Best of Boston

BEST Burrito

2013 BEST Burrito
photo by Alex Lau

El Triunfo

Boston

Here’s the formula for a superlative burrito: unbelievably fresh meat and vegetables, a perfect ratio of fillings to tortilla, and jalapeños—lots of them. This two-seat Mexican joint gets it absolutely right, whether you go for the tender steak or the… read more »

2012 BEST Burrito

Maria’s Taqueria

Boston

When it comes to building the perfect burrito, each component is critical to the outcome. This tiny hole-in-the-wall gets it. Cheese is melted directly onto the steaming-hot tortillas, the carnitas are fall-apart tender, the hot sauce is tongue-searingly spicy, and… read more »

2011 BEST Burrito

El Pelón

Brighton

The Fenway area suffered greatly when this beloved taqueria was lost to fire twice in recent years. Thankfully, it reopened in Brighton, and the owners have promised a new Fenway location soon. In the meantime, head out to Comm. Ave…. read more »

2008 BEST Burrito

Burritos Express

Boston

Forget La Verdad. Forget Anna’s. Forget that tiny café whosit in Eastie that the Chowhound faithful have anointed the Mexican-food messiah. The city’s burrito comes from a no-frills storefront in Downtown Crossing that specializes in quick lunches for slumming-it bankers…. read more »

2008 BEST Burrito

Burritos Express

Boston

Forget La Verdad. Forget Anna’s. Forget that tiny café whosit in Eastie that the Chowhound faithful have anointed the Mexican-food messiah. The city’s best burrito comes from a no-frills storefront in Downtown Crossing that specializes in quick lunches for slumming-it… read more »

2006 BEST Burrito

Cantina La Mexicana

Somerville

Bostonians who bemoan the city’s dearth of real burritos have obviously never been to this Union Square standout. You won’t find assembly line stations here, just hardworking cooks who steam flour tortillas then load them with rice, beans, cheese, pico… read more »

2005 BEST Burrito

Tacos Lupita

Somerville

Many local burritos suffer from soggy tortillas, poor cheese distribution, and subpar meats and vegetables. But Tacos Lupita near Porter Square serves its burritos literally bursting with lemon-marinated steak, pinto beans, and pico de gallo. A steal at less than… read more »

2004 BEST Burrito

El Pelón Taqueria

Boston

Pictures of Mexican wrestlers, Day of the Dead skeletons, and photos of Pancho Villa bolster the authenticity of this Mexican outpost in the Fenway. Unlike at other assembly-line burrito joints, the burros here don’t mush together into a single taste… read more »

2003 BEST Burrito

Anna’s Taqueria

Brookline

Anna’s doesn’t serve the biggest burritos in town, and purists might—might—argue that some of its ingredients (particularly the carnitas) trail those prepared by its competitors. But Anna’s burritos are, without question, the best put together. And as any hardcore burrito… read more »

2002 BEST Burrito

Anna’s Taqueria

Brookline

Henry Ford may have invented the assembly line, but Anna’s Taqueria has perfected it. The queue at any of its four locations is usually out the door but moves quickly, thanks to the deft hands of the burrito-istas who slap… read more »