(SPOT.ph) 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.
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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
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.
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.