By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — Three Chicago restaurants have made the list of best burritos in the United States.
The Daily Meal ranked L’Patron, 2815 W. Diversey, as the fifth-best in the country. La Pasadita and Irazu also made the cut.
No. 5 L’Patron, 2815 W. Diversey
What Daily Meal says: Grilled to order, still a little pink, beefy, expertly seasoned, not overly greasy, it’s carne asada perfection. When partnered with lettuce, tomato, sour cream, homemade refried beans, and avocado (and roasted poblanos if you’re feeling adventurous), it’s a masterpiece.
No. 15 Irazu, 1865 N Milwaukee Ave
What Daily Meal Says: This Bucktown Costa Rican spot has been around since 1990, serving homestyle fare to the hungry masses and absolutely nailing it. Traditional Costa Rican dishes like gallo pinto, chifrijo, and casado are joined by more common tacos, empanadas, and sandwiches, but the chorizo burrito is the way to go: the spicy fresh sausage is sautéed and rolled up with beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and hot peppers. Get some traditional Costa Rican Lizano sauce on the side and you’re set.
No. 34 La Pasadita, 1140 North Ashland
What Daily Meal says: A no-nonsense taqueria with a limited menu, La Pasadita makes its presence known with a screaming-yellow exterior. Meat options are plentiful, ranging from chicken to beef tongue, (vegetarians are sadly out of luck), but you’ll want to opt for the lomo, fresh rib-eye. The super burrito comes loaded with cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, onions, cilantro, and rice — it is a behemoth.
Finding the best burritos in the United States has become serious business.
Over at the website Five-Thirty Eight, Nate Silver became obsessed with finding the best burrito when he lived in Chicago years ago. Since becoming more famous, he is now on the hunt for the best burrito in America. Check out his Burrito Bracket.
All three of the Daily Meal’s Chicago picks are in the hunt for Silver’s ultimate prize.