Now. This. Is. A. Burrito.
On campus, there are a lot of burrito options. Between Lucky’s, Mexiphilly, Rosa’s, Qdoba, Chipotle and others there is a bunch to choose between. But how to know which one to go to? Well, in fact I’ve solved that problem for you (since I have tried most of them). Hands down, Don Memo’s burrito’s are my absolute favorite on campus.
I will caution you all that because everything is made fresh, it can take a while for your food to be prepared, especially during the peak lunch hours (12-1). I always call ahead and place my order. I have waited over 45 minutes for my order before, but that is something you need to understand before committing to a Don Memo’s lunch. Today, I got out of my class at 11 and called my order in. I was told it would be ready in 20 minutes so I went over there after killing 20 minutes in my room and it was ready within 5 minutes of my arrival. With that being said, if you plan properly it is WELL worth your time.
This burrito is massive. Really. You will be stuffed. The ingredients are really fresh, more than I can say about the other Mexican food carts on campus. I ordered a “Pastor” burrito which is a spicy pork mixture. The burrito is filled with your choice of meat, yellow rice, black beans, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, sour cream, green and red hot sauce, avocado, and fresh cilantro. I bet there’s more ingredients that I’m forgetting about… but my point is there are tons of fresh, delicious ingredients.
I know the biggest gripe that some of you may have is that this burrito costs $6 which in normal standards is not expensive, but in comparison to other food carts where you may be able to get one for around $4 may seem expensive. This I leave up to you. The other carts’ burritos are much smaller and not nearly as fresh or flavorful, but the decision is yours.
I’ve had the steak burrito, carnitas burrito, and most often the al pastor burrito. Whenever I get the Don Memo’s craving I can’t pull myself away from those even though their other offerings such as the Mexican Torta Milanesa are very tempting. I’m sure I’ll get around to trying the other items soon. Oh yeah, almost forgot that they have authentic Mexican Jarrito’s sodas sold at the cart too. It’s a great companion to authentic Mexican food.
One last side note is that this cart is associated with a full Don Memo’s Restaurant which I have been to a couple of times. It’s a little off the beaten path (69th and Market which is just a subway or bus ride away), but it’s a BYO and is very affordable on the BYO scale. All I’m gonna say about that is the Margarita’s and Handmade Guacamole at the restaurant are ridiculously good.
Bottom Line: Best Mexican food on campus. Long waits, so call ahead.