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Oct 23, 2003 10:50 AM

Burritos in DC area

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A little help! Being from Southern California, I have a near obsession with mexican food, and especially carne asada burritos. But, I can't find anything even close in the DC Area. Sure, Baja Fresh and Chipotle are decent, but are there any "mom and pop" taco shops in the area that really know authentic mexican food?


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  1. Here is authentic:

    Assuming that you drive, Taqueria El Charrito Caminante in Arlington is great. No tables, just a few stools. $2 tacos, $3 burritos. The food is great. I particularly liked the goat taco (my friend said the goat burrito was better) but the chorizo (ground sausage) was good as well. It you get can watch the woman in the back make them to order. They ahve other kinds of tacos/burritos, and they have a steak entree.

    Taqueria El Charrito Caminante
    2710 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
    Phone: (703) 351-1177)

    4 Replies
    1. re: Foodgeek

      They probably weren't the most authentic burritos in the world, but back in the 80s, the Tippy Taco California burritos off Wilson Boulevard in Arlington were great! To my recollection, it was a local mini-chain ... I hadn't even thought about them until I saw one while driving on Lee Highway in Merrifield the other day (that might be the very last one!) I may need to stop in for some nostalgia!

      1. re: anotherfoodperson

        They were great we hung out there every friday night .

      2. re: Foodgeek

        I would like to very strongly second the vote for El Charrito Caminante. They make the best burritos I've had in this area by a long shot. Most of the places around here, including many of those that have been recommended so far, see burritos as something to throw on a plate and drown in extra sauce and cheese.

        1. re: Foodgeek
          Michele Ginnerty

          Absolutely the best burritos we've had in the DC area! Excellent flavor. Plus, they are a terrific bargain.

        2. If you're from southern CA, you won't find anything close here with the possible exception of Charrito (mentioned in Foodgeek's response.) We do however have a pretty big Salvadoran/Latino population, especially in northern VA, so many of the grocery stores (especially Shoppers Food Warehouse) have great selection of different latino food items. Good tortillas, salsas, ingredients, etc. It helps to be able to at least MAKE decent Mexican food.

          1. Check out Picante! The Real Taco, in Chantilly (Route 50 just west of Route 28). It's run by Mexican folks.

            They have some really good authentic regional specialities, like fish veracruz-style, chicken in mole sauce, etc.

            1. My advice would be to forget about the burritos and go for tacos instead. Good tacos and carne asada served with fresh-made tortillas can be found all over the area. And technically tacos are the "authentic" mexican food anyway...

              1. There are no good burritos here. It is a dream that you might as well forget. There are decent Mexican places however. Try Mix-Tec in Adams Morgan. They have great dishes, it is a mom and pop shop, and it's cheap.