Supermarket Dining

vallarta tacos
Originally uploaded by illewminator.
If you're in the vicinity of Burbank airport and are looking for some good, cheap, and fast grub, look no further than the Vallarta supermarket on Lankershim, north of Vanowen, just next to the takeoff/landing strip.

Housed in part of a former Costco, this Vallarta is not your average neighborhood Mexican grocery store. As you walk in, head past the panaderia and bolillos to the right of the entrance to the mini food court area. There's a full menu of tacos, burritos, enchiladas, tostadas, tortas, etc, most of which are $5 or less. You can also get breakfast -- the day I was there, you could get a breakfast plate for $2.99 (pictured below).

There's also a decent salsa bar, with pico de gallo, salsa roja and salsa verde, pickled carrots/onion/jalapeno, as well as roasted jalapenos and grilled onions.

They also have a number of aguas fresca: horchata, tamarindo, jamaica, and cantaloupe, pineapple, and strawberry juices. I got the strawberry, which was a perfectly light and sweet (but not syrupy) complement to my tres tacos (carne asada, carnitas, and that red chile marinated pork -- I forgot what it's called... ) plate.

My mom got the cuban torta with carnitas, which was a humongous sandwich -- she only ate half. Dad, the original supermarket dining aficionado and the one who told me about this great "find," got the $2.99 breakfast pictured below, which he supplemented with a big pile of grilled onions and jalapenos from the free salsa bar.

And after you're done, get some bolillos and carnitas to go so you can make sandwiches at home!

vallarta breakfast


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