February 27, 2021 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

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

‘Safe Camping’ at the VA is Open To All Homeless Veterans

February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021

The “safe camping” program is geared toward getting homeless Veterans off the streets and provides a way to transition from...

Edify TV: Metro Paying Homage to Historical Black Architect

February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021

The Metro Purple Line Extension is paying homage to a historical black architect known for his works across the Westside....

Sony Pictures Animation’s Culver City Campus Sells for $160 Million

February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021

Sony Pictures Animation’s Culver City campus has sold for for $160 million. Learn more in this video made possible by...

Video: Closing Down Westside Oil Field?

February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021

Officials are discussing closing a Westside oil field sitting on hundreds of acres of prime coastal land. Learn more in...

Edify TV: Greek Street Food Anyone?

February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

A souvlaki and gyro house serving up authentic Greek street food is eyeing a second Westside location. Learn more in...

Video: Closing Streets to Allow for More Outdoor Dining?

February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

A drunk driver recently crashed into a Santa Monica outdoor dining area, bringing attention to a proposal that would close...

Nearly 20 Culver City Restaurants Taking Part in in dineL.A.

February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

First ‘spring’ season of culinary event to begin first week in March By Kerry Slater Nearly 20 Culver City restaurants will...

Free Sandwiches as Inventive Sandwich Shop to Open in Culver City

February 24, 2021

February 24, 2021

Ike’s Love & Sandwiches bringing inventive sandwiches to Culver City By Kerry Slater A California chain featuring a menu of...

Missing 21-Year-Old Last Seen Near LAX

February 24, 2021

February 24, 2021

Family of Nin-Munajuy Melton seeking public assistance in search A missing 21-year-old woman was last seen near LAX, her family...

Video: Help Shape the Future of This Culver City Park

February 23, 2021

February 23, 2021

Public input is needed to help shape the future of this Culver City Park. Learn more in this video made...

Police Looking for Man Who Stole Cash Register From Culver City Business

February 22, 2021

February 22, 2021

Police release footage of Feb 14 incident By Chad Winthrop Police are asking the public for help identifying a man...

Westside Home Sales Spike in Part due to ‘Silicon Beach’ Transplants

February 21, 2021

February 21, 2021

Annual report shows single-family home sales spiking on Westside By Sam Catanzaro A recent report says that single-family home sales...

Westside Pharmacy Involved in Health Care Fraud and Kickback Scheme

February 18, 2021

February 18, 2021

Compounding pharmacy and owner plead guilty to health care fraud and kickback Scheme that led to $14 million in payments...

Culver City Becomes More Mobile With Unanimous City Council MOVE Vote

February 18, 2021

February 18, 2021

Unanimous vote earlier this month By Toi Creel A plan to make Culver City more bike and pedestrian friendly is...

Asian Woman Verbally Assaulted in Racially Motivated Attack

February 18, 2021

February 18, 2021

While walking near the intersection of Bundy and Montana an Asian woman was verbally assaulted by a man walking his...