Here at the 'Stro, most customers keep it low key. Except for Jake Lackey, a veteran of the U.S. Army. To him, burritos are a way to train for his doctorate as a medical surgeon while also catching up on some delicious beans and fresh salsa.
I prefer to order extra ingredients so the burrito bursts open with wounds of mexican-inspired flavor. Then, I operate.
That's an interesting way to make the most of your $10 burrito. Did you know they also sell alcohol. We asked Jake if he indulges in the alcoholic beverages available at the checkout counter.
"I like to order a bottle and save it for when I've saved the patient. Then it's like Yeah, I made a difference today." Jake said. "Also, alcohol takes away my ability to think quickly and made critical decisions in the moment. So it's best to avoid it until the patient's vitals have stabilized."
It wasn't always this way. There was a time when Jake drank alcohol before or during his operations. He talked about an occasion that was very emotional to him:
"I didn't drink much that night, but it didn't matter. I was off my game. The patient had cardiac arrest on a level 2 suture. Even though I patched him up, there was too much internal bleeding of salsa fresca, I couldn't save him. It was a terrible moment for me and I almost gave up."
The supportive staff at Burrito Bistro were there to help Jake through those difficult, emotional times. "The owner, Alfonzo Brazziz, came to me and said:"
It's not your fault. These burritos are made with the freshest ingredients, but sometimes God has a different plan in mind. He has a plan for all of us.
These words meant everything to Jake. He now spends at least 5 hours per week eating, and studying, at the 'Stro.