400 C Street
West Sacramento, CA
It's absolutely amazing that I'd never heard of this place until a coworker brought me here! It's got everything you need in a Mexican joint: mosaics from floor to ceiling, Spanish music thumping at you from every direction and a fully loaded "Sal's-a Bar".
Get it? Sal's-a?
Oh yeah, one more thing: gargantuan proportions!
Before ordering, the salsa bar had my full attention. I had already concocted the perfect crema fresca/salsa/onion/cilantro combination in my mind; my actual meal was an afterthought. I quickly ordered a Carnitas Burrito (no frijoles), then began piling chips into small wooden bowls.
Moments later, it arrived.
My jaw literally dropped. To the point where it hurt my jaw.
Looking back, I wish I'd had a measuring tape handy, because the photos I took barely did it justice. For one thing, this burrito was served on a dinner PLATTER! A platter, for Christ's sake! Furthermore, the burrito took up most of said platter.
Inside, crispy carnitas goodness. I looked for it, but couldn't find the pools of grease I've come to expect from a beanless burrito. Could it be? Finally? Burrito perfection? Shredded lettuce was a unique addition, and helped cut down on the overall richness that lied beneath globs of smooth guacamole and sweet crema.
45 seconds in, I told myself to take two more bites, then take the rest home.
Eight minutes in, 40% was devoured and lethargy kicked in. Unfortunately, it's not ladylike to lie in the fetal position in restaurant booths. On the other hand, it's probably not ladylike to eat 40% of a burrito the size of a toddler, either.
Have I mentioned prices? At the time of this review, I had eaten 40% for lunch yesterday and 30% for today's lunch. I think you know what's on the menu for tomorrow. For you math wizards, that's three meals. The cost? Seven bucks and change.
Sal's is an outstanding value and certainly a hidden gem in West Sacramento. Come for the salsa bar, stay for burritos the size of your forearm.