Izzo’s Illegal BurritoJessica | June 18, 2009
Finally got back to eating Baton Rouge this week. It took me forever to decide what I wanted for lunch Wednesday, but I finally settled on Izzo’s Illegal Burrito. Izzo’s is Baton Rouge’s answer to quick-Mex (I just made that up) eateries like Moe’s, Chipotle, and Qdoba; especially since, to my knowledge, neither of the three have locations in town (Edit: There is a Qdoba in the Towne Center shopping area). However, Izzo’s sets itself apart by offering massive “illegal” burritos filled with fresh, flavorful ingredients.
I had a regular burrito and took home half of it for dinner, so as you can see, the illegal size is pretty massive. Izzo’s offers different flavored tortillas to customize your burrito even further, including regular, whole wheat, cayenne, and spinach. I went for a cayenne tortilla with rice, chicken, and mushrooms, along with a host of toppings:
This was my first attempt at a self-first bite photo, and I clearly need to work on it, but I think I caught an interesting moment. My left eyebrow is saying “Yum!” while my right eyebrow says “How am I going to eat all this??” The grilled mushrooms (extra charge for an extra protein) were really fantastic, and left in large chunks, unlike what I’ve seen at other burrito joints. They tasted more marinated and antipasti-like than grilled, but who cares if they’re good? All my toppings were really fresh tasting, and my only complaint is that somehow a super spicy pepper got mixed into either my pico de gallo or salsa. I’m not one to mind spiciness, but I was NOT expecting it and had no beverage available. Gotta keep that spicy stuff separated, Izzo’s!
Izzo’s also has quesadillas, tacos, and salads, and they have a great happy hour with specials on beer and their yummy frozen margaritas. I found my check to be a bit steep for a burrito and drink ($10! No exaggeration!), but I guess since it actually turned into two meals, I can’t complain much.