When most people think of the Seattle food scene, burritos are not something that typically comes to mind. For years, locals, transplants and visitors alike have been on a disappointing search for a delicious and satisfying burrito. But times, they are a-changin’. From gourmet masterpieces to hole-in-the-wall, messy mouthfuls, Seattle burritos are giving the food scene a serious Latin punch. With the following five burrito joints in town, the search is finally fantastic.
Price: $8.00 to $20.00
Hours: Sun to Mon – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tues to Sat – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
At Burrito Loco it is all about the sauces; each one is handmade, in house. As for the burritos, the fan favorite is the Chile Verde burrito, tender pork cooked in a tomatillo sauce with rice and beans folded inside and topped with more sauce, onion, cilantro and cheese. It packs a spicy yet delicious punch. The signature burrito comes with all the good fixings and a choice of asada, BBQ pork, carnitas, roast pork or pollo. For something crazy, try the Machaca burrito containing shredded beef sautéed with eggs, bell pepper, onion, rice and beans. It’s impossible to make a wrong decision at Burrito Loco.
La Vaca Burrito Express
Price: Under $10
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
It is easy to pass by La Vaca Burrito Express, not because it isn’t good, but because it is a hole in the wall–literally. Located on the outside of Pike Place Market, La Vaca’s single window serves up burritos so irresistibly good, not even tables and chairs are needed. The portions are large, so find a friend on the street to share. From a vegetarian option to wet or dry versions of the chicken and beef burritos, La Vaca will not disappoint. Follow the glorious scents emitted from that tiny window and find a fabulously fresh burrito where the portions are hefty, but the prices are not.
Price: $11to $30
Hours: Daily – 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Peso’s Kitchen might be the place to see and be seen, but the food is too irresistible to ignore. Look past the funky décor, the loud music and the big screen TVs and focus on the burritos at hand. With choices of skirt steak to rockfish and Creole shrimp to house made chorizo, this place is unique. Two different preparations are available creating endless burrito possibilities. The Rachera has roasted tomato-jalapeno ranchera sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole, black beans, crema and lettuce while the Green Chile contains tomatillo-green chile sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole, crema and lettuce. Rock out and feast at Peso’s Kitchen.
Price: $3 to $12
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
If Mexican food can be healthy, Gorditos is the best place to find it. Serving up specialties with no trans-fat, beans made without lard or oil, only grilled meats and fresh salsas, the only thing to worry about is quantity. Serving up “baby-sized” burritos made with 2 large flour tortillas to ensure meals for the next 2 days, it is impossible to leave hungry. Available dry or wet, normal or “fajita style” with fillings including chicken, steak, pork, tofu, fish, prawns, or spinach, these “babies” are definitely worth a try.
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Hours: Mon to Fri – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Don’t be fooled by El Camion’s taco truck appearance; this place is the real deal. When craving true authentic cuisine, go to El Camion. Blue collar and white collar alike line up at this truck for the best selection of meat available for burrito stuffing. El Camion’s list includes: carne asada, pollo asado, carnitas, cochinita pibil (seasoned pork), adobada (marinated spicy pork), chorizo, lengua (tongue), tripas and cabeza (beef cheeks). But vegetarians might have the better end of the deal. The veggie burrito is packed full of sautéed vegetables with an amazing seasoning that should be bottled and sold. Walk up to the truck and find burrito heaven.
Denise LaCaille is a freelance writer living in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington and is passionate about the local food scene. Every weekend youll find her at farmers markets scouring for the freshest ingredients to create healthy dishes for her food blog she writes with her twin sister. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.