The Original California Burrito Company. Cal-Mex Taqueria, established 1992. Delicious California style burritos, quesadillas, chimichangas and tacos in downtown Auckland City. Filled with fresh salads, beef, chicken, steak, shrimp or beans, with options for vegetarians and vegans. Authentic Mexican sodas also available.
|Price Range||Cheap & cheerful|
|Food Options||Vegetarian, Vegan|
Products and specialities
burritos, quesadillas, salad, tacos
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I was lucky enough to get a free Burrito from the new Newmarket store on their opening day. Even at 8pm, the team were still all smiles and seemed genuinely happy to be there - makes a nice change from some other fast food places! The Burrito was pretty tasty and big enough to be a dinner all on it's own (which is good considering the price point). The menu is pretty basic - but it works.
I should start by saying that I'm from Southern California, so my opinion might be biased. That being said, I was trying not to compare this to burritos in California when eating it, and just thinking about it on its own merits. It was decent. I enjoyed the spices on the chicken and the pico de gallo, but the beans were a bit hard. My boyfriend had the veggie burrito and his veggies weren't cooked very well either. They also have basically nowhere to sit, but their prices are good and I did enjoy the food overall.
If you've ever lived in Denver, you'll know what I'm talking about. Decent burritos, freshly made, ludicrously generous portions (half for lunch, half for dinner anybody?) - been a long time coming to NZ. I do feel like my order is often missing something, but if you catch them on it all is well. And to be honest, they're so crazy busy, I'm not going to crucify them over it. Go for something new and try the LA style spinach, or the shrimp.