Friday Burrito Review: Verdes Ranchero

This Friday’s ‘Burrito Review’ took the La Jolla Blue Book team to Verdes El Ranchero, a cute, family-owned restaurant on La Jolla Boulevard. Word around the water cooler is that ‘Verdes’ makes a serious burrito, possibly the best in La Jolla. And claims like this demand an investigation.

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We headed there for an early lunch, before the usual crowds arrived. Our team ordered chicken and veggie burritos, along with a plate of nachos to add some variation. It’s a pity we were there during business hours – I was hoping to wash my food down with a couple of their famous cocktails, which were also highly recommended. Next time.

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The Good:

The service – admittedly, it wasn’t busy, but we never waited for anything. Chips, drinks, food and check all arrived without us asking.
The salsa – even the standard stuff they bring out with complimentary chips was spicy and delicious.
The beans – great consistency, flavor and serving size. I’m a bit like a dog sometimes; I’ll eat and eat and eat until my plate is clean. At Verdes I managed to walk away full, but not comatose. It tasted like homemade food, too, which is a quality I can’t necessarily explain but always look for in food – if that makes any sense.
The chicken – “This is the most tender chicken I’ve ever eaten” – direct quote from Tu, on his burrito.
The nachos – it was a magnificent plate of nachos.
The prices – very affordable by all standards.
The atmosphere – it was clean, warm and well-decorated.

The Bad

• I try to be constructively critical in these reviews, but, honestly, nothing comes to mind when I try to think of any negatives during our visit to Verdes Ranchero.

As I said earlier, next time I’ll go there on my own time and sample a few different items on the menu. And purely based on my first visit to this La Jolla restaurant, there will definitely be a next time.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years and has written over one-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, fashion, and is a self-described foodie. Follow her blogs to find out about new La Jolla businesses, events, giveaways, and much more!