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Searching for a good burrito

veloz Aug 23, 2013 11:46 AM

Just moved here from the west coast, and as, a weekly burrito is part of my life, have consumed three burritos around town. All just seemed incredibly bland, dry and the tortillas..well let’s not go there. I know this has been discussed here before, but - Any new thoughts on where I can find a good one?

In particular, does anyone know of a place that:

a) will make you a burrito with jalapenos folded into it? The three places I went to here looked at me like I was insane when I asked for extra jalapenos inside my burrito. I always get them, and also think jalapenos could ameliorate some of what’s going on with the burritos I’ve had here.
b) Any place that will make a burrito with pork chile verde? This is my favorite, and I cannot find a place here that does.

Thanks in advance for any help with my quest.

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  1. Science Chick RE: veloz Aug 23, 2013 02:56 PM

    I know they don't compare with what's available on the west coast, but have you tried Anna's tacqueria? They have several locations and have a pretty decent chile verde, IIRC. I've had them add jalapenos to my burrito on many occasions, without recourse!

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      LStaff RE: veloz Aug 23, 2013 03:11 PM

      Well, you won't have issues with "dry" at Anna's since they never take the time to drain the meat/beans that sit in water. Bland on the other hand.....

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        mkfisher RE: veloz Aug 23, 2013 03:28 PM

        My favorite is Boca Grande, but again not sure there's anything that compares to what you get on the west coast.

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          kimfair1 RE: veloz Aug 23, 2013 03:34 PM

          Where have you had your three burritos? I'm also not an Anna's fan (though many are). I like Boca Grande, but only the Brighton outlet (I find the one in Coolidge Corner pretty bad). Not sure if either will put jalapenos in it, however.

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            joth68 RE: veloz Aug 23, 2013 03:36 PM

            Try the "quesadilla" at Anna's. It is the pretty much the same as the burrito except they fry the tortilla on the grill melting the cheese before adding the fillings and rolling. Not bland or dry. My go to is half lengua/half carnitas.

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              Science Chick RE: joth68 Aug 23, 2013 03:52 PM

              That's pretty tasty if you want a quesadilla, but not if you want a chile verde burrito!

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                joth68 RE: Science Chick Aug 23, 2013 05:05 PM

                The quesadilla at annas would be considered a burrito anywhere else. i think many people don't order it because they want a burrito and not a quesadilla but It has the same fillings as the burritos and is rolled like a burrito (the ends might not be pinched as tight...). The real difference lies in that it is griddled before construction and probably has more cheese. In conclusion, annas quesadilla=delicious griddled burrito.

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                  Science Chick RE: joth68 Aug 23, 2013 05:17 PM

                  Ahh....I see your point. Yes, grilled is nice! :)

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                    jgg13 RE: joth68 Aug 23, 2013 06:17 PM

                    I'm one of those people. I was with someone who ordered one once and said, "That's not a quesadilla!"

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                      Luther RE: joth68 Aug 24, 2013 11:18 PM

                      Maybe if you can get them to griddle it without dipping the tortilla in oil first...

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                        Science Chick RE: Luther Aug 25, 2013 05:08 PM

                        Yeah, now I remember....it has an actual blintze vibe to it!

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                      thedryer RE: Science Chick Aug 23, 2013 06:37 PM

                      LOVE LOVE LOVE Anna's quesadilla.

                      I get it with just chicken, salsa, cheese and extra jalapenos.

                      I wish I lived near one, I'd go get one right now!

                      My husband gets a carnita burrito with double meat every time we go and he loves it.

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                    veloz RE: veloz Aug 23, 2013 05:56 PM

                    Thank you everyone, for your input and tips. As for the 3 places I've tried burritos at, they were: Burritos Express, El Pelon, and Taqueria Mexico in Waltham. I'll check out Annas and Boca Grande this weekend. And then?? I'll have to get off my butt and start and start making my own!

                    It's interesting: Unlike things like lobster rolls, clam chowder, sourdough bread, bagels or some cheeses- just to give a few examples - there is nothing so unique, atmospheric or so incredibly local involved in the ingredients of a burrito - or that can't be learned in the making of them - that makes it un-viable to duplicate awesome burritos here. Tortillas can be done right here (and are done right for other things), beans, rice, salsa, carne - todo - can be done here. Yet there's an entire marketing about the burrito here and yet the burritos here are *so* lacking. Oh well. It's just a matter of time. Those great burritos will make it here - eventually.

                    1. jgg13 RE: veloz Aug 23, 2013 06:17 PM

                      Annas and Boca Grande both have a chile verde.

                      Compared to Annas & Boca Grande (which are very similar, for a good reason) I prefer el pelon, viva burrito and the deceased villa mexico but honestly nothing here is going to make you forget what you used to have access to.

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                        Madrid RE: veloz Aug 23, 2013 06:18 PM

                        Tenoch in Medford Square. Soon to open in the north end.

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                          glenn mcdonald RE: veloz Aug 23, 2013 08:59 PM

                          My favorite burrito place is Olecito, in Inman Square. Anna's and Boca Grande are both serviceable, and both make chile verde, and both will happily put jalapeños in for you.

                          The newest place I'm provisionally excited about is Cancun Taqueria on Mass Ave in Harvard Square. Only been there twice, but the wet chile verde burrito was really great.

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                            veloz RE: glenn mcdonald Aug 25, 2013 09:04 PM

                            Thanks. Will try all of these!

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                              opinionatedchef RE: glenn mcdonald Aug 26, 2013 03:22 AM

                              This Cancun Taq. is owned by the Cancun place in E Boston which didn't impress me. And the Yp reviews are scary. But you've found one thing you really like there, so congrats!

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                                glenn mcdonald RE: opinionatedchef Aug 26, 2013 11:04 PM

                                I specifically mentioned the burrito I had on my second visit, which I thought was great. But on my first visit I thought the flautas, guacamole, rice and beans were all great, too. And the chips and salsa. And the homemade horchata, which might be the best I've had here.

                                Only two visits, again, and I didn't order anything with beef in it (which prompted the two scariest Yelp reviews).

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                              donlan RE: veloz Aug 25, 2013 07:08 PM

                              Try Tango Mango in Newton Center. Their burritos are far from "dry".


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                                veloz RE: donlan Aug 25, 2013 09:05 PM


                              2. Karl S RE: veloz Aug 25, 2013 08:55 PM

                                Just in terms of background for why Mexican food is harder to find in quality quantity in this metro area; emigrants from Mexico do not abound in these parts compared to other similarly sized metros. One is more likely to find emigrants from further south in Mesoamerica and the Dominican Republic. So, you probably need to work at it and become a regular whose suggestions are likely to be received well.

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                                  veloz RE: Karl S Aug 25, 2013 09:08 PM

                                  thanks for the feedback! but that's just it: there's no problem at all in terms of quantity,, just check out all the suggestions. the quest continues for quality however...and certainly there's a demand/market for good burritos here. :-)

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                                    hyde RE: Karl S Aug 26, 2013 03:29 AM

                                    I think this has everything to do with it. A lot of the "mexican" food around here is being made by folks from DR, or worse, the carribean islands.

                                    Forget burritos, embrace Roti and Doubles in all their glory. Cow heel soup, Pelau, Bouyon and Zizie.

                                    Try to find Poulet braised in epis, served with riz pois colle like at LeLene"s the next time your in Seattle.

                                    aint gonna happen.

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                                      veloz RE: hyde Aug 26, 2013 08:45 PM

                                      sage advice, hyde. gracias.

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                                    amsalias RE: veloz Aug 26, 2013 01:12 AM

                                    Yes to (b)! Los Amigos in West Roxbury does a pretty decent chile verde burrito. I am from LA and in general have been very disappointed in the quality (and blandness) of Mexican food in the Boston area. I wish I could find a place that makes chile relleno burritos, but still haven't found one out here.

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                                      opinionatedchef RE: amsalias Aug 26, 2013 03:07 AM

                                      la Verdad does super chile relleno tortas; check website re burritos.

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                                        veloz RE: opinionatedchef Aug 26, 2013 08:44 PM

                                        awesome. thank you.

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                                        veloz RE: amsalias Aug 26, 2013 08:44 PM

                                        andale.. will check out Los Amigos soon!

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                                        rich patina RE: veloz Aug 27, 2013 07:55 AM

                                        cantina la Mexicana- Somerville-get your burrito from the take out side.

                                        honorable mention- blue ribbon burritos are pretty damn good.

                                        1. BlakeGumprecht RE: veloz Aug 27, 2013 09:02 AM

                                          The search for good Mexican food in Boston can be a challenge because there really aren't many Mexicans in Boston. The population of other Latino groups is much greater. I find that many Mexican restaurants are actually owned by Salvadorans or Guatemalans.

                                          I do like Super Burritos in Everett, however, if you're looking for a good burrito. I think the owners are Salvadoran.

                                          If you ever drive north on I-95 to Maine, Loco Cocos in Kittery, Maine, is as good as it gets. I know it's hard to imagine that there could be authentic Mexican food in small town Maine, but it is true. It's better than any place I've found in Boston and I've looked. I lived for many years in Los Angeles and know Mexican food pretty well. The owner of Loco Cocos is a Mexican-American from California.

                                          1. justbeingpolite RE: veloz Aug 27, 2013 09:32 AM

                                            I may not have read the thread carefully enough, but has anyone mentioned Tacos Lupita? Sort of a chain, with outposts in Lawrence, Haverhill, Lynn and Gloucester, ?
                                            Not crazy about their tacos, but I really like the carne asada burrito, nicely stuffed, good texture and toppings.

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                                              jgg13 RE: justbeingpolite Aug 27, 2013 05:42 PM

                                              Is this related to the one that used to be in porter?

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                                                justbeingpolite RE: jgg13 Aug 28, 2013 08:22 AM

                                                I think so.

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                                              calvnhobs6 RE: veloz Aug 27, 2013 09:50 AM

                                              I haven't seen Cha Cha Cha Taqueria mentioned - formerly "Burritos and Tacos to Go" AKA the Back Bay Station Burrito Cart. They do excellent burritos & quesadillas, tacos, and burrito plates. They have carnitas, al pastor, steak, chicken, and Chili Verde...chicken (unfortunately). But everything is top notch. Similar to Anna's in taste and quality.

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                                                Jenny Ondioline RE: veloz Aug 27, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                Felipe's in Harvard Square should get a mention. I don't recall if they do pork Chile Verde, because my go to there is the chorizo, which is more like what I knew back home as carne adobo: highly spiced ground meat. They will give you all the jalapenos you want in your burrito and there's a salsa and toppings bar that has things like pickled radishes, which are hard to come by around here.

                                                Great, now I want a burrito...

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                                                  StriperGuy RE: Jenny Ondioline Aug 27, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                  Yah I think Felipe's does a pretty respectable job.

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                                                    Alcachofa RE: Jenny Ondioline Aug 27, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                    Agreed, Felipe's is worth a shot.

                                                    My personal favorite is from Viva Burrito, on Staniford St. I think they will most certainly fold in jalapeños for you.

                                                    Also try Pedro's Tacos on Bromfield St.

                                                    I'm surprised to see Boca Grande mentioned so many times. I thought it was inferior to pretty much everywhere else listed in this thread.

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                                                      calvnhobs6 RE: Alcachofa Aug 27, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                      Agreed on Boca. I always find the burritos sloppy, flavorless, generally sub-par. No thanks.

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