Welcome to the 2011 edition of Stick A Fork In It's 100 Favorite Dishes. We've just kicked off our countdown to #1 (which will appear the same week as our compendium on all that's good and right about Orange County).
Athenian #3 gets all the love around here (see here and here and here), but the secret breakfast burrito win in Orange County is at Troy's Drive-In on Lincoln in the Olive section of Orange. While the afternoon menu is pretty much indistinguishable from any of the other two hundred short-order grills splashed around the 714, the breakfast burritos are as close to perfection as they get. Bacon, chorizo, ham, choose your porky filling. The bacon burrito does have the advantage that the bacon drippings flavor the potatoes. Make sure to ask for some of the green pork sauce to be spread inside the burrito; it's as necessary to the experience as the outdoor, parking-lot adjacent tables.
Occasionally the grill isn't hot enough to cook the potatoes and you get that greasy taste, but 9 times out of 10 their breakfast burrito is the closest OC gets to Burbank's Corner Cottage, the gold-medal best burrito anywhere in the universe.
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Troy's Drive-In, 404 E. Lincoln, Orange; (714) 637-8631.
Click here for our 100 faves from 2010! The list so far this time around:
No. 87: Mandoo at L&M Liquor and Deli
No. 88: Chicago Dog at Chicago Harv's
No. 89: Sweet Potato Tater Tots at Pee Wee's Famous
No. 90: Kaya-Stuffed French Toast at Chomp Chomp
No. 91: Egg Breakfast at Rick's Atomic Kitchen
No. 92: Sticky Rice With Chicken at Quan Hy
No. 93: Beef Koobideh at Hen House Grill
No. 94: $5 Fish Bento at Bentoss
No. 95: Milanesa Sandwich at Piaggio's Gourmet on Wheels
No. 96: Samurai Burrito at Wafu of Japan
No. 97: Carnitas Gordita at Bodega R Ranch Market
No. 98: Spam Musubi at k'ya Street Fare
No. 99: Tortilla Andorra at Anepalco's
No. 100: Lemongrass Chicken, Extra Spicy at Vietnam's Pearl