Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

I will never say no to a burrito. Steak, ground beef, chicken, pork, and even breakfast burritos are a real treat for me. The large tortilla is a blank canvas, and the person in the kitchen or behind the counter making my burrito is the artist.

Chain restaurants like Chipotle, have you, the customer, directing the art of making your burrito, dictating to the artist exactly which items will go into your handheld meal. Rice, beans, cheese, cilantro…etc. It’s all about the teamwork.

I’ve been to Chipotle a couple of times and it wasn’t bad. However, I do prefer the little mom & pop Mexican places when it comes to authenticity. I find these little Mexican restaurants charming and very welcoming, and the food is almost always on point depending where you go.

Abuela, mama, and other family members are the powerful forces in the kitchen creating incredible dishes from recipes that go back several generations. Old school recipes are the heart & soul of any culture’s food.

You can get a burrito in just about every town, city, and state here in America. The word “Burrito” means Little Donkey in Spanish. The history of the burrito has many tales told by many people. I’m not certain which ones are true.

The story that seems to come up most, is about a man named, Juan Mendez. According to: La Vista Restaurant’s website, Juan Mendez used to sell tacos at a street stand in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez during the Mexican Revolution i.e., 1910–1921, while using a donkey as a transport for himself and his food.

To keep the food warm, he used to wrap it in a large homemade flour tortillas underneath a tiny tablecloth. As the food grew in popularity, burrito, the name was eventually adopted as the name for large tacos.

Burritos have been adopted by many cultures and have morphed into many forms, but the Mexican burrito will always be king in my world.

Let’s travel across Monmouth County To find places who do burritos best.

  • Señor Pepper's - 60 Bridge Ave, Red Bank, NJ 07701

    This is the mom & pop shop type place I mentioned in the article. The Burrito Texano is one of the most popular items on their menu. A flour tortilla stuffed with rice, beans, cheese and your choice of meat topped with their special chipotle cream sauce and sour cream. The #1 most ordered item is the Quesabirria Tacos- Three corn tortilla with melted cheese with beef stewed meat top with cilantro and onion served with a cup of consommé.

  • Azteca Restaurant - 1633 NJ-71, Belmar, NJ 07719

    Another simple mom & pop shop just around the corner from my job. My friend Steve loves this place. The food and the service are terrific. The chorizo burrito with a side of rice & beans is where it’s at.

  • Jose's Mexican Restaurant - 101 NJ-71 #2, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

    A hidden gem for sure. If you weren’t familiar with the area, you’d drive right past this place. Again, my friend Steve loves this place. He used to grab food from here a few times a week on his way to work. Steve knows good Mexican food, he’s never been off the mark with any of his recommendations, and Jose’s is no exception. The burritos here are overstuffed and very tasty.

    Home - Jose's Mexican Restaurant - Spring Lake, NJ

    Breakfast Burrito $13.95 (Ham, Eggs, Chorizo, Cheese, Potatoes) Veggie Burrito $12.95 (Carrots, Zucchini, Celery) Diablo Burrito $15.95 (Spicy Chicken or Steak) Crazy Burrito $16.95 (Shrimp, Chicken, Steak Vegetables) San Jose Burrito $14.95 (Chicken, Potatoes, Peppers, Onions) Deluxe Burrito $16.95 (Chicken, Shrimp, Scallops & Steak)

     

     

     

     

  • Oaxaca by The Sea - 123 Main St, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720

    If you’re not grabbing a burrito from this place, please get an order of the Birria tacos. Another place you’d drive by if you didn’t know the area. It’s so much fun exploring towns with little places that serve food big on flavors. The Burritos come with guac, sour cream, and a salad.

  • Blue Habanero - 306 W Sylvania Ave, Neptune City, NJ 07753

    As casual as it gets, Blue Habanero hasn’t been around long, about a year or so. They serve burritos as big as your head filled with your favorite things that make a burrito great. This is a knife and fork kind of burrito, my friend. Don’t skip their Mexican breakfast menu.

  • El Rey Rosticeria y Restaurante - 708 Emory St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

    There’s a location in Belmar, but I like this one better. The minute you walk in, you feel happy about being here. This place has a very colorful festive atmosphere with friendly service and great food. Outdoor dining available for the warmer months. I know a few people who get delivery from El Rey, but for me, I need to eat my burrito and any Mexican food from kitchen to table.  You can’t go wrong with any burrito here. The guacamole is some of the best in town. Parking can be difficult, but I’d walk a few blocks for great food.

  • Mi Cuate Latino Grill - 75 Brighton Ave A, Long Branch, NJ 07740

    This is 1 of 2 places in Long Branch that have been highly recommended. Long Branch is filled with places serving incredible Latin Cuisine, but when it comes to burritos, this place received more fanfare.  I might add a Chile Relleno from here because they were highly recommended as well. Next to Burritos, and Chimichangas, Chile Relleno rocks my  world.

  • Reyna's - 4057 Asbury Ave, Tinton Falls, NJ 07753

    Another place you feel the love the minute you walk in. I had the best experience here on a double date with our friends Sue & Neil. In fact, we’re going back in a couple of weeks. Last time we were there, I had the scallops & shrimp chimichanga, which is just a deep fried burrito. Insanely good and enough to feed 2 people.  I love the vibe here, and the service was excellent. For the 4 of us, it was under $100. It’s a BYOB and there’s a liquor store in the strip mall.

    Main Menu

    Main Menu

    Scallops Chimi

  • Pueblo Mágico - 80 Leonardville Rd, Belford, NJ 07718

    Family owned eatery that aims to please. A friendly vibrant atmosphere is what you’ll witness heading into this little known gem. Not only are their burritos satisfying, their tortas get equal praise. They have a burrito on the menu with  bacon!!!! That’s something I need to try. They open at 10:30 am and have a solid breakfast menu. Closed on Sunday.

  • Lenora's Cafe - 18 W Front St, Keyport, NJ 07735

    This place can be a bit puzzling as you read the menu. It’s like a diner and a Mexican restaurant fused together. You can order the Chilaquiles for breakfast, and your companion can order French toast. I love the options. Dying to try a chicken burrito from Lenora’s.  My friend Dave raves about this place, located in the heart of Keyport.

  • Mexitacos Restaurant and Grill - 1070 NJ-34 Suite J, Matawan, NJ 07747 & 1013 NJ-35, Ocean Township, NJ 07712 (Inside of International Bites)

    This is a great place! The choice of dishes on the menu are plentiful.  The sauces offered here are flavorful, and the Al Pastor Burrito is hard to resist. Stuffed with tender, flavorful pork and 3 cheeses. The pineapple puts it over the top. I don’t think there’s a burrito or dish on this menu I wouldn’t try.  End the meal with a Mexican hot chocolate and that’s a wrap.

  • Fonda Bahia De Acapulco - 5 South St, Freehold, NJ 07728

    Another great no frills joint focusing on authentic Mexican cuisine. I think any burrito on this menu would satisfy my burrito craving. I used to go to the Cuban restaurant right around the corner which is how I found this place. Sadly, the Cuban restaurant closed earlier this year, but this little joint has plenty of life left in them.

    Bahia de acapulco menu

     

     

  • Pancho - 521 Prospect Ave, Little Silver, NJ 07739 In the Acme shopping center

    Here’s where Little Silver goes for great Mexican food. The portions are plentiful, and the food is consistent. The Birria Burrito will be the first thing I order from here. I’ve heard great things from the locals who frequent Pancho’s. Thank you for the heads up my friends.

  • Bubbakoo's Burritos - 51 locations in New Jersey

    I have to include Bubbakoo’s, not only because they make a decent product,  because they were born right here on the Jersey Shore. The first Bubbakoo’s Burritos opened in Point Pleasant in 2008. They may not be authentic Mexican, but they make some damn good eats. Thanks to the skater boy who turned me on to Bubbakoo’s in Neptune City.  We are all so very psyched to have them as advertisers on our radio station as well.

  • 10th Ave Burrito - 801 Belmar Plaza, Belmar, NJ 07719

    The adobo braised brisket burrito with mole sauce has people talking and so do the Margaritas. Guy Fieri liked the adobo wings at this joint.

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