Maybe you don't have a cafeteria in your office. Maybe you just don't have the ingredients for a stellar breakfast burrito in your fridge. Or maybe the thought of getting up to cook your own breakfast burrito makes you want to crawl back into bed. Whatever your reason for not having a burrito in your hand at 7 a.m., Emmy Tellez wants to help.
The New Mexico native has started Sunrise Tortilla, a "virtual food truck" that delivers breakfast burritos. Here's how it works: Tellez lists addresses where she can make deliveries Monday to Friday in neighborhoods around L.A. (Beverly Hills, downtown, Century City, Burbank, etc.) on the Sunrise Tortilla website. If your address falls into the area or building she's delivering to, you can place an order for breakfast burritos and schedule a delivery time. You prepay online, or she can swipe a credit card when she arrives. If she gets enough requests for a specific delivery location, Tellez says she'll add it to the lineup for an upcoming week.
Tellez makes four types of burritos, and each of them includes cage-free eggs, cheddar cheese, potatoes, sautéed onions and her homemade New Mexico red chile sauce. The No. 1 includes Hatch green chiles; the No. 2 has homemade chorizo; the No. 3 includes baby spinach; and the No. 4 is made with roasted turkey breast (no chiles).
The burritos are all priced at $7.50 each and delivery is included. Tellez will deliver between 6 and 10 a.m. Monday to Friday and from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays.
You can choose how you'd like to be notified when she arrives (text message, email, office reception). And instead of a food truck, Tellez rolls up in a white Mazda CX-7. All you have to worry about is not spilling sour cream on your keyboard.
So why breakfast burritos?
"I did my research and there are a lot of places that offer breakfast, but to get it at 6 a.m., it's actually not that easy," said Tellez. As for the burritos, Tellez, who has worked for the Hillstone Restaurant Group and owned a restaurant in New Mexico for a while, says she wanted to bring some traditional New Mexican chile flavor to the L.A. burrito market.
The plan is to open a brick-and-mortar in Los Angeles eventually — for now, she'll deliver a burrito to your office.
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