Bites Nearby: 10th Ave Burrito
Original Cali-Mex inspired Belmar favorite expands their bustling restaurant to a new location in Belmar Plaza.
I have been going to 10th Ave Burrito for a few years now, since it was at its old location. It moved from 10th over to 8th Ave where Kaya's Kitchen used to be in Belmar Plaza, a location with much more space for table service. They were always the place to go to get excellent Cali-Mex fare with the freshest ingredients possible. Everything is made from scratch and cooked to order. They even have an adobo sauce (Delilah's Adobo sauce) made and bottled in the restaurant itself, while used as marinades and as a condiment.
Of course the initial menu item to try is any of the burritos, depending on your preference. My go-to was the straight up Chicken Burrito rolled with rice, beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa and sour cream. You can get any burrito "smothered" with a choice of fire roasted tomato, chipotle cream sauce, ranchero sauce or enchilada sauce. I usually opt for the chipotle cream sauce, as it is one of my favorites. Just the right combination of spicy an creamy. You can get your standard steak, chorizo, portabella or bean as well, but they also feature pork mole, fish, shrimp, mixed vegetable, blackened catfish, shredded chicken, shredded beef, chicken ranchero, chili and even a breakfast burrito. The mole sauce is known, and Brian, the owner, made the sauce on TV when they were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
I always try to get something new every time I go now. Most recently, my brother, two friends and I all got takeout and ordered a variety. A staple whenever eating 10th Ave for us is splitting a large guacamole with chips (deep fried tortillas -- deep fried, addicting deliciousness). I chose a vegetarian entree this time around, the black bean bakes that were spicy and served over sauteed spinach and topped with my favorite chipotle cream sauce. My brother ordered chorizo tacos, served with lettuce, cheese, tomato and a choice of mild, medium, or hot salsa. My friends ordered a portabella quesadilla, and a bean burrito, both classic items. I opted to try a side of the roasted red pepper jam as well. Sweet and tasty, I dipped chips with it and poured some on my black bean cakes. Next time, I want to try the stuffed poblano pepper, stuffed with rice, tomatoes, cheese, and chorizo sausage. I always have also wanted to try their wings, with a choice of adobo, mango habanero, chipotle BBQ, or sweet chili, alll served with an avocado ranch dressing.
10th Ave also has flautas, nachos, soups (sweet and spicy corn, black bean, chicken tortilla), fajitas, enchiladas, and salads. My go to salad is the Southwestern, tossed in a fresh cilantro-lime dressing with cheese and tomatoes. They also have grilled chicken with avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions in a honey chipotle vinaigrette, and an avocado salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion and lime.
I definitely suggest going there for dinner, but also taking out (and they deliver). You will always get the best quality food and consistency is important. This is why I have been a customer for a few years, and never see that changing. Neither do many of their loyal customers, as it's always packed on the weekends and steady throughout the week.