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TACO PLUS (7.5)

Posted in Brentwood, Gringo, West LA by burritowizard on November 8, 2009

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1525 S Bundy Drive Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 207-0793

9824 National Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034

www.tacoplus.com


Measurements: 9” circumference, 8.5” length (longer than average)

Vegetariano: $5.76 after tax

Bean-Rice-Cheese: $4.34 after tax

1/2 OFF Happy Hour 4pm – 7pm = Bean-Rice-Cheese Burrito $2.36 after tax


 

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The front of the menu states: No MSG, Lard, Microwaves or Freezers. The new wave of burrito making is heading away from the noxious, lardy, low-grade poison many have come to expect from Southern California Mexican food, elevating and evolving into a healthier sandwich alternative.

Taco Plus is notoriously slow with orders, the slowest I’ve found with the exception of Woldwide Tacos.  On my first visit I made the mistake of ordering the Vegetariano (fajita style), rather than the Been Rice Cheese, which better allows you to take advantage of the adequate salsa bar.  The location on National Blvd is preferable in my opinion, primarily because of its better quality salsa bar.


 

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Value: Excellent, if you order the Beans Rice Cheese burrito



WIZARD’S SCORE: 7.5


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BAJA BUD’S (5.75)

Posted in Gringo, Mar Vista, Palms, West LA by burritowizard on March 25, 2009

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11205 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 478-2770

www.bajabuds.com

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Measurements: 8” circumference, 6.5” length (smaller than average)

 

Veggie Burrito $5.68 after tax

 

There are 3 general classification for grading burritos: Equal to Chipotle (6), Better than Chipotle (>6), and Chipotle is better (<6).  Chipotle is better than Baja Bud’s.

Baja Bud’s has a salsa bar.

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Value: Kinda bad

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 5.75

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POQUITO MAS (6.5)

Posted in Burbank, Gringo, North Hollywood, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, West LA by burritowizard on March 24, 2009

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10651 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 994-8226

www.poquitomas.com

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

Veggie Burrito $4.82 after tax

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If you like Baja Fresh, Poquito Mas does something simular, only better.  Fresher, better aestetics, and the staff and menu just plain “get it”.  If this place wanted to expand nationally, I’d invest.  The downside: if you objectively analyze the food, it’s not amazing.  The salsa bar looks better than it tastes with heavily gringofied salsas, none of which is remotely spicy or particularly flavorful.


Black Beans or Refried Beans

Value: Very Good (one of their mottos high quality and low cost).

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.5