Local restaurant offers special Obama and Romney burritos

Business owner encourages people to vote

BAKERSFIELD - A local restaurant is helping voters prepare for the upcoming election.  Owners have created menu items named after both presidential candidates.  The special may have an indication of who will win the race to the White House.

Pedro Aguilar is giving his customers a choice this election year.

His restaurant, El Taco Fresco is offering presidential burritos.

“Being able to vote, to cast your vote, to have a say in what goes on in the nation, who’s the next president, who’s the next elected official, I think it’s a blessing and sometimes people forget about that so, we thought it would be a good thing to put in people’s mind, get out there and vote,” he said.

Aguilar created the Obama burrito and the Romney burrito – both filled with rice, beans, onions, cilantro, tomatoes and salsa.

The difference, the Obama includes sour cream while the Romney has spicy jalapenos and freshly made guacamole.

“We  had a lot of people coming, calling their family member, coming over so it kind of helped us out a lot in the business,” he said.

The sale is getting people to discuss the campaigns.

“About who to elect, what’s been going with the elections, all the meetings,” said Mariah, a young woman enjoying the burritos.

Owners say people are debating over issues and sharing their opinions on the election…all while enjoying some inexpensive food.

“This is going to determine our future, the future of my granddaughter.  When she gets to be my age, whether she’s going to be in a place that she can make up her own decisions or she has somebody else making them up for her,” said registered voter, Tony Rodriguez.

Owners say they have been selling more Obama burritos than the Romney ones, but like many political polls -- it’s just too close to tell who will come out on top.

Despite who wins the election, owners here plan to make the presidential burrito a part of their permanent menu.

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