By Debbie Adams
Brothers Angel and Edgar Vasquez opened La casa Del Burrito Taco Shop in Vinton in 2018—their first business.
The original plan was to open the restaurant in Rocky Mount, but they ultimately chose their spot at 515 2nd Street because of its location along Virginia Avenue, a main thoroughfare in Vinton, and the availability of the building—plus a business-friendly town government.
The brothers saw a need for “a fast, authentic, southwestern taco shop” in the area. Their aim was to bring the taste of San Diego, the southern California flavor, to the Roanoke Valley, in contrast to the Tex-Mex style readily available locally.
For a time, the family operated a food truck as well, but then decided to open another “brick and mortar” establishment in Rocky Mount, which took the food truck’s place.
Their hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturdays they are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday.
The reason for those early hours is that the restaurant sells breakfast—think breakfast burritos and combos—all day long. In fact, their entire menu is available all day long.
Angel’s wife Roxy, who manages the operations, says that their appeal to customers is that they are a “mom and pop” shop where everything is made fresh and made to order. They are not a chain restaurant, but a small business, and doing very well at it. Part of that is their reasonable prices. Tacos start at $2; breakfast burritos at $4. There’s food for the kids—chicken tenders or cheese quesadillas with fries.
At La casa Del Burrito Taco Shop you place your order at the counter for take-out or eat in dining.
The restaurant has a huge menu. Roxy says that among their most popular items are their California burritos and Mulitas—made with two tortillas, not one, with a variety of fillings. Every other Wednesday they sell out of their special four quesabirria tacos which come with a dipping broth all for $8.99.
Fresh fruit waters (pineapple, melons, mango, and more) are also popular with customers.
Almost everyone who comes through the door seems to be a regular customer from the Fed Ex driver to members of the Vinton Police Department who are located just a block away.
For more information check out their website at https://la-casa-del-burrito-taco-shop.business.site/ and their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/people/La-casa-del-burrito-taco-shop-Mexican-food/100036470055607/ or call 540-206-3683.