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Big Island Burritos

3600 Carson Road, Suite B,
Camino, 530-499-6114,

As the weather warms, the first thing on my mind is, “Where’s the beach?”; and, although it’s nowhere close, I did find beach-y vibes at Big Island Burritos. The cozy, quick-service restaurant sits right off Highway 50 in the infamous Apple Hill area. My husband and I stopped in and decided on a Kalua Pork Burrito and Huli Huli Chicken Burrito. (You can also get your choice of “filler”—other options include bulgogi beef and seasoned fajita veggies—in a soft taco, salad, or rice bowl.) My Huli Huli chicken was a sweet combo of teriyaki and pineapple, and with the additions of lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo, and esquites (think deconstructed elotes), my burrito dreams came true. Honestly, I’m not much of a burrito gal, but I’ll be headed back up the hill anytime I crave one. My burrito-loving husband thoroughly enjoyed his, which also had a hint of sweet pineapple. Although the menu is small, the flavor and portions sizes are BIG! Both of our burritos were definitely shareable; or, in my case, made for a filling, flavorful lunch the following day. They also offer a kids’ menu and rolled my one-year-old a small bean and rice burrito that he quickly demolished (he is his father’s child, after all). Big Island Burritos perfectly meshes Hawaii and Mexico, and their neon sign says it best: “Where Hola Meets Aloha.” 

Kalua Pork Burrito

Huli Huli Chicken Burrito


— by Emily Peter-Corey  |  photos by JYO Bhamidipati


Be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner, our region is brimming with mouthwatering burritos that go beyond just bean and cheese. Here are some of our favorites.

Burritos Jalisco 
13432 Lincoln Way, Auburn, 530-823-2065,

Burritos Jalisco’s Thai Chicken Burrito

MUST-TRY: Thai Chicken Burrito (grilled chicken, sweet & hot chilies, bell peppers, green onions, and rice in a tomato tortilla)

384 Main Street, Placerville, 530-344-7757,

Cascada’s Shrimp Picante Burrito

MUST-TRY: Shrimp Picante Burrito (shrimp sautéed with tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and cilantro; topped with sour cream, cheese, and guacamole)

Dos Coyotes 
13385 Folsom Boulevard, Folsom, 916-351-9750; 2030 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 4, Roseville, 916-772-0775,

Dos Coyote’s Mango Yolo Burrito

MUST-TRY: Mango Yolo Burrito (charbroiled chicken breast, mango salsa, avocado, rice, lettuce, habanero salsa, and “Dawg Sauce”)

La Rosa Blanca
402 Natoma Street, Folsom, 916-673-9085,

La Rosa Blanca’s El Gran Burrito

MUST-TRY: El Gran Burrito (chile verde, chile colorado, or both, topped with sauce and sour cream)

25095 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 100, Folsom, 916-984-8607,

Mexiquite’s Fajita Burrito

MUST-TRY: Fajita Burrito (marinated grilled chicken, onions, and bell peppers; topped with red sauce and queso fresco)

Santa Maria Taqueria
175 Placerville Drive, Suite A, Placerville, 530-295-8121

Santa Maria Taqueria’s Wet Burrito

MUST-TRY: Wet Burrito (half-pound of your choice of meat, homestyle Spanish rice, refried pinto beans, cheese, red or green tomatillo salsa, lettuce, pico de gallo, avocado, and cilantro-garlic cream sauce; topped with red and green sauce)

Taco Exxpress 
4885 Granite Drive, Rocklin, 916-259-1233,

Taco Exxpress’ Mix Breakfast Burrito

MUST-TRY: Mix Breakfast Burrito (chorizo, bacon, potatoes, eggs, beans, and cheese) 

— by Bella Nolen
Cascada photo by Kim Johnston. Dos Coyotes photo by Ray Burgess ©stylemediagroup. La Rosa Blanca photo by Liliana Álvarez. Mexquite photo by Christian Vazquez. Taco Express photo courtesy of Taco Express. Burritos Jalisco and Santa Maria Taqueria photos by Taylor Allred ©stylemediagroup.

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