An Uncommon Sight
As I drove up State Road in Vineyard Haven, I saw something I never expected to see at the end of February, a line of people outside waiting to get Mexican take-out. Apparently I was not the only one super excited about the prospect of La Choza and its burritos, or perhaps it was just the thought of something new. Though it was quite chilly out, people were in good spirits and happy. I ran into friends, saw people from the newspapers, and even a well known Island chef, all waiting to try those delicious looking burritos.
The inside of La Choza is whimsically decorated. The space is very small, yet it works. There is indeed a counter by the window, that had free chips and salsa for you, while waiting to place your order, and when its not slammed, you can probably enjoy your burrito there. There is a corner dedicated to La Choza’s full line of gourmet hot sauces, and of course, there is a counter to place your order. Everything you need, in a nice cozy space.
Easy As 1-2-3
Ordering at La Choza is a 3-step process. Step 1 – choose to have your burrito as a traditional burrito with a flour tortilla or an untraditional burrito in a bowl (biodegradable of course). Step 2 – choose your filling, rice and beans ($4.00), portabella, beef, chicken, or chorizo (all $6.00). Step 3 – choose your toppings, lettuce is free and the rest range from $.25 to $.75, including black olives, sour cream, guac, diced onions, and more . What looked fantastic was La Choza’s special roasted corn & chipotlte salsa which is $.75. I always want to try any house specialty! So, you’re able to design your own burrito, which is then made right in front of you. Gotta love that for fresh!
La Choza is a welcomed (and needed) addition to not only Vineyard Haven but to the Island. The only bummer is that since it is made fresh for you right then and there, you have to allot some time to get your food. Sadly, I had to run when my husband came home for lunch from work to watch our napping little one, and I ran out of time to wait in line. However, it was fun to go on opening day, and catch a peak in person. I really wanted one of the the burritos in a bowl that I saw others enjoying.
I should also mention that La Choza is open most days 11am-9pm. I know what we’re having for dinner sometime this week! Visit their website for more about La Choza. A big congratulations to Seth Gambino and his team. We wish you nothing but the best.