911 W Whittier Blvd
La Habra, CA 90631
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Oops, made a booboo last night. I added the pictures in for this entry and intended to save it as a draft before adding my writeup and then publishing it but this morning realized I had published it to the web with nothing but the photos. So, for the people that may have seen this entry when there was just pictures, that's the explanation. And now I'll try to add more about Green Burrito.
According to Wikipedia, "Green Burrito was an independent restaurant in Hawaiian Gardens, California. Ruben Rodriguez purchased it in 1980, and turned it into a chain, whose parent company Santa Barbara Restaurant Group was acquired by CKE in 2001. CKE's policy has been to add Green Burrito dual-branding to many of its Carl's Jr. hamburger restaurants, thereby adding a Mexican menu. Many original Green Burrito franchises have closed; in 2004, there were only 35 remaining, while 200 Carl's Jr. restaurants have a Green Burrito co-brand." As of late 2007 there are only two Green Burritos remaining in Orange County that are not co-branded with a Carl's Jr., the one in Cypress (which I think is probably the original one) and the one in La Habra (the one reviewed in this entry).
I first found out about Green Burrito in the early 1990's when one opened up in Fountain Valley on the stretch of Brookhurst my brothers and I affectionately referred to over the years as "Fast Food Heaven" (on the southwest corner of Brookhurst and Garfield). That location lasted a few years during which I made quite a few trips to it to get their food that seemed like a good hybrid between fast food and mom-and-pop, hole-in-the-wall Mexican food. When the Green Burrito chain got bought up by Carl Karcher Enterprises the Fountain Valley location shut down and is now a Hawaiian fast food restaurant.
One of the things I always saw at the Fountain Valley Green Burrito was the poster of the 130 lb., 5'9" girl who pulled off the amazing feat of eating three Big Ed Burritos (that's over seven pounds worth of food) in one sitting . . . twice, and who got $1,300 her for her accomplishment. Apparently nobody has beat her because that same poster is still hanging in the La Habra location:
Another interesting bit of related fast food trivia is that a few years ago CKE also bought up the mid-West fast food chain known as Hardee's, slapped their Happy Star logo onto Hardee's, then co-branded some of the Hardee's locations with a Mexican food identity, but it's not Green Burrito; it's . . . drum roll, please . . . Red Burrito.
I ordered a chile relleno and enchilada platter that had lots of cheese, pasty refried beans, a small mound of rice, and a small helping of salad. The chile relleno was the flattest I've ever had but didn't taste bad. The enchilada had more stuffing in it and at least they had escabeche at their salsa bar.
In the fast food realm Green Burrito earns a 4.25 Speedy Gonzales rating:
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Mark Whisenand has sent us this picture of a very early Green Burrito ashtray: