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Top 10 Burritos
We looked under the wrap to see who has the perfect combination of meat, rice, beans, and greens
By: Aya Tantiangco  |   Published on: Feb 20, 2013 - 8:30am

( The burrito is a humble and convenient dish: meat, rice, and beans all bundled up in tortilla bread. Itís hard to say what an Ďauthenticí burrito is nowadays as it has come a long way, having variants even in its hometown of Mexico. Authenticity aside, what makes a good burrito starts with the scent of the Mexican rice, and then a good serving of meat, plus the right add-ons to break the monotony of the taste. It can be beans, it can be greens, and of course, really good salsa does the trick all the time.

Itís a classic food item you can enjoy whenever the mood strikes. And when that mood strikes, here are our top 10 burritos that you can feast on in the metro.

All Top 10 lists are researched, paid for, tested, and selected by the writers and editors. They are discreetly conducted without any notice made to the restaurants or their owners.

10. Leonaís Art Cafe's Burrito (P110)

In the wrap: Mexican rice, refried beans, beef, cheese, and shredded lettuce on the side.

Thumbs up for: It was quite surprising to find this Mexican treat under the appetizer section of what seems to be an Italian-themed place. We're not going to complain, because it's a filling little dish that can satisfy burrito cravings any day.†The Mexican rice in Leona's burrito is so darn flavorful, the fact that thereís a generous amount of it in the wrap becomes a good thing. This is one of the rare moments when the unequal proportion of the ingredients is forgivable. More meat and more beans sounds good in theory but that would mean less of the rice. Itís a predicament.

Leonaís Art Cafe is located at 45 Matimtiman St., Teacherís Village East, Quezon City

9. Ristras' Carne Asada Burrito (P340)

In the wrap: Chorizo or cilantro rice, beef, beans, greens, with salsa on the side.

Thumbs up for: The tortilla is a little thick but maybe it's to hold the ample serving of rice, beans, veggies, and meat within. We like that the meat is packed in the middle, between the fresh vegetables and the rice, because it's nice to get some of that juicy meat with every bite. Pour in the †salsa and have this with a bottle of Corona.

Ristras is located at†G/F Fairways Tower, 5th Ave cor McKinley Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig and in†Unit 106 J Abad Santos cor Lopez Jaena, Little Baguio, San Juan.

8. Achiote Mexican Taqueria's Carne Asada Burrito (P380)

In the wrap: Mexican or cilantro rice, refried or black beans, beef, greens, tomato, corn, and salsa on the side.

Thumbs up for: Achiote packs a lot of meat, rice, and veggies†within the wheat and flour tortilla, which guarantees that you get something out of each bite. We like that they give you an option between Mexican or cilantro rice, and they also let you choose between refried or black beans or no beans at all. There's also a choice between green or red salsa. Whatever you end up picking, rest assured that you will have plenty of prime beef to chew on.

Achiote is located at Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City

7. Hermanos Taco Shop's Carne Asada Burrito (P295)

In the wrap: Rice, beef, greens, beans, with salsa on the side.

Thumbs up for: Hermanos does a classic San Francisco Burrito, right down to being large. Find someone to share this with because with the hearty helping of beef, you're going to need back-up. It also earns extra points for the way the burrito is stuffed: the rice as an outer layer to the beef, with greens wedged in between. And yes, the tender meat blends perfectly with the salsa and the rice doesnít overshadow the other flavors inside the tortilla.

Bonus Burrito Trivia: San Francisco burritos are distinguished from the traditional burrito by their size, having side dishes, and the fact that they are served wrapped in foil.

Hermanos is located at 27 Granada Ave. corner Jose O. Vera St., Valencia, Quezon City

6. Army Navy's Breakfast Burrito Steak (P195)

In the wrap: Mexican rice, beef, beans, greens, with salsa on the side.

Thumbs up for: Army Navyís burrito is simple and it†earns its spot by being a classic that's done right. Their roasted beef holds its own against the more expensive burrito offerings and there is a right amount of rice and veggies to break the monotony of the taste.

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  • Another gringo
    Update (Oct 13): Achiote is gone from Rockwell. I hope it opens somewhere else.
    Oct 20 2013 @ 06:50am     Reply  
  • BT
    Mexican food sucks here in the PI. Cali (from So Cal to Nor Cal) has theee best mexican food. All the burritos on the list are way over priced. I make a better burrito at home and it cost less than 50 pesos. ;)
    Jun 06 2013 @ 01:05am     Reply  
  • manong
    A starving Mexican would not eat at Mexicali.
    Apr 24 2013 @ 04:20pm     Reply  
  • Kench
    Mexicali should be in the top 5!
    Mar 31 2013 @ 01:08am     Reply  
  • Mark
    Mexicali is not even in the top 10 list?
    Mar 09 2013 @ 04:41am     Reply  
  • MarcWomack
    Wow, lot of anger in the comments. I'm a long-time Chihuahua fan for sure. Yeah, it's pricey but damn good. Someone commented there's no sour cream or guac. Wrong. They have sour cream and guacamole (when Avacado's are in season).

    As for folks saying it's not authentic, well I lived in San Diego before moving to the Philippines. I had MORE than my fair share of Mexican food. Does it match Chihuahua? Nope. Why? Chihuahua is Tex-Mex, not Mexican. It's the American'ized version of Mexican and it's damn good Tex-Mex.

    While I'm obviously very pro-Chihuahua, I can't stress enough how impressed I have been with Silantro. DAMN good value for the money. Their Lamb burrito is kick *ss as well!
    Mar 08 2013 @ 11:24am     Reply  
  • it'smylife
    Burritos priced over 200 bucks is HIGHWAY ROBBERY. wtf. rice, meat, chili sauce wrapped in tortilla. gourmet material ain't it?
    Feb 26 2013 @ 06:31pm     Reply  
  • djac
    This is an opinion piece, nobody has to agree with it.

    Miggy's is the worst burrito I have ever eaten in my life, and I did spend months in the west coast sampling Mexican food.
    Feb 26 2013 @ 12:46pm     Reply  
  • burritolover
    this list is so bogus. not even sure how this ranking was chosen but i hope nobody actually takes it seriously...

    haven't tried silantro or madecas but orale and chihuahua should NOT be in the top 5.
    Feb 26 2013 @ 12:00pm     Reply  
  • meeshy
    Interesting...not sure if I agree with this list but I've only tried 6 of them. Definitely don't agree with #1 but I only tried Chihuahua once and the Makati Ave location. Shouldn't make the top 5 IMO. Maybe the Greenbelt one is better? Hermanos should be #1.
    Feb 26 2013 @ 12:46am     Reply  
  • LennyP
    I agree 100%. Chihuahua is pretty bad unless it's 2am and you're drunk and hungry. Also I hate MSG!!!
    Feb 25 2013 @ 05:10pm     Reply  
  • Janice99
    This article is so far off that I have lost respect for spotph. Chihuahua as #1? Are you kidding me??? They are a fringe 8 or 9 at best. I'm sure you've eaten there, as you are obviously friends with the owners. And Army Navy? Does quality and sanitation and the amount of msg inside of it play any part of your rating? I could easily name 3 other burritos that are better than Chihuahua but I guess politics and bias has a big role in this list.

    B&T is good stuff tho! :)
    Feb 25 2013 @ 05:04pm     Reply  
  • PaperbackWriter
    Makikiraan lng ang komentaryong tagalog. XD :)
    Feb 24 2013 @ 09:04am     Reply  
  • babybok
    None of the above looks like real authentic Mexican burrito. Where is the sour cream/guacamole? the 2 most basic condiment of a real burrito.
    Feb 24 2013 @ 07:38am     Reply   Hide replies
    • American (East Coast)
      Chihuahua has sour cream, always, and guacamole in season.
      Jun 06 2013 @ 03:03am     Reply  
  • Richard G
    Mexicali..try their burrito..the best!
    Feb 23 2013 @ 06:25pm     Reply  
  • Mexicano
    Army Navy over Ristra's? What happened?
    Feb 22 2013 @ 01:21pm     Reply  
  • Thisarticleissowrong
    This article is so wrong!!! As a fan of I think we the readers deserve a do over with the CORRECT Top 10 Burritos list. Chihuahua is over priced and just game an upset stomach the day after. Yes I only tired it because of this article and man were you guys wrong on this one!!!
    Feb 21 2013 @ 03:09pm     Reply  
  • Gringo Burrito
    Army Navy burrito, yuck. It's so full of rice that it feels like eating tapsi in a tortilla. Though a 60p tapsi may contain more meat :)

    Some of these burritos contain so much rice that they start to look like sushi instead. lol. (look at #3)
    Feb 21 2013 @ 12:42pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • American (East Coast)
      Haven't tried Army Navy. But Chihuahua makes a "burrito bowl", in which you can put as much or as little rice as you want. It is not wrapped in a tortilla, but you can order a tortilla (or several) on the side. Personally, I don't like too much rice, and so that's what I always order. And the hot sauces, OMG! They have several varieties of chili, bourbon, all different strengths (mild, if you want it). And their "greens" include red cabbage. Definitely my favorite burrito place of the few that I have tried.
      Jun 06 2013 @ 03:10am     Reply  
  • BurritoMan
    B&T Mexican Kitchen Lamb Burrito is the bomb.
    I also love their California Burrito animal style.
    Feb 20 2013 @ 11:22pm     Reply  
  • ErmitaRojo
    ArmyNavy's breakfast burrito didn't contain any rice. It should have been stated that it has hash browns, eggs, cilantro, and steak. Not a good ol' classic Mexican - nonetheless this is Tex-Mex.
    Feb 20 2013 @ 10:50pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • @ErmitaRojo
      I don't think it was the Breakfast Burrito that they tried.
      Feb 21 2013 @ 11:33am     Reply   Hide replies
      • @@ErmitaRojo
        Well, dapat sinabi nila na Burrito lang (like the other items on the list). Hindi breakfast burrito. Tama ba? You downvoting my comment just due to their 'mislabeled' list is just so wrong.
        Feb 22 2013 @ 11:25pm     Reply  
    • Makaww
      You ate the longganisa burrito
      Feb 23 2013 @ 02:56pm     Reply   Hide replies
      • Jesuswasablackman
        I tried out their longganisa how they got the longganisa bits to the right crispness (in contrast to the scrambled eggs' fluffy texture). Not too rice-y though...and good thing they left out the beans!!!
        Feb 24 2013 @ 08:30am     Reply  
  • chiquishoediva
    B&T Mexican Kitchen would like to thank Spot and Aya for the great article.
    Of course were happy. We're no.2
    What sets us apart from all the rest is that we have the most variety of Burritos,Tacos, Flautas.
    We have 7 flavors of Flautas to choose.
    Our Burritos and Tacos can be made the way you like it too. No beans. No rice. any which way you can.
    We're opening soon at McKinley Hill and somewhere in QC in May.
    Feb 20 2013 @ 06:47pm     Reply  
  • Zedrich Macho Gwapito
    Chihuahua better than Agave????you gonna be kidding me?!!???
    Feb 20 2013 @ 06:46pm     Reply  
  • Burrito Lover
    Where's Agave Mexican Cantina? They're one of the only places in the Metro that actually cooks the chicken and steak burrito fillings to order (instead of cooking them in bulk ahead of time). They also offer burritos in 3 different styles: classic, naked and toasted. That's something none of the other Mexican restaurants in the Metro offer.
    Feb 20 2013 @ 06:07pm     Reply  
  • joannabanana
    I find the burritos from Mexicali good and reasonably priced.
    Feb 20 2013 @ 03:55pm     Reply  
  • Muchacho
    HAHAHA! Seems like some dude from SPOT.PH got free lunch!

    Bet SPOT.PH hasn't tried the burritos over at IGUANA's formerly ZAPATA's in Angeles, Pampanga. Because if you have, it would be on this list.
    Feb 20 2013 @ 02:53pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • Duh
      Spot only features places in Manila, idiot.
      Feb 20 2013 @ 04:31pm     Reply   Hide replies
      • Muchahco
        Oh you must be from SPOT haha! Duhhhhh
        Feb 20 2013 @ 05:01pm     Reply   Hide replies
        • Muchahco / Muchacho
          E ano ngayon? Mali ka pa rin. Duhhhhhhhhhhhhh
          Feb 20 2013 @ 05:17pm     Reply   Hide replies
          • Muchacho
            Ay umamin! Obvious na binabayran kayo or worst FREE LUNCH el-cheapo hahaha!
            Feb 21 2013 @ 10:04pm     Reply   Hide replies
            • Concerned Citizen
              Call 804-HOPE. You need help.
              Feb 22 2013 @ 04:19pm     Reply  
          • AnnieKate
            Are you really from Spot? Kasi if you are, huwag mo na lang sana patulan yung mga trolls. Ang immature tuloy ng dating. This troll is just a miserable person who wants to irritate you. Pabayaan mo na lang. The person must be your competitor na inis dahil inunahan mo sila sa list na ganito.
            Feb 22 2013 @ 06:02pm     Reply   Hide replies
            • @AnnieKate
              Thanks for mistaking me for someone from Spot! I consider it a compliment.
              Feb 25 2013 @ 01:55pm     Reply  
  • PauL
    wooaaahhh,,, army navy #6..?!?!?! ahaha kalokohan.. tapos ristras #9.. there must be something wrong, whoever wrote this.. ((:
    Feb 20 2013 @ 02:04pm     Reply  
  • Porsche Cart
    A real Karne Asada Burrito should never have rice inside! It should only contain marinated beef, salsa and guacamole (avocado) that's it.
    Feb 20 2013 @ 01:54pm     Reply  
  • anonymous
    B&T should be number 1...
    Feb 20 2013 @ 12:29pm     Reply  
  • Emma
    If you miss Miggy's burritos, you better try Mexican Express. Owner is from the same family that brought Miggy's.
    Feb 20 2013 @ 12:05pm     Reply   Hide replies
  • Rey Piodo
    I miss Miggy's burritos...
    Feb 20 2013 @ 11:34am     Reply  
  • Jesuswasablackman
    Are there options for those who don't want the malodourous aftereffect of eating beans?
    Feb 20 2013 @ 11:29am     Reply   Hide replies
    • Aya
      Yes. Madeca, Silantro, and Achiote all offer burritos with no beans.
      Feb 20 2013 @ 11:45am     Reply   Hide replies
      • Jesuswasablackman
        The longganisa breakfast burrito at Army/Navy is also bean-less (thank Gawd)
        Feb 24 2013 @ 08:31am     Reply  
  • Papichulo168
    I don't understand what ingredient makes a burrito so expensive compared to Shawarma. Is it the rice or the beans?
    Feb 20 2013 @ 10:38am     Reply   Hide replies
    • Amomynous
      Exactly! It's basically the same dish.

      Well, maybe except for the quality of the ingredients, the fact the burrito isn't served in a plastic bag from a small stall in the ground floor of Puregold, and there are less chances of contracting Hepatitis from a restaurant like Ristras...

      I mean, aside from those very minor points, you can barely tell the difference between a Shawarma and a Burrito.
      Mar 08 2013 @ 05:35pm     Reply  
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