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LILY’S CAFE & PASTRIES (8)

Posted in Malibu by burritowizard on April 25, 2009

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29211 Heathercliff Road Malibu, CA 90265

(310) 457-4554 or (310) 457-3745

 

Measurements: 9” circumference, 7” length (standard size) for the small; they also offer a large size for $1 more.

 

Vegetarian Burrito $5.46 after tax.

 

White Rice: Vegetarian

Refried Pinto Beans: Vegetarian

 

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Lily’s Café and Pastries is an odd name for a taqueria/ sandwich shop known for having the best burritos in Malibu.  They also have espresso and fresh donuts.  Located in a strip mall, off of the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway).  Orders take about 35 minutes and it’s recommended that you call in advance (which we did).  Fresh quality ingredients: refried beans, rice, cheese, cilantro, onion, tomato and lettuce.  Nicely layered in a circular manner.  Amazing super spicey yellow/ green sauce and nice mild red sauce that really make it happen.  Light healthy feeling burrito, great after a morning of surfing at Zuma Beach.  

 

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Value: About average

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 8

 

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GUACAMOLES (7.75)

Posted in Gringo, Palm Springs by burritowizard on April 21, 2009

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555 S Sunrise Way Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 325-9766

www.guacs.com

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

Spinach or Veggie burrito $6.25 after tax, Bean & Cheese $4.30

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Palm Springs, where your pulse rate slows to 40 beats a minute while reading Raymond Chandler novels by the peanut shaped swimming pool. Clean air, 364.5 days of perfect weather and an attention to the simple things that shows through in the burritos at Guacamoles. Perhaps the best gringo burritos in the world (ironically no gringos on staff here). Owner operated, quality ingredients, 3 different vegetarian burrito options. Pico de gallo, not too spicy, 20 minute parking in the shade. Print out the online coupon for 10% off.

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Value: Best in Palm Springs

WIZARD’S SCORE: 7.75

Burrito Wizard chats with Mick Barr (Oldest, Krallice, Ocrilim, Octis, Orthrelm, Crom-Tech)

Posted in Interviews by burritowizard on April 9, 2009
 
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BW: In the spirit of all great talk shows, do you have something to promote?  I hear you have a new project with Brooks (Headley) that I’m excited to hear?

 

MB: –yes, me and brooks have a new band dubbed oldest. we just recorded a demo. i am excited about it. it kind of sounds like voivod and darkthrone and maybe crom tech.

 

BW: Burrito wise, what areas of the country, states, cities, or neighborhoods do you pay attention to burritos?  (the big ones: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, New York, Texas)

 

MB: –i am probably one of the many who holds san francisco burritos in high regard. LA seems like more of a taco town. san diego seems more taquitos or enchiladas or maybe even more huevos rancheros. chicago is a burrito of a different ilk than i can understand. in NY i’ve just recently discovered that great burritos hide in the back of mexican groceries. and in texas i usually ignore the burritos and go for the barbeque.

 

BW: Can you name a single favorite burrito?  Or a few that are up there?

 

MB: –when i was living in san francisco i would go to a place called castillito pretty much everyday. the one on church street right across from safeway, not the one in the mission. at first i wasn’t completely blown away by it, just thought it was a solid hefty good burrito. but as i explored other burrito spots in town, i always went back to castillito and was really happy. and i never once got sick of it. i would mostly go for the veggie burito with the spinach tortilla, pinto beans and avocado instead of guacamole. it wasn’t bad guacamole, but it was always too cold.

 

Check out Mick’s latest project Oldest here: OLDEST

 

Download the Oldest tracks here: DOWNLOAD

 

 See Mick on tour with Krallice this May/ June: TOUR DATES with Wolves in the Throne Room and A Storm of Light.

 

EL CASTILLITO 
136 Church St San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-3428
 

 

MY TACO (6.25)

Posted in Garvanza, Highland Park, Vegan by burritowizard on April 5, 2009

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6300 York Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90042

(323) 256-2698

 

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

 

Regular (medium) Vegetarian Burrito $4.60 after tax

 

Refried Beans: vegetarian

Rice: vegetarian

 

 

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Charming family run business with attention to detail, but their vegetarian burritos are a little flat.  Burritos are cut in half like a sub sandwich (they wrap it in foil uncut upon request).  The salsa bar is above average (nice spicy avocado sauce) and the mild has more original flavor than the spicy rojo.  Food is clean and light.  Charming atmosphere if you are in the area.

 

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Value: 3 different size burritos help you get exactly what you need.

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.5

 

MRS. GARCIA’S (7.5)

Posted in Culver City, Gringo by burritowizard on April 3, 2009

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9905 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA, 90232
(310) 287-0850

www.mrsgarciasfood.com


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


Veggie Burrito $5.76 after tax


About 10 years ago, as a young apprentice, I thought Mrs. Garcia’s made the best vegetarian burritos in Los Angeles.  Perfectly made with a dense Mission-esque form.  Two locations (one on the border of Venice and Marina Del Rey), their salsas were always fresh, and the burritos were top-notch.  Now they’re down to one location, in Culver City, plagued with inconsistency, particularly at the salsa bar.  At times their verde is closer to an Indian chutney.  All that being said, the base recipes are still there, and every once in a while they churn out greatness.


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Value: Great for the Westside


WIZARD’S SCORE: 7.5

CASA (6.5)

Posted in Business District, Gringo by burritowizard on April 2, 2009

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350 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 621-2249

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

$9.79 for either vegetarian burrito option (w/ side salsa $.25 extra)

I have feared the $10 burrito like some fear the $4 gallon of gas.  At Casa it’s almost here.  Walking by the exterior or viewing the website will leave you with the impression that this is a trendy upscale Mexican restaurant.  At lunch, which is the only time they serve burritos, it’s of the new ilk of restaurants that charge about 20% more for their food, give you the atmosphere of a sit down restaurant,without the added cost of the tip or the convenience of service.  It’s a racket.  Food reminds me of Hugo’s Tacos, but more expensive.  Clean, gringo, gourmet recipes, vegetarian friendly, not for Burritophiles.  But, they’ve got something… If you work at Price Waterhouse Coopers, you’re probably happy to see this place in the food court (which is almost exclusively filled with Nuevo California healthy options).  Salsa tastes more like balsamic vinegar based salad dressing than anything Mexican.

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Value: one of the worst in town

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.5