By Tamara Palmer
Mixmaster hip-hop chefs Miguel Escobedo (aka DJ Mr. E) and Pam Warren (who goes by Pam the Funkstress on the ones and twos) rocked the Internet in at least three countries last Friday when word of their one-time-only burrito mashup collaboration was unleashed. The very idea of their Soulrrito, a combo of salsa-infused macaroni and cheese, tri tip beef, collard greens, and yams in a flour tortilla, caught the imagination of many — and deeply angered others.
Some were even quick to drag the poor, delicious bundle into San Francisco’s gentrification debate via social media. “Hey so I am going to print this tweet on tortilla and charge you $11.25 to eat it. You can fill it with your shame and tears,” blasted the Burrito Justice blog in a Tweet caught by SFist.
That’s all a rather off-base assessment of Escobedo, a Mexican-born entrepreneur who has sold burritos in the Mission for 15 years and whose family has been in the Bay Area restaurant business since the '50s. His Triple Threat burrito of steak, chicken, and shrimp defeated Bobby Flay on the celebrity chef’s own Throwdown series and got him a slot to compete on Chopped. “I think I’ve earned the right to have fun with burritos,” he says.
Escobedo and Warren had already dabbled with the idea of doing a version with fried chicken instead of tri tip down the line. Once the news went viral, they decided that down the line means this weekend.
Escobedo and Warren, an African-American chef who runs a catering business on the Peninsula, had already dabbled with the idea of doing a version with fried chicken instead of tri tip down the line. Once the news went viral, they decided that down the line means this weekend.
Escobedo says they’ll make three times as many Soulrritos with fried chicken to sell on Saturday (May 31) beginning at 11 a.m. at the 24th Street location of his Papalote Mexican Grill. Sixty of the last version sold out in 30 minutes last week, so it’s still a good idea to go early if you’re intrigued. The prices are the same as last week: $11.25 for the fried chicken Soulrrito and $9.10 for the vegetarian version with soyrizo.
If lines are a turnoff yet your soul still cries out for the chance to taste a Soulrrito, don’t worry; it will get a bit easier soon. Warren plans to add both the fried chicken and tri tip versions to her permanent menu when she opens her new location of Piccadilly Catering Express (1169 Chess Drive in Foster City) on June 9. The self-described “feel good fast food” spot will sell meals to go on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Photo above of Miguel Escobedo and Pam Warren with the Soulrrito. All photos courtesy of Miguel Escobedo.
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