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FAST TACO (6)

Posted in Gringo, Santa Monica by burritowizard on February 28, 2009

Fast Taco Exterior

2901 Ocean Park Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 450-4255

Measurements: 9” circumference, 7” length (standard)

“Just $5” for a vegetarian burrito

Food across the board is above average for lunch accommodations (especially for the price).Ripe looking salsa bar.  Black mole-esque salsa (semi-BBQ tasting), Verde that is hot and limey, Rojo (watered down thai sauce with Mexican spices), and pico de gallo that is acceptable. Going to Del Taco or Taco Bell should be an arrest-able crime as long as Fast Taco is close.

Fast Taco Burrtio

Value: Amazing for Santa Monica adjacent


WIZARD’S SCORE: 6

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EL TEPEYAC (6)

Posted in Boyle Heights, City Terrace by burritowizard on February 26, 2009

El Tepeyac Exterior

812 N Evergreen Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 267-8668

For years El Tepeyac has been considered one of the best burrito joints in Los Angeles, it may be time to knock them off that hill.  Famous for making the largest burritos in L.A., but bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better.  Their burritos are large, expensive and generally impractical.  A family of four can eat their giant $22 burrito, but why would they want to?  Go to most other burrito stands and get everyone their own burrito, and walk away for 18 bucks.

For burritophiles this place is guaranteed NOT to please.Don’t believe the hype.  And, for vegetarians the place is do-able, but nothing special.  The menu is extensive almost exhaustive, with all sizes, prices and configurations imaginable (they even have a temporary Lint menu).  Their salsa is disappointing, their hot sauce is O.K..  They offer table service inside or outdoor via window and picnic tables both are very, very slow.There is a charm to the place and it is an East Los Angeles institution.For anthropologists and tourists it’s worth the trip.

El Tepeyac Burrito

Value: Absolutely Not

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6

GALLEGO’S MEXICAN DELI (6.75)

Posted in Gringo, Mar Vista by burritowizard on February 26, 2009

Gallegos Exterior

12470 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista, Ca. 90066

(310) 391-2587

www.gallegosmexicandeli.com

 

Rice: chicken base

Black Beans: vegetarian

 

Measurements: 8” circumference, 7” inches long (slightly smaller than average)

 

Gallego’s Burrito $5.30 after tax

 

Moved from Santa Monica to Mar Vista in 2002 Gallego’s still has an old fashioned quality that reflects its rich family history.  Don’t let the strip mall exterior fool you, they have been family run for over 60 years and has the one-off integrity that no chain can replicate.

 

Gallego’s is tough to define.  Kind of an old school Gringo joint meets authentic Mexican Deli with fresh baked goods, tamales and great tortas.  The salsa bar is rich, but not their shinning achievement.  No jalapenos in the pico de gallo and the salsas are heading in the Gringo direction: light lime verde; hearty verde; and rojo (recommended).

 

Closed on Sundays and holidays.

Gallegos Burrito

Value: Great for the Westside

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.75

RICO’S TACOS (6.5)

Posted in Huntington Park by burritowizard on February 23, 2009

Ricos Tacos Exterior

6330 Pacific Blvd, Huntington Park, CA 90255

(323) 585-2624‎

Veggie Burrito $5.25 after tax

My buddy and I ventured down to Huntington Park in his totaled though still running Ford Jr. pickup truck to: La Flor De Loto, but it was closed, ended, no bail-out = kaput (news travels slow in L.A.).  Loving Huntington Park, but being far from home we decided to find someplace else.  Heading up Pacific Blvd I randomly called out Rico’s Tacos.  We decided to give it a try.

Not too busy at lunchtime, they made our burritos exactly how we instructed, mine with whole pinto beans (not refried) and wrapped in foil, which they didn’t quite figure out, but did oblige.

Amazing salsas!!!  This is one of the truest examples of a “Los Angeles Burrito”.

Ricos Tacos Burrito

Value: Fair

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.5

Huntington Park Vegetarian Burrito

ANTIGUA BREAD (6.75)

Posted in Breakfast Burrito, Highland Park by burritowizard on February 23, 2009

Antigua Bread Exterior

5703 N Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 259-9345

Measurements: 8.5” circumference, 7” length (slightly smaller than average)

Veggie Burrito $4.60 after tax

Feels like a Starbucks coffee shop with laptops, lattes, and mostly locals.  The food is good, but clearly they haven’t put enough thought towards vegetarians.  I ordered the Veggie Burrito, which is a breakfast burrito with eggs, potatoes (fresh), cheese and vegetables.  They have one salsa: a light red chipotle very well constructed.  Maybe they can put together a vegetarian lunch burrito (not on the menu)???

Antigua Bread Burrito

Value: Yes

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.75

Highland Park Vegetarian Burrito

TACO SPOT (6)

Posted in Eagle Rock, Gringo, Vegan by burritowizard on February 21, 2009

Taco Spot Exterior

2006 Colorado Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90041

(323) 256-7001

www.taco-spot.com

 

Measurements: 8.5” circumference, 6.5” length (smaller than average)

 

Vegetarian Burrito $6.31 after tax

 

Look at the salsa bar:

 Taco Spot Salsa Bar

The salsa bar is disappointing, and there is black pepper in the pico de gallo.  

Amazing “real” vegetarian burrito w/ black beans (refried option).  Very well constructed.

 Taco Spot Burrito

Value: No.  Seems really expensive for what you get.

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6

eagle rock vegetarian burrito

VIVA FRESH (6)

Posted in Gringo, Marina Del Rey, Venice, Westchester by burritowizard on February 20, 2009

Viva Fresh Exterior

505 Washington Blvd Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

(310) 827-8775

6515 S Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90045

(310) 338-9153

 

Measurements: 9.5” circumference, 7” length (slightly larger than average)

 

Veggie Burrito $6.01 after tax

viva-fresh-salsa

 

Veggie burrito w/ black or pinto beans, rice (red), cheese, guacamole, and lettuce.  Four salsas and pico de gallo (no jalapenos) at the salsa bar.  Salsas are “jar” like, but it’s always nice to have a salsa bar.  The non-chunky hot sauce was my favorite.

 

viva-fresh-buro

Value: Average

 

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6

Marina Del Rey Vegetarian Burrito

MARIELA’S TACO (5)

Posted in Koreatown by burritowizard on February 17, 2009

Marielas Exterior

3662 W 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90020

Measurements: 9” circumference, 7” length (standard size)

Vegetarian Burrito: $5.41 after tax

This is one of my best friend’s favorite spot, so I frequent this spot far more often than I would choose to myself.  You’ll pay a vegetarian tax, the meat burritos are almost a dollar cheaper.  But, the vegetarian burrito is decent: rice (chicken stock), re-fried beans (lard), lettuce, onions, cheese, avocado, and sour cream.  Red and green hot sauce (with no heat): salsas are below average.  No salsa bar, you have to ask for them.  Also, they have a cheaper bean, rice and cheese option.  There is something redeeming in the experience here ,Je ne sais quoi.

marielas-burrito

Value: Pricey for what it is

WIZARD’S SCORE: 5

Koreatown Vegetarian Burrito