myself, but I am (somewhat) willing to accept that there being more than one school of burrito appreciation.

Go give Slickrock a try again, if you haven’t in a while. It might just be time to figure out where you stand in the great burrito war. You never know what will sway your opinion.

Firestone Walker Sucaba (2014)

in Libation Station  · 

Firestone’s special ales—aka the «Proprietor’s Vintage Series»—is a weird and wonderful world, one filled with classic releases like Parabola, the anniversary series, and, of course, Sucaba (stylized as «§ucaba», but I don’t have it in me to type that out).

Except… I’ve gone a bit sour on the series, or at least the two recent back-to-back releases. It’s probably just me, and not them (or you), but XVII and Sucaba? Things are seeming oddly similar here.

And I mean that in more ways than one: the should-be-patented velvet smooth mouthfeel, the deep caramel flavors, a gentle smolder of alcohol. It is all there.

Was I to do a side by side tasting, I am sure I would note the nuances, but going a month or two between each beer… I have a hard time differentiating between XVII and Sucaba.

So, what’s the big deal? They’re similar, but they’re both good—technically excellent—and as they’re not on the market at the same time, is there really any need to complain?

Well, possibly not. But with prices ranging from $15 to north of $20, I guess I just expect… Not necessarily something more, but something different.

Both are, of course, brewed to be aged, but I’d assume those who pick both up would try one bottle of each before cellaring the rest. One bottle, and that’s quite a few dollars you’re downing.

Now, if you space tastings out, all of this might not matter. It might not matter if you don’t space them out either, and good on you if that’s the case. You’ll be drinking some costly bombers, but, like previously mentioned, the beers are obviously expertly brewed.

I might be a man with first world problems, but it is what it is… Expecting something different is my prerogative, and I’m OK with that. I’m sure the world disagrees with me, but I’m not about to let the man keep me down.

Either way, I’m sure you will give the Sucaba a try, just like I did. All I’m saying is, don’t expect much of a difference from the XVII. If you can live with that, awesome. If not, welcome to my world.