Los Angeles is a breakfast burrito town. The city is filled to the brim with the things, either in high-end restaurants like the Nomad or in unassuming parking lots two blocks from the Staples Center. But there is perhaps no more buzzed-about burrito of the past three years than the Rico Suave from the Rooster Truck.
And now, instead of chasing down chef Rouha Sadighi as she traverses the city, those burritos now have a permanent place to nest in Pico-Robertson. This is Sadighi’s first standalone project after years of operating her colorful food truck, mostly on Abbot Kinney and other spots around the Westside. Sadighi has also built up a formidable wholesale business, selling finished burritos to coffee shops up and down the coast.
With the Rooster in Pico-Robertson, the plan is to keep what works and expand the rest, moving into lunchtime fare like sandwiches and salads as well as that signature Rico Suave breakfast burrito with all that avocado. There’s the Kevin Bacon, an ode to a classic BLT, and the Cubano-inspired Andy Garcia, among other options like a burger and tater tot sides.
As for the space, the former Komodo has been completely revamped to maximize the kitchen (they’re still doing wholesale, after all). Seating comes from some counter and stool spots up front and one large communal table, but mostly this is meant to be a mellow destination for dining on the quick before moving on for the day — which is just how thousands of Angelenos already enjoy their breakfast burritos already.
The Rooster opens on Friday, keeping hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Rooster. 8809 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.