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Off the Beaten Plate: Super Burrito at Border Bandido

The 12-inch Super Burrito (with cheese sauce) at Border Bandido, 1528 W. 23rd St.

The 12-inch Super Burrito (with cheese sauce) at Border Bandido, 1528 W. 23rd St.

August 22, 2013

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The 12-inch Super Burrito (with cheese sauce) at Border Bandido, 1528 W. 23rd St.

The 12-inch Super Burrito (with cheese sauce) at Border Bandido, 1528 W. 23rd St.

Off the Beaten Plate
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This burrito isn’t billed as being fancy, fresh or frilly, just big. It’s soft, melty, a full 1 foot long and comes splayed across — all the way across — an oval melamine plate on a plastic tray. Choose from beef, beans or both for filling (chicken and pork cost extra) and enchilada sauce, cheese sauce, extra cheese or chili for topping.

The family owned and operated Border Bandido has been in business more than 40 years, the kind of run that often draws a cult following. A few online reviewers ream the place — blasting microwave use and cheese sauce that doesn’t seem like real cheese — but they’re outnumbered by emphatic five-star reviews. “I don't know if you can truly call yourself a Lawrencian before you've eaten your first Super Burrito,” one Yelp reviewer asserts, with another chiming in that if he were ever on death row, he’d want one for his last meal, with extra sauce and a side of chips.

Where to get it: Border Bandido, 1528 W. 23rd St.

What you’ll pay: $8.70, or $7.50 if you choose enchilada sauce instead of cheese or chili.

Try it with: A to-go box. Note that you’ll have to eat at least a third of this burrito before it will fit in said to-go box.

Also on the menu: Smaller burritos, enchiladas, taco salad, tostadas and Border Bandido’s famous taco bar.

— Off The Beaten Plate highlights some of the more exotic, oddly named or inventively concocted dishes from local menus. Know of an offbeat item we should check out? Email food and features reporter Sara Shepherd at sshepherd@ljworld.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/saramarieshep.

Comments

Alfred_W 1 year, 3 months ago

Perhaps the finest compliment I can pay them is to say that they are the Bucky's of Lawrence Mexican restaurants.

Termcd4 1 year, 3 months ago

I have loved Border Bandido my entire life. It was my first job, and the cheese sauce it the cure all of all that ails me. When I lived in Dallas, I had friends bring cheese sauce to me packed in a cooler!!

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