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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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RODEO GRILL (8)

Posted in Echo Park, MacArthur Park by burritowizard on March 13, 2009

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1721 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 &

(213) 483-8311

1721 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90015

(213) 738-5252

 

Veggie Burrito: $6.05 after tax

Quesadilla con Guacamole: $6.48 after tax

 

Refried Beans: have lard

Rice: made with chicken base

Whole Beans: Vegetarian

 

The most eclectic crowd of any Mexican restaurant in the city Rodeo Grill is a Los Angeles treasure.  One of the “great” salsa bars (although it fluctuates heavily day-to-day).  The atmosphere is a combination of cafeteria, diner, taco stand, family “pizzeria”, and coffee shop, and is almost always crowded.  Sometime around 2004/ 2005 in the same gust of progress that wiped out the Pioneer market, both locations were remodeled and the prices nearly doubled.  No longer the best value in town, Rodeo Grill is still worth a visit.  

 

For vegetarians: I recommend the Quesadilla con Guacamole.  I know it’s not a burrito, but it allows you to enjoy their great pico de gallo and Verde sauce (get it from the salsa bar).  Their thick rich red sauce is worth a taste, although there’s no need to waste your time with the thin watery red sauce. 

 

The Veggie Burrito is made fajita style and varies depending on which version you choose.  It is served on a plate and not sure if it would hold up double wrapped in foil. 

 

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Value: Yes, as long as you take full advantage of the salsa bar and pico de gallo

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 8

 

 

 

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BURRITO KING (6.25)

Posted in Echo Park, Silver Lake by burritowizard on February 10, 2009

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2109 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 484 9859


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

 

Beans: vegetarian

Rice: made with chicken base


Vegetarian Burrito #1 w/ guacamole: $5.20 after tax

#2 fajita style: $4.80 after tax


If you play the Family Feud of Silver Lake/ Echo Park and are asked to name a local burrito place,  the #1 answer is Burrito King.  It’s prominent signage at the intersection of Alvarado and Sunset can’t be missed.  Pretty much standard issue LA burrito.  There is some debate as to whether they put lard in their beans.  They claim they don’t, and I don’t taste it.  The spot is magic.  Sitting on one of the stools I think of someone moving to LA with everything packed in their car, coming up Alvarado from the 101 freeway to their new home in Silver Lake/ Echo Park (The 2, ie Alvarado at this point, is the dividing line between Echo Park and Silver Lake).  That first night walking (first and last walk in LA) down to Burrito King and having that first Los Angeles burrito forever to be romanticized…


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2 types of vegetarian burritos, one with guacamole and the other fajita style, typical red and green sauce (although their red had a special zip).  Their tortillas are a little thicker and dryer than average.


Value: Not really

 

 

 

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.25