California Burritos offers fast and fresh meals
By Jan Tuney
It’s Aug. 11, about 24 hours after the devastating derecho storm hit the Quad-Cities on its path across the Midwest, and the customer stream is constant at California Burritos Mexican Grill.
Families, couples and singles are all stopping in to pick up a meal that’s put together fresh just for them.
Rigo Herrera, one of the owners of the restaurant, apologizes as he steps away from an interview to help his co-worker Juan Gomez with the orders. But he acknowledges it’s a good situation to be in.
Herrera says the community has responded well to the restaurant since it opened in late September 2019 in the easternmost corner of the business complex at 2207 Falcon Ave. in the growing commercial area of north Bettendorf.
And even through the pandemic, the customer support for the new business has continued to grow.
“The people around here really helped us out a lot,” Herrera said. “This is a very supportive community.”
Herrera said customers are drawn to the fresh menu, with food cooked to order.
“The meat is cooked to order,” he said. “It’s always fresh, always juicy, always hot. We use high quality meats and produce, and Grandma’s recipes, if you will,” he smiles.
Customers can order burritos, bowls, quesadillas, tacos or salads, custom-tailored with their choices of protein (chicken, steak, vegetarian or carnitas), sauces, cheese, rice, beans and salsas. While the burrito is the most popular item, the California fries are a close second. The battered French fries are smothered with steak, sour cream, salsa verde, shredded cheese and guacamole.
Also available are fish tacos, and a kids’ meal of a taco with rice, beans, chips and a drink. There is dining inside or carry-out.
A customer favorite is the flan, the traditional caramel-topped Mexican custard, for dessert. Herrera said the flan is made each morning.
California Burritos can supply larger orders for offices, for example. All of the fixings are provided for a taco bar.
“We have everything ready for them to pick up,” he said.
Herrera, 27, says he has been working in restaurants since he was 16.
“I like interacting with people. I like the process of cooking,” he said. “And I like having the wonderful feedback from people.”
What’s New at the BBN? Is a column provided by the Bettendorf Business Network.
IF YOU GO
What: California Burritos Mexican Grill
Where: 2207 Falcon Ave., Bettendorf
On Facebook at California-Burrito-Bettendorf-IA
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.