El Famous Burrito

★★★☆☆
  • 1165 Lee St

    Des Plaines, IL 60016

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  • 847-299-1122

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Hmm, it seems like the burritos and the other food entres for that matter have significantly declined since I first tried this place 10 years ago. The Summit location used to be worth the late-night drive. Lately, it seems like success has gone to the heads of this once promising local burrito chain. The burritos are still big, but the meat quality just isn't there anymore. Steak is very rubbery, pork tastes dried out, and the chrizo tastes burnt. Even the once very tasty tortas taste very dry nowadays. This place needs to go back to the basics that once made them a treat.

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★★☆☆☆

Hmm, it seems like the burritos and the other food entres for that matter have significantly declined since I first tried this place 10 years ago. The Summit location used to be worth the late-night drive. Lately, it seems like success has gone to the heads of this once promising local burrito chain. The burritos are still big, but the meat quality just isn't there anymore. Steak is very rubbery, pork tastes dried out, and the chrizo tastes burnt. Even the once very tasty tortas taste very dry nowadays. This place needs to go back to the basics that once made them a treat.

Pros: big portions, many locations, unique hot sauce

Cons: poor food quality, complacent service, needs improvement

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I've been coming to this place since the first one opened in Summit in the mid 80s. During that time this was the place all the southside late night cognoscenti knew about and would drive for miles to go to after the bars closed. But since they've become a chain now, the quality has suffered, IMHO. I go to the one in Wheeling on occasion, and the steak can be very inconsistent. One day it's cooked perfectly, the next you're eating something rock hard that tastes likes it's been sitting there cooking since the night before. But when it's done right, it's still one of the best fast food values around. The green hot sauce is a must, pour some on every bite.

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★★★☆☆

I've been coming to this place since the first one opened in Summit in the mid 80s. During that time this was the place all the southside late night cognoscenti knew about and would drive for miles to go to after the bars closed. But since they've become a chain now, the quality has suffered, IMHO. I go to the one in Wheeling on occasion, and the steak can be very inconsistent. One day it's cooked perfectly, the next you're eating something rock hard that tastes likes it's been sitting there cooking since the night before. But when it's done right, it's still one of the best fast food values around. The green hot sauce is a must, pour some on every bite.

Pros: great value

Cons: inconsistent

 

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