45. Surround Sound Burrito at the Secret Spot
By Sarah Bennett
Healthy, sort of
Photo by Sarah Bennett
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The most interesting thing about the Surround Sound burrito at Huntington Beach's Secret Spot is that there isn't very much that's burrito-like about it at all.
Sure it comes wrapped in a warm tortilla like most other burritos out there, but here--at this vegan-centric after-surf shack run by a staff of friendly (if perpetually slow to cook your food) stoners--this tortilla's innards have nothing to do with refried beans, rice or even spiced meat from a spit. In their place instead is a semi-healthy mix of fried potatoes, gobs of melted cheese, creamy avocado and a dousing of sweet and savory homemade BBQ sauce, all of which swirls around your choice of protein to make the best foil-wrapped, handheld surfer fuel in the whole damn county.
As a voracious meat eater, I used to swear by the chicken HBSS and every drive through Sunset Beach necessitated a stop at Secret Spot for one. But years ago, a cashier convinced me that veggie turkey was the ultimate filler for the Surround Sound; and with its firmer-than-tofu consistency, realistic meat texture and decidedly non-turkey taste that binds together with all of the burrito's other kooky ingredients, I continue to agree.
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