PODCAST: Burrito eater gives student center burritos a 'C'
October 8, 2007 1:16 PM
Lunch hour was roaring along as usual in Cesar Chavez Student Center last Monday. Students madly crammed food and drinks into their faces, as one man sat quietly along the wall carefully tasting every bite of his Taqueria Girasol La Paz burrito.
This man is none other than the most legendary burrito aficionado in the universe, Charles Hodgkins. He has even been mentioned by the New York Times simply because he rates burritos.
Hodgkins, a 35-year-old freelance writer, is the founder of BurritoEater.com, a web site where he documents burritos from all corners of San Francisco. But Hodgkins doesn’t consider himself a burrito expert.
“I would consider myself an expert on San Francisco taquerias,” he said. “But with burritos, it’s a personal taste.”
To assess a burrito, Hodgkins uses his trademarked 10-Mustache-Rating Scale, critiquing all aspects of a burrito, from size (If shot out of a bazooka, could it blunt the momentum of a charging rhinoceros?) to Spiciness (Cold bites are one of the greatest scourges ever and must be stopped) and Temperature (All hot, all the time. This is non-negotiable).
“I probably don’t have a lot of credibility with professional food critics, but I don’t lose a lot of sleep over that,” said Hodgkins.
Hodgkins seven-mustache rating of the student center burrito ran nearly parallel with SF State Tae Kwon Do professor Bill Dewart’s veggie burrito rating, which was a seven or eight, Dewart said.
“I hear the burritos are the best food on campus,” said Dewart, who eats about two burritos a week at Café Girasol.
Hodgkins said his burrito’s temperature was uneven, the chicken was a little too pink, and the ingredients weren’t mixed very well.
“It was better than I expected,” he said. “On the positive side, I really enjoy the spice, it was fairly saucy, and the salsa roja was quite good.”
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