The Dictionary of Mexicanisms describes burritos as follows: “A rolled tortilla with meat or other ingredients inside, called ‘coçito’ in Yucatán and ‘taco’ in the city of Cuernavaca and in Mexico City.”
The delicious wrap’s name is a diminutive form of ‘burro,’ meaning donkey, and is typically filled with anything from beans and ground beef to veggies, fish and rice. It’s a delicious treat that can be adapted to even the pickiest eaters’ specifications. Want a burrito with just cheese, beans and guacamole? Most places can do that. Many burrito joints are set up similar to Subway’s style of choosing your own culinary adventure, so customers can modify to their hearts’ content.
Many UH students find that the on-campus burrito joint is perfect for their needs.
“If I had to pick a place, it would be Bullrito’s,” said physics sophomore Jack Berry.
Bullrito’s offers flour, wheat and spinach tortillas with meat options ranging from chicken to beef to pulled pork. For around twelve bucks and a short walk for those who live on campus, Bullrito’s is a good place to grab a deliciously greasy tortilla cylinder and chill out. Their phone app and online ordering options also make it a quick and easy choice for students on the go.
Finance senior Jake Milan picked Freebirds because of the different size options for their tortillas.
“They’re fair priced,” Milan said. “I think they just have more options, whether it be the type of meat or the sizes.”
Freebirds, unlike some other places, offers a host of tortilla sizes, with the smallest ranging from five to six dollars and the largest going all the way up to almost fourteen.
Some students didn’t pick a favorite burrito joint in Houston. Economics junior Maria Garcia cited the in-authenticity of American style burritos.
“I don’t really eat burritos here in Houston. Obviously if I’m back home in Mexico I’ll eat them every day.”
She said she didn’t think the ingredients of american burritos were authentic and that something just tasted different.
Liberal studies junior Sam Beane forgoes burrito restaurants in favor of the frozen, store-bought variety.
“I get the quick and easy ones, zap ‘em in the microwave and be done,” Beane said.
Walmart sells a wide variety of frozen burritos for under five dollars.
Computer information systems junior Lance Bungay was the only student who mentioned the uber popular chain, Torchy’s Tacos. The restaurant, which started as a food truck in Austin, has since spread to cities all over Texas, including Houston.
“I can’t go wrong with Torchy’s. They have good burritos,” Bungay said.
Bungay’s favorite Torchy’s is the one in Rice Village. In addition to offering the Grand Burrito, wrapped with huge 12 inch tortilla’s, they are known for the large variety of their tacos and eclectic choices of ingredients, not to mention their not-so-secret secret menu.
The Houston area — filled with taco trucks and family owned Mexican restaurants along with the chains that many students mentioned — is a great melting pot of cultural and culinary fusions that offers burritos of all shapes, sizes and flavors. For hungry, burrito loving college students this city is paradise.