Eat By Numbers: Boloco

When you dine out, you might think about the ingredients that go into your food, but you probably don’t think about all the numbers that make your meal happen. Restaurants are filled with interesting figures that might not be apparent when you bite into an enticing entrée or take a sip of a signature cocktail, but they’re all around you.

This week we stop by the newly opened Boloco in downtown D.C., which serves up globally inspired burritos. The Beantown-based chain has built up a fervent following, including one V.I.B.E. (Very Important Burrito Eater) who has visited so many times that he should get stock in the company. We serve up that jaw-dropping digit along with the cost of buying the customized Boloco airstream seen above and the astonishing number of tortillas the eatery went through last year.


Locations: 21

Years Boloco has been open: 15

Different burritos offered: 17, including five breakfast options

Possible burrito combinations: Using “conservative math” there are 546,480 options

Number of the bestselling Classic Mexican burritos sold last year across all locations: 658,722

Number of the V.I.B.E. favorite, the Buffalo burrito, sold last year across all locations: 363,819

Different sauces and salsas available: 17

Tortillas used across all locations last year: 2,673,264 (68% flour, 32% wheat)

Pounds of rice used across all locations last year:  321,175 (60% Boloco rice, 40% brown rice)

Calories in the “slimmest” burrito, the mini teriyaki: 240

Seasonal items currently on the menu: Three, the Oaxaca Mole burrito, Pumpkin shake, and Peppermint Stick shake

Different smoothies and milkshakes: 8

Number of the bestselling Nutella shakes sold last year across all locations: 101,483

Cost of a Boloco airstream: $66,000

Boloco airstreams sold: Zero, but there have been two serious inquires, one attempted robbery, and one accident

Times that the most loyal guest has visited since 2009: 1,329

Number of customers who have visited more than 1,000 times since 2005: Four