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published on 04/17/2007

Mojo Burrito – Let us roll one for you

By staff writer

Eve Williams, Owner
Nestled on the corner of Spring Street and Dayton Boulevard just off Highway 127 is one of the best little restaurants you will ever have the opportunity to eat at. Easily accessible to Red Bank, North Chattanooga, downtown, and Signal Mountain, it’s no wonder that owner Eve Williams is excited about her second location.

Opening in early December 2006 Mojo Burrito is not a Mexican restaurant. It IS a great place to get a great burrito and the best part is you can design your burrito to fit your taste. Long-time customers are familiar with the Mojo Burrito located in St. Elmo. Here one walks in, decides what type of wrap and then as the wrap is passed along the counter (somewhat like a sub shop) you pick what’s going inside it. The concept is still the same at the new place on Dayton Boulevard, however here one picks from the menu board and the burrito is prepared just behind in the kitchen and then brought to your table. It might take a little getting used to, but as usual it is worth it.

You might start your meal with a basket of tortilla chips, crisp and light as a feather dipped in a delicious bowl of salsa. Assorted cold drinks, ice tea or a pony bucket of beer might accompany your burrito. Customers may choose up to fifteen assorted ingredients from beans, rice, vegetables, cheeses, etc. to go inside their burrito. Or they can choose to eliminate the wrap and eat the ingredients in a bowl with rice called the Mountain Bowl or a bowl of homemade vegetarian chili created by Eve and her dad. A specialty is the caviar made of black-eyed peas, onions, and assorted other ingredients that requires a few wipes of the brow while eating. (Can be served on the side as a salad as well.) If you choose one hot item and fourteen cold items, then your burrito is going to be cold. This has taken some customers by surprise, but once over it, the customer enjoys his burrito.

According to Eve, a few new items are being introduced such as a fish taco and something called the “enchiladadito”, the spelling of which changes daily, but happens to be a deep-fried burrito served on a bed of rice and covered with a special sauce. In addition Eve plans to bring back her natural vegetable and fruit juices. Another new treat is “eat free on your birthday.” Also, a deck out back will be built soon over-looking the Springer Creek, which runs by the restaurant. And there is second building, which she is looking into hosting private parties, bringing in some bands and musicians, and she welcomes more ideas.

Mojo Burrito is as Eve said it best, “About community and for the community.” It has close ties with the art community. Local artists such as Greg Beairsto, Lisa Norris, and Charles Niznik have painted the tables inside the new location. In addition artists Brent Sanders, Steve Terlizzese, and Rey Alphonso among others, have paintings on the walls. Terry Cannon helped Eve by adding his own touch with his famous acrylic shine to each of the tabletops. When the playground was being built for the St. Elmo community recently, Mojo Burrito provided for free the lunch for all the volunteers. This spirit of community is something Eve wants to continue in the new location for all the surrounding communities.

Take out is available as well as a children’s menu. Eve’s husband Tim, a cabinetmaker and carpenter by trade is her partner behind the scenes. Her two children and their family are very important to Eve and she brings that commitment to her love for the restaurant.

The restaurant is open seven days a week, 11:00 – 9:00, Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 11:00 - 10:00 Friday, and 12:00 - 8:00 Sunday or you can call 870-MOJO (6656) for take-out. If you have not had a burrito at Mojo Burrito then you are missing something! We wish them the best of luck in their newest location.

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