There's Now a Burrito Vending Machine, and We Should All Hail Its Redundant Genius

Categories: Mexi Meals

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Oy vey, my inbox and Facebook page have been flooded with people sharing the news of a burrito vending machine in West Hollywood. People, this is nothing new! I've been trying chimichangas out of vending machines in Southern California for years, and you might as well count the lunch lady at Anaheim High School back in the mid-1990s, too, because all she did was hand us our breakfast burritos wrapped in cellophane. The Burrito Box is NOT a Goldberg-esque machine that makes burritos according to order; it just spits out so-so burritos that were already made somewhere else, burritos I tried at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim last year.

Nevertheless, we should all hail this burrito machine because it just further confirms what I've proclaimed for years: There is nothing new under the comida sun, and America is gaga for Mexican food, just as it has been for more than a century. The Burrito Box owners must know this because their unveiling of the product is pure genius.

One must place the Burrito Box in the continuum of Mexican-food technological advances that turned Americans crazy in a previous decade and had the Baylessistas clucking their tongues in disapproval: the frozen margarita machine. Tortillas in a can. Chili in a can. Tamales in a can. Packaged chili. The whole history of Mexican-food technological trends is in my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and rather than see this post as a shameless plug for my work (which, of course, it is), consider the Burrito Box through this prism. The media coverage is already there, so expect more of that. Expect more Burrito Boxes to spring up across the country. Expect competitors to arise. Expect a reformation of the burrito box to fight the Burrito Box à la Chipotle. Expect the Burrito Box to fall in popularity--and expect the Burrito Box to be hailed as a retro fave in a couple of decades, once we're all eating Mexican food off silicon chips embedded into our duodenum.

All hail the Burrito Box!

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Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

This is noting new, there has been vending machines all the time

n2bigmuscle
n2bigmuscle topcommenter

If min wage goes to $15/hr, we will probably see these more which just means the food quality goes down again.

James C Cooks III
James C Cooks III

Im coo on this BS..I'll just keep going to Los Reyes and Los Grandes!

FloodOfBlood
FloodOfBlood

Who knows, there might be Mexicans working in the box ;)

David M. Smith
David M. Smith

In California we can get authentic great quality Mexican food made by Mexicans any time and anywhere. We don't need this

Alex Morales
Alex Morales

You can't get a real burrito from a ma'chine !

Tad Newcomb
Tad Newcomb

Jimmy Kimmel Live will have one of these great boxes on the show tonight!

Lynn Maners
Lynn Maners

People have been trying to do a French Fry vending machine for decades...

Bob Snyder
Bob Snyder

Yucko. This is SoCal, how bout drivin 3 miles in any direction and gettin a real burrito made by real mexicans?

Shannon Tiare
Shannon Tiare

I've got my own burrito box, my refrigerator.

Ro Hart
Ro Hart

sounds great! but my vegetarian friends say they want an option from this thing too.

Kevin De Silva
Kevin De Silva

It's just a frozen burrito microwaved while you wait. Belly bomb..

Robert Prater
Robert Prater

Gross.... I hope it fails miserably... we don't need this junk around....

Beto Mesta
Beto Mesta

Let's celebrate by wearing serapes.

Nathan Embree
Nathan Embree

All the stories I have read say they are fairly gross.

gm0622
gm0622

Jeez, and the LA Weekly writer was just gushing over this machine of evil snacks. Thinks it is next best thing to sliced bread.

Antonio Griego
Antonio Griego

My culo is wincing in pain at the thought of one of these burritos...

Steve Lanzi
Steve Lanzi

Meanwhile, the Mexican would like to see Rick Bayless packaged up in a box... and never let out. ;-) [/rimshot]

Steve Lanzi
Steve Lanzi

It's a combo freezer/microwave with a computerized payment mechanism in charge of the system. The burritos aren't made in the box itself. thankfully. :-)

Kenneth Gonzales
Kenneth Gonzales

I'm totally unimpressed by chipotle, bullritos, etc.. I probably won't like it. I miss Robertos 24hr stands from San Diego.

Josephine S Valencia
Josephine S Valencia

Ewwww gross! I dont even wanna know how they do it¡! I"ll continue to make mine myself at home or go to a restaurant, gracias!

Dio Colindres
Dio Colindres

No thank you, I'd rather to make one at home.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Great. A sidewalk chef "Mike" that spits out, what I'm guessing, something along the quality lines of Tina's Burritos.


I hope it comes wrapped with some TP and Tums.


Jim Alvarez
Jim Alvarez

Not a good idea. I want a freshly made burrito de chili Verde. But not in a box.

-paulc-
-paulc-

Those Evol burritos that it spits out are pretty gross...even for microwave food.

VAlocal757
VAlocal757

Yes but this one is different, the fact the ingredients in the burrito's are healthier and the kid who invented this an up and coming entrepreneur. He does not plan to stop with just one box.

VAlocal757
VAlocal757

Bro it's for on the go, clearly if you want to go sit down some where your going to pay a lot more than 3 dollars and have some time to spend.

n2bigmuscle
n2bigmuscle topcommenter

I don't like when they touch my burrito.  I like this hands-free style.

VAlocal757
VAlocal757

Hence why it's 3 dollars, it's still a healthier alternative than other vending machine foods.

VAlocal757
VAlocal757

Are you kidding me, it's getting so much attention. It's been mentioned on the LA Times, NY Times, ABC News, Jimmy Kimmel live. It's a great idea and the fact that they are actually healthy is a huge improvement to vending machine foods of the past.

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