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Hit-Or-Miss

DOUGHRITO: Meet The Doughnut Breakfast Burrito Destroying Hangovers In California

I’m yearning for something healthy, something refreshing — hell, anything that’s gonna clean my system of this hangover. Anything but this begrudgingly delicious Doughrito I’m soon to discover.

I can still taste the stray gin on my breath from the night before. My lips still red from the wine, a few burps also remind me that I had some beer in the mix at some point. A wedding had brought me down to the quiet Orange County town of Mission Viejo the night before, and as my sobriety began to kick the shit out of the heinous hangover eating through my brain I find my hideaway in a quiet donut shop.

Surfin’ Donuts, I’m unsure if it’s the only of its kind in the area — frankly, my hangover doesn’t care.

Painted window clings were of the normal confused variety, advertising an array of fresh donuts, Mexican food and the equally obvious fresh fruit Acai Bowls. I could use an equalizer, so my co-hort and I feverishly order up a couple Acai Bowls and coffee.

Then I see this Microsoft Word masterpiece hanging in an Ikea frame:

A donut fucking burrito? In my haze, I chalk up the sign to leftover alcohol in my system. “The doughrito?” I ask the kind lady ringing me up.

“Yeah, it’s new,” she clamored, pulling my cup for coffee and punching furiously on her iPad ordering system.

“I’ll take one. Bacon and sausage. Glazed donut please.”

donut-surfin

I spend the next few minutes staring at the donut case, trying to imagine what my Doughrito will resemble. I gaze at the rows of donuts, asking myself some pressing questions, “Will I put salsa on this thing? Do I pour syrup on it? Will I have a stomach ache?”

Then it came out:

More shots of the #doughrito, the donut + burrito hybrid. #foodbeast #america

A photo posted by Elie (@bookofelie) on

The red salsa is perfect if you’re looking to have your interiors ruptured. For other mouthgasms, I highly recommend their green. Since I had to do the testing, I accidentally went with the red:

red-salsa-doughritto

Each bite was better than the last. The burrito was built in their back kitchen area void of the Chipotle-like transparency, but the donuts they used seemed to work perfectly for the burrito build. The glaze had more of a dampness than I’m accustomed to, which made it an almost ambient part of the entire burrito eating experience. Some might even confuse it for softer, sweeter potato rounds.

It appears Surfin’ Donuts is actually a multiple store operation. Their original location sits in the southern most Orange County town of San Clemente, and their newer location, the one I stumbled into this fateful morning, is on Alicia just off the 5 freeway in Mission Viejo.

Well Surfin’ Donuts, no need to choose between sweet or savory for breakfast. No more need to choose between donuts or eggs. You’ve accomplished the ideal #BreakfastGoals in one fell swoop — and the delicious Doughrito is it.

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Restaurants

A 9-Year-Old Is Brainchild Behind New Mexican Food Concept

Rockin’ B’s Burrito Bandito is Mission Viejo, CA‘s newest Mexican restaurant. Located in the city’s Kaleidoscope Courtyards, a shopping, dining, and entertainment center, the restaurant joins some formidable competition from the likes of Buffalo Wild Wings and Rocco’s Pizzeria, to name a few.

What’s the hook that will set this place apart? Brandon Lauriano, the apparent 9-year-old brainchild behind the restaurant’s concept, menu, name and poster-boy in the subsequent marketing campaign. According to the Mission Viejo Patch, Brandon visualized the restaurant on his computer, and with the help of his father Don Lauriano (who also owns two other restaurants within the Kaleidoscope center), was able to create the menu and construct the layout to his liking.

The restaurant features a build-it-your-way menu, complete with burritos, puffy tacos, soft tacos, taqueria tacos, burrito bowls, ensaladas, nachos and quesadillas. Customers choose the meats and sauces and it gets made before their eyes.

Notably, the burritos at Rockin’ B‘s have special cooking options:

  • Wet It! Topped with Ranchero Sauce, Salsa Verde or Chipotle Cream Sauce and Melted Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Grill It! Griddle grilled to add a little healthy crispiness
  • Fry It! (Chimichanga) The whole burrito, deep-fried, golden brown.

 


All photos are courtesy of Oliver Yu.

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Adventures

Adventure: Shabu-Shabu USA (Mission Viejo, CA)

This past week we made a quick trip over to Shabu-Shabu USA in Mission Viejo, CA in response to fabulous personal recommendations from friends and colleagues. In typical adventure fashion, we hit up the Japanese hot pot variant with photographer Taylor Corner in tow, and did our usual food eating damage. Tucked away in a neat, quiet strip mall moments away from The Shops at Mission Viejo, the interactivity and ambience inside is something you do not want to pass up if you get the chance!

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Features Sweets

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour: First Orange County Location

Today the wait is over because the shops at Mission Viejo will be opening doors to a 7,300-square-foot restaurant and ice cream shop. Although there’s a Farrell’s in Santa Clarita, the Mission Viejo restaurant will be the first of several “original concept” parlours planned in California. (Thx Fastfoodmaven)