breakfast burrito with salsa

Saturday Mornings with Fiesta Taco Grill’s Breakfast Burritos

Fiesta Taco Grill (FTG) opened a brick-and-mortar location in Newhall a little more than three years ago. In 2019, the restaurant started selling their foods and products, such fantastic homemade salsas, chips, guacamole and agua frescas, at the Old Town Newhall Farmers Market on Saturdays.

Then, they made the decision to bring over a grill and offer up breakfast burritos, tacos and bowls — and our Saturday mornings just got a whole lot more delicious-er.

We’re partial to the vegetarian breakfast burritos, made with Fiesta Taco Grill’s handmade flour tortillas, refried beans, potatoes, eggs and cheese. They’re simple, generous with the eggs, and allow FTG’s salsas to stand out. Additional proteins are available at the Saturday market, including steak, chorizo, bacon, sausage and chile verde.

Our Saturday morning indulgence comes reasonably priced at $7.50.

The same proteins make up FTG’s breakfast taco ($3) choices on corn or flour torillas (just without the refried beans) and $9 breakfast bowls (refried beans, potatoes, eggs, cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole).

Fiesta Taco Grill is at the Saturday farmer’s market in Newhall from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The storefront is located at 24623 Arch St., Newhall and open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Eat this Now: Temakitto Burritos

Sometimes a hand roll or a couple of cut rolls just aren’t enough to sate the appetite when you’re really really hungry and craving sushi. We found a great solution to that #firstworldproblem on Newhall Ranch Road: Temakitto.

Billed as the first Japanese Burrito restaurant in Southern California, Temakitto merges Japanese and Mexican flavors for tasty and varied “burrito” offerings. Instead of corn or flour tortillas, customers’ burritos are wrapped in seaweed or in soy paper (for a little extra).

Crunchy Tiger ($10.95) is one of the fast-casual restaurant’s more popular options: spicy tuna, crab mayo, shrimp tempura, red cabbage, guacamole, pickled cucumber, pickled radish and carrot, and rice crunch with a sweet/spicy aioli.

For those who don’t like raw fish, we can also recommend the Excelente Salmon  ($10.95) which features baked fresh salmon, tempura asparagus, lettuce, pickled cucumber, mango pico de gallo, rice crunch and pepitas. We especially like the latter burrito wrapped in soy paper (add $1).

Landlubbers don’t worry—Temakitto’s menu also includes beef, chicken and veggie options, too. Save room for desert because there’s also macaroon ice cream sandwiches.

28126 Newhall Ranch Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Quest for the go-to Burrito Heads to Taco Llama

The menu board at Taco Llama in Newhall
The menu board at Taco Llama in Newhall

SCVFoodie is constantly on the lookout for cheap eats that won’t stress the wallet but won’t insult the taste buds, either. Believe us, that the goal is much much easier said than done. But we had hope on Friday afternoon when we wandered into Taco LLama on Main Street in Downtown Newhall (across the street from the Way Station).

The no-frills eatery was busy with locals ordering off the restaurant’s big board, which boded well for authentic Mexican food. We’re on a quest to find our go-to chicken burrito in the SCV (and El Pollo Loco and Chipotle don’t count), so when we spotted the #41: burrito mojado (a wet burrito), we just had to dive in and order. It may not have been the most adventurous choice on the menu—we skipped the tongue and stomach entrees—but we can’t help that the simple chicken burrito called out to us.

The wet burrito weighed a ton.
The wet burrito weighed a ton.

What was delivered 10 minutes later, was a “burrito” that weighed about the same as a newborn. The baby came with cheese, beans, chicken, more cheese, cheese, chilies, a layer of nacho chips and a roja sauce drowning the burrito. There wasn’t enough chicken for our taste, and definitely too much cheese. The chicken that we did taste was bland. The sauce was overwhelming in volume and underwhelming in flavor—we expected just a little bit of heat. Maybe we expected too much.

Taco Llama is a great place for cheap food for ginormous portions (that burrito only set us back $5.75), but we’ll keep on searching for our go-to burrito in the SCV.

Taco Llama
24374 Main St., Newhall