Location: SW 6th and Yamhill; SW 4th and Taylor; numerous locations around town
Lunchtime and you need something quick, filling and tasty. You don’t have the time to run up to 10th or out to Stark, but you’re close to Pioneer Courthouse Square. If that describes you sometimes, you should definitely try Fuego Burritos on the corner of SW 6th and Yamhill.
Here in Portland, I think we’re spoiled by our burrito choices. For food carts, we have numerous excellent Mexican carts along with Honkin’ Huge Burritos and also Fuego. When you arrive, you are usually handed your scorecard – a slip of paper where you get to choose what you want for a burrito. You can choose from large or small, chicken or veggie, flour or whole wheat tortilla, sour cream or yogurt, mild or hot salsa. You can then add cheese or chipotle or guacamole etc. All of this for between $4 and $6 depending on what you chose. When I first discovered Fuego oh so many years ago, I loved that while they were making the previous customer’s burrito, they engaged you on what style of tortilla you wanted so they could pre-steam it. Such thoughtfulness. I usually order a small chicken with sour cream, hot salsa, hot sauce and guacamole on a whole wheat tortilla. I’m a big guy and the small is usually more than I really should eat in one sitting. All burritos come with rice and black beans, so it is pretty filling once you put it all together.
All burritos come wrapped in foil so you can be mobile without it splooging all over your nice pants. You can grab a napkin, a fork and a little paper tray if you like. I prefer to let my burrito rest a little prior to eating – like when you cook a good steak. I want all the juices and such to relax and meld together. When they are prepared, everything is spread out, so when you are eating it, you get a mix of all the sauces, spreads, meat, rice and beans. There aren’t pockets of each hidden throughout the burrito. Due to the nature of how they prepare the chicken and if you get salsa, the burrito will get a bit juicy at the end, so have a napkin ready. You won’t be disappointed. One of the better non-Mexican burrito carts in the city. Oh, and there are more than one.
- Grilled chicken burrito with black beans and rice – $5.25 small, $6 large
- Vegetarian burrito with black beans and rice – $4.50 small, $5 large
- Add cheese 50c; add guacamole 75c, add extra chicken $1
- Drinks – $1
Hours: Lunchtime weekdays