The Ultimate Burrito

Now, I’ve been in pursuit of the perfect burrito, and it turns out I’ve already found it! 

It’s a hot summer’s night on Main Street in Kelseyville, Lake County, when the air is still, and vapors of sunlight have already saturated the earth. Music plays from the stage where friends gather, swaying to the tunes. Patrons enjoy local fairs before joining in the fun at one of the Keleyville’s Kickin’ it in the Country street dance. My family and I are one of them. And at every street dance, we get John’s Market Taqueria burritos.

These aren’t just any burrito. We get a large burrito with everything and have them cut it in half. It’s just too much for one person. So, with a fork in hand and half a burrito in the other, we dig in. The tortilla creates a bowl filled with chunks of smoky, tender, juicy chicken, with the gentle crunch of fresh onion, tomato, and zip of cilantro in each bite. the second bite brings in smooth, rich crema, bits of flavorful rice, and a hearty bit of pinto bean. It’s all just a temptation to take that third bite. It’s the perfect balance of dry to moist, crunchy, smooth, and smoky, all stuffed in a massively filled burrito.

Now, one might argue whether or not it’s appropriate to eat a burrito with a fork, and you might be right. But how does one properly eat two warmed extra large flour tortillas filled with wrapped-to-overflowing goodness in a bite? It’s an honest question. The burrito is four inches across and impossible to fit in a mouth. Truth be told, there is no graceful way to accomplish the task. It’s not a first-date kind of food. But it is food nirvana. Finishing half a burrito is admirable but doable, but finishing a whole burrito is perfectly unbelievable. John’s larger-than-life burrito experience is a take-out meal meant to be shared. 

But there’s more! John’s Taqueria also serves combo plates with rice and beans. And if those choices aren’t enough, try their tacos, nachos, quesadilla, flan, carrot cake, or baklava. If you come in the morning, grab one of their breakfast burritos for the start of your day.

It’s the first weekend of December, and Christmas music is playing on Main Street. And on this visit, the streets are clear in anticipation of the soon-to-be annual Kelseyville Holiday parade. Patrons drift in and out of the local shops and small businesses with Christmas presents in hand while sipping on hot cider. The only thing that hasn’t changed is my family and I perched on a bench, a fork in one hand and a burrito in the other, enjoying, once again, John’s Taqueria large chicken burrito. It’s a tradition worth keeping any time of year.

John’s Taqueria has recently changed ownership. But one thing is for sure: the burrito experience hasn’t changed. Enjoy!

John’s Market Taqueria

3860 Main St. 

Kelseyville, CA 95451

(707) 279-2440

Trudy Wakefield

Trudy is the owner and editor for The Bloom. The Bloom's dedicated to showcasing all the good parts of life. If it's good news, you'll probably find it here.

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