Tucked beside a gas station in Vinton is a little taco shop with a big loyal following.
“It’s San Diego-style taco shop food that I’m used to. There’s nothing like it in the area. It’s really, really good,” says Nick Breese, a regular customer of La Casa Del Burrito Taco Shop.
Angel and Edgar Vasquez, who are co-owners of the taco shop, lived in San Diego for 14 years before settling in Virginia two years ago. They soon realized the area was missing the type of food they were craving. So they decided to create it themselves, opening their taco shop in May.
“People say oh, you have that kind of burrito. Yes, we have it. So people are happy, they like it and recommend it to their families,” says Angel Vasquez.
At La Casa Del Burrito, many of the items are made from scratch, including the corn tortillas.
The shop goes through about 14 pounds of the corn mixture each day, making several hundred tortillas. And what’s in the mixture exactly? Well, that’s a secret. And the Vasquez brothers aren’t sharing it.
The brothers work long hours from morning until night.
“This is my second house,” says Angel.
“My first house,” jokes Edgar.
But the time they spend in the kitchen saves some of their regular customers time of their own.
“I used to drive down to Raleigh, which is three hours away to get the same type of food. And we would actually bring it up and keep it in our refrigerator or our freezer. So now that they’ve opened up here, La Casa del Burrito, we don’t have to make that drive anymore,” says Breese.
In addition to offering a taste of California, the brothers hope they can share a taste of some of their Mexican heritage with their customers as well.
‘My mom when she was working and she was making the corn tortillas, I remember when I was little trying to help make the tortillas,” says Angel.
The brothers plan to create roots here.
“I want to stay for a long time,” says Angel.
And they’re already thinking of expanding to new locations to give more people a taste of home in their new hometown.