The owners of Mooresville's landmark Prickly Pear gourmet Mexican restaurant branched out May 18 with the opening of Burrito Loco, a concept they intend to franchise.
Burrito Loco features tacos, burritos and quesadillas from $4.50 to $7.
Co-owner Val Panizzut calls the concept "fast and fresh." All orders are prepared fresh and are to the customer within minutes, he said. Eddie Chavez is the other co-owner.
Tacos at Burrito Loco include the signature Loco, which includes adobo steak, jack cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, green onions, cotija cheese and chipotle crema; and the Carnitas, which has braised pork, avocado-cilantro sauce, tomatillo salsa, onion, cilantro and chicharrones.
The restaurant also serves two "Americano" selections, the chipotle burger and the Mexican dog, which is bacon-wrapped and includes refried beans, avocado salsa, lime mayo, onion and tomato.
Sides include the $1.50 Salsa Trio of roasted tomatillo, tomato-jalapeno and roasted tomato-arbol.
The same menu is served for lunch and dinner. A children's menu is available. The restaurant seats 40 to 50 and will soon add outdoor seating.
Burrito Loco: 391 E. Plaza Drive (N.C. 150 East), in the former El Valle restaurant space; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 704-663-0919.
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Among other menu items, owners Tony and Karen Atilano serve "original fajitas," in which the meat and veggies are grilled just as they were prepared at the U.S.-Mexico border years ago.
The restaurant features a large family dining room and smaller private spaces.
Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; and 11:45 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays.