Vestal | Lafayette, La.
By Eliza Amari
May 12, 2022
At Libelula, bigger is better. Value perception and locally sourced ingredients make the Big A$$ California Avocado Burrito a breakfast favorite at this Fresno, Calif., restaurant led by Chef/Owner Ian Cookson. It boasts a unique flavor build that features achiote-braised cauliflower, bacon, andouille, roasted veggies (mushrooms, onions and red peppers), ghost pepper cheese, housemade kimchi, crispy tater tots, eggs to order and, finally, half of a creamy, ripe California avocado. “This has been a success since the beginning. I think more than anything it’s the size and unexpected flavor that does it for people,” says Cookson, who created this burrito in collaboration with the California Avocado Commission.
Cookson reports that the dish also earns back-of-house bonus points by addressing current foodservice challenges. “This whole burrito was born of menu item cross-utilization,” he explains. “The cauliflower is also used in our vegan tacos, the andouille in our Cajun Cristo Sandwich, and kimchi in our Sriracha-Maple Chicken Sandwich. We can also circumvent supply chain problems by sourcing locally.”
Seafood Special: Spaghetti with Blue Crab Vestal | Lafayette, La.
Getting Saucy: Blueberry Bourbon Chipotle BBQ Sauce U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council + University of Connecticut
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council + University of Connecticut
Seasonal Spice: 5-Alarm Fall Vegetable-Grain Bowl True Aussie Beef & Lamb + Nordstrom Restaurants
True Aussie Beef & Lamb + Nordstrom Restaurants
Atwitter for Fritters: Asparagus Fritters Culaccino | Franklin, Tenn.
Culaccino | Franklin, Tenn.
Taco Transformations: Chicharrón Tacos Sally Can Wait | New York
Sally Can Wait | New York
Fill ‘er Up: Empanadas Rustika Café and Bakery | Based in Houston
Rustika Café and Bakery | Based in Houston
Original Icon: Khao Mun Gai Rooster & Rice | Based in San Francisco
Rooster & Rice | Based in San Francisco
High Steaks: Steak Gorgonzola Romano’s Macaroni Grill | Based in Denver
Romano’s Macaroni Grill | Based in Denver
From the 2023 Top 10 Trends issue of Flavor & The Menu, for chefs and menu developers. Read full issue online.