2023 has seen a slew of restaurant closures, particularly in pizza and Mexican cuisine options. Was this a "correction" from too many options? Or was it simply bad luck, a less-than-stellar performance from these eateries, or a symptom of all the post-pandemic fallout for businesses? Likely the answer is a combination of at least two of those factors. The closures have one silver lining: the opportunity for something new to come along and try its luck in our highly competitive Lubbock foodscape.

Raider Burrito Express (aka Radier Burrito #2) has recently opened at 2901 Slide Rd, across from Ooo La Lattes. This area tends to get overlooked by new businesses, so this location may be a boon for the business. Additionally, many Lubbockites (myself included) are aware of the quality of the original Raider Burrito location and may be more likely to give this location a chance over something entirely new to the scene.

The original Raider Burrito is located at 2102 19th St near Lubbock High School and has been, in my opinion, a fantastic late-night option in an area that needs more late-night options- considering its proximity to Texas Tech, The Depot, and other area nightlife. The salsa is "chef-kiss" quality, to be sure.

Photo by Frankie Lopez on Unsplash
Photo by Frankie Lopez on Unsplash

Here's what you can expect from Raider Burrito Express, from their post on Facebook:

 Here’s a taste of what’s on the menu:
Breakfast Burritos: Start your day the Raider way with our loaded breakfast burritos! Enchiladas: Dive into layers of flavor with our house-special enchiladas! Street Tacos: Take a tasty tour with our authentically delicious street tacos!
...and that's just the beginning!
Best of luck to Raider Burrito Express on their new location.

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