Newest addition to The BLVD offers health-conscious burritos and tacos!

Employee, Jose Diaz, makes a burrito Tuesday at the opening of “1800: Simply the best burritos and tacos.”

Owner and operator Jose Manriquez takes orders at his restaurant's grand opening.

LANCASTER – Jose Manriquez has dreamed of opening his own restaurant since he was a little boy. His dream became a reality Tuesday when “1800: Simply the best burritos and tacos” officially opened for business on The BLVD.

“I’m really excited,” said Manriquez. “I’ve been working with food for the last 25 years, so this is a very big deal for me.”

City officials joined Manriquez Tuesday in celebrating the restaurant’s grand opening. The new eatery offers healthy Mexican-American cuisine at reasonable prices, with all menu items prepared daily.

Several City officials joined Manriquez Tuesday to celebrate his eatery's grand opening.

“We use no preservatives, no lard, no canned food, nothing; everything is made from scratch,” said Manriquez. “We have to get here really early to get everything ready by 8 o’clock in the morning for breakfast.”

The eatery also features unique salsa that is made fresh on site, utilizing special seasoning from family recipes passed down through generations, according to Manriquez.

“It is spicy, but once blended with food, it is just the perfect balance between taste and spice,” said Manriquez. “One bite and you will be addicted.”

Vice Mayor Ron Smith dives into a health-conscious taco Tuesday.

Owned and operated by Manriquez, 1800 was established by InSite Development with assistance from the City’s Commercial Property Improvement Program (CPIP).

“The CPIP has helped give entrepreneurs the tools necessary to achieve their goals of turning ideas into real business, while at the same time helping us enhance the newly revitalized BLVD,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris.

“1800 on The Blvd is another great piece to the puzzle,” said Scott Ehrlich, principal of InSite Development. “Simply put, 1800 will be an eating destination for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night munchies.”

1800 is located at 649 West Lancaster Blvd. Restaurant hours are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., except weekends, when the eatery is open until midnight.

1800 is located at 649 West Lancaster Blvd.

To-go orders can be placed by phone at 661-951-8226 or by fax at 661-951-8221.

Jose Manriquez is now the second member of his family to own a restaurant on The BLVD.

His brother Atanacio “Tacho” Manriquez owns the Brooklyn Deli right down the street at 730 W. Lancaster Blvd.

  8 comments for “Newest addition to The BLVD offers health-conscious burritos and tacos!

  1. Erik D. Reedy
    April 16, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Food was good. What I didn’t like was the cashier telling me to “keep it gangsta” and then the cashier and cook playing loud rap music that used offensive language and was extemely sexually graphic. There was an older lady in there who immediately got up and left. I won’t be going back.

    • TheTruth
      April 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      GREAT way to increase your clientel! Keep it gangsta homie!
      These a$$holes can stay, the ghetto barbershop can stay, but the appliance store must go?

  2. Spade Nixon
    February 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I still don’t understand your thesis. Oh well. Who said anything about handling money and preparing food? I know that in NY they wait a few weeks before giving a restaurant a grade, not sure about LA County. So basically, you like a different type of Mexican food. Okay, got it.

  3. Pants
    February 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I tried 1800 for lunch today. I understand that the place is new and needs time to work some things out but the chicken burrito was inexcusably bad. The pico de gallo was 90% thick cut raw onion and that was really the only thing I could taste. I was charged .95 cents to add sour cream and another .95 cents to ad cheese. When I checked my bag the cheese was nowhere to be found and they gave me a spoonful of sour cream on the side. I don’t think I’ll return.

    • William
      February 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Darn. I was actually planning on going there today before I read this article and your comment. I love burritos, especially the pork burritos at Chipotle which is closer to my Palmdale home.

      I guess I’ll give it a try in a few weeks when they’re more settled in. I know lard isn’t good for ya but it makes the best pie crusts and flour tortillas. I can’t find flour tortillas made with lard any more for an occasional treat.

      I bought a dozen tamales at the gourmet tamales place on the BLVD about a year ago. They were very good but the BLVD isn’t a convenient place to get to or to park for some strange reason. Even if I park in the median in front of where I’m going, it still feels odd. I don’t know what it is. I’ve lived in San Francisco where parking is practically non-existent and managed somehow but the BLVD has me wanting to leave as soon as I can after I’m done eating or whatever. WHAT is it?

      My guess is that Parris plans on replacing many of the low-rent type places on the BLVD with more upscale shops/restaurants. Other than the 2 blocks around BeX, the rest is nothing exciting to stroll by. It’s almost depressing except for the expensive landscaping. In a couple of years, as it’s built out more, parking will be horrible. You’ll have to park 2 blocks up a side street in front of someone’s house like you have to in LA and the San Fernando Valley.

    • Matt Keltner
      February 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      In their effort to be “health-conscious”, they charged extra for the bad stuff (sour cream and cheese) and forgot to give you one of them! lol

      • William
        February 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm

        Great point. I missed it. Too funny. To paraphrase the Soup Nazi “No sour cream and cheese for you”.

  4. S. Parker
    February 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Extremely well response Mr. Nixon. Well played! I will shuffle over to The BLVD and give 1800 a go this weekend. For one, I love Mexican food, and two, if I can get it fresh and healthy, it’s a win-win for me. And finally, it really warms my heart to see obvious hard workers getting their fair share. Bravo to Jose Manriquez!!!

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