10 Favorite Burrito Joints in Metro Phoenix
In his new book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, Gustavo Arellano, the scribe behind the syndicated column ¡Ask a Mexican! and editor of New Times' sister paper, OC Weekly, says there's no known etymological origin for the word, burrito -- even where it was created is a mystery.
We love to eat these tasty, tortilla-wrapped meals all the same. And when it comes to getting our mitts around one in the Valley, especially old-school style, here's a list of 10 of our favorite joints to score one.
Taqueria La Hacienda #1
This classic food truck on Buckeye at Second Street (next to The Meat Shop) serves up all the traditional favorites -- lengua, cabeza, tripa, buche, pastor -- but you'll want to make sure to order up its asada. Spicy and peppery and with bits of garlic, onions, and tomatoes, it's a meaty treat. Want breakfast? Order up the green chile breakfast burro for some a.m. deliciousness.
Sure, this hip little hangout on 16th Street with a simple menu of Mexican flavors like Oaxacan black mole, Mexico City-style chicken tinga, and cochinita pibil from the Yucatán, says tacos in the name, but its burros are tasty, too. Try all three, especially the luscious mole with its rich, flavorful sauce and shredded chicken, and don't forget a trip to the stellar salsa bar and a cup of dreamy horchata with fruits and pecans.
Burritos get super at this Hispanic supermercado chain with seven locations in Arizona. Hit up the sprawling eatery inside the market, where fresh-cut meats, homemade tortillas, and fresh produce await in abundance. Where to start? Try a tasty chicken burrito with mole, carnitas burrito, or breakfast burrito. And don't forget to stop at the aguas frescas stand. Plus, you can pick up all the ingredients at the market to make more burritos at home.
With an stark exterior and a dining area that feels like Grandma's kitchen, this in-the-middle-of-nowhere restaurant in Phoenix serves up some damn fine burros -- that is, when they're open (breakfast and lunch only, anything else "by appointment.") Take advantage of the mighty good machaca or go with the green chile or red chile beef all for around four or five bucks. Eating light? Get two chicken burros with a salad for $6.75.