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POLL: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LOS ANGELES AREA BURRITO CHAIN?

Posted in POLLS by burritowizard on June 29, 2011

 

 

COMING SOON: BURRITO INFLATION: Chipotle announces that they will raise their prices due to rising commodity prices

Posted in Burrito Business News, Los Angeles by burritowizard on June 28, 2011

LETTUCE IS UP 15%

BEEF IS UP 17%

BEANS ARE UP 1%

CHEESE IS UP 15%

RICE IS UP 3%

Chipotle, the largest burrito chain in the world with over 1084 stores sets the going price for a vegetarian burrito in most regions.  Citing rising commodity prices as their reason for the coming burrito inflation, Chipotle did not disclose any specifics of their new pricing scheme. Chipotle is quickly becoming the Starbuchs of Burritos, opening across the street from competing establishments, and usually drawing more business. Their control of the market allows them to determine when it is time to raise prices.  Beef prices should have no effect on their vegetarian burrito price, although cheese at 15% is alarming, and they may have to start charging extra for lettuce (up 15%).  Currently at their downtown LA location it’s $5.95 + tax; or $6.52.  I predict we’ll see that rise to at least $6.50 + tax; or $7.13 by the end of the summer, so yes THE $7 BURRITO IS COMING SOON.

CACTUS MEXICAN FOOD #2 (6.25)

Posted in Hollywood, Koreatown by burritowizard on June 6, 2011

Cactus Mexican Food #2 Exterior

4370 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90004

(323) 662-0759

MEASUREMENTS: 9″ circumference – 7″ length (standard size)

Veggie Burrito = $4.94 w/o cheese; or $6.04 w/ cheese

Their rice is made with chicken broth.  Half mashed stewed vegetarian pinto beans.

Cactus Mexican Food #2 (#1 is on Vine in Hollywood) has been on the decline for some time now.  Their once legendary salsa bar has continually disappointed over the last year or so.  But this once great pride of L.A. establishment has truly hit a new low with their recent tacky cosmetic remodel (photos will be posted soon; current photos are of old decor), resulting in their tauntingly new high prices.  I think if Marie Antoinette was alive, she would let us eat the cheese for free, but they started charging $1.00 extra for generic shredded cheese.  Salsas fluctuate from day-to-day in color, body, spice and taste.  The chipotle is their best (dark brown) Andy Cone guitarist from Monorchid seriously almost lost his life trying to get more of this salsa on one fabled day back in their glory days; the spicy verde (green) reminds me of the great serrano pepper salsa from Burrito Brothers in Washington, D.C.; the red seems to fluctuate between a mild arbol, a very spicy habanero, and sometimes just a strait sriracha.  They don’t put out the salsa bar until after lunch (time seems to vary day-to-day), but you can ask for all salsas on the side. Three parking spots on-site.  I really want to love this place, but management seems to constantly find a way to mess it up.


 

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Sauces pictured above (from left to right) chipotle, Thai hot sauce (red), spicey verde, arbol (red)


 

 

VALUE: Used to be one of the best values in town.


WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.25


4370 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90004