Meat, Cheese & Beans: Irresistible Burritos in the D

By: Toni Cunningham | February 21, 2014
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We all know that the guacamole costs extra, and we’re more than aware that it’s well worth fifty cents. If there’s a food out there more awesome than a burrito, I’d like to be made aware of it. It doesn’t get much better than rice, beans, veggies, meat and cheese stuffed into a huge, edible shell. Said tortilla shell is also portable, so you can eat it on the go, which is most important these days.

Plenty of Metro Detroit’s restaurants that produce the tastiest burrito can be found in Mexicantown, but you’ll also find several eateries with a huge variety outside of downtown Detroit. Take a look, and get ready to take a (huge) bite!

Burrito Mundo, 19459 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, has nine different signature burritos, all of which can be prepared gluten-free and vegetarian. Your options include California Chicken (grilled marinated chicken, bacon, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, chipotle mayo with your choice of salsa), Ancho BBQ (your choice of meat, pinto beans, rice, roasted jalapenos, grilled onions, ancho BBQ salsa, shredded cheese and sour cream), and Veggie Mundo (zucchini, grilled squash, peppers, onion, rice, potatoes, black beans, shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole and your choice of salsa).

If none of those sound appealing, you can always build your own burrito. Don’t forget to add some Habanero Hell salsa, either!

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Las Palapas, 33308 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, is an authentic Mexican restaurant with more combo plates than any other establishment I know of (30 different combos of burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas and the kitchen sink).

There are six different varieties of burritos, including the Monster (grilled chicken, steak, rice, beans and onions topped with lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and sauce), Chorizo (chorizo, ground beef, beans, rice and cheese, topped with sauce and cheese dip), and Burrito Deluxe (one chicken and bean burrito, one beef and bean burrito, both topped with sauce, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and guacamole).

Grand Azteca, with several Metro Detroit locations, has half a dozen burritos to choose from on its dinner menu, as well as burrito lunch specials, including one with rice and beans for just $6.99.

Menu items include the Burrito California (with your choice of beef or chicken, rice, beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, cheese and lettuce), Burritos Degollados (with chicken, carrots, rice and corn, topped with lettuce, tomato, sour cream and cheese), and Burritos Jalisco (with shredded beef, lettuce, tomato and sour cream).

Los Galanes, 3362 Bagley Ave., Detroit, is one of Mexicantown’s well-known restaurants, and with good reason. They’ve got great food in general, and even better burritos.

The Wet Burrito Supreme is filled with beans and your choice of chicken, beef or pork, and topped with cheese, guacamole, tomato, sour cream and sauce. Another great option is the California Burrito, which consists of beans, rice, pico de gallo, lettuce, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and your choice of steak, chicken, or marinated pork.

New Mexico, 35851 Ford Rd., Westland, is my personal favorite when it comes to Mexican food. You can get three, yes three, bean, beef or chicken burritos for dinner for under $8. That price includes your choice of two sides (either rice, beans, fries or coleslaw), so it’s pretty much a steal. They have lunch specials that are even cheaper from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including two beef or chicken burritos with rice and beans for $5.25.

The California Burrito is filled with steak, guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream, and is served with rice and beans.

It’s likely that most of these burritos could feed a village, or yourself for an entire week (“Wow, this burrito is delicious, but it’s filling”), but if you’re a true champ, you’ll attempt to polish it off in one sitting.