ETA 9/16/08: This place has now reopened.
ETA: This place is now CLOSED. There is another burrito cart near 17th and K (on K St.), which also sells espresso drinks.
Woohoo! Further evidence that I am really need of a better macro capability on my 5-year old digital camera! But look at that burrito glistening in its aluminum wrapper.
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So an account of my adventures at Pedro and Vinny’s after the jump!
I’d been reading of this mysterious burrito cart two blocks from my office. So I moseyed down to 15th and K Sts to check this place out. The line stretched the front of the CVS, which I found pretty impressive. This must be a pretty good burrito. While you’re in line, John (there is no Pedro or Vinny), asks you what kind of tortilla you want (spinach, tomato chili, plain, spinach, onion garlic or wheat), and whether or not you want cheese. The fillings consist of a choice of pinto, black beans or “black and tan” (a mix of both). Add-ons include sour cream and guac. All burritos include fresh salsa and choice of hot sauce, while the small is the only that doesn’t also include rice. There is a rather large selection of hot sauces, which you can try on Tostitos while you wait.
So vegetarian burrito, eh? My first thought was blah, and then I pity the fool who has to share an office with me and my beans. After waiting 40 minutes, I get to place my order for a medium burrito, wheat tortilla, no cheese, black and tan, guac, sour cream, salsa verde and his homemade mango habanero sauce. John bottles his sauce in Grey Goose bottles, so he asked if he’d carded me yet. Off I went with my burrito and complimentary York Peppermint Pattie.
The beans and rice were great, the appropriate amount of mealyness. Nicely seasoned and great with the salsa verde. Not quite enough guac, or at least insufficient to really taste it. The mango habanero hot sauce lent a nice sweet kick to the whole thing. It was even tastier when I brought it home and the flavors soaked. Next time I would like to combine that sauce with the nice sour kick of a conventional hot sauce. Overall, a good experience. Worth the 40 minute wait? Maybe if I have time to kill or I want to be outside.
He trusts folks to make their own change; I imagine since he’s a nice guy he might actually make more money this way because I bet people leave him a little extra.
Check to make sure he’s open: http://www.pedroandvinnys.com/