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Take your taste buds south of the border at the burrito shack

Antony Marchiando
Tacos with steak, lettuce, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, sour cream, lime, cilantro and onions, and an ice cold drink, Tuesday, Feb. 24, at City College’s Favela Burrito Shack on East Campus.

Looking to feast on a budget?

Favela, the burrito shack on campus, is a go-to spot.

The name Favela translates to “a Brazilian shack or shanty town,” and is of Portuguese origin.

Located right outside the East Campus Cafeteria, the little shack is easy to find. There is plenty of seating around it, yet it is not as scenic a location for lunch as the hill on West Campus. I recommend taking an order to go.

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If JSB is closed, Favela’s $6 burrito is the next best thing to fill a carb-craving.

The student employees do not hold back on the toppings. I loved the portions, but some might care that the burrito only stays wrapped for about four bites.

However, Favela provides a bowl for any spills or burrito breakdowns. There is also plastic silverware next to the soda machine outside, to ensure maximum eating ability.

My burrito was very satisfying. While not at the level of Super Cuca’s or Rudy’s, it definitely keeps pace with Freebirds in Isla Vista. And this one can be enjoyed sober.

The size doesn’t quite measure up to Gorditos, a restaurant in Seattle notorious for crafting burritos that are as big as newborn babies.

Mine was a bit smaller, but overflowed with brown rice, black beans, chicken, caramelized onions, lettuce, pico de gallo, cheese, and guacamole.

If that isn’t good enough, for about $2, one can buy a taco with almost as many ingredients as the burrito. A fork and napkins are definitely needed.

Overall, nothing shocked my taste buds about the chicken or steak, but Favela also offers carnitas as well as tofu for any vegetarians.

The pico de gallo and guacamole stood out as both generously included and delicious. The burrito offers a more filling option than the tacos, but they tasted essentially the same.

By the cash register, one can find cilantro, onions and limes, which added a perfect tang to the dishes after I drizzled lime juice across them. The rice was nothing outstanding either, but the huge portions of everything make these meals easily worth the money. I didn’t eat again all day.

While not gourmet, Favela’s prices and portions have turned me into a regular. I would give the shack three stars out of five.

Their hours make the shack more accessible to students than JSB or the Gourmet Dining Room.

The bowls are easy to carry around campus and the taste helps you forget about the calories.

They have topping options for all customers, from vegetarians to those just looking to satisfy a craving.

For example, additional toppings include a vegetarian-based cilantro lime rice dish, fresh vegetables, grilled jalapeños, sweet corn salsa, tofu and sour cream.

They also offer handmade tortilla chips, and nothing is frozen or canned.

Favela is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.

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