122 W. Market St., Salinas (831) 424-9446, elcharrito.com
Don’t let the long lines scare you. The earthlings at El Charrito have speedy service down pat. And once you get to the front of that line, you’ll be in position to order the best burrito around: Not too big, not too small, a super-soft, housemade flour tortilla wraps around tender meat and veg (beef, pork, chicken, peppers, onions and more), fluffy rice, succulent beans and all the salsa, cabbage, cheese and crema you want. The end bite, where the juices have dripped into the folds of the tortilla? It’s so otherworldly it will make you believe that life exists elsewhere.