Driving through Temecula around dinner time, opens a lot of eating opportunities here in town. Let's face it, there are no shortages of eating establishments in this area.
I have been thinking about the freshness and robustness of the burritos at Chipotle for a few days now, and that's exactly where I was heading tonight. It was until I saw Freedb!irds World Burritos. This is a joint I wanted to try anyway, so what an opportunity to compare the two.
The restaurant was dead at dinner time so there was no wait. I was greeted by a very friendly associate that did a good job showing me all the different options for my burrito:SPINACH TORTILLAFLOUR TORTILLACAYENNE TORTILLAWHEAT TORTILLACILANTRO LIME OR SPANISH RICEREFRIED BEANSWHOLE PINTOSBLACK BEANSLETTUCEMIXED GREENSWHITE ONIONSRED ONIONSTOMATOESPICO DE GALLOROASTED PEPPERS & ONIONSROASTED GARLICLIME JUICEROASTED LIMESRANCH DRESSINGANCHO DRESSINGTOMATILLO DRESSINGSALSAPOBLANO SALSABAD ASS BBQMILD TOMATILLOHOT TOMATILLODEATH SAUCEHABANERO SAUCE
OK, no shortage of options here, this is bound to be good! I opted for the original carnitas burrito on a cayenne tortilla, refried beans, cilantro lime rice and salsa. I wanted to keep it simple so I could indulge in the true essence of the flavor, and not drown it out with all the "stuff".
Again, with nobody in front of me; I went straight to the cashier only to find her pre-occupied with her purse, and her back to me. She did not excuse herself and had problems reading the writing on the bag of what I had ordered.
My first bite was busting out with the refried beans and I could taste the cilantro lime rice from the get go. I was all over this thing like white on rice. I could not wait to taste the carnitas. This is the point where I want to compare this place to Chipotle. As I kept eating, it was obvious! This joint skimped on the "meat" of the burrito. I think I found about a tablespoon of Carnitas. What a disappointment!
So to the two ex-hippies that started this establishment in ’87 near the beach in Santa Barbara, I give it a big two thumbs down!
Freeb!rds offers pot brownies on their menu. I think these guys need to take it easy on these brownies and get consistent with their food portions.
So the next time you want a good rice and bean burrito, order the Carnitas!
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(951) 239 3100
Freeb!rds World Burrito
40408 Winchester Rd
Temecula, CA 92591
Monday–Thursday 10:30 AM–9:30 PM
Friday–Saturday 10:30 AM–10:00 PM
Sunday 10:30 AM–9:00 PM