Tortilla Factory wraps up great meals, deals
Few know how much goes into conceptualizing a fresh theme for a new restaurant. Mark Esparza, the owner of Obbligato, is gifted in the field of new restaurant concepts. Tortilla Factory is his newest idea, and it has much to offer.
Tortilla Factory has an environment that matches its cuisine – simple, yet inventive. The restaurant is spotless and decorative with four to five tables lining the dining area walls. On entering, customers are met by a warm and comfortable atmosphere as restaurant staff greet them cordially; and they are sure to leave satisfied.
“The Tortilla Factory is very clean and has nice music,” said Aida Hays, a new Tortilla Factory customer. “The food is delicious. Overall, it has a very pleasant environment.”
One can choose entrées either as burritos or “donburi,” the popular Japanese rice bowl, filled or topped with choice ingredients. Choices include Asian beef, spicy honey chicken, shrimp and carnitas, or shredded pork. There is also an array of lesser ingredient and condiment choices that can be combined for a tasty end result. They include lettuce, rice, small potatoes, cheese, “pico de gallo” (a fresh salsa), different sauces and so much more.
Along with that burrito or rice bowl and fixings, a set order comes with a side of steaming tortilla soup and nacho chips. The Tortilla Factory also offers takeout, and those ordering out can choose either soup or chips as a side.
An array of drinks, ranging from soda to beer, is available for purchase as well. Water, of course, is free and in abundance, especially for those who love but are unable to handle a little spice.
Meal prices range from around 600 yen to 800 yen (about $7.30 to $9.70). In all, a meal and a drink go for less than 1,000 yen, and the portion sizes make the Tortilla Factory’s prices more than reasonable.
Eco-friendly customers can not only satisfy their taste buds at Tortilla Factory, but can be satisfied knowing they are doing their part for the environment by supporting a business that practices, as well as preaches, social responsibility. Esparza said he tries to purchase as many locally grown ingredients as possible, and that he chooses non-local ingredients that are transported making the smallest possible “carbon footprint” (total amount of emitted greenhouse gases).
This company even uses its own flour tortillas made in a factory at Esparza’s other eatery, Obbligato, near Camp Courtney.
So, for anyone who is craving “fresh-and-fast” food from an eco-friendly eatery with even friendlier staff, Tortilla Factory is a must. The restaurant is open daily, 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. It is in Ginowan City on route 81, between Camp Foster and Camp Futenma. For more information, call 098-892-6200 or e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Note: This story was originally published in Stripes Okinawa, March 11, 2011 edition.