You’ve probably heard the news of Chipotle’s E. coli outbreak by now. Is there a dearth of burritos in your life? Are you already panicking about what to eat on Feb. 8, when Chipotle stores nationwide close for food safety meetings? Here are your alternatives to grab a burrito in the District:
For convenient locations: District Taco
Dupont Circle: 1919 M St. NW
Metro Center: 1309 F St. NW
Eastern Market: 656 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
With multiple locations across the city, District Taco provides the perfect fix for your Chipotle craving with a menu featuring tacos, burritos and traditional Mexican appetizers including nachos with guacamole or queso.
If you’re the type to enjoy your burrito a specific way, try the build-your-own ($7) with choices of al pastor (rotisserie pork marinated with guajillo chili and served with pineapple), barbacoa (shredded beef), carne asada (grilled, chopped steak), carnitas (pulled pork), and pollo asado (grilled chicken) and traditional toppings such as garlic-lime rice or pico de gallo.
However, their standard burritos are also worth a try – if you like more than your fair share of spice, try the “Burrito Mojado” for $8. You’ll get a massive burrito stuffed with your choice of meat, black beans, rice and cheese, all covered in a spicy pork sauce.
You can also cut the tortilla and opt for a burrito bowl of all your favorite meats and toppings, just like Chipotle. Be sure to head to the salsa bar after ordering to load up on complimentary limes, onions, cilantro and a variety of mild, medium and spicy salsas.
For a wide selection: Burrito Brothers
Farragut West: 1825 I St. NW
Capitol South: 205 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Burrito Brothers’ Farragut West location in the basement of International Square is a short, one-minute walk from the center of the Foggy Bottom campus, making it a convenient joint to grab a quick burrito after class.
Its menu has a wide selection of tacos, burritos, tamales and pupusas, providing something for just about anyone with a craving for Mexican food. The joint also provides breakfast items such as platters with eggs, Mexican chorizo, plantains and home fries, depending on the combination you choose.
As for the burritos, they come in a variety of sizes: little brother ($5), regular ($7) or big daddy ($8). Your options include the customary build-your-own with choices of chicken, steak, beef and pork at the Farragut West location, while Capitol Hill’s also offers salmon (for an extra $2) and shrimp (an extra $3). You can also opt for a spinach or beans and rice burrito if you’re looking to cut down on meat.
For a D.C. staple: The Well Dressed Burrito
1220 19th St. NW
The limited hours of The Well Dressed Burrito can be difficult to work with, but it might be worth it to wake up a little earlier and get there before your afternoon lecture. A 15-minute walk gets you to a literal hole in the wall ‒ the small space is tucked away in an alley off 19th Street in between M and N streets. Extremely popular with the working crowd, The Well Dressed Burrito is widely touted as one of the best burrito experiences in D.C.
Its burritos are known for having an odd twist to their conventional flavors: The medium-spicy salsa, which you can add to any burrito, has a hint of chocolate, and marinated meat can include olives and capers. You can ask for your burrito traditional style (marinated) or fajita style (grilled) depending on what you’re looking for.
The best part? Cheap prices for big portions – the traditional chicken burrito, for example, adds up to only $5.50. Its most expensive burrito is only about $6.25 for grilled salmon with all the works, versus $10.47 at Chipotle for steak and guacamole.