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Freebirds World Burrito or El Tepeyac

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reality check Feb 17, 2011 03:30 PM

Freebirds World Burrito is a chain, that will be opening in OC later this month.

Freebirds is known for their 7lb burrito.

For those of you who have had Freebirds and El Tepeyac, who has the better burrito?

  1. wienermobile Feb 17, 2011 03:32 PM

    Freebirds is also opening soon in Marina Del Rey on Lincoln at Washington. There is also one already open across from USC. The price of their Monster Burrito is $12.79.
    http://www.freebirds.com/home.htm

    I have never been to a Freebirds but my guess is that El Tepeyac would beat most chains by a mile.
    http://manuelseltepeyac.com/

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    1. re: wienermobile
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      GK in SO Feb 17, 2011 03:47 PM

      I ate at an FB in Austin, Texas. I would assume that their location(s) here will be similar.

      Let me tell you, it was the worst burrito I've ever had in my life. Like Chipotle, their food sits in food "warmers", which in my experience, usually means less-than-hot food. FB was no different in this respect.

      Every ingredient, including the tortilla, was ice cold, including the chicken and shredded cheese thrown on top. What kind of place doesn't melt the cheese (even Taco Bell does)?

      On top of that, every ingredient including the chicken was so dang bland that I had to add a ton of their hot sauce just to get SOME flavor.

      Horrible place, no reason for me ever to return.

      Plus, they are a chain, and if ever given the choice, I'd choose the "mom and pop" type place every single time.

      1. re: wienermobile
        monku Feb 17, 2011 05:12 PM

        Never had the Freebird Monster Burrito, but Manuel's Special is now almost $18 and I don't think it weighs in at 7lbs.
        Had the chili verde Manuel's Special last night and noticed there really isn't that much meat...mostly rice and beans.

         
        1. re: monku
          r
          reality check Feb 17, 2011 11:12 PM

          I think Freebird Monster Burrito is about $13. I haven't had the Manuel special in a few years. It's nothing special, other than the size. I think it's about 5lbs or so.

          1. re: monku
            mucho gordo Feb 18, 2011 08:09 AM

            "Mostly rice and beans" is exactly why I order 'meat and hot sauce only' burritos. Most places charge me more for all meat.

            1. re: mucho gordo
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              mc michael Feb 18, 2011 08:37 AM

              If you have good beans (not slopped on refries) a meat and some beans combo is flavorful.

              1. re: mc michael
                mucho gordo Feb 18, 2011 08:53 AM

                They may be flavorful but, IMHO, they are primarily used as filler to cut down on the more expensive meat.

                1. re: mucho gordo
                  fgrade Feb 18, 2011 11:32 PM

                  You tell em' champ! beans are for the weak and meager

                  1. re: mucho gordo
                    monku Feb 19, 2011 04:43 AM

                    Check out Casa Del Rey in Temple City, their all meat chicken burrito is one pound of chicken and it's served wet style.

                    9100 Las Tunas Dr
                    Temple City, CA 91780-1903
                    (626) 287-4847

                    1. re: monku
                      Servorg Feb 19, 2011 07:42 AM

                      I am stuck on a barbacoa all meat with avocado burrito added from Gallegos Mexican Deli...$5.75.

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                      Gallegos Mexican Deli
                      12470 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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            mc michael Feb 18, 2011 05:15 AM

            I suppose it's possible to make a good monster burrito, but I've never had one (been to El Tepeyac). Monster burritos are about concept. The execution is meh! Much prefer the real burritos from Yuca's.

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            Yuca's
            2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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