Rating System

All burritos are ranked on a scale from 1-5 stars. One being horrendous, and five being absolute burrito transcendence. Each rating is based solely on the individual burrito, not on the establishment whence it came. I don't let outside stimuli influence my ratings (at least I try not to).

I take several factors into account upon rating a burrito: taste, texture, quality, ingredient dispersion, presentation, size, price, overall satisfaction, and how I feel after eating it. When I'm finished, I ask myself the baseline question: "to what degree did this burrito fulfill my desire?"

My top picks on the menu tend to be carnitas or chile relleno burritos. The style I am most drawn to is somewhere between authentic and Americanized. Meat quality and texture is of the utmost importance. If a burrito is packed full of too much lettuce or rice, it instantly slides down the scale. I love cheese and creamy refried beans, and a little sour cream adds mucho amor! Fresh pico makes me swoon swoon swoon! The burrito should have some spiciness on its own, but distinct salsas add to the love.

I also include a "will I go here again?" question in my ratings. Perhaps one particular burrito from an establishment ranks poorly, but if I have hope that a better burrito may be available, I will return.


3 comments:

  1. I own a Mexican American restaurant in Rockford, IL and one of my staff members just returned from a vacation in Portland and was raving about the Relleno Burrito he picked up at a food cart in Hawthorne area. I wanted to look into it but he couldn't remember the name of the cart. Any chance you might know?

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  2. Hi Josh! Was he on Hawthorne Street, or just near it? There is a cart on Division and 42nd called Lindo Michoacan which has huge chile relleno burritos.

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  3. This is a totally awesome blog! Please keep it up, I need a burrito-guide in this harsh land!

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