The List: 7 Local Places to Get Your Burrito Fix
Monday, February 8 will go down in history as a dark day for burrito people, especially the Chipotle ones. They may have survived the ecoli outbreak. They might somehow struggle through Christmas day without a burrito fix.
But February 8 is the day the company sets the restart button. It’s closed all locations for a hygiene meeting. It’s a Random No Chipotle Day without the joys of some holiday for distraction.
There are other burritos in town. You know that. You could hit a place like Los Guachos or Cuco’s and they’ll fix you right up with something that will hit the burrito-spot. But you don’t need to hit a Mexican joint to get a fix. Even in our taco-dominent Columbus culture, there are plenty of regular places with burritos too: big burritos.
So spread your wings, butterfly and give these versions a try:
Heirloom Cafe inside the Wexner Center has a couple of good options with which to start the day. There’s a traditional Eye Opener Burrito ($8.75) with organic Ohio eggs, herbed potatoes, chorizo sausage, sharp Cheddar and a shot of hot sauce in a whole wheat tortilla.
Heirloom does a vegan version too. It’s $9 and stuffed with crispy tofu, red peppers and vegan sausage.
Columbus Brewing Company will make you a burrito, Cuban-style. Its Classic Cuban Burrito is loaded with beef, pork AND chicken, black beans and provolone. If that’s not enough, there are plantains and chips with accessories on the side.
In the mid-town area, Black Creek Bistro’s Pork Burrito ($9) boasts cilantro rice, black bean corn salsa, guacamole, roasted red pepper and plenty of house hand-pulled, roasted Ohio pork.
Over in German Village, The Old Mohawk does an Adobo Pork Wet Burrito: pork tenderloin, guacomole, onions, peppers, lettuce, tomato, and monteray jack cheese. The masterpiece is smothered in tomatilla sauce and served with chips.
Or go funky at Northstar with a Thai Burrito ($12.50) made with organic tofu or chicken, slaw, peanut sauce and brown rice. It’s served with tortilla chips and Thai dipping sauce.
Starliner Diner is about to leave its galaxy and move to an (as yet) undisclosed location. Until the demolition crews strike, you can score a burrito at its legendary launchpad on Cemetery Road: the kitchen smothers chicken, veggie or steak burritos ($8.50 to $9.50) in sauce and cheese and serves them with rice and beans.
For the grab n’ go crowd, Weiland’s Market typically has bargain burritos in its house-made food case. The fixins look modest, but inside, the chicken version is ridiculously packed with good quality seasoned meat, plus cheese and a few token beans. How good is it? It’s never made it to the microwave, it’s good enough to eat cold, and that’s saying something. Even a big eater can make two meals from one of Weiland’s meaty (rice-free) burritos.