July 26, 2021 #1 Local News, Information and Event Source for the Century City/Westwood areas.

Food Review: Highway Robbery on PCH

An unmemorable breakfast burrito at Rockwell Kitchen

By Kerry Slater

A gourmet food truck on Pacific Coast Highway near the Palisades serves up a breakfast burrito that, in the eyes of this reviewer, can only be described as highway robbery.

Rockwell Kitchen, located on PCH by Topanga State Beach, is a food truck offering everything from grilled steak and fondue burgers to turmeric lattes and kombucha. After a morning surf, my stomach was speaking to me so I dropped by for one of my favorite things to eat: a breakfast burrito.

At Rockwell, the breakfast burrito is called “J’s Burrito” and costs $10 for a basic version with eggs, Dominican-style beans and avocado. This is reasonable for a breakfast burrito on the Westside but what is a bit excessive is the $2 charge for bacon, and in my book, a breakfast burrito needs bacon unless you don’t eat pork. So after tax and tip I was looking at a $14 breakfast burrito and thinking ‘this better be really good.’

The first bite did not knock me off my feet. Not that it was bad. It just was bland. But just like you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge a burrito by the first bite. One has to get into the heart of it before passing judgment. Unfortunately, the rest of the breakfast burrito at Rockwell Kitchen was the same mediocracy.

The biggest problem was the rice. In a normal burrito, adding rice is questionable in my opinion. Why add more carbs to something wrapped in carbs? In addition, rice dilutes the flavor of other components. In a breakfast burrito, adding rice is worse, especially when the rice is replacing something like fried potatoes, which give the burrito great texture. The end result at Rockwell Kitchen, in large part due to the rice, was a breakfast burrito that from end to end is mushy. In addition, the egg to everything else ratio was an issue. Eggs are such a fundamental part of a breakfast burrito but in this burrito, the eggs are hidden behind the beans and rice. In many ways, it was more like a rice and bean burrito with eggs.

Overall, I am not discouraging you from trying Rockwell Kitchen. I plan on returning to check out other menu items which looked good, especially the fondue burger. But I cannot recommend the breakfast burrito, especially for $14. I am not a great chef, but from a flavor profile, I could have made something better at home for a fraction of the price. In addition, many days of the week there are taco trucks in the same area that I am sure to have a breakfast burrito that is better and certainly cheaper.

Taste: 6/10
Value: 4/10
Quality: 6/10
Overall: 5.3/10

Related Posts

NYC Man Arrested in Kidnapping of Dementia Patient at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center

July 23, 2021

July 23, 2021

Johnny Ray Gasca charged with one count of kidnapping in connection to July 19 kidnapping By Sam Catanzaro A New...

Police Looking for Westwood Village Strong Arm Robbery Suspect

July 23, 2021

July 23, 2021

UCLA police seek suspect in connection to July 19 incident By Chad Winthrop Police are searching for a suspected wanted...

Star Sushi Chef Leaving West LA Restaurant

July 22, 2021

July 22, 2021

Yoya Takahashi leaving Hamasaku By Kerry Slater A star sushi chef is departing from the West Los Angeles restaurant he...

New ‘Catio’ Opens at Cat Cafe Lounge

July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021

Los Angeles’ only non-Profit Cat Cafe has a new ‘Catio’ where you can enjoy a beverage and the company of...

One Killed in Sawtelle Electrocution

July 16, 2021

July 16, 2021

Rebar at high-rise construction site becomes electrically energized Thursday By Sam Catanzaro One person died after being electrocuted at a...

LA City Councilmember Koretz Seeks Reports on “Alarming” Drought Conditions

July 15, 2021

July 15, 2021

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, who represents Century City and Westwood, is pushing for for further water conservation efforts....

Edify TV: Local Cafe Supporting Foster Youths

July 14, 2021

July 14, 2021

La La Land Kind Cafe recently opened its first California location in Santa Monica, delivering not only unique coffee and...

Popular Japanese Bakery and Cafe Opens on Sawtelle

July 14, 2021

July 14, 2021

Sunmerry Bakery Cafe opening at former Eleven Arts gallery space  By Kerry Slater A Japanese bakery and cafe franchise has...

UCLA’s Ecosystem Health Report Card Gives L.A. County a C+

July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021

Jonathan Van Dyke/UCLA Newsroom In a report card published today, more than a dozen UCLA researchers and students take the full measure...

West LA Permanent Supportive Housing for Seniors, Veterans Breaks Ground

July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

51-story, five story building coming to Santa Monica Boulevard By Chad Winthrop A five story supportive housing project for seniors...

Marina Drive-In Movie Summer Series Underway

July 9, 2021

July 9, 2021

Gather with your family and friends to watch movies by the sea in Marina del Rey. Marina Drive-In Movie Nights,...

Ridgeline Protection Public Comment Period Extended

July 8, 2021

July 8, 2021

From Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz After eight years of hard work, the Ridgeline Protection Ordinance, authored by Councilmember Koretz, is...

Mama Hong’s Moving From Brentwood to West LA

July 8, 2021

July 8, 2021

By Toi Creel A popular Vietnamese restaurant known for its pho and other tasty dishes has closed its Brentwood location,...

Edify TV: Googie-Style Diner Getting New Neighbors

July 8, 2021

July 8, 2021

Dinah’s Family Restaurant, the Westside Googie-style diner beloved for its fried chicken, is getting many new neighborhoods. Learn more in...