In his new book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, Gustavo Arellano, the scribe behind the syndicated column ¡Ask a Mexican! and editor of New Times' sister paper, OC Weekly, says there's no known etymological origin for the word, burrito -- even where it was created is a mystery.
We love to eat these tasty, tortilla-wrapped meals all the same. And when it comes to getting our mitts around one in the Valley, especially old-school style, here's a list of 10 of our favorite joints to score one.
Taqueria La Hacienda #1
This classic food truck on Buckeye at Second Street (next to The Meat Shop) serves up all the traditional favorites -- lengua, cabeza, tripa, buche, pastor -- but you'll want to make sure to order up its asada. Spicy and peppery and with bits of garlic, onions, and tomatoes, it's a meaty treat. Want breakfast? Order up the green chile breakfast burro for some a.m. deliciousness.