Guac Is Extra: 2015 Roundup

At the start of the year, I jotted down a list of goals I hoped to accomplish over the course of the following 52 weeks. Most “New Year, New Me” mindsets involve dieting, but my main objective for 2015 proved quite the opposite; I set out to eat 100 burritos. By the end of October, I found myself celebrating my feat two months ahead of schedule. With 2016 nearing, I’ve compiled a “Top 5” list of my favorite burrito joints in descending order.

5. Boca Fiesta
How could I not include the restaurant that saw me celebrate my 100th burrito? Boca Fiesta is a beautiful bestowal to the city of Gainesville, Florida. I have ordered the Gator Burrito as well as their Brunch Burrito multiple times, and they always hold up, both literally and metaphorically speaking. I don’t think much needs to be said aside from what I wrote in last month’s recap and this picture of me holding the goalden burrito. Get it?

4. Hoboken Burrito
New Jersey takes hits fairly often for being a second-rate state. I don’t entirely disagree, but I’ve found a few reasons to celebrate while I mosey around their parts. One of those reasons being Hoboken Burrito.

The spot is a bit hidden off of the city’s main street, and I only discovered it while expertly failing to find my way through this city of fraternity bros. I’ve eaten at Hoboken Burrito twice and I’ve raved about the place for days after both of my visits.

I recommend the Mole Burrito, which comes equipped with a homemade mole sauce, shredded chicken, rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, and a small salad of greens and tomatoes on the side. If you’re in a rush but looking for a good meal, this is the best place for that. Only a few minutes after ordering, an enormous burrito was sitting on the table in front of me.

All I can say about Hoboken Burrito is holy mole.

3. Mexicali Blue
Upstate New York is home to many beautiful sights, but perhaps my favorite is a small blue awning peering out over New Paltz’s main street. It belongs to Mexicali Blue—a Southwestern/Californian-style restaurant that seats no more than 10 people at once. And there is where you will most likely find me.

I discovered Mexicali while I was attending college at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Instead of torturing my stomach with the same, bland dining hall food every night, I often treated myself to one of Mexicali’s mouthwatering meals.

With ingredients like lime, cilantro, and herb sour cream as their staples, Mexicali Blue prepares the freshest burritos I have tasted. I often pair them with one of their dozen unique and flavorful hot sauces, although I’m partial to their raspberry and coconut flavors.

I will be the first to admit that their prices are a bit steep, but if there’s one place to thrown down a few rolls of quarters, it’s at Mexicali Blue.

2. Bubba’s Burrito Bar
Occasionally, I do desperate things for a delicious burrito. Driving 45 minutes out of my way to eat at Bubba’s Burrito Bar on Long Island is a move I would consider to be just that. But, that hasn’t stopped me from eating their fine food at least five times this year. I’ve tasted several of their burritos, and they have all kept me coming back for more despite their absurd wait time.

If you ever find yourself in the area—or if you don’t mind carving out a few hours of your day for a damn good meal—I recommend trying the Brotato. Inside a golden tortilla sits marinated steak, fried potatoes, onion rings, cheese, bacon, and a bayou sauce, which intermingle to form a flawless burrito bite.

I think most people tend to feel apathetic about their hometowns, and I can certainly say that is true for me as well. With that being said, I’m happy to live in a place that makes one of the best burritos I have ever eaten. That’s something to be proud of.

1. Flaco’s Cuban Bakery
Far and away, I ate my favorite burrito of the year at Flaco’s Cuban Bakery in Gainesville. I had eaten this beautifully wrapped gift the year prior, but I didn’t quite remember how delicious plantains taste in a warm tortilla until I tried it again this October. Flaco’s fills the burrito with plantains, rice, beans, cheese, and sour cream. For an additional price, customers have the option to add one of several sauces. I opted for the avocado garlic sauce since I’m always on the hunt for alternatives to guacamole. The biggest downside to all of this is that I only get to eat this delicacy once a year; but maybe that’s exactly what makes my taste buds tingle. Until next year, I’ll be dreaming of you, Flacos.

Burrito Count: 115