Chico’s burrito scene

Emily Neria

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Students come to Chico State from all over California and the surrounding southwestern states — which means that many of us are used to a certain caliber of Mexican food. While Chico is not exactly famous for its Mexican cuisine, if you’re desperate for a burrito, there are a few places in town this reporter has been to that may be worth a try.

5) Aca Taco

There are two Aca Taco locations in town and neither of them serve stand-out food. The problem with Aca Taco is that whether you want a cheap burrito on the go or a nice burrito at a sit-down restaurant, there are better options in town. Aca Taco’s burritos are mediocre at best, but if you’re in need and it’s the closest thing to you, might as well give it a try.

4) La Familia

La Familia is a small Mexican restaurant located in the Safeway parking lot off of Nord. It’s cozy, adorned with big red booths, lots of sunlight, and the food is absolutely delicious. Burritos can be prepared with different combinations of meat, beans, rice and salsa. La Familia is everything Aca Taco could be.

3) Taco Bell

Don’t laugh. Like it or not, Taco Bell belongs on this list. Obviously ignoring authenticity, Taco Bell’s bean and cheese burritos can satisfy a burrito craving for dirt cheap. Taco Bell is the burrito to beat for a student on a strict budget.

2) Fiesta Taco Truck

The best thing about Fiesta is how hot and savory the burritos are. If you’ve been missing a greasy, big-bite burrito in your life, this should be your go-to. The prices are reasonable and the service is friendly. Not to mention, there are usually several other customers hanging out at the picnic tables nearby so you can make friends while you wait for your food.

1) Speedy Burrito

Located between the Meriam Library and the Student Services Center, this burrito stand is ideal for Chico State students. The burritos are pre-made but kept warm all day. If you want something hot and hearty, these burritos are delicious. You can get anything from chorizo and eggs to carne asada and beans – assuming they don’t run out. As a bonus, the guy who runs the stand is super friendly.

While this is by no means an exhaustive list of the burritos available in town, but if you’re newer to town and have found yourself craving burritos with no clue of where to go, these places should get you started.

Emily Neria can be reached at [email protected]

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