Monday, March 12, 2012
Rate-A-Restaurant #263: Tacos Villa Corona
Restaurant: Tacos Villa Corona
Location: 3185 Glendale Blvd. (Atwater Village)
Type of restaurant: Mexican
We stipulated: I've been driving by Tacos Villa Corona for years -- every day, as a matter of fact, to and from work. But with spots like Yuca's and Senor Fish close by, we haven't bothered to stop here. Anthony Bourdain's recent televised stop at Tacos Villa Corona finally convinced us to check it out.
They stipulated: Tacos Villa Corona is known for its breakfast burritos. The burritos can be made with either papas or fried tortilla strips. Tacos Villa Corona also has the unique option of adding spinach to your taco or burrito for a $1. Also, cheese comes on everything unless you specifically ask them to leave it off.
What we ordered: Breakfast burrito with eggs, chorizo, papas and spinach (no cheese), $7. Breakfast burrito with bacon, eggs and papas, $6. Chicken taco. Papas taco.
High point: The homemade hot salsa adds a nice spice (although left a bad garlic aftertaste). The sauce mixed in with the chicken on the taco gave it a kick. The spinach option lets you pretend you're being healthy. The burritos are hefty but if eaten on an empty stomach, don't necessarily weigh you down.
Low point: There's no place to sit at the tiny hole-in-the wall, but luckily there are tables nearby, either in front of Kaldi coffeehouse or across the street. Also, perhaps because I ordered mine without cheese, I felt like my breakfast burrito was missing something. Perhaps the chorizo wasn't as flavorful as I would have liked, or perhaps I'm so accustomed to Trader Joe's Soy Chorizo that regular chorizo doesn't do it for me anymore.
Overall impression: Breakfast burritos may be their signature, but the tacos are what will bring me back..
Chance we'll go back: We have already, and probably will again.