Best Burritos in Boston

November 8, 2016
by Zagat Staff

From classic grilled vegetables to decadent wild boar, the burritos at these Boston spots are stuffed with bold flavors and a lot of heart.

Taqueria Mexico
Mexican · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

These cantinas are “always good” for “cheap, dependable” and, most importantly, “tasty” Mexican grub; the “humble” “hole-in-the-wall” digs feature live music like mariachi bands, which adds to the “friendly atmosphere” (big with college students on weekends).
Angela's Cafe
Breakfast · East Boston · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

From “supremely authentic” regional specialties like albondigas to “excellent” margaritas and micheladas, they’re “keepin’ it real” with the “Puebla-style” Mexican fare at this pair of “affordable” “gems in Eastie” ; “cozy” and staffed by a “great” crew, including the family owners, it’s like “eating in someone’s home.”
Mexican · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

“Creative” , “gourmet” south-of-the-border cooking is the draw at this Inman Square Mexican, where the “reasonably priced” fare includes “must-try” guacamole made tableside and washed down with margaritas; even on “busy weekends” regulars assure the staff “manages to keep up” with crowds, though diners in a hurry can always opt for the “semi-fast food” at the Olecito offshoots located across the street and in Brookline.
Anna's Taqueria
Mexican · Beacon Hill · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

“Tongue-tingling” tacos, “hefty, quality” burritos and a few other fairly “amazing” Mexican entrees are plated up with “rapid, machinelike” efficiency to keep the “craving” crowds of this “go-to” local chain at bay; “you definitely do not go for the decor” , which has all the “flair of a high school cafeteria” , but for that “quick, cheap” “takeout” “built to order.”
Villa Mexico Cafe
Mexican · Financial District · $

This Mexican eatery earned a cult following during its earlier operation out of a nearby gas station, and has now found a full-fledged (if still mostly frill-free) brick-and-mortar space Downtown, where homestyle recipes are employed to spicy effect for grilled burritos, tacos, quesadillas and other south-of-the-border standards.
El Pelón Taqueria
Mexican · Fenway/Kenmore · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

The Mexican street eats include “outstanding” burritos at these taquerias that “simply cannot be beat” for fans who contend the ingredients are “better quality and fresher” than the “typical” ; expect “Day of the Dead” –inspired interiors in both Brighton and Fenway (which is mostly takeout with some patio seating), along with “quick" service.
Mexican · Jamaica Plain · $

From-scratch Mexican staples, including tacos filled with spit-roasted pork and tortas with slow-braised beef tongue, are spiced with vivid housemade sauces at this small, upbeat counter-service joint tucked between Jamaica Plain's Stonybrook T stop and the brewery complex.