Twenty years ago, Gilbert Correa started out as a busboy at El Palacio, housed in a 100-year-old building sporting a 100-year-old bar. Now he owns the atmospheric old place, famous for its margaritas, salsas, homemade tamales and, of course, the El Bandido burrito — a 28-inch colossus enfolding cubed sirloin, chicken tenders, a tamale, a chile relleno, rice, beans, onions, avocados and tomatoes. Glazed with cheese and smothered in chile colorado and chile verde (the red-and-green-sauce combo known as “Christmas” in New Mexico), the thing feeds four hungry people (would that be equivalent to two firefighters?) for $31, which means customers eat like a king at the palace.
401 E. Andy Devine Avenue