Whether you like it as a wrap that you can pick up, in a tortilla so cheesy you need a knife and fork or prepped in a bowl with rice and other toppings, a burrito is one of those meals that fills you up with proteins and veggies. It is a comfort dish that never fails to satisfy everyone who is at the table.
A burrito is a simple dish at its best. It typically is made with a flour tortilla that is filled with a variety of proteins – you can use anything from beef to chicken to pork as well as vegetarian options like tofu and beans – and toppings. The tortilla is then rolled up to make a tight cylinder shape. It can be served right then or it can be baked to make it warm and soft. It can be topped out of the oven with more cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and pretty much anything else you like.
At its core, the burrito is a Mexican mainstay but it also has its Tex-Mex versions. Its true origins are unknown, but its rough translation of “little donkey” shows off its best attribute and that is how the burrito is easily transported. You can pick it up and eat it as long as it is not smothered in sauce or cheese.
For National Burrito Day, which is scheduled for April 7, Detroit’s Mexicantown and nearby Southwest Detroit has a wide array of restaurants that are experts in burritos and related dishes. Each one will have its own ingredients and sauces to compliment it. But there also are eateries across Metro Detroit, especially in Troy and downriver, that offer great burritos that the whole family can enjoy.
Here are five places that come highly recommended for their burritos, which feature smart and savory ingredient selections.
Detroit has many masterful burrito places, but this is a local favorite. Founder Rodrigo Padilla came to the United States in 1980 with a dream of opening an authentic Mexican restaurant. In 2001, he Launched Taqueria El Nacimiento, naming it after his beloved Mexican home town near Arandas, Jalisco. The restaurant offers authentic Mexican food in a family-friendly atmosphere.
You might not think of Grosse Pointe Woods as a hotbed of Mexican food, but this community along with St. Clair Shores has several burrito experts. Burrito Mundo is a family-owned business that always has spicy sauces, great proteins that taste fresh and a large selection of burritos to try each time you visit.
West Bloomfield is a foodie kind of township with many high-end and hole-in-the-wall types of places to choose from when you’re hungry. Locals highly recommend Alchile Mexican Grill, which is a family-owned taqueria known for offering authentic Mexican cuisine. Its burritos are stacked high with ingredients alongside well-prepared meats and cheese.
If you need a quick Mexican fix of food, then Troy’s Oaxaca is the place. It offers high-quality Mexican cuisine that focuses on great, quick service. The burritos here are made with warmed tortillas with tender cuts of meat like boneless chicken breast and come with yellow rice and all-natural black beans. You can mix up the ingredients but you’ll know the flavor right away.
Ecorse residents love Mexico Way Kitchen and its freshly made burritos. This hideaway is a great spot to find a variety of Mexican dishes but it is best known for its wrapped burritos. The portions are hearty and you may end up taking some of the burritos home for a late-night snack.