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12 Unreal Burritos in Portland

Where to find Portland’s carnitas-filled, tortilla-wrapped wonders

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While we may not be as known for Mexican food the way other West Coast cities are, Portland can hold its own when it comes to its burritos. Whether packed with slow-cooked meats or vegan proteins, these handheld, dense, soul-satisfying, tortilla-wrapped meals are never too far away. Relative newcomers join long standing institutions, while taquerias and food carts both serve stellar versions of this culinary staple.

Even with COVID-19 changing the way people eat and operate, one thing has been constant: burritos. While many foods get cold or don’t hold up on the ride back home, burritos are wrapped in their own warmth, handheld for easy on-the-go eating, and self-contained with their sauce and toppings. While this map focuses on burritos, feel free to check out our taco map for something a little more bite-sized. This list is not ranked, but ordered north to south. Did we miss your all-time, ride-or-die favorite? Go ahead, argue in the comments.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Tienda Santa Cruz

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Since 2000, Tienda Santa Cruz’s carniceria and bakery has been a cornerstone of the St. Johns’ community. People flock here to eat some of Portland’s favorite tacos, but the burritos are similarly obsession-worthy, gargantuan and creative. Regardless of whether it’s a chile relleno, vegetarian, or one of a dozen meat-filled burritos, eating it without the avocado salsa would be a mistake. Santa Cruz is currently open for takeout only.

King Burrito Mexican Food

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A Lombard street staple, King Burrito has been serving its famous burritos for over two decades. While the pandemic has made everything takeout only, the impressive list of burritos on the menu remains the same. The ingredients vary from burrito to burrito, but all of them come without rice. The namesake burrito is one of the most popular options, and contains both a chile relleno and loads of juicy steak.

La Bonita | Food for the People

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With several locations scattered around Portland, La Bonita has become synonymous with quality fast-casual Mexican fare. The burritos here are famous for being almost as large as a newborn baby, with all the classic burrito ingredients and a short-list of proteins and veggies to choose from. While the size is the main draw here, seasoned customers know that you can also choose to make it a “wet” burrito by smothering it in sauce or mole. The newest Division street location is currently takeout only.

El Burrito Azteca

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Azteca boasts one of the largest selections of burritos in town, including multiple vegetarian options. While the namesake burrito here is a familiar chile relleno burrito with protein, the real gem is the surfin California, stuffed with shrimp, asada, fries, and guacamole. Azteca has two locations; both are only open for takeout.

Saint Burrito

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The burritos coming out of Pod 28’s Saint Burrito are certainly atypical. Guajillo-ancho chile chicken, crispy carnitas, or seared veggies are balanced with refried black and pinto beans, pico de gallo, and red rice. The level of detail in the elements adds complexity not found in other burritos. Adding seared peppers and zucchini for a buck is well worth it. Onsite outdoor dining is available at the center of the pod.

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Los Gorditos

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The many locations of Los Gorditos around the city have a stellar reputation for good reason: not only is the food good, but all the restaurants are also very vegan- and family-friendly. The company even makes its own house-made, gluten-free soyrizo. There are plenty of meat options for the carnivores as well, including the chicken-beef-and-pork-filled garbage burrito — it tastes better than the name implies. Los Gorditos is open for takeout at all locations, and orders can be placed online here.

Nayar Taqueria

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A small Foster-Powell hangout, Nayar Taqueria offers a massive array of combinations that can become tacos or burritos. While the number of options can be daunting, the rare burrito stuffings like machaca and salmon are an exciting change of burrito scenery. Patrons feeling in the mood for seafood can even get the Burrito San Blas, a burrito made of grilled cod or prawn in a white wine cream sauce. Nayar is currently open for both takeout and limited dine-in.

El Jefe Mexican Grill

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While far from many other points on the map, El Jefe’s special chicken makes it the ultimate burrito pilgrimage. The chicken at El Jefe is freshly grilled over a huge charcoal fire, giving it a smoky flavor that can be hard to find at other burrito spots. And for those not in the mood for chicken, El Jefe also has options like birria, al pastor, and lengua. El Jefe has no onsite dining and is takeout only.

La Osita PDX - Coffee and Mexican Breakfast / Lunch Food Cart

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Breakfast burritos were not included in this map — except for the ones at La Osita. La Osita’s burritos teeter the line between breakfast and lunch, serving a combination diners will likely want to eat past noon. Choose between the breakfast-y Osita Burrito filled with eggs and chorizo, or the more lunch-like La Maria Burrito that’s filled with carne asada and sauteed vegetables. La Osita is located in a parking lot off of SE 122nd and Market, and is takeout only.

Upside Down

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Originally more of a beer cart, Upside Down is currently serving up an eclectic range of Mexican fare for takeout or onsite outdoor consumption. Upside Down hosts a standard burrito filled with proteins like Texas-style chorizo and chile verde beef stew, making it one of the standout guisado burritos near the river. The cart is located right off of SE Milwaukie and Franklin.

Gresham Burrito Shop

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This is the place to be for a burrito if you’re on the deep end of East Portland. Located right in the heart of Gresham’s downtown, Gresham Burrito Shop has a wide variety of different seafood and meat, ranging from tiger shrimp to chile verde to cabeza. With everything under $8 on the menu, this may be the best cost/value burrito spot on the map. Gresham Burrito Shop is currently offering both takeout and indoor dining.

Tight Tacos Authentic Street Taquero

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With a solid reputation for amazing tacos in tow, Tight Tacos brings the heat to the burrito scene. While the normal burrito offers an impressive variety of meat and non-meat options, it’s entirely overshadowed by the newest burrito family member, the Hellarito. This burrito is the upgraded version, housing nacho cheese and house-cut fries. Diners looking for maximum indulgence should try the Hellarito with the juicy al pastor. Tight Tacos is only open for takeout.

Tienda Santa Cruz

Since 2000, Tienda Santa Cruz’s carniceria and bakery has been a cornerstone of the St. Johns’ community. People flock here to eat some of Portland’s favorite tacos, but the burritos are similarly obsession-worthy, gargantuan and creative. Regardless of whether it’s a chile relleno, vegetarian, or one of a dozen meat-filled burritos, eating it without the avocado salsa would be a mistake. Santa Cruz is currently open for takeout only.

King Burrito Mexican Food

A Lombard street staple, King Burrito has been serving its famous burritos for over two decades. While the pandemic has made everything takeout only, the impressive list of burritos on the menu remains the same. The ingredients vary from burrito to burrito, but all of them come without rice. The namesake burrito is one of the most popular options, and contains both a chile relleno and loads of juicy steak.

La Bonita | Food for the People

With several locations scattered around Portland, La Bonita has become synonymous with quality fast-casual Mexican fare. The burritos here are famous for being almost as large as a newborn baby, with all the classic burrito ingredients and a short-list of proteins and veggies to choose from. While the size is the main draw here, seasoned customers know that you can also choose to make it a “wet” burrito by smothering it in sauce or mole. The newest Division street location is currently takeout only.

El Burrito Azteca

Azteca boasts one of the largest selections of burritos in town, including multiple vegetarian options. While the namesake burrito here is a familiar chile relleno burrito with protein, the real gem is the surfin California, stuffed with shrimp, asada, fries, and guacamole. Azteca has two locations; both are only open for takeout.

Saint Burrito

Saint Burrito
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The burritos coming out of Pod 28’s Saint Burrito are certainly atypical. Guajillo-ancho chile chicken, crispy carnitas, or seared veggies are balanced with refried black and pinto beans, pico de gallo, and red rice. The level of detail in the elements adds complexity not found in other burritos. Adding seared peppers and zucchini for a buck is well worth it. Onsite outdoor dining is available at the center of the pod.

Saint Burrito
Nick Woo/EPDX

Los Gorditos

The many locations of Los Gorditos around the city have a stellar reputation for good reason: not only is the food good, but all the restaurants are also very vegan- and family-friendly. The company even makes its own house-made, gluten-free soyrizo. There are plenty of meat options for the carnivores as well, including the chicken-beef-and-pork-filled garbage burrito — it tastes better than the name implies. Los Gorditos is open for takeout at all locations, and orders can be placed online here.

Nayar Taqueria

A small Foster-Powell hangout, Nayar Taqueria offers a massive array of combinations that can become tacos or burritos. While the number of options can be daunting, the rare burrito stuffings like machaca and salmon are an exciting change of burrito scenery. Patrons feeling in the mood for seafood can even get the Burrito San Blas, a burrito made of grilled cod or prawn in a white wine cream sauce. Nayar is currently open for both takeout and limited dine-in.

El Jefe Mexican Grill

While far from many other points on the map, El Jefe’s special chicken makes it the ultimate burrito pilgrimage. The chicken at El Jefe is freshly grilled over a huge charcoal fire, giving it a smoky flavor that can be hard to find at other burrito spots. And for those not in the mood for chicken, El Jefe also has options like birria, al pastor, and lengua. El Jefe has no onsite dining and is takeout only.

La Osita PDX - Coffee and Mexican Breakfast / Lunch Food Cart

Breakfast burritos were not included in this map — except for the ones at La Osita. La Osita’s burritos teeter the line between breakfast and lunch, serving a combination diners will likely want to eat past noon. Choose between the breakfast-y Osita Burrito filled with eggs and chorizo, or the more lunch-like La Maria Burrito that’s filled with carne asada and sauteed vegetables. La Osita is located in a parking lot off of SE 122nd and Market, and is takeout only.

Upside Down

Originally more of a beer cart, Upside Down is currently serving up an eclectic range of Mexican fare for takeout or onsite outdoor consumption. Upside Down hosts a standard burrito filled with proteins like Texas-style chorizo and chile verde beef stew, making it one of the standout guisado burritos near the river. The cart is located right off of SE Milwaukie and Franklin.

Gresham Burrito Shop

This is the place to be for a burrito if you’re on the deep end of East Portland. Located right in the heart of Gresham’s downtown, Gresham Burrito Shop has a wide variety of different seafood and meat, ranging from tiger shrimp to chile verde to cabeza. With everything under $8 on the menu, this may be the best cost/value burrito spot on the map. Gresham Burrito Shop is currently offering both takeout and indoor dining.

Tight Tacos Authentic Street Taquero

With a solid reputation for amazing tacos in tow, Tight Tacos brings the heat to the burrito scene. While the normal burrito offers an impressive variety of meat and non-meat options, it’s entirely overshadowed by the newest burrito family member, the Hellarito. This burrito is the upgraded version, housing nacho cheese and house-cut fries. Diners looking for maximum indulgence should try the Hellarito with the juicy al pastor. Tight Tacos is only open for takeout.

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