Fusion Burrito in Gilbert: Meatball Burritos and New Orleans-Style Beignets
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).
Lauren Sari The Seoul burrito.
Restaurant: Fusion Burrito
Location: 546 North Gilbert Road, Gilbert
Open: About a month
Eats: Mexican fusion
Price: Less than $10
Mexican fusion isn't new, per se, but it seems to be taking on a new life here in the Valley. There's Mexican sushi, the soon-to-open Sumo Maya restaurant in Scottsdale, and Fusion Burrito in Gilbert. This new restaurant -- courtesy of Johnston and Wales graduate Chip Rooney -- specializes in burritos and quesadillas with flavors inspired by places all over the world.
We'll admit that meatballs in a burrito may not sound appetizing, but Fusion Burrito is somehow making it work.
The menu includes creations that range from "Okay, that doesn't sound too bad" to "Really? That can't be good." Consider the Gilbert burrito, which features housemade chicken salad with dried cranberries, almonds, celery, and greens. It's more wrap than burrito, but we can get behind the idea.
Lauren Saria Onion dip and kettle chips.
Then there's the Boise, a burrito that includes roasted chicken or pork, mashed potatoes, brown gravy, and diced green onion. It sounds more like something a stoner college student comes up with than gourmet food.
No matter which route you take on your burrito adventure, it would be smart to start your Fusion Burrito meal with an order of the housemade onion dip. It's strange that the order doesn't come with any chips, but you can buy a bag separately for $1.29. The salty kettle chips are perfect with addictingly good dip that's elevated with pieces of fresh green onions. The small size (79 cents) is more than enough as a starter for two.
On the other hand, you can skip the tater tots, which are okay but not a memorable part of the meal. Even the Nacho Tots ($2.99) don't taste as good as they sounded, thanks to subpar nacho cheese and slices of canned jalapeño.