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Burritos in Philadelphia

Which place serves the best? I usually go to Chipotle and get the chicken burrito with everything plus guacamole. I've also frequently been to the Mexi-Cali cart on UPENN's campus, but it seems that the quality's gone down lately. I've heard El Fuego on 7th and Walnut is good, but I've never tried it (I guess they are also opening another location that is going to serve beer and margaritas). Any suggestions?

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  1. El Fuego is good, give it a try.

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    1. re: Buckethead

      El Fuego on Walnut btw 7th and 8th is terrific.

    2. I'm a fan of Sante Fe Burrito, as well as 12th St Cantina

      1. jose's burritos. 10th and Buttonwood tucked behind the spaghetti warehouse. I have dreams abou the chicken tinga burrito.

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        1. re: hollyd

          i'm def a jose's fan too. though i have no idea how you all know to call it jose's. i've never seen jose's name anywhere on the building! it's a big neon sign above the door stating "tacos and burritos." always smells great, totally a hidden dive/gem.

          1. re: hollyd

            I can't believe I have never heard of this place - I work at Broad and Fairmount and am always looking for inexpensive quick lunches!

            1. re: Bigley9

              oh, man, get over there today! get some guac. so good.

              heard of it is one thing (they don't do much in the way of advertising themselves from what i've seen) --- can't believe you haven't SMELLED its tastiness!!! :)

              1. re: rabidog

                jose's is awesome...i'm particularly fond of the shrimp burrito and the chorizo quesadilla.

                1. re: rabidog

                  OH CHOWFRIENDS!!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you. Today I got lunch at Jose's. I brought lunch back for a few coworkers too. Everyone raved. Some are planning a return trip tomorrow. I couldn't decide but went with the Chicken Tinga Burrito since it was the first recommendation in this post (sometimes decisions get made in strange ways), so good, I ate the whole thing and now I can barely move. Can't wait to try more! I can't believe this has been right around the corner from my job all this time.

                  1. re: Bigley9

                    yay! I'm glad everyone enjoyed it! Tinga is my fave. Their mole is pretty amazing too. They DELIVER to my house on Fairmount Ave, and that is dangerous friends! I only know it's Jose's because of the takeout menu.

                    1. re: hollyd

                      oooh, they deliver?! didn't know that... i'll have to get a takeout menu and try that sometime! now i am CRAVING a burrito!

                      1. re: rabidog

                        be aware, they typically start to run out of things around 8, especially mole. So when you call in, have your back ups ready!

                        1. re: hollyd

                          I am eating my way through Jose's menu - today it's grilled shrimp tacos and a side of guac! excellent! No mole today which was my original choice. Next week...yum

                            1. re: Bigley9

                              the only thing I've had there that I didn't like was a tamale. Kind of pastey.

                              1. re: hollyd

                                OK I have to keep posting here because I am amazed I didn't know about it sooner. I am trying to save others from my errors...Today I had the chorizo Quesadilla, med sauce, guac, sour cream - oh yum. How can chorizo be on a quesadilla without it being greasy? I am now up to 6 coworkers who order when I go and climbing each trip. Any other comments on the tamales? Perhaps I should start a Jose's specific post (or maybe I am the only obsessed one...)

                                1. re: Bigley9

                                  I didn't like the tamales but LOVE the gorditas. and also the huaraches. Both are way better than the tamale.

                                  1. re: Bigley9

                                    I liked Tacos Riendo (1301 n 5th) better than Jose's - thought the chicken tinga at Jose's was dry. Enjoyed the chile relleno tacos and chorizo sopes at Tacos Riendo.

                2. el fuego is very yummy, tis a california style mexi joint. and speaking of mexi-cali, if you are displeased with the lunch truck then just go to the restaurant, it is only two blocks away on 40th (between chestnut and market or chestnut and walnut, i forget but one can look it up). i also love la lupe's burritos (v mexican) and one place on south street makes v good ones too, but i can't remember which place. sorry....

                  1. el fuego is awesome, but it is a cali-mexi place so you know. mexi-cali, the lunch truck, is a 'branch' of the restaurant, so if the truck hasn't been pleasing you lately, just go to the source! the restaurant is 2 blocks away on 40th street between chestnut and walnut.

                    also, la lupe makes v yummy mexican burritos.

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                    1. re: mazza3

                      Didn't the mexi-cali lunch truck come first? I thought the truck was great, but when the restaurant opened, it started going downhill. Not bad, but I thought the chicken lacked seasoning.

                      I've been to the restaurant once, and I thought it was ok. I haven't been back for a while, but the few times I tried to, it was closed for the season or something (but that was a few years ago).

                      I'll have to try el fuego.

                      1. re: soccerfan80

                        I'm curious to hear if the El Fuego fans are basing their comments on recent experience.

                        I ask because I used to love El Fuego, lived less than 2 blocks away and so went there often....and even raved about them here on Chowhound.

                        But in the last few months before I moved out of the city this past November, I had several experiences there that just weren't as good as they'd been in the past. Nothing terrible, but disappointingly so-so.

                        1. re: lauracohenromano

                          I've been to El Fuego about 10 times in 2 years and as recently as yesterday, I thought the spicy beff burrito was probably the best one I've had there!

                    2. Anyone try Machismo in Manayunk? I've heard mixed results. I'll have to try jose's. El Fuego is ok'o. Better than Qdoba.

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                      1. re: juice

                        Juice, i'm not crazy about Machismo's at all. While it is a nice concept (fresh vegetables and condiments, perfect location) the meat and rice leave much to be desired. At that, no one there really seems to care about the fact that the quality of the meat and rice is far below what should be expected at a place that's trying to front themselves as an authentic, fresh ingredient burrito bar. I would go to Qdoba or another high end chain before I went to Machismo's.

                        As for Jose's, i think that it's among the top burritos in the city.

                        1. re: juice

                          i as well am not a fan of machismo's for all the reasons mrmarsellus also explained. however i will give them credit for the wall of hot sauces they have for sampling.

                        2. have the Chimichanga at Bridget Foy's. It is fried unlike your traditional burrito, but it is not heavy. They have an awesome avocado cream type sauce and a great salsa as well. also probably the cheapest thing on their menu. 2nd and South.

                          1. Well, I tried both El Fuego and Jose's. Both were very good, but I think I liked El Fuego better. When I went to Jose's they were out of the chicken tinga, so I had to settle for the plain chicken burrito. It wasn't bad, but it was a little dry and much smaller than I expected. Of course, it cost less than the el fuego burrito. Maybe I have to go back for the chicken tinga.