May 31, 2010
(Quantity of food / Price of food) x Tastiness of food while drunk = Level of success
That’s the equation for the perfect college food. These hole in the wall joints aren’t going to earn any Michelin stars anytime soon, but there’s something about cheap, greasy food in absurdly large quantities that never ceases to satisfy.
Even though I didn’t go to UC Santa Barbara, the name “Freebirds” has often graced my ears. Typically referenced in some story about drunken debauchery (e.g. “One night, at Freebirds…”), Freebirds in Isla Vista is a Mexican joint that’s open 24 hours a day. Mexican food…Open late nights…This place was engineered for the college crowd.
(Note the size of my small, stubby hand next to this gigantic container of nachos.)
Although its prices are a little high for typical college grub (I spent $11 for a container of nachos), its huge portions easily make up for the price. My mountain of chips, cheese, grilled chicken, salsa and guacamole could have probably fed four sober people (or at least two drunken ones). Freebirds is about as authentically Mexican as Chipotle, but who cares – It’s college food.
Freebirds World Burrito
879 Embarcadero Del Norte
Isla Vista, CA 93117