Oriental Express is Now Get Some Burritos
Signs of life on a deserted corner
by Sally Mitani
From the July, 2014 issue
Get Some Burritos opened in the former Oriental Express on Packard. It's the first time in awhile you could get some anything on the block. The Blue Front closed several months ago, making four contiguous empty storefronts in a dense area of student housing.
Manager Devon Bivens, plucked from a job in the fine dining industry in Evansville, Indiana, via LinkedIn, moved here to bring Ann Arbor the SoCal, or Southern California, burrito. This is, she says, the second Get Some Burritos. The first is in Madison, but the plan is to eventually put one in every Big Ten town.
Get Some Burritos is owned by Dave Walden, who spent most of his youth in Milwaukee and moved to San Diego, where he still lives. There he discovered a burrito unlike the Tex-Mex kind he grew up eating. Bivens explains: "The seasoning is different. There's no ground beef, no rice filler, and fresher ingredients." The menu is short. "We don't have ninety-seven things to choose from." It's just chicken or steak burritos, a few tacos, nachos made with house-fried chips, and the GSB signature dish, carne asada fries. "It's sort of like nachos, except with fries instead of chips." She corrects herself: "Well, actually, that's exactly what it is."
Get Some Burritos, 707 Packard, 369-6991. Sun.-Wed. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. getsomeburritos.com
[Originally published in July, 2014.]
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