Rubio’s® revamped the Burrito Especial

Rubio’s has a lot in store for 2014. To start the year off, they launched the new Ancho Citrus Burrito and elevated the Burrito Especial. The restaurant chain is going through a “culinary renaissance” providing new and loyal customers with innovations on the menu and in the restaurant itself. I visited the Foothill Ranch, CA location and the first thing I noticed was the new dine-in plates and silverware versus the plastic basket with wax paper liner. This new presentation is a nice touch and makes you want to dine in rather than take away in a plastic bag.

The revamped BurritoEspecial is grilled steak (or chicken) wrapped in a warm flour tortilla with citrus rice, fresh-made guacamole, black beans, salsa fresca, romaine lettuce, creamy chipotle sauce and red tomatillo salsa. I’ve ordered this with steak in the past and it was never consistent. But, I must confess, I was really impressed by the updated version. The citrus marinade made the meat tender, but I would have added a little salt to boost the beefy flavor. The rice and beans were good with a nice texture contrast to the crispy lettuce. The tortilla was elastic and slightly chewy. The tomatillo salsa paired the best with this burrito. Thumbs up!

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