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Whenever I get a hankering for Mexican food (every day), I want a chorizo burrito. I’ve had them at several different restaurants; the majority of them on Summer Ave between Mendenhall and Graham. I’ve always wondered how they would stand up to each other when compared side by side and not weeks apart. I decided to pin them up against each other all at once, along with some that I had seen on the same stretch of Summer but that I had never tried before.
stop 1: Taqueria La Guadalupana ($7.64)
This one had a large amount of sour cream in it. It was pretty overwhelming. When isolated, the chorizo was my favorite chorizo of them all, but I could barely taste it with the large amount of sour cream that was in it. Size-wise, it is definitely large enough to feed 2 people comfortably, which justifies the price, which was the highest of them all.
stop 2: Los Comales ($6.54)
What made Los Comales’ burrito stand out the most was the avocado. While great in theory, the avocado’s texture was sort of mealy, but I can’t say whether that was just a bad avocado in a normally good bunch or if the quality of it was just poor. Ultimately, however, the biggest let down of this burrito was the flavor of the chorizo. It just left something to be desired. It did come with chips and salsa, as well as their magic, creamy, green sauce that is heavenly, so overall you do get a good amount of food for the price.
stop 3: Taqueria Express (food truck) ($6)
This one was the only one that had rice in it, which I actually liked, even though I’m not usually a fan of rice in a burrito. Its overall flavor was very strong on the chorizo, which had a warm almost cinnamon-y spice to it. It also had raw onion and sour cream, which cut through the heavier chorizo and rice.
stop 4: Palmar Mexican Restaurant ($5.45)
This was one big burrito. At over 1 pound, it could easily feed 2-3 people, and it was the cheapest of all of them. It had a fresher taste than all of the others, primarily due to the larger amounts of tomato and lettuce than the others. The flavor of the chorizo wasn't the strongest or best, but it also wasn't bad. This burrito gets the job done if you need to feed multiple people.
After I removed some of the sour cream, Taqueria La Guadalupana was the clear winner. Coming in at second was Palmar, but the chorizo flavor ultimately left something to be desired. A close third was Taqueria Express, which was surprising to me considering that’s my go-to. Lastly, Los Comales. I would go with their fajita nachos (add peppers and onions) instead, as they are the best nachos I’ve found in Memphis.