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Freebirds World Burrito Is Now Open In Marina Del Rey

  • PaulF May 27, 2011 12:18 PM

I assume this chain burrito won't be as good as a burrito I can get at Gallego's or Sanchez or any of the family run joints in my neighborhood.

But I'm still curious -- anyone out there recommend "World Burrito?"

I was a little disappointed in their menu. I never looked at it online until it opened in MDR. When I kept seeing the signs, I thought World Burrito meant there would be teryaki burritos or veal parm burritos or curry burritos -- you know, burritos made up of foods from different regions or food types.

But it just looks like more of the same.

Convince me to go or I'll just ignore it.

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  1. Are you talking about Freebirds?

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    1. re: wienermobile

      I fixed the title ...

      From the sound of these responses so far, I probably won't be rushing over no matter what the name is. Too many good burritos around to go somewhere where quantity is king, not quality.

      I like small burritos anyway.

    2. The actual name is Freebirds World Burrito it was started as a small shop in Isle Vista CA [aka UCSB-ville] and group of investors bought it to grow it, mostly in Texas and college towns. They are know for their Super Monster a 7 lb burrito

      I haven't been, though I may try it at some point. Will report back if I do.

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      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

        I lived in Isla Vista many years ago. Back then, the debate was which place had the better burrito - Freebirds, or TA's (Tacos Acapulco, which became Tio Alberto's, then another place named Tacos de Acapulco opened across the street...or something like that). As a college student, I was always a TA's fan, but they're all long gone now. So last year while visiting UCSB I tried Freebirds, first time in almost two decades. It was better than I remembered, but still not that great. I'd pass on it.

      2. Friends who went to school at UCSB love it. After looking at the menu, it seems to me like a typical chain with large portions that would appeal to a college crowd. I received a flyer in this week's mail for a buy one, get one free burrito. I'll probably wander over and give it a shot with low expectations. I'm not expecting a life changing experience, but I'm always up for a solid quick food burrito.

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        1. re: Jase

          "Friends who went to school at UCSB love it."

          After logging 3 years in IV I can safely say that living in the Kingdom of the middle of the night munchies makes me highly (g) suspect of that rating... ;-D>

          1. re: Servorg

            I was trying not to have a bias for or against it going in. I figured by using the UCSB description, people could make their own assumptions. I do try to give posters here the benefit of the doubt and assume their intelligent and logical. Despite often being proven wrong in the NAF, Site Talk and General forums.

            1. re: Jase

              Jase, we went last night on the way home from the Marina after doing an installation for my wife's business.

              I can't say I was overly impressed on this first visit. I tried the "monster" burrito with the cayenne tortilla and their "carnitas" as my choice of meat. I had then add cilantro lime rice, avocado, jack cheese, queso (which is like the melted cheese you find on nachos) and some sour cream.

              First of all their tortilla is just a tad too gummy for me. I don't know if their other choices (regular, whole wheat and spinach) have the same issue or not? Secondly the salt content probably met my "yearly" RDA. But the biggest problem was that the carnitas has a "stew" like consistency. Maybe they are going for a "guisado" type of approach? If I go again I'd try either their crispy fish or perhaps their steak and see if I like them better. Also, no more queso as that is probably where most of the sodium came from.

              1. re: Servorg

                Thanks for the report. Your experience sounds exactly like what I would have expected. Thanks for taking one for the team. I wonder if I should donate my BOGO burrito coupon to a college aged friend or save it when someone wants to come over to watch a game and wants some quick food.

                1. re: Jase

                  One other issue thinking back. I was a little perturbed by what looked liked a general state of less than cleanliness behind their work counter with detritus on the floor and the whole work area just seemed not as clean it should be. And I'm not even much, if any, of a clean freak...

          2. re: Jase

            "a solid quick food burrito"

            as opposed to "a solid quick non-food burrito?"

            LOL ...

            1. re: PaulF

              LOL! I tend to use "quick food" as a category.. Not really fast food. Just my own quirk.

              1. re: Jase

                The industry term is QSR.. . Quick Service Restaurant.... so you are close! ;)

                --Dommy!

          3. A friend's kid goes to USC and a Freebirds opened across from Felix Chevy. SC kids love it. That's those are 18-22 year old palates.

            1. I actually had a burrito at the Freebirds by USC a few months ago because I had no other choice, and I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty it was. I think I got a carnitas burrito (I can't remember which meat filling I got), and it was very flavorful. The tortilla I chose was the orange cayenne one, and it was surprisingly NOT bland, and actually provided palpable heat (and I eat extremely spicy stuff all the time, so I am actually a bit desensitized to hot spices). The size I chose was the smallest. Hours later, I even enjoyed my post-meal burps. Oh, and I'm nowhere close to being a college student with college student eating habits anymore.

              I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here, but it's really not half bad.

              1. It seemed (and tasted) like Chipotle with more options. Somehow my burrito was pretty dry tasting..not enough salsa, maybe my fault for the ordering but even then, it shouldn't really be that dry.

                I'll give another shot, but not really into it.

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                1. re: Xericx

                  Which tortilla did you get?

                2. I've been to Freebirds both in IV and MDR, and it is way over-rated. My friend (who had no prior Freebirds exposure) also compared it to Chipotle! Great for college kids, no doubt, but we won't bother going back because there are so many other great burritos in LA (even the Westside).

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                  1. re: comedor

                    Lived in Texas for a long time. Ate 'em there. Tried the new one on Lincoln, too. Conclusion: same as always, Different from Chipotle, but relatively analogous. Not worth a special trip; fine if you want something better than Del Taco.

                    1. re: comedor

                      although i completely agree that freebirds is not the place to go if you want a "great" destination burrito,

                      it fills a niche for me.
                      they serve a SMALL burrito (i think they call it the HYBIRD size) made with a whole wheat tortilla that, depending on the choices you make, can be a vegan food item since their beans are not made with lard.
                      imho, their salsas are more than acceptable for a quick "lunch and go" chain place.

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        Good to know... just looking at those giant burritos make me queasy.... and I LOVE burritos...

                        1. re: Dommy

                          the tortilla:filling ratio in large burritos is usually off.
                          not enough tortilla for the amount of filling, imho

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            i'm a little taken aback. i thought you were praising small portions there for a sec. you're usually such a hungry person.

                            1. re: linus

                              for salads and very low calorie food i will pack away gargantuan portions.
                              even one, normal, medium-sized burrito can easily contain 1000 calories. that's the only reason i don't have two or three of them.