I stopped by the new Bell Street Burritos at Sweet Auburn Curb Market for lunch Monday. As I've written recently, the new operation is Matt Hinton's homage to Tortillas, the legendary San-Francisco-style burrito joint on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown. Before opening this space, Hinton was delivering his burritos under the name West End Burritos.
I ordered a green-chile burrito and it was indeed a quick and delicious transit to Tortillas: soft, billowy tortilla, perfect red beans, rice and roasted chiles. It was the beans that particularly surprised me; Tortillas' were always unnaturally delicious. I remember eating frequently at Tortillas with Scott Peacock and he often ordered nothing but the beans.
The only thing that seemed a bit off was the green sauce. It was actually a bit congealed or frozen, but tasted great.
I am disappointed Bell Street isn't serving my all-time favorite Tortillas burrito, the shrimp. I asked why not and the woman at the register explained that Hinton is "severely allergic to seafood." Okay, he's forgiven.
The place is a great addition to our city's culinary life.
By the way, I ran into Christiane Lauterbach and Bill Addison, dining critics at Atlanta magazine, while I was at the market. It was Christiane who first introduced me to Tortillas years ago. She and Bill were at the market to confer about the magazine's upcoming "Best of Atlanta" issue.
Bill, commenting on my post about "Eat Pray Love" this morning, told me he is researching an article on food and spiritual traditions in the city. I can't wait to read it.
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