El Fuego

★★★★☆
  • 723 Walnut St

    Philadelphia, PA 19106

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  • 215-592-1931

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Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 12pm-5pm

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This is the place to go if you want an incredibly good quality but well-priced mexican food. The people are very nice and are willing to build your burrito or Quesadilla to the perfect specifications. The food is amazing for the price, I

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★★★★★

This is the place to go if you want an incredibly good quality but well-priced mexican food. The people are very nice and are willing to build your burrito or Quesadilla to the perfect specifications. The food is amazing for the price, I

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Pricey, greasy rip off of the Chipolte chain. Unfortunately, due to the lack of fast-food restaurants in the Wash Sq area this place usually has a line. Someone open up another restaurant PLEASE!

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★★☆☆☆

Pricey, greasy rip off of the Chipolte chain. Unfortunately, due to the lack of fast-food restaurants in the Wash Sq area this place usually has a line. Someone open up another restaurant PLEASE!

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Went there three times cuz it is Mexican and in the neighborhood of my job. After three times, no more. The people behind the counter clearly hate there job and are way rude. Woman behind me asked for Guac and the woman behinsd the counter rolled her eyes and pointed down. I guess she was saying they were out of it and it was too much for her to saay sorry we are out of it. also, they three the tacos together in the worst possible way to make it as incredible difficult to eat as possible. Wont be going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went there three times cuz it is Mexican and in the neighborhood of my job. After three times, no more. The people behind the counter clearly hate there job and are way rude. Woman behind me asked for Guac and the woman behinsd the counter rolled her eyes and pointed down. I guess she was saying they were out of it and it was too much for her to saay sorry we are out of it. also, they three the tacos together in the worst possible way to make it as incredible difficult to eat as possible. Wont be going back.

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spicy beef burrito quite unsatisfying, beef tastes baaad. good pico de galla though.

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★★☆☆☆

spicy beef burrito quite unsatisfying, beef tastes baaad. good pico de galla though.

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I went there for the first time 3 months ago and cant get enough. Now there is one at 21st and Chestnut and they have a full liquor license with great frozen margarittas!
I think the place is great!

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★★★★★

I went there for the first time 3 months ago and cant get enough. Now there is one at 21st and Chestnut and they have a full liquor license with great frozen margarittas!
I think the place is great!

Pros: NOT A CHAIN!!!!! Everything is really Fresh!

Cons: I wish I lived closer!

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If you like burritos then you need to try one at El Fuego. They use fresh ingredients and give extremely large portion sizes. Very reasonably priced.

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★★★★☆

If you like burritos then you need to try one at El Fuego. They use fresh ingredients and give extremely large portion sizes. Very reasonably priced.

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El Fuego can't be beat when it comes to fresh, delicious Mexican food. The atmosphere is utilitarian, but always very clean. The staff is friendly, but there is no wait staff, you place and obtain your order at the counter and eat it there or take it with you. The burritos are simply incomparable. They??re also gigantic. I??m well aware of this, however, and bring a healthy appetite ?? and scarf the yummy little football down.

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★★★★★

El Fuego can't be beat when it comes to fresh, delicious Mexican food. The atmosphere is utilitarian, but always very clean. The staff is friendly, but there is no wait staff, you place and obtain your order at the counter and eat it there or take it with you. The burritos are simply incomparable. They??re also gigantic. I??m well aware of this, however, and bring a healthy appetite ?? and scarf the yummy little football down.

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Very low quality meat served at this joint, as well as rude service, perhaps the owner is all about himself and not about satisfying the customer. Servers should be trained to be professional, serve with a smile and lose the attitude. The prices are high for the food quality and service. Tip-be careful about ordering guacamole on anything, it's about $3.00 extra and they do not tell you that!

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★☆☆☆☆

Very low quality meat served at this joint, as well as rude service, perhaps the owner is all about himself and not about satisfying the customer. Servers should be trained to be professional, serve with a smile and lose the attitude. The prices are high for the food quality and service. Tip-be careful about ordering guacamole on anything, it's about $3.00 extra and they do not tell you that!

Pros: Pros? None.

Cons: Many including low quality meat and attitude.

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Dicovered el fuego a few months ago. A bit small but those guys pump out those burritos like an assembly line. All the staff has always been polite and nice to me. I've never had any issues with that staff. They are a bit abrupt during the lunch rush bit that's how they serve so many.

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★★★★★

Dicovered el fuego a few months ago. A bit small but those guys pump out those burritos like an assembly line. All the staff has always been polite and nice to me. I've never had any issues with that staff. They are a bit abrupt during the lunch rush bit that's how they serve so many.

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I found this place walking up Chestnut Street about 3 weeks ago and have been there about 5 times already. The atmosphere is super cool and the staff is awesome nice. My husband and I really enjoyed the tasty quesidillas while listening to "The Roots". It was seriously the coolest place and can make the perfect cheap date. Apparently they have other locations but the one I visit is between 21st and 22nd Chestnut Street

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★★★★★

I found this place walking up Chestnut Street about 3 weeks ago and have been there about 5 times already. The atmosphere is super cool and the staff is awesome nice. My husband and I really enjoyed the tasty quesidillas while listening to "The Roots". It was seriously the coolest place and can make the perfect cheap date. Apparently they have other locations but the one I visit is between 21st and 22nd Chestnut Street

Pros: Great location

Cons: it's kind of low key so you might miss it if your not paying close attention

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I was recently found this spot while on vacation in Philly. The food and the service were great. The burritos were delicious and the music and atmosphere were great. The staff could not have been nicer, especially Pete, who was adorable and very friendly.

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★★★★★

I was recently found this spot while on vacation in Philly. The food and the service were great. The burritos were delicious and the music and atmosphere were great. The staff could not have been nicer, especially Pete, who was adorable and very friendly.

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I was very surprised to hear previous reviews bad mouth this dimly lit little house of heavenly tastes. I've been going there for 3 years now and have never found the staff to be rude or unlikeable. I play soccer with the manager, who's moving on to the new place in the Rittenhouse area and is really excited about how cool it should be. The other guys are always good for a nice hello, some bantering, or chit-chat about a game playing on tv. I go there pretty often to watch soccer matches and grab some tasty food. Good chorizo or steak burritos. Guac is to die for and chips are nicely salted (you have to pay extra for them, but so worth it). Order up a Negro Modelo or Pacifico and relax with a bunch of friends at a table - can't think of a more chill and easy meal. Definitely a step up from Qdoba because of better quality ingredients and spices, plus they have yummy Jarritos outside of the normal fountain sodas. Rumor has it the new place has a full liquor license and will be serving frozen margaritas from a slurpy machine! And if you prefer to eat outside the shop, which can get really busy around lunch time during the week, then take your taste-explosion out to Washington Sq for a meal under the sycamores. Try it out and I hope you won't be as disappointed as the previous reviewers.

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★★★★★

I was very surprised to hear previous reviews bad mouth this dimly lit little house of heavenly tastes. I've been going there for 3 years now and have never found the staff to be rude or unlikeable. I play soccer with the manager, who's moving on to the new place in the Rittenhouse area and is really excited about how cool it should be. The other guys are always good for a nice hello, some bantering, or chit-chat about a game playing on tv. I go there pretty often to watch soccer matches and grab some tasty food. Good chorizo or steak burritos. Guac is to die for and chips are nicely salted (you have to pay extra for them, but so worth it). Order up a Negro Modelo or Pacifico and relax with a bunch of friends at a table - can't think of a more chill and easy meal. Definitely a step up from Qdoba because of better quality ingredients and spices, plus they have yummy Jarritos outside of the normal fountain sodas. Rumor has it the new place has a full liquor license and will be serving frozen margaritas from a slurpy machine! And if you prefer to eat outside the shop, which can get really busy around lunch time during the week, then take your taste-explosion out to Washington Sq for a meal under the sycamores. Try it out and I hope you won't be as disappointed as the previous reviewers.

Pros: burritos, guac & chips, tv

Cons: lunchtime rush

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MediaSavant couldn't be more RIGHT!!!

I liked the chorizo quesadilla's, but every time I went there, usually after work at night, the fat guy with glasses would GAWK at my chest. It would've been uncomfortable had he not been such a lump of a guy. He could only wish to get his paws on these puppies. But without fail, while ringing me up, his eyes would be fixed on my chest. A few times I dined in and would catch him gawking at me while pretending he was futzing with his iPod. It was cute, but scummy and I finally got sick it because it only got worse. So I just stopped going. I hear el Fuego is opening a new place, which I'll visit so long has that guy doesn't work there.

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★☆☆☆☆

MediaSavant couldn't be more RIGHT!!!

I liked the chorizo quesadilla's, but every time I went there, usually after work at night, the fat guy with glasses would GAWK at my chest. It would've been uncomfortable had he not been such a lump of a guy. He could only wish to get his paws on these puppies. But without fail, while ringing me up, his eyes would be fixed on my chest. A few times I dined in and would catch him gawking at me while pretending he was futzing with his iPod. It was cute, but scummy and I finally got sick it because it only got worse. So I just stopped going. I hear el Fuego is opening a new place, which I'll visit so long has that guy doesn't work there.

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The burritos are OK. A cut above Qdoba but not far. Nice, pretentious ambience, complete with table candles in case you wanted to take a date there. Problem is the staff are all meatheads, especially Pete, the Long Island-born chatterbox who is either always checking his e-mail on his iTouch or bad mouthing customers at a volume they can hear. (If your girl is remotely hot, guaranteed Pete will give her a once or twice over.) The Argentinian isn't worse in this respect. He'll roll a great burrito without ever having to take his eye's off a set of lady lumps. The manager, a tall, lanky white dude is the coolest one, but my buddy worked there and said they hire people for "training," then fire them after a couple of weeks after paying them $5 an hour as "training pay." Judging from the turnover, sounds like they get a lot of cheap labor.

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★★☆☆☆

The burritos are OK. A cut above Qdoba but not far. Nice, pretentious ambience, complete with table candles in case you wanted to take a date there. Problem is the staff are all meatheads, especially Pete, the Long Island-born chatterbox who is either always checking his e-mail on his iTouch or bad mouthing customers at a volume they can hear. (If your girl is remotely hot, guaranteed Pete will give her a once or twice over.) The Argentinian isn't worse in this respect. He'll roll a great burrito without ever having to take his eye's off a set of lady lumps. The manager, a tall, lanky white dude is the coolest one, but my buddy worked there and said they hire people for "training," then fire them after a couple of weeks after paying them $5 an hour as "training pay." Judging from the turnover, sounds like they get a lot of cheap labor.

Pros: Cheap Food

Cons: Meathead Staff

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I definately find this to be one of the best places to go for lunch. The portions are large, it is reasonable priced, and the burritos are great. This is definately worth a visit if you are in the historic district.

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★★★★★

I definately find this to be one of the best places to go for lunch. The portions are large, it is reasonable priced, and the burritos are great. This is definately worth a visit if you are in the historic district.

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read a few recent reviews and felt compelled to post one of my own as a frequent lunch customer. service is quick and solid. the guys have personality and character. that is a added value on top of the killer burritos. the mood, music, decor is unique. much different from the chains. something i value. nothing but love for this spot.

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★★★★☆

read a few recent reviews and felt compelled to post one of my own as a frequent lunch customer. service is quick and solid. the guys have personality and character. that is a added value on top of the killer burritos. the mood, music, decor is unique. much different from the chains. something i value. nothing but love for this spot.

Pros: massive burritos

Cons: doctors

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The food is always fresh and full of flavor. I would recommend this place to anyone who wanted some good mexican food. The only problem I have with this place is the staff has something ignorant to say about everyone that walks through the door. I might not know that person but still only god knows what they say about me.

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★★★★☆

The food is always fresh and full of flavor. I would recommend this place to anyone who wanted some good mexican food. The only problem I have with this place is the staff has something ignorant to say about everyone that walks through the door. I might not know that person but still only god knows what they say about me.

Pros: Great Food

Cons: Ignorant Staff

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This burrito was terrible, first of all these guys don't know how to wrap a burrito at all, it fell apart the second I opened the tin foil wrapping. Second of all for the price I paid I might as well have gone to Qdoba or Santa Fe. Also taste-wise the burrito had a really funky taste.

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★★☆☆☆

This burrito was terrible, first of all these guys don't know how to wrap a burrito at all, it fell apart the second I opened the tin foil wrapping. Second of all for the price I paid I might as well have gone to Qdoba or Santa Fe. Also taste-wise the burrito had a really funky taste.

Pros: Close to where I work

Cons: Everything else

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Great, pleasant service, and the burritos were wonderful. My family ordered a variety with spicy beef, steak, and chicken, which were all stuffed with rice, black beans (refried is an option), lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and sauce. I loved the chicken, personally. They did forget my extra side of hot, but so did I after ordering 9 burritos, and gave me fresh tasting chips on the house. The guacamole was delicious. The burritos were so huge that the leftovers I had planned for were even more, and reheated very well. My kids had some for breakfast, and my husband took a half burrito to work. My kids were already letting me know what they want on their burritos ( unbelievably, they want more of them) the next time we get in Philly.

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★★★★★

Great, pleasant service, and the burritos were wonderful. My family ordered a variety with spicy beef, steak, and chicken, which were all stuffed with rice, black beans (refried is an option), lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and sauce. I loved the chicken, personally. They did forget my extra side of hot, but so did I after ordering 9 burritos, and gave me fresh tasting chips on the house. The guacamole was delicious. The burritos were so huge that the leftovers I had planned for were even more, and reheated very well. My kids had some for breakfast, and my husband took a half burrito to work. My kids were already letting me know what they want on their burritos ( unbelievably, they want more of them) the next time we get in Philly.

Pros: great, fresh food

Cons: parking, basic ambience, counter service, few choices, but done well

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yesterday i discovered this small burrito shop on my way home from work. i walk down walnut every day and i never noticed it was there! its simple and the atmosphere is fairly minimalist but i really enjoyed my chorizo and chicken burrito... soo much so that i plan on bringing my husband next time i go to el fuego.

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★★★★★

yesterday i discovered this small burrito shop on my way home from work. i walk down walnut every day and i never noticed it was there! its simple and the atmosphere is fairly minimalist but i really enjoyed my chorizo and chicken burrito... soo much so that i plan on bringing my husband next time i go to el fuego.

Pros: large portion for little price

Cons: didn't even know it was there

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i recently moved to philly from san diego and have been looking hard for a good burrito spot. el fuego is pretty much the best this city has to offer....

the burritos are substantial and the quality of the food is fresh.

the thing that i don't understand is why nobody stays open past 9:00 to serve the bar crowd? hello philadelphia, most people need to eat before they drink their faces off. maybe el fuego will read this and take a cue. but then again this is philly-- home of delightful snacks such as cheese steaks with cheese whiz?!

in the meantime keep pumping out those big burritos.

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★★★★★

i recently moved to philly from san diego and have been looking hard for a good burrito spot. el fuego is pretty much the best this city has to offer....

the burritos are substantial and the quality of the food is fresh.

the thing that i don't understand is why nobody stays open past 9:00 to serve the bar crowd? hello philadelphia, most people need to eat before they drink their faces off. maybe el fuego will read this and take a cue. but then again this is philly-- home of delightful snacks such as cheese steaks with cheese whiz?!

in the meantime keep pumping out those big burritos.

Pros: fresh

Cons: not open late on weekend

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el fuego is the areas saving grace. with washington becoming more and more gentrified i am happy to see that there is a place that is affordable, cozi, and has quality food. i dig the music and the flat screen which always has soccer playing. if only they had some more vegetarian options i could drag my girl out with me. definately good pregame for a night out with the boys. cheers

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★★★★★

el fuego is the areas saving grace. with washington becoming more and more gentrified i am happy to see that there is a place that is affordable, cozi, and has quality food. i dig the music and the flat screen which always has soccer playing. if only they had some more vegetarian options i could drag my girl out with me. definately good pregame for a night out with the boys. cheers

Pros: prices and atmosphere

Cons: could be open later

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el fuego is like a fantasy--- delicious 10 inch burritos, authentic mexican beer and soda, wonderfully diverse array of music, and most of all an intelligent highly attentive staff... oh yeah and they have a massive flat screen which plays soccer from around the world.

lunch is hectic so i advise visiting early on your lunch break or after work when there is adequate seating. during lunch the staff operates in a amazingly efficient fashion which is in itself worth a visit.

the atmosphere is pleasant and kid friendly. i promise your visit will be well worth it and the value is a steal.

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★★★★★

el fuego is like a fantasy--- delicious 10 inch burritos, authentic mexican beer and soda, wonderfully diverse array of music, and most of all an intelligent highly attentive staff... oh yeah and they have a massive flat screen which plays soccer from around the world.

lunch is hectic so i advise visiting early on your lunch break or after work when there is adequate seating. during lunch the staff operates in a amazingly efficient fashion which is in itself worth a visit.

the atmosphere is pleasant and kid friendly. i promise your visit will be well worth it and the value is a steal.

Pros: dude at torilla press is hilarious

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if you like guacamole...this is the place. if you like good quesadillas....watch out! if you like the kind of place that serves beer, plays good beats, and is chill...i would invite some friends.

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★★★★★

if you like guacamole...this is the place. if you like good quesadillas....watch out! if you like the kind of place that serves beer, plays good beats, and is chill...i would invite some friends.

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watched world cup here on my extended lunch breaks. even though mexico lost i kept coming back for the guacamole! it's also nice to sneak a negra modelo with your burrito. i would recommend the brisket or the chorizo with frijoles negros. the aroz and the tomatillo salsa remind me of home. i hope you like it like i do. and maybe you'll come to watch the copa libatadores and champions league with me and the staff. they make great food and love the futbol like me. okay. bye.

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★★★★★

watched world cup here on my extended lunch breaks. even though mexico lost i kept coming back for the guacamole! it's also nice to sneak a negra modelo with your burrito. i would recommend the brisket or the chorizo with frijoles negros. the aroz and the tomatillo salsa remind me of home. i hope you like it like i do. and maybe you'll come to watch the copa libatadores and champions league with me and the staff. they make great food and love the futbol like me. okay. bye.

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Talk about a massive burrito! It's probably one of the first burritos I've had in the city that didn't fall apart. The prices were great, especially compared to the amount you get. The music was pretty cool too.

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★★★★★

Talk about a massive burrito! It's probably one of the first burritos I've had in the city that didn't fall apart. The prices were great, especially compared to the amount you get. The music was pretty cool too.

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i have been going to el fuego since they opened almost three years ago. as with most new businesses there are things that need working out and el fuego was no different. i can remember when they first opened lunch lines spilled out into the street. i am sure that such high volume resturaunts have a relatively high turnover. el fuego has managed to keep virtually the same staff for the past few years. perhaps that's to do with the scooter guy who me and my co-workers often see around town. we think he is the owner. but with that staff i am sure that he doesn't have to do much work!

on the other hand the lunch crew holds it down like a well-oiled machine. only difference is that they are incredibly human and have plenty to say if only you become a "regular" as i have become almost by default.

the food is filling and very flavorful. the reasonale prices are just icing on the cake!

try this little burrito heaven and have your lunch become more than an hour break between monotonous office tasks.

cheers

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★★★★★

i have been going to el fuego since they opened almost three years ago. as with most new businesses there are things that need working out and el fuego was no different. i can remember when they first opened lunch lines spilled out into the street. i am sure that such high volume resturaunts have a relatively high turnover. el fuego has managed to keep virtually the same staff for the past few years. perhaps that's to do with the scooter guy who me and my co-workers often see around town. we think he is the owner. but with that staff i am sure that he doesn't have to do much work!

on the other hand the lunch crew holds it down like a well-oiled machine. only difference is that they are incredibly human and have plenty to say if only you become a "regular" as i have become almost by default.

the food is filling and very flavorful. the reasonale prices are just icing on the cake!

try this little burrito heaven and have your lunch become more than an hour break between monotonous office tasks.

cheers

Pros: disco ball and de la soul!

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Excellent food, great service, and definitely not a long wait. Great for people with less than a 45 minute lunch! The burritos are awesome and huge. Everything is fresh. I would definitely suggest that you eat here.

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★★★★★

Excellent food, great service, and definitely not a long wait. Great for people with less than a 45 minute lunch! The burritos are awesome and huge. Everything is fresh. I would definitely suggest that you eat here.

Pros: Great Service and Fast

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Coming from California, I've had my share of good Mexican food. It is very difficult to find a decent burrito anywhere out here. El Fuego is as close as I've come in Philadelphia. Their burritos are huge and quite tasty. Far better than Santa Fe Burrito.

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★★★★☆

Coming from California, I've had my share of good Mexican food. It is very difficult to find a decent burrito anywhere out here. El Fuego is as close as I've come in Philadelphia. Their burritos are huge and quite tasty. Far better than Santa Fe Burrito.

Pros: big burritos, good food

Cons: no chips on the side

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I go there once a week. I love everything about the place. Burrito's the size of your head. I want to move in and live there. Seriously, awesome food, the people are awesome.

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★★★★★

I go there once a week. I love everything about the place. Burrito's the size of your head. I want to move in and live there. Seriously, awesome food, the people are awesome.

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This place rules! The service and food were both great! I was there while they were closing one night and they seriously clean that place. I must say they put out some of the best burritos, they're huge, so you really get your moneys worth. Not to mention the hot guys that work there, check it out!

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★★★★★

This place rules! The service and food were both great! I was there while they were closing one night and they seriously clean that place. I must say they put out some of the best burritos, they're huge, so you really get your moneys worth. Not to mention the hot guys that work there, check it out!

Pros: great atmosphere, nice employees, great food

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This is an okay place, definitely for the lunch crowd in the historical district. Food's ok priced and fine portions, but not being a fan of Mexican food, I can't really recommend or discourage you from visiting. If you do like such foods, you may want to try it out. Getting a table may not be easy, but hey, this is a busy place.

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★★★☆☆

This is an okay place, definitely for the lunch crowd in the historical district. Food's ok priced and fine portions, but not being a fan of Mexican food, I can't really recommend or discourage you from visiting. If you do like such foods, you may want to try it out. Getting a table may not be easy, but hey, this is a busy place.

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Sure, it's not Tequila's, but this place makes a good burrito that will fill you up right. The atmosphere is nice and they even have a happy hour on weekdays with bottled beer specials on Coronas and Negro Modelo etc. I've always found the burrito-makers to be very friendly. The spicy beef burrito is the best. Packs a lot of flavor.

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★★★★☆

Sure, it's not Tequila's, but this place makes a good burrito that will fill you up right. The atmosphere is nice and they even have a happy hour on weekdays with bottled beer specials on Coronas and Negro Modelo etc. I've always found the burrito-makers to be very friendly. The spicy beef burrito is the best. Packs a lot of flavor.

Pros: fast, good for lunch, tasty

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Having lived and traveled to several places. A fairly new concept of fast but healthy food is introduced as concept of burritos. This has become very popular very quickly...look at Chipotle and QDoba. El Fuego follows the concept of Chipotle except for the ambience. Overall the food is fast and a great value. Higly recommended!

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★★★★★

Having lived and traveled to several places. A fairly new concept of fast but healthy food is introduced as concept of burritos. This has become very popular very quickly...look at Chipotle and QDoba. El Fuego follows the concept of Chipotle except for the ambience. Overall the food is fast and a great value. Higly recommended!

Pros: Healthy, Fast, Great value

Cons: , Access, Parking

 

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