Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Breakfast Burrito Bliss at Qwik Korner?

Nate's Korner
3960 South Main Street Unit C
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Two months ago Katie and I stopped in at Lucky Boy in Pasadena to try their breakfast burrito. The burrito was fantastic, and fueled my quest to find the best breakfast burrito in the OC. That quest has brought us to Nate's Korner in Santa Ana on a recent Sunday morning.

Nate's Korner is in a largely industrial area, just north of John Wayne airport. Their menu says that they have been in the same location since 1975, but the place has a new feel to it. On this Sunday it is not too busy. While we are eating, there is a steady stream of customers getting to go orders though. The guy behind the counter says that their busiest times are weekdays for lunch, when they have six people behind the counter preparing breakfast burritos, sandwiches, and salads. Speaking of the food, let's check it out.

Let's start off with what we are here for, the 3 Meat Breakfast Burrito. This burrito was huge, as you can see from the first picture. If I had to estimate the weight of this burrito, I would say it was approaching the two pound mark. There was meat in every bite of this burrito. The ham, and sausage were the best of the meats. The potatoes and egg were good in this, but the burrito lacked cheese. I was also asked if I wanted salsa in this, and after replying yes, they must have forgotten it. It would have probably pushed this breakfast burrito into the upper echelon of breakfast burritos. Next time I will have to try one of their one meat burritos, because they do include cheese in those.

Katie was not in the mood for a burrito, so she had the Ham and Cheese Egg Sandwich on a bagel. She also added hash browns to this. She reported that the bagel was lightly grilled, and very soft.  Katie was very pleased by this sandwich. She noted that the ham was thinly sliced, and the sandwich was cooked to order. I had a bite of this as well, and would have to agree with her favorable comments about this sandwich.

Not only did we have breakfast at Nate's Korner, but we got sandwiches to go for an early dinner. Above is the British Hoagie. The British includes roast beef, turkey and ham. Katie felt that this sandwich was good and flavorful, and it held up well, even after waiting a few hours to eat it. Katie could not finish this sandwich so I got a few bites of this as well. The meats were sliced thin, and the veggies were fresh. A very good sandwich.

I can very rarely pass up a Reuben Sandwich, so that is what I ended up with. This Reuben was a little heavy on the sauerkraut, but the meat seemed to be of high quality. The bread was good, but I would have liked to have had thousand island dressing on this, rather than the mustard. I would get this sandwich again though.

We came to Nate's Korner for the breakfast burrito and it was good. I would not say it was worth a twenty minute drive, but if I was in the area I would stop by here and pick one up. The sandwiches were good, but like the breakfast burrito, they may not be worth a trip out of our way. If I did work in the area I would make Nate's Korner one of my frequent lunch spots. The prices were good, and the portions were pretty good sized.

Out of  five Boeing 757's, (because we were so close to John Wayne airport, and those are the largest passenger planes that service the airport), five being best to zero being worst, Nate's Korner receives 3 Boeing 757's.

Nate's Korner does not have a web site, but you can find out more information about them here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/nates-korner-santa-ana

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  1. The "burrito" was named after little kids when a man who created food wraped in flour tortilla gave some to a starving little boy.

  2. Marieta - Thanks for the info about the burrito. Thanks for the comment.