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Where to get a good burrito?

RachelSK Jun 16, 2008 08:46 AM

A good burrito is an important part of my diet. Where to get the best one? Especially around Cambridge.

  1. Science Chick Jun 16, 2008 08:50 AM

    If you search this board you will find many lengthly discussions comparing the virtues/pitfalls of the local burrito scene. Anna's in Porter Sq gets props, as do a few others.

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      jajjguy Jun 16, 2008 09:21 AM

      I won't miss this opportunity to plug my favorite, Taqueria la Mexicana in Union Sq Somerville. But yes, there are a number of good choices.

      1. Dea Jun 16, 2008 11:43 AM

        If you're in Harvard Square head to Felipe's in the Garage. I especially like their carnitas and tinga pollo versions.

        1. rlh Jun 16, 2008 11:58 AM

          I like Felipe's as noted above, but my favorite is the Colorado Chicken at Boca Grande in East Cambridge (not their other locations for some reason) - black beans, no cheese, no rice, and ask for the extra hot sauce (not more of the regular hot sauce, a different more spicy condiment).

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          1. re: rlh
            jajjguy Jun 16, 2008 07:30 PM

            The beef biria burritos are really good too at Boca Grande. I've had it at the Mass Ave (Harvard/Porter) location and also the Brighton Village location, both very good.

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            jajjguy Jun 16, 2008 07:31 PM

            While we're calling out favorite dishes, I'll recommend both the chile verde burritos and the tacos al pastor at Anna's.

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              drewinmrblhd Jun 17, 2008 09:03 AM

              If you are up on the north shore, Wrapture in Beverly has great burritos. They have a great variety and all the ingredients are fresh. I highly recommend Wrapture on Cabot street in Beverly.

              1. Prav Jun 17, 2008 09:28 AM

                I like El Pelon's burrito which has plantains wrapped inside it. Mmm.

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                  miiki Jun 17, 2008 12:39 PM

                  I haven't tried the burrito yet at Olecito in Inman Sq b/c I am more of a taco fan but lots of friends have raved. Very fresh!

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                    lgss Jun 17, 2008 02:57 PM

                    Boca Grande on Mass Ave between Porter Sq. and Harvard Sq., at least their vegan ones. http://bocagrande.ypguides.net/

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                      Applejakx Jun 17, 2008 08:22 PM

                      Can never have too many burrito posts. Love 'em all - Annas, Boca, even have been turned on to Chipotle (hang head in shame). But -- my favorite is the "burrito guy" as we like to term him in the financial district and I think it's actually a cart from Herrera's restaurant. Love their veggie burrito - and they're loaded with the perfect amount of cheese. Sorry its not in Cambridge, but definitely worth a try.

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                        TomH Jun 17, 2008 10:39 PM

                        FYI, and I am not kidding, my co-worker got a burrito with a piece of chewed bubble gum in it from the Herrera's cart. The best part is that a few months later when there were long lines at all of our usual places he went back to the "gum cart" and got another burrito. Needless to say he is a man that likes to take risks!

                        I guess that means that the burritos are either pretty good or he is really stupid! :)

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                          Applejakx Jun 18, 2008 04:48 AM

                          Hahaha - that is hilarious. I'll make sure to look out for gum. Though with how fast I eat it, I'm not sure I could even tell.

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                        ritcey Jun 19, 2008 07:16 PM

                        Not Cambridge, but right next to the Red Line T-stop: Villa Mexico. I love the carnitas and the mole poblano (get 'em "spicy"). Far, far superior to Anna's & Boca Grande, IMHO.

                        Villa Mexico
                        296 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

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                          jgg13 Jun 19, 2008 09:01 PM

                          The one thing I would change about villa mexico is that "spicy" would be a lot spicier. I once said "yeah, extra spicy" and they didn't make it any different as far as I could tell, so whatever. This is a common problem for me, I never seem to be able to get a burrito that's actually pretty hot except at Viva Burrito, and then that's only because they have the hot sauce bar right there.

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                            ritcey Jun 20, 2008 10:36 AM

                            Yah, I suggested spicy since it just seems much more flavorful to me - it's doesn't really have that much heat. I'm OK w/ that but I could see heat fiends wanting more.

                        2. Sal Monella Jun 20, 2008 04:59 AM

                          Tacos Lupita on Elm St. in Somerville...close to the intersection of Elm and Somerville Ave.

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                            jgg13 Jun 20, 2008 06:10 AM

                            That's probably my favorite. IMO, Lupita, El Pelon & Villa Mexico are in a class by themselves.

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