Burrito Loco (West Chester, PA)
Score: 5.5 / 10 Reviewed by: Chris
Right across High Street from the University of West Chester is Burrito Loco. Their slogan is "The Healthy Mexican Food Alternative", though i see little that makes them particularly healthier than anywhere else. More importantly, they call themselves a "California Style Taqueria", and in most respects they live up to that. But they do fall flat when it comes to meat.
The place could quite easily fit in anywhere in the Bay Area. It's bright, clean, yet a bit rustic. The tv was playing MTV and the Olympics instead of a soccer match. Most of the clientele appeared to be college kids.
The menu was a bit difficult to understand at first. Burritos come in three sizes, medium, regular and gordo. The gordo is massive- a close match for even the mighty super burrito at La Costena in Mountain View. I however stuck with the regular. I went for the `bergey' meat choice, which is a mixture of chicken with steak or beef (i presume ground). I went with the chicken and steak. Sadly, that's all the meat they offer. No pork at all. To do this properly, i then made it a `special', which adds guacamole and sour cream, for a buck extra.
It was served about 5 minutes after i ordered. This regular was probably a below-average in size compared to a super of the Bay Area. It was wrapped in loose foil. I opened, and dug in. It was mostly hot, but had a single cold spot near the bottom. The cheese was half-way melted. There was plenty of guac and sour cream. The rice, beans and salsa were all decent. This was would have been a good burrito if it weren't for one glaring problem- sparse meat. Only a few pieces of steak could be found, and i never found a single piece of chicken. It was nearly a veggie burrito. The meat itself was of mixed quality. It wasn't dry but was grey and flavorless.
One is able to order chips and salsa here, but really it's for a bunch of people. It's a massive basket that costs $3.25. I decided to abstain this day, but i did have a choice of three flavors of Jarritos. The burrito cost $7.85, which isn't a great price considering it wasn't particularly large and had only a third of the meat it should have.
Overall, i would call this a decent taqueria, and i would visit again if i lived closer. A worthy effort at making a Bay Area burrito, but could be so much better with improved meat preparation.
posted 8/23/2008 10:54 AM, updated on 11/15/2008 12:20 PM