Sunday, February 21, 2010

El Fuego

723 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 592-1901

I like a good big (relatively) cheap burrito. I used to frequent a place in Salt Lake that was exactly like El Fuego, and I am glad that we have this place to fill the void that might have existed in my eating life. It is in no way shape or form authentic Mexican food, and it is great. The burritos are huge, and the ingredients are fresh.

Their chorizo is unlike most places, in that it is either cured, or it tastes/looks like it. I usually go with the spicy beef. It is moist, tender pulled beef (barbacoa) that complements the other ingredients well.

When you enter, there is an assembly line where they steam the tortilla, and then you choose black or pinto beans, they add rice, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and your choice of salsas (I get all three), and they wrap it up. Guacamole costs extra and I skip it, because it usually is all concentrated in one spot, and you get a bite of tortilla and guac only. So if you are looking for a filling, cheap lunch in Washington square, this place might be your best bet.

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