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Jun 6, 2014 02:33 PM

A Quest for America's Best Burrito

An article about some people completely geeking out to find the best burrito in the US:

I'd be interested to know if anyone has tried any of the burritos on their 'best of' list formulated by sorting Yelp data.

And what are some of the best burritos you've had? I don't actively seek out burritos, so I don't know that I've ever had a burrito I'd call great, but I think they used to make a pretty mean (and cheap) spinach burrito at Benny's Burritos on Ave A in Manhattan back in the early 90's. Does that place still exist?

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  1. El Pelon does serve one of the better burritos in Boston, but I'm sure many would say that it is not authentic and doesn't compare to others. Their yelp reviews may be skewed because both locations are located in student heavy areas.

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    1. re: viperlush

      Yes, the use of Yelp data weakens the whole project, but it will still be interesting to see what they come up with.

      1. re: ninrn

        It will be interesting to see the similarities and differences. Rice or no rice? The type of meat? With or without guacamole? Does size matter? Beans or no beans? Etc. All the things that Chowhounds like to debate when it comes to burritos.

    2. <Does that place still exist?>

      Yep. Took this picture for you about an hour ago. Benny's still draws 'em in. I haven't been there for years, but it was one of my favorite brunch places back when I needed to be cured of hangovers more frequently.

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      1. re: small h

        Thanks so much, small h! It looks just the same. My friends and I used to go there to acquire hangovers. (They were one of the few spots that never carded anyone, though I'm sure they do now.)

        1. re: ninrn

          You're welcome! I don't think Benny's has changed at all. There's plenty of turnover in the East Village, as there is everywhere (RIP, 7A). But you'd still recognize a lot of places.

          1. re: ninrn

            Benny's is either hangover food or drunk food.... Still super popular with college kids!
            I haven't been in a long time but there are much much better mexican places in the outer boroughs....

        2. I would love to see a couple of places in Salem, OR represented on this.

          1. La Corneta Taqueria in Glen Park in San Francisco. Classic Mission style stuff and really delicious.