More thoughts on Shopsin’s Burrito French Toast

– First, James Felder (of Snapshot Artifact) doctored the picture I took with my cell phone so it looks better. Here it is:

Shopsins

[NOTE: James fixed the photo again to be less green.]

– I wrote this in the comments, but just in case you didn’t read it I want to tell you how my Burrito French Toast was made. They have various Burrito French Toast options, all of which are intriguing (the most intriguing is lime and chevre). Mine was banana and it was made by wrapping a tortilla burrito-style around mashed banana. Then the burrito is dipped in egg and corn flakes and deep-fried. After that it’s sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. It’s a true work of art.

– I just studied the Shopsin’s Menu online and I don’t see Burrito French Toast on there so maybe this is a new dish? Shopsin’s was closed for a month and it just re-opened. Maybe Kenny used that time to come up with new dishes?

– A piece of evidence that suggests that this is true is that when they brought my Burrito French Toast out, Kenny came out of the kitchen to watch me eat it. Craig’s food wasn’t ready yet but Kenny said, “Go ahead, take a bite. His food’s gonna be another five minutes.”

– Craig was very judgmental about my Burrito French Toast. “Don’t eat the whole thing,” he kept warning me. “I’ll have to take you to the E.R.” When it was over and I kept nibbling and nibbling until it was almost done he suggested I run around the block a few times. “No thanks,” I said and took another bite.

– This is the most mesmerizing dish I’ve eaten in a long time. I keep thinking about it. It’s ingenious: I mean who would ever think to make burrito French toast? But it’s also so guilt-inducing. When it was over, I never wanted to eat again. It was like eating a giant donut stuffed with bananas.

– This is the first food item I’ve photographed at Shopsin’s. They hate publicity so I hope I don’t get in trouble. Apparently they’re more famous now because of their movie. “People keep asking me about the movie,” said Kenny’s son to an old lady behind us. “I’m sick of talking about it.”

– I think everyone who can should make a trip to Shopsin’s at least once to try this burrito French toast. I already have Adam of Slice smacking his lips in anticipation (he left an enthusiastic comment.) To those of you who are grossed out by the concept, just think about how grossed out people probably were at the invention of mayonnaise or fried chicken. And now you spend your days dipping friend chicken in mayonnaise but once upon a time someone thought that was gross. So don’t be a hater, be an eater. Go eat Shopsin’s burrito French toast. And save me some when you’re done.

* NOTE: If you do go and order Burrito French toast, try a different flavor, take a covert picture (they’ll yell at you if they see you) and send me a write-up. I’ll post it on the site. Hope I don’t get banned!

13 comments

  1. …Damn, you know how to make someone jealous! That sounds incalculably delicious. And even if it weren’t good, I want to be able to say that I ate a french toast burrito.

    I’ve taken a bunch of photos at Shopsin’s without a problem, but never with Kenny hovering nearby. I think I’d be scared to eat if he were looking at me.

  2. Wow. The guilt I was feeling after eating a vending machine honeybun quickly vanished after reading this. Your burrito had to have waaay more calories than my chemical-laden faux pastry with the plastic icing.

    Ewww, lime and chevre? Can’t bring myself to do it.

  3. But it’s green! Why is it green? I’m sitting here wondering if it’s a … spinach tortilla? Please tell me it’s not.

  4. Well hell’s bells – I’m inspired to try to make one of these for brunch this weekend… why not, eh?

  5. Mmmm, that sounds delicious. I could go for one of those right now.

    Anyway, wanted to let you and other readers know of my interesting discovery. In your browser, type gabbly.com/www.amateurgourmet.com and what will appear is your website with a little chat box in the corner, which you can use to chat with other readers. You can freely browse the site and the box will stay in its place, though you may resize it or move it around the page.

    Just thought this was cool. Try it so we can all chat while on the site!

  6. this burrito really changes things. my new personal challenge is come up with something as wild.

    i think that deep frying will be essential, whatever it is. the crazy stuff that has come out of the kitchen where i worked was on slow nights, when the chef was gone, and always involved the fryer.

  7. I think the comment about the fryer is right on – my Daughter in Law tells me about eating deep fried pickles when she worked at Chickfilla!

  8. I just read Shopsin’s online menu. Migod! That is an AMAZING menu. How can one restaurant have all the igredients for all those items? And how can one possibly decide what to choose??

  9. is that menu of shopsin’s seriously serious? how big is that kitchen and how many people do they have cooking at the same time? and how the heck do they even remember what goes in a trixie? you east coasters are crazy… sounds amazing though :)

  10. Isn’t Shopsin’s shut down? I’m coming to NYC next month and want to go, but everything I’ve read said that he might be reopening in Brooklyn. Is the Carmine location open?

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