45. Surround Sound Burrito at the Secret Spot

By Sarah Bennett

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Healthy, sort of

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The most interesting thing about the Surround Sound burrito at Huntington Beach's Secret Spot is that there isn't very much that's burrito-like about it at all.

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Sure it comes wrapped in a warm tortilla like most other burritos out there, but here--at this vegan-centric after-surf shack run by a staff of friendly (if perpetually slow to cook your food) stoners--this tortilla's innards have nothing to do with refried beans, rice or even spiced meat from a spit. In their place instead is a semi-healthy mix of fried potatoes, gobs of melted cheese, creamy avocado and a dousing of sweet and savory homemade BBQ sauce, all of which swirls around your choice of protein to make the best foil-wrapped, handheld surfer fuel in the whole damn county.

As a voracious meat eater, I used to swear by the chicken HBSS and every drive through Sunset Beach necessitated a stop at Secret Spot for one. But years ago, a cashier convinced me that veggie turkey was the ultimate filler for the Surround Sound; and with its firmer-than-tofu consistency, realistic meat texture and decidedly non-turkey taste that binds together with all of the burrito's other kooky ingredients, I continue to agree.

The List:

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47. Spam and Egg Banh Mi From Tan Hoang Huong
48. Marianne's 10-2- Ice Cream At Ruby's Diner
49. Chile Relleno Pretzel Cheeseburger at OC Fair
50. Lunch at Big Thunder Ranch at Disneyland
51. Pescado A Lo Macho at Muelle Peruvian Cantina
52. Cemita de Milanesa at La Cemita Poblana
53. Meatballs and Polenta at 320 Main
54. Shellfish (Ốc) at Hien Vuong Da Kao
55. Basic Bol at Boldo Bol
56. Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill
57. 10-Item Plate at Thuan Kieu Noodle & Grill
58. Leche Frita at Cafe Sevilla
59. Happy Hour Sushi at Ginzaya
60. Red Beans and Rice at Disneyland's French Market
61. Consommé from Tacos y Birria El Güero
62. Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwich at Little Sparrow
63. Breakfast Taco at Sapphire Laguna
64. Husky Burger at Husky Boy Burgers
65. Love Bagel from Koffee Klatch
66. Kouign Amann From The Crema Cafe & Bakery
67. Chili Lime Popcorn From Green Tomato Grill
68. PB & J At Hopscotch
69. Takuwan Sushi from AnQi by Crustacean
70. Ube Ensaymadas from The Ensaymada Project
71. Pork Bánh Mì at the OC Poultry and Rotisserie Market
72. Tacos Gobernador from Mariscos Los Corales
73. Dutch Baby at the Original Pancake House
74. Doughnuts from Sidecar
75. Lengua Tacos at La Chonita
76. Oysters from Carlsbad Aquafarm at the Orange Homegrown Farmers Market
77. Lemon Miso Crab Melt at Umami Burger in Laguna Beach
78. Pani Puri from Adya
79. The Pocket at the Pocket Burger
80. Gyro Sandwich from Paul's Place
81. Slice of Heaven at Pie-Not
82. Taquitos at El Toro Bravo
83. Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut at the Donuttery
84. Dan Dan Mian at Wei-Shian Noodle
85. Beef Burger at Rider's Club Café
86. Smoked Trout at Provenance
87. Small Plates at A&J Restaurant
88. Corn Cheese at Zoomak Asian Bistro
89. Pumpkin Curry at Bhan Baitong
90. Poke at Costco Tustin II
91. Pambazo at Tacos Radioactivos
92. Beef Pho at Pho Crystal Noodle House
93. Breakfast Burrito from Cafe Calacas
94. Koobideh Plate from Grill Cafe
95. Tacos de Cecina from Alebrije's
96. Jajangmyeong from Ching Chinese Express
97. Breakfast Sausage from Da-Le Ranch
98. Any Special Dinner by Old Vine Cafe's Mark McDonald
99. Tres Amigos Burrito from Piaggio on Wheels
100. Bacon-Wrapped Dates from Lola Gaspar

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Location Info

Secret Spot

3801 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant


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30 comments
Corinne Marquez
Corinne Marquez

I'm sorry if our food is all fresh and organic and takes a bit to cook in our small hole in the wall 2 person kitchen. To call us all lazy "stoners" ? You don't even know the work we put in

Charla Thomas
Charla Thomas

One of my favorite spots!!! Love the service and love the food. There is a reason they've been around for so long. Xoxo Secret Spot

Bryan Bui
Bryan Bui

Rolly Nguyen Poh-key Nguyen Manh Do Korn Lee

Marissa Heller
Marissa Heller

We are so going!!! Next date night or sometime in the close future

Raman Pawar
Raman Pawar

love this place! delicious food, + sooooo many vegan/veg options it is mind blowing. this is a joint that everyone can love.

Reyna Reyn
Reyna Reyn

Kiyomi Fukuda this after our dland challenge

Bethany Keisner
Bethany Keisner

i've worked here for over a year and a half and the association with us all being lazy stoners needs to stop. we bust ass in that shop and are not just sitting around smoking pot all day. we're actually extremely busy most of the time and have one single grill to prepare food. we're getting deliveries EVERY SINGLE DAY and prepping the entire menu each day. no microwaves, no heat lamps, nothing. please for the sake of god, give us a compliment without an insult at the same time. all we do is try to create good healthy food for our customers and are never anything but kind.

mhip
mhip

I miss that place, used to live right around the corner...

Ordered there so much that they knew my voice/order over the phone.

My go to was the brown rice-pineapple-veggie turkey stir fry. 

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