After befriending each other as teenagers in the Bay Area, Eugene Cleghorn and Sam Neely moved to New York and had an idea: Wouldn’t it be cool to bring San Francisco-style burritos to the city? Then Dos Toros opened and expanded all over. “We watched it all happen and were kind of kicking ourselves,” said Cleghorn.
Still, while Manhattan may have its share of the kind of burritos that are served at Cleghorn’s favorite taquerias back home (La Cumbre and Cancun, to name just a couple of them in the Mission District), the gut-busters haven’t yet made it to Rockaway. That’ll change when Super Burrito joins the boardwalk concessions at Beach 97th Street, opening Friday.Cleghorn and Neely, both 30, have taken their concept for a test-run during pop-ups at Rippers, where Cleghorn was a cook (he moved to the peninsula a few years ago and lives on a houseboat there). Still, they’ve never been 100% happy with their ‘rito recipe: “It’s kind of like chasing the holy grail,” Cleghorn told us. “I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied with what I’m doing, but we keep trying.”
Lately, he’s been getting there. “The last two batches I’ve made are as close as I’ve ever come to feeling that satisfaction,” he said. “A few of the bites brought me directly back to my childhood.”
The key ingredients: A steamed flour tortilla with Monterey jack cheese, Spanish rice, pinto beans, sour cream, sliced avocado, pico de gallo, and salsa verde. It’s all served in an aluminum foil wrap that you slowly peel off while eating, until you have “this delicious nub of a tortilla that soaks up all the flavor,” Cleghorn said.
Super Burrito’s menu will offer fillings like carne asada, al pastor, pollo asado, and chiles rellenos. There will also be quesadillas. And “we’re kind of reluctantly offering bowls,” Cleghorn confessed.
You know how New Yorkers are.
Super Burrito, 97-01 Shore Front Pkwy, on the Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach, open daily from 11am to 10pm.