The future could be lurking in a corner of a 24-hour Mobil station on Santa Monica Boulevard. At least that's the first location of the new burrito vending machine, BurritoBox, which seems like a legit (though probably misguided) enterprise and not a hoax. An intrepid Reddit user claims to have tried the thing and describes it as "like a gourmet frozen burrito without the shitty texture you get from the microwave."
Details on the website are scarce, but per an Instagram video it appears that the machine dispenses Evol burritos in flavors like chicken and rice, shredded beef, and bacon, egg, and cheese. Add-ons like sour cream and guacamole come in separate containers, implying that the burritos are pre-made -- so in actuality it might be more like a really big, orange microwave.
It's surprising and a little shameful that L.A. beat S.F. in this brave new world of burrito disruption. This is either a flash-in-the-pan marketing stunt or a harbinger of the day when Dolores Park gets a shiny line of 24-hour burrito kiosks ... though if we're talking food vending machines, our vote goes to a Belgian frites maker.