|My Chicken Burrito From Today|
When I first returned to NYC back in 2007 it was like I was a tourist or something, like I'd forgotten everything I used to know, including great Burrito joints I'd once loved. So when I finally came to my senses and remembered my roots, my Burrito roots, I walked down Greenwich Ave. looking for my Benny's (I actually prefer the East Village locale,) but it was called something else...Blockheads? What? Wait a minute it was also still Benny's too, how could that be?
Thoroughly discouraged I continued walking, passing the establishment with covered eyes, fearing that if I went in I'd surely be disappointed in what they would try to pawn off on me. Soon the clouds above grew into a black mass. Thunder rumbled in the distance. A small pooch crapped in front of me. Was it the end of the world?
Much time passed as I drifted into a food coma...from eating lots of food of course, as I refused to return to what might be a Burrito impostor. Until today that is. So on a sweltering, practically 100 degree day in the Big Apple, I found myself walking down Greenwich Ave. again, only this time with a renewed hope. A vision of splendor that had come to me as I walked down 8th Ave., sweat pouring down my back, jeez it was hot. What was in store for me? I thought. Would the Burrito Gods shine down on a lost brother like myself, and nourish the belly that came empty?..I'd forgotten breakfast. Thankfully my friends I have good news to report. Benny's is back! Gone was the silly moniker of Blockheads and shining in the front window, full of neon beauty, Benny's Burrito's glowed like the blistering sun above...there is a God, I said, a Burrito God, indeed! Honestly it was like stepping into the past. The flavors were there, the smell, it was almost the same, especially since the Sour Cream and Guacamole were back inside the Burrito! Unfortunately a Margarita was not in the cards for me my friends. It was the middle of the day and I had a meeting to go to. The chimes of responsibility rang in my ears putting a damper on what could have been the most wonderfully nostalgic moment in my entire 40 years! Damn the guy next to me sucking his straw like a baby with a bottle, his Margarita looked so cold and delicious! If I'd had a knife I could have killed a man today! Well, not with the butter knife by my side, that was simply too dull. Ah to be a college kid again, I lamented.
Seriously folks, for a great MexiCali Burrito, make your way to Benny's Burrito's for a real Burrito experience that is better than Chipotle. Benny's Burrito's is at 113 Greenwich Avenue, which is still apparently affiliated with Blockheads, but there is also another Benny's in the East Village at 93 Avenue A...I don't know the difference, they're both great and have the same logo. Maybe one was lost in a divorce.