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TRIBAL CAFE (6.75)

Posted in Echo Park, Filipinotown, Vegan, Westlake by burritowizard on April 16, 2010

1651 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 483-4458

www.tribalcafe.com 

Measurements: 9″ circumference; 8″ length (longer than average)

Old Fashioned Mexican Vegetarian Street Burrito $6.59 after tax

Seemingly the rebirth of the lost MacArthur Park Luna del Sol, with a little more smiling.  It appears their burritos have grown out of wraps.  Un-chopped red cabbage, and whole stalks of cilantro, both create a chewing challenge for your jowl.  A little prep chopping could go a long way towards burrito improvement.  Salsa: comes with a red semi-catsupy tomato sauce; you can ask for their “Mexican” salsa, green lightly spiced, probably more appropriate as salad dressing.  Healthy, earth conscious, 90’s coffee shop vibe.  If you’re stuck on Temple Ave at breakfast or lunchtime, you will be thankful for the existence of Tribal Café.

Value: Fair

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.75

 

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LA SALSA (6)

Posted in Business District, Gringo, National Chain by burritowizard on April 5, 2010

601 West 5th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 623-6390

www.lasasa.com

 

Califonia (basic veggie) Burrito $5.54 after tax

Measurements: 8″ circumference; 7″ length (smaller than average)

Sitting in La Salsa neither enjoying, nor dis-enjoying my experience,I try to think of a way to describe it.  I can’t stop thinking about the novel Grendel, by John Gardner.  A heartwarming recounting of the epic Beowulf from the monster (Grendel’s) perspective.  The point is that you need to have ‘evil’ to create a ‘hero’.  But, Burrito Analysis is far more complicated.  The ‘great’ and ‘bad’, are easy to recognize.  We need mediocrity to determine the nuances between what is esculent, palatable, and delectable.  This is why La Salsa needs to exist, it is the bare minimum one should accept from a burrito place.

 

The salsa bar is beautiful, but none of the salsas are worth mentioning.

 

Value: blah

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6

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