by Rhonda Dutton
“Fast casual” has been around since the mid-90s and Freebirds was one of the originals, first in California in 1987 and expanding to Texas in 1990, offering custom mission-style burritos as well as custom bowls, nachos, tacos, quesadillas, and salads. They have a high-energy, engaging atmosphere where “Tribe Members” go above and beyond to assist guests in creating the ultimate burrito experience.
Freebirds has a cult following, too – I was first introduced to Freebirds in Addison by coworkers who became Freebirds followers (Freebirdies? Freebirdheads?) while at school in College Station, and its rock concert roadie atmosphere was appealing to my inner rocker chick. However, the plotline of offering custom meals is so popular these days, you can get everything custom now, from sandwiches to salads to pizza to pasta to burgers. So what sets Freebirds apart? Here are 5 things you may not have known about Freebirds:
- They only use fresh ingredients. And that’s not a trend for them, they’ve always done it so it’s not a tagline.
- Their meat marinades are gluten free for those who can’t have glutes. 😉
- They offer a gluten free tortilla option
- EVERYTHING is made in-house. From their marinades, to their guacamole and sauces, they’re all made in-house!
- They have vegan options. I was surprised to see Calabacitas (made with veggies, spices, and tempeh) for the cow-huggers out there!
- (I never claimed to be good at math) Their meat isn’t overcooked and dry like other walk-the-line joints.
These key facts make a monster-sized difference in the quality, taste, and eating experience. I like my meat tender and moist (who doesn’t?!) so when it comes to bird, I’m a dark meat kind of gal and I was glad to learn that they offer spiced dark thigh meat with cayenne and paprika.
Custom burrito with dark meat chicken, cilantro rice, peppers and onions, refried beans (which are vegetarian, BTW), guacamole, and mild tomatillo sauce all swaddled in a cayenne tortilla!
Custom bowl with Spanish rice, black beans, marinated flame-grilled steak, peppers and onions, pico, tomatillo sauce…
And don’t forget, you can get custom nachos, quesadillas, tacos, and salads, too! They still offer the “Monster” and “Super Monster” burrito sizes for those of you who really want a burrito the size of your arm – and you’ll feel less guilty about it, too, because GOOD STUFF.
What to eat with the fam this weekend? There’s this:
FREEBIRDS WORLD BURRITO offers FREE kid’s meal with purchase of entrée during HALLOWEEN WEEKEND
No tricks, just treats at Freebirds World Burrito this Halloween. Visit your participating Freebirds location and order an adult entrée and receive a free kid’s meal from Friday, October 28 to Monday, October 31.
Kick off the weekend on a tasty note with Freebirds’ fresh, made-to-order burritos, tacos, nachos, quesadillas, bowls and salads. This is your child’s chance to build their yummy kid’s meal straight from the kitchen and take-away their own spooky foil art. The kid’s menu features a choice of a burrito or quesadilla and includes chips and a beverage.
There are 62 Freebirds locations in Texas, 14 in the DFW area, so there are no excuses for eating sub-par fast casual Mexican.