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WORLDWIDE TACOS (9.25)

Posted in Jefferson Park, Leimert Park, South L.A., Vegan by burritowizard on November 8, 2010

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2419 W Martin Luther King Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90008

(323) 291-1500


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


Fame lasts 15 minutes, being ‘cool’ lasts less than 5; Worldwide Tacos knows neither.  From a shack off MLK Blvd, they slowly deliver the best burritos in the world.  Chris Rock told you to RUN when on Martin Luther King, but that was like 10 years ago…  It takes a life to get to know their menu, but thankfully we have time to discover.  Recommendation: vegetarian steak burritos, that narrows it down to about 11 options, current menu’s 186.  Take a few days off work to check out Worldwide Tacos.  Chill the “F” out.


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Value: The prices spread from reasonable to $11 for a vegen lobster burrito.



 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 9.25


 

IRANIAN SEIZES CONTROL OF BURRITOS IN ATLANTA

Posted in Buckhead, Vegan by burritowizard on March 4, 2010

1877 Piedmont Road

Atlanta, GA 30324

(404) 815-0227

www.sheilkburritos.com

If Sam Malone from “Cheers” owned a Persian Southwestern Fusion Burrito shop in Atlanta, and dressed like legendary Redskins coach George Allen, you’d have Jahan, the friendly, brilliant patriarch of Sheik’s Burritos.  The food has the look and form of West Coast Mexican, with the flavors and spices of Persian cuisine.  Most new places brag about quality ingredients, but the Sheik actually has them.  Healthy, creative, sustainable, simplicity: makes Sheik the destination of choice for those in search of an evolved lunch option in Buckhead.  Dune Buggy, Dune Buggy, I like You, I like You.  The reviewers can be misleading.  If you want the skinny, talk to the regulars.  I recommend eating the following: Sun Devil Beats, Chic Dip, Guacamole, Redskin Chili, Red Spinach Salad, Bad-Man-Jon sauce.  Real women and men order the El Riggins Burrito.  Yes Sheik, yogurt is superior to sour cream.

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MAMA’S HOT TAMALES CAFE (6.75)

Posted in MacArthur Park, Vegan by burritowizard on August 23, 2009

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2124 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90057-4001
(213) 487-7474

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Measurements: 9″ circumference; 7″ length (standard size)

Tofu Burrito $8.78 after tax

In the grand scheme of territorial plunder, the spoils run from gold to silver to bananas.  Sometimes boredom/ compulsive entrepreneurship steers your quest towards the latter end of the spectrum leaving you with a “fruitful” discovery.  The Burrito Wizard ventures to Mama’s Hot Tamale’s Café, not famous for their burritos, but well established as a matriarch in the tamale-sphere.  Vegan friendly in MacArthur Park, artsy-date-worthy atmosphere, a little pricey for the taqueria crowd.

Their vegetarian burritos are lacking zest and overpriced given the comparables.   Fresh vaguely noteworthy red and green salsas.  We’re talking vegetarian burritos here, not to take anything away from the rest of their menu, which I recommend focusing on to any one who chooses to patronize Mama’s Hot Tamale’s Café.  Don’t order the burritos.

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Value: Pricey for the area

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.75

HUGO’S TACOS (6.25)

Posted in Atwater Village, Gringo, Studio City, Valley Village, Vegan by burritowizard on August 12, 2009

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3300 Glendale Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90039

(323) 664-9400

4749 Coldwater Canyon Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 762-7771

www.hugostacos.com


Measurements: 9” circumference, 6.5” length (slightly shorter than average)


Veggie Burrito: $6.53 after tax

Breakfast Burrito: $4.66 after tax


Aesthetically, everything is perfect, like the set of a restaurant commercial where the meal is flavored with food coloring.

Definitely vegetarian and vegan friendly… Two types of Veggie Burritos: Zucchini, Corn and String Bean; and Soy Chorizo, Potato and Zucchini.

Everything is cooked cooked to mush. The rice tastes dead, like a vortex of flavor, and is far too plentiful. No cheese???  The negra is my preferred salsa: a tasty deep rich black sauce, but all the salsas are reminiscent of Chicken McNugget dipping sauces.  If you’ve had burritos in NYC, Hugo’s took a page out of the Big Apple playbook.  The plain breakfast burrito is the best value and it comes with Oaxaca cheese (served all day).


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Value: Not so great


WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.25


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MY TACO (6.25)

Posted in Garvanza, Highland Park, Vegan by burritowizard on April 5, 2009

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6300 York Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90042

(323) 256-2698

 

Measurements: Regular Size: 9” circumference, 7” length (standard)

 

Regular (medium) Vegetarian Burrito $4.60 after tax

 

Refried Beans: vegetarian

Rice: vegetarian

 

 

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Charming family run business with attention to detail, but their vegetarian burritos are a little flat.  Burritos are cut in half like a sub sandwich (they wrap it in foil uncut upon request).  The salsa bar is above average (nice spicy avocado sauce) and the mild has more original flavor than the spicy rojo.  Food is clean and light.  Charming atmosphere if you are in the area.

 

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Value: 3 different size burritos help you get exactly what you need.

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.5

 

GREEN CHILE KITCHEN (7.5)

Posted in Gringo, Vegan, Western Addition by burritowizard on March 22, 2009

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601 Baker Street San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 614-9411

www.greenchilekitchen.com

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Dubbed New Mexican (the state) style burritos, the Green Chile Kitchen serves good clean vegan friendly food. Their burritos are served plated with a red or green topping sauce (both have the option of spicy or mild). I ordered both on the side and had my burrito wrapped in foil hand held style. Not a big fan of topping sauces, they are always less flavorful than salsas, but the red is inedible. The green is great (for a topping sauce), it’s what they are known for. Additionally they have a salsa (for the chips), which has a dynamic flavor unlike any I have had before. The burrito is a solid S.F. burrito with clean gringo construction.


Value: about average


Wizard’s Score: 7.5

AY CARAMBA (7.5)

Posted in Arts District, Downtown, Little Tokyo, Vegan by burritowizard on March 5, 2009

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714 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90013

(213) 620-0274

Measurements: 9.5” circumference, 7.5” length (bigger than average)

Vegetarian Burrito $5.49 after tax

Whole Pinto Beans: vegetarian

Rice: vegetarian

Tucked away off most Angeleno’s radar in the Arts District just east of Little Tokyo, Ay Caramba is a neighborhood secret. Mini-convenience store and Owner-operated with all ingredients and sauces made fresh on-site.  No salsa bar.

Burritos are served plated with sauce on top: green (tomatillo) or red (tomato), almost identical in taste (perfect for Christmas style).  I order my burrito wrapped (hand held style), with neither red nor green sauce (they both taste like vegetable soup base to me), but get their fresh hot sauce on the side (usually on the tables).  They offer a Vegan burrito as well (guessing same as Vegetarian minus cheese).

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Value: Get the $5 burritos while they last ($5.49 after tax)

WIZARD’S SCORE: 7.5