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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

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ASTRO BURGER (5)

Posted in Hollywood by burritowizard on March 28, 2009

astro-burger-exterior

5601 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90038

(323) 469-1924

www.astroburger.com

 

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

 

Veggie Burrito $4.71 after tax

 

Actually I really like this place for their great vegetarian and vegan fast food menu, but not for their burritos.  Refried beans (no lard), a whole lotta lettuce and shades of high end Taco Bell.

astro-burger-burrito

Value: Order something else like a Maui Burger

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 5

TERE’S MEXICAN GRILL (6)

Posted in Hollywood, Larchmont by burritowizard on March 24, 2009

teres-exterior

5870 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(866) 796-8476

Measurements: 8” circumference, 7” length

Vegetarian Burrito (not vegetarian) $7.96 after tax

Tere’s is great if you’re not a vegetarian.  But, the beans area REALLY LARDY.  Probably one of the best lard infused burritos in Los Angeles.  Burritos are served plated, so ask for it wrapped if you like it hand-style.  Salsa bar is above average.  You could probably figure out a way to order a burrito without beans, and somehow salvage this place, but at almost $8 for a burrito, why try?  

teres-salsa-bar

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Value: maybe the worst in town.

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6

SHARKY’S WOODFIRED MEXICAN GRILL (6.25)

Posted in Beverly Hills, Burbank, Gringo, Hollywood by burritowizard on March 12, 2009

sharkys-sign

1716 North Cahuenga Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028 (see other locations at bottom)
(323) 461-7881

www.sharkys.com

 

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Measurements: 8” circumference, 7” length (smaller than average)

 

Bean and Cheese Burrito $4.64 after tax

Grilled Veggie and Tofu Burrito $7.02 after tax

 

“B” level regional chain with organic ingredients.  They miss the mark with their vegetarian burritos, but achieve beauty with their salsa bar.  When I was taking pictures of said bar, one of the employees came over to bask in my appreciation of her well arranged and kept salsa station. 4 salsas and pico de gallo.  My favorite is the “fire roasted” salsa. 

 

sharkys-salsa-bar

 

Value: Not really, and most of their locations are near a better option.

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.25

 

 

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