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High-Tech Burrito

Agent 510 Apr 12, 2007 06:11 PM

I know they're a chain, but it's an entirely local chain, so I figure this is a legit topic.

Any High-Tech Burrito regulars here? Any opinions on the place? I wouldn't say it's the best I've ever had but it seems to stack up pretty well in my opinion.

They have a new menu online with several new items, but the Berkeley location didn't even seem to know about it. Weird.

  1. kimchee Apr 12, 2007 08:09 PM

    I don't usually admit to anyone but since you asked...Their cajun prawns burrito is one of my favorite burritos.


    The sauce is delicious, not identifiably cajun-y but has the right amount of spice. No cheese on this burrito & you don't miss it. The prawns are cooked surprisingly well, much better than shrimp I've had at any other fast food joint. I highly recommend this burrito, but other items I've tried there (fish tacos, quesadillas) were not very good.

    The workers at the Berkeley store have always been very friendly to me & I like how High-Tech offers many add-ons for your food, several of which are free.

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    1. re: kimchee
      Glencora Apr 25, 2007 08:20 PM

      Found myself in the area after a trip to Reel and got the cajun prawns burrito based on your rec. It was good! I liked the spicy, creamy sauce and the prawns were well cooked. I don't like cheese in my burritos, so that was fine. My SO was not happy with his Thai burrito (with squash, broccoli and brown rice.)

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      santoku45 Apr 12, 2007 11:25 PM

      Where is the HTB Berkeley store? The one on Solano Ave. in Albany closed a few years ago, and I thought they were gone for good. I liked their burritos, but they probably had a million calories each.

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      1. re: santoku45
        DezzerSF Apr 13, 2007 07:20 AM

        Shattuck, near Channing. I used to live right around the corner.

        1. re: santoku45
          kc72 Apr 13, 2007 07:30 AM

          between Blockbuster and B&N

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          rightstar Apr 13, 2007 06:37 PM

          I've been to the one in Danville in the Livery & Mercantile shopping center. It's not that good to be honest. However, it's very healthy compared to what you would get at an authentic establishment. When I've gone I've had the chicken burrito.

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          1. re: rightstar
            lisabrownie Apr 14, 2007 12:34 PM

            Yuck. I think if you get the jumbo signature burritos (which can go up to 1,000 calories per I think) they might have some taste, but the standard chicken/beef burritos are like eating cardboard.

            1. re: lisabrownie
              Gary Soup Apr 25, 2007 08:34 PM

              I've never heard of it, and I shudder to ask, but why the name?

              1. re: Gary Soup
                kc72 Apr 25, 2007 08:41 PM

                from their site...

                Fast, fresh, and made your way – when you get food from High Tech Burrito, you really CAN have it all! By combining the finest, freshest ingredients around with a menu loaded with customized options and unique choices, High Tech Burrito gives you the ultimate burrito experience: a filling, nutritious meal that delights the senses.

                1. re: kc72
                  Gary Soup Apr 25, 2007 08:46 PM

                  But what does that have to do with technology? I can get all that at a taco truck. I'm disappointed. I was envisioning sous vide cabeza, jalapeno foam, etc.

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                    coolbean98 Apr 25, 2007 08:54 PM

                    They used to have this kinda corny thing on their wrappers about "how to eat a burrito" and some diagram showing how you tear off the foil, 360 degrees around the burrito. I guess that's the "technology"! That said, their burritos aren't bad tasting.

                    1. re: coolbean98
                      kc72 Apr 25, 2007 08:57 PM

                      was that High Tech or 360 Degree Gourmet Burrito?

                      have only eaten at each place once, many years ago, so i can't recall.

                      1. re: kc72
                        Gary Soup Apr 25, 2007 09:03 PM

                        Well, I guess I should be thankful they've given up on calling them "wraps."

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                          chemchef Apr 26, 2007 07:27 AM

                          Yeah, except that they really are wraps. They're ok, but not good if what you're really craving is a good, old fashioned burrito.

                        2. re: kc72
                          coolbean98 Apr 29, 2007 10:19 PM

                          Oh jeez, maybe I'm getting the two mixed up in my head! Glencora below says they still have the unwrapping diagram, but I'll bet I'm remembering the 360 degrees from the other burrito place. It's so hard to keep them straight. :) But High Tech does still have passable burritos for what it is, technology-impaired or not. :)

                        3. re: coolbean98
                          Glencora Apr 26, 2007 08:23 AM

                          They stilll do have that diagram. Eating a burrito is SO difficult.

                          I certainly wouldn't call high tech burritos "real," but I like them in the same way that I like strange toppings on my pizza once in a while. I'm a little bummed though that the one I had last night had 900 calories. Probably not worth it.

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                Waterboy Apr 25, 2007 08:51 PM

                Try Tommy's Salsa in Novato. Tiger Prawn burrito.

                1. mucknet Apr 26, 2007 04:14 PM

                  I've only eaten at the Los Gatos HTB (I'm not even sure if its still there?).

                  Maybe I ordered the wrong burrito's, but every burrito I got was cold. I love burrito's, but my pet peeve is cold burrito's. IMHO, You shouldn't put a burrito on the menu if it doesn't have enough warm ingredients to warm up the cold ingredients. Or maybe they need to heat the burrito on the grill before serving it, or something.

                  Why did I go? It was convenient to my house.

                  Why did I stop going? I saw them handle money, telephones, and mops, followed by my food one too many times (without hand washing/sanitizing).. I realize it happens, but I'd rather not see it, thank you very much.

                  1. LikeFrogButOOOH Apr 26, 2007 06:14 PM

                    There's one in Santa Rosa I went to a few times years ago. I don't think I've tried the cajun prawn burrito, but I had the Godzilla. I thought it was fun but stopped going after I found shockingly low quality beef on later visits. I don't know if I just didn't notice originally or if the purveyor changed, but it was pretty bad. Maybe the Santa Rosa location isn't any good or has changed. I'd be interested to try a bite of that 900 calorie monster.

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                      melisky Apr 30, 2007 07:27 PM

                      I loved HTB when it first opened, as it was the only burrito place that offered seemingly heathy options like grilled meats, whole beans and lots of veggies. Over the years, though, especially after they expanded into franchises, the quality has gone way down.

                      I once had some decent burritos at the Strawberry Village location, but recently tried my local San Rafael branch and was put off both times by bad service -- both times I got something other than what I ordered, which was odd. The burritos themselves were fine -- huge but nothing to write home about - sort of like the "Specialties" of burritos.

                      The atmosphere in both locations was also somewhat creepy....can't explain it exactly...much prefer Lucinda's in Mill Valley for great burritos and good service.

                      Also, homemade chips are not available at either place -- my own pet peeve.

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