Freebirds World Burrito Landing in Orange

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Anne Marie Panoringan
If you 1.) are a UC Santa Barbara grad, or 2.) spent any time living in Texas, chances are this will be something to cheer about: Freebirds, the fast-casual burrito chain founded in Isla Vista in 1987, is coming to Orange County.
I really shouldn't start quoting songs here, but that's difficult to resist considering there's a groovy van parked outside its future location at the corner of Tustin and Katella (the former Topz spot) in Orange. The freedom vibe continues on its website, referencing "Libby" as its Q&A gal. I'm almost afraid to ask why another Mexi chain is planting roots on our soil. Freebirds could be glutton for punishment.

Then again, Chipotle has shown there is a market for luxe burritos, and Freebirds does try to differentiate itself from taquerias, with barbecue sauce and something called a "Death Sauce," seemingly custom-made for Adam Richman's belly. There's a whole-wheat tortilla option; the cooks will pack on the cilantro per request, and it offers both dark and white meat for chicken. Not cool, though: Paying extra for sour cream, and liquid cheese on your nachos that isn't chile con queso, unfortunately. Let's see how our notoriously fickle yet chain-accepting tastebuds will accept them . . . and aren't you glad I didn't mention Lynard Skynard until now?


Freebirds World Burrito, corner of Tustin and Katella (seriously: that's the only address it has right now), Orange; www.freebirds.com.


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Brownie the Gaucho
Brownie the Gaucho

For all you UCSB grads, sorry to tell you that this is not the same Freeb!rds to which you are accustomed. The Freebirds in Isla Vista, CA is maintained by one of the Original owners, Mark Orfalea. This is a location of the corporate-owned Tavistock Group Restaurant Division. As a UCSB alum myself, I was hoping this chain would stay out of California so as not to dilute the original Freeb!rds culture that can only be found on the corner of Pardall and del Norte. I don't believe I'll be making my way Orange anytime soon.

Kathy
Kathy

Grand Opening was nothing short of impressive in the OC. The staff was fired up and knew their stuff. Best burrito I have ever put in my belly, but then again I picked every single ingredient and with so much to choose from, it was perfect! I will be back for more 'bad-ass bbq sauce!'

Steph
Steph

So excited! <3 eating a burrito from Freebirds right now in my dorm. Can't wait to have it at home when I go back to North Tustin!

Paige
Paige

I have worked at freebirds for years to pay for my college education, and we definitely do not charge extra for "liquid cheese" (queso) on our nachos. I'm sorry, but you have been misinformed. We do, however, charge extra if you request queso on your burritos when you have already put on shredded cheese.

Jakirdave
Jakirdave

You will love it California. Chipotle is in trouble if Freebirds keeps expanding like this.

TexasAg94
TexasAg94

Your story got some notice among the Texas Aggies who grew up watching Freebirds go from nearly failing in our Northgate business district to having multiple locations in town and several more across this and other states. Chipotle is a distant second here. Those who know worship at the altar of the Monster and the Super Monster. The best restaurant ad campaign I have ever seen is the bumper stickers reading, "Save The Bird. Eat A Monster." I hope they do free burritos for you, too, on National Bike-to-Work Day.

BTW, Lynyrd Skynyrd has no "a's" in its name. And yes, "Freebird" is the national anthem of the South.

DanGarion
DanGarion

Freebirds World Burrito's address will be

Freebirds World Burrito1632 E. Katella Ave #AOrange, Ca 92867

They are in the old location of Topz "Healthier" Burgers. I wrote about them back in December when I noticed the new sign... ;)

ucsb
ucsb

Why don't I see the IV location on their web site?

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