With the recent opening of Bell Street Burritos in Westside, people are again eulogizing Tortillas, Atlanta’s original burrito joint. After shutting their doors in 2003, but before they set off into the sunset, Tortillas bequeathed one last gift to Atlanta’s Tex-Mex aficionados: some loose recipe guidelines on how to make most of what was made to go inside and on top of their much romanticized product. Long stashed on my computer, I thought today was a good day to share the handful of Tortillas’ recipes, so that you can make these San Francisco-style burritos at home. Check them out … after the jump!
The rise of the fast-casual restaurant, including the new Westside Atlanta location of Bell Street Burritos, owes a great deal to the burrito. This Tex-Mex tradition is perhaps the burger of that fused cuisine. Like the burger, the burrito is generally a massively hulking inclusion of typical toppings. But as the trend to produce these wrapped time-bombs of gastrointestinal danger has risen, so too has the diversity of their staple composition.
The Atlanta restaurant space is now ripe with burrito shops. We’ve got the big boys like Chipotle, Willy’s, and Moe’s. Then there are single location operations like Decatur’s hot spot of love, Raging Burrito [REVIEW INTERLUDE: Speaking of Raging Burrito: Blow up the receipt at the right and then check out this post, which never got a lot of attention. Now back to our fair city and the series of burrito purveyors found within]. While these restaurants are a dime a dozen, and their food is often indistinguishable from the competition’s, Bell Street owner Matt Hinton has set out to differentiate Bell Street. With the opening of his second location, it appears he’s well on his way to that goal.
Bell Street Burritos has officially grown from a food stall into a fully functional business. While the Sweet Auburn Curb Market location is still fully functional, you can now get your Bell Street fix of burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and nachos during normal business hours at 1663 Howell Mill Atlanta, GA 30318 in Westside.
Now that they don’t have to worry about Sweet Auburn’s limited hours, you can grab some BSB at dinner time.
Though I don’t have the specific hours for the Westside location, they are serving lunch through dinner Monday thru Saturday – I’d guess 11am to 9 or 10pm. Now to hustle over there and see how it tastes! With the holidays upon us, BSB won’t be open again until Monday the 28th. Their hours moving forward are 11a-9p M-Th and 11a-10p on Fridays & Saturdays.