This week I was sent on a mission. That mission? To find the top three burritos in Conway. This might seem like a simple, even enjoyable task. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Five days, nine food stops and three winners. While taste might be subjective, I am here to convince you that these three monuments to the burrito are the best in the city.
Coming in at number three on the list is Don Pepe’s Gourmet Tacos and Burritos, a solid contender. Though it lacks the traditional kitchen setting and feel, Pepe’s makes a damn good burrito, and is a chain only in appearance. With plenty of options, you won’t be disappointed. Your burrito will consist of a soft pressed flour tortilla and your choice of beans, rice and animal protein. The outcome is almost always mouthwatering. While both the chicken and steak are solid meats of choice, the carnitas option is some of the best pork I have had in Conway outside of a BBQ joint. There are plenty of vegetarian options as well. The healthy helping of chips and dip and the ability to grab a beer with your meal for a fair price is hard to beat.
Number two is a popular spot with nearly everyone I know. Los Tres Potrillos is a good place to dine with the whole family or to knock back a couple of beers with friends. With a full menu with items ranging from “Tex-Mex” to classic Mexican cuisine there are options galore. When we narrow it down to the burritos one must get creative to find a truly superior burrito. While the food on the menu might satiate the taste buds of the normal eater, as a foodie, I bent the rules to create a hard-to-beat burrito. The Ernesto Special is unique to Los Tres. It consists of a full chicken breast cooked in a skillet with onions and peppers. You get a side of rice and beans and a fajita skillet with bacon, cheese and two sweet onions. Ask for corn tortillas and get to work. The mix of eclectic tastes and textures, as well as the temperature differences between each ingredient, left me wanting only another long pull from my tall beer. The combination of quick service, low prices and plenty of choices earns Los Tres its second place title. You might have to build the burrito yourself, but it’s worth it.
Number one was a no-brainer for me. I had never been to this place, but I had always seen it as I drove through town. It has all the coolness and speed of a food truck with the reliability and consistency of a sit-down restaurant. While it has many delicious options from nachos to taco salads, the burrito stands alone. Twelve inches of tortilla stuffed with your choice of meat, rice, beans and what they affectionately call “the good stuff.” You can have your tortillas a multitude of ways. Flour, whole wheat, corn and even specials like chipotle, jalapeño and cheese or spinach are on the menu. Did I forget to mention that the vegetarian option is baller? As an avid carnivore I tend to stay away from eating vegetarian but I had heard great things about it from friends.While the burrito I decked out with pork, chicken, grilled peppers and onions was delicious, the veg with their homemade pico de gallo and pickled jalapeños was insane. I have never enjoyed eating green as much as I did. With easy call-in ordering and a variety of ingredients, I recommend “BURRiTaS Crazy Good Burritos” as the number one burrito in Conway.
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