Being a part of the Caribbean, it’s kind of unsurprising that Puerto Rico has a wide variety of Mexican food. Nonetheless, it was pretty surprising how many time we were recommended Lolita’s somewhere between Fajardo and Luquillo. And apparently it wasn’t exactly a secret spot, because the parking lot was filled beyond capacity and there was a line out the door. Fortunately, that line and the people in the restaurant all appeared to be locals and not gringos like us.
I decided I wanted a burrito, but it wasn’t quite easy to figure out which one to order. There was Special, Super, Deluxe, Super Deluxe and pretty much any other similar descriptor you could think of. I picked the simplest option that was simply filled with meat (I chose beef), cheese, beans and sauce. Then I had it prepared in the wet style.
It arrived looking pretty amazing, covered in gooey cheese and enchilada sauce while surrounded with tortilla chips. It was a little smaller than I would have expected, but then it was the more basic burrito. And also, size doesn’t really matter when a burrito tastes as good as this one did. It brought back memories of some of the amazing greasy Mexican spots I used to frequent in LA, where they knew that there was nothing fancy about good Mexican food.
I can understand why the parking lot was full and there was a line out the door. Lolita’s was Mexican food as it should be. Or, at the very least, as I want it to be.