If you are a fan of getting all of your food groups in one bite, the burrito is the handheld way to do just that. These Atlanta restaurants offer innovative ingredients, freshly made tortillas and a myriad of accompaniments. You will not find a skimpy, soggy burrito in this bunch.
Hours: Sun to Thurs — 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sat 11 a.m. to late
Price: $5 to $10 (burrito)
Selection, selection, selection. Raging Burrito offers four tortillas types, four different beans and over 30 fillings including crimini mushrooms, jerk tofu and grilled steak. If you don’t like making decisions, there are several specialty burrito combinations, including the Bangkok Burrito with chicken, steak, or tofu, sprouts, red onions, carrots, red peppers, Thai peanut sauce, cheese, rice and beans. Once you have your burrito you can enjoy the large patio and one of the many tequilas or microbrews on tap.
Hours: Mon to Fri — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: $5 to $7 (burrito)
Originally a delivery service, then a food stall in Sweet Auburn Curb Market, Bell Street Burritos now has its own brick and mortar location in Atlanta’s popular Westside neighborhood. The owner was inspired by the burritos of a now closed eatery named Tortillas. His burritos are classic American burritos full of beans, rice and cheese. You can also add pork, chicken or potatoes and one of three salsas.
Hours: 7 a.m. to midnight daily
Prices: $4 to $6 (burrito)
If you are looking for an “authentic” Mexican burrito (sans lettuce and rice), then El Taco Veloz has several options for you to choose from. From carne asada to barbacoa, the burritos are full to the brim with meat and cilantro. You can heat up your burrito with one of several salsas and then cool down with a horchata. This is a fast food restaurant so, if you choose to eat in rather than drive thru, don’t expect much in terms of décor.
Hours: Mon to Sun– 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Price: $4 to $6 (burrito)
Taqueria La Oaxaquena might as well be called Taqueria Texas because at this restaurant, everything is big. This Taqueria serves burritos with rice and beans and without rice and beans. The tortillas used are at least 12 inches in diameter and are filled to capacity. In addition to the normal shredded chicken or beef meat offerings, you can try goat meat, lengua (tongue), and various pork meats. Be sure to eat in when you visit because there is an extensive salsa bar including corn salsa, habenero salsa, tomatillo salsa, cactus salad and whipped guacamole.
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Hours: Mon to Thurs — 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., Fri through Sat — 12 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Sun — 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Price: $5 to $7 (burrito)
Touted as the cure for O.H.P. (overwhelming hunger pains), El Myr is the place to go if you want both a burrito and a dive bar atmosphere. El Myr offers some of the more original vegetarian combinations including the Skillet Burrito with potatoes, green peppers, and onions and the Green Burrito with spinach, broccoli, green chilies, guacamole and jalapeños wrapped in a spinach tortilla. El Myr is also the only restaurant on this list to offer a honey wheat tortilla.
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Sebrina Bush is a freelance writer in Atlanta. She is covering Food & Drink. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.