Community favorite the ousted Albany institution to win this week's Readers' Choice poll.
Said Art Simon in our comments section: "I'm glad to see Hot Shop leading in the poll. It's pretty cool to have a local Afghani Halal Burrito shop. If you haven't tried the spicy Lamb Tropical Burrito with the white garlic sauce you are missing out on a very unique treat. Go Hot Shop!"
[Editor's Note: This happens to be my favorite Albany burrito as well, in the interest of transparency.]
Other commenters voted for the "Hot Shop, hands down" and pointed out the chicken artichoke burrito as another favorite.
A close favorite was Gordo's, with many folks singling out its carnitas as a stand-out dish.
Others gave a shout-out to the truck over at the ("I find myself going back to Tacos El Autlense for the carnitas burrito. The tacos with avocado and ceviche are excellent as well and it's all really cheap."), and in Berkeley ("ANYTHING with their carnitas can make angels weep. Nothing should be that good. And don't get me started on the flan...").
Here's our latest contest in our new . Poll votes, stars and reviews, and comments below this piece all will factor in to our selection, to be announced Friday. Click "Keep me posted" below for an email update.
(Miss last week's winner in the martial arts for kids category? .)
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Scroll down to take the poll.
If there's another spot we missed, start a write-in campaign in the comments section below. In the event of a tie, we will break it based on the comments, so please explain your choice.
The poll opens at 5 a.m. Monday and closes at 9 a.m. Friday. Come back later that day for the results.
(Because our poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results, comments and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey.)
If you'd like to recommend a spot nearby, you can vote on El Cerrito Patch or Berkeley Patch.