Update: It’s finally open, and man is it good! I know we have a lot of burrito places around Ventura, but don’t miss out on this one. I think it’s the best by far.
I don’t want to get too excited about this yet, but it appears that Freebirds World Burrito is coming to Ventura. They have joined the chamber of commerce and even list an address as 5682 Telephone (the corner of Victoria and Telephone). Once you have one of these burritos you’ll forget all about Chipotle, Baja Fresh, Sharky’s and the like. There’s just nothing like it.
The original is in Goleta, and then around 1990 it appears they licensed the idea to someone in Texas. They in turn opened the first restaurant outside of Goleta in College Station, Texas, of all places. I happened to be a sophomore at Texas A&M at the time and I was in love at first bite. After college I moved to Dallas, as most Aggies do, and spent years jonesing for a Freebirds before they finally opened a store there around 2002. Then I moved to Ventura in 2006, and even though I went to the Goleta store a couple times it’s just not the same. Now comes word that Freebirds has opened near USC in LA and are now coming to Ventura. Thank you Texas Freebirds! How I’ve missed you. BTW, I’m hoping to retire in Park City, Utah, so go ahead and start scouting locations, OK?