Posted by: mikeeatsdetroit | August 25, 2008

Correspondent Review: Burrito Loco

Today’s guest reviewer is Kyle Bauer from about music heard every Wednesday night from 8pm-10pm on 88.3FM Auburn Hills, or anytime at

Keep America strong, support small Burrito joints! by Kyle Bauer

In a time where Wal-Mart, Best Buy, McDonalds and Starbucks are at every turn, homogenization in the world of business is something we’ve come to expect. Local restaurants, mom and pop stores and organically grown capital seems to be something of the past, when it’s what this country was built on. So when you run into a small Mexican restaurant, that uses family recipes to create homemade cuisine, you take note.

Located on 12 mile near Bunert just west of Macomb Community College south campus, Burrito Loco gives you an old fashioned unique, food cart style of Mexican that explodes with so much warmth and flavor, even with their generous portions you’ll still find yourself wanting more once you finish one of their 8, 10 or even 12 inch burritos.

Using family recipes, you’ll get freshly made (right in front of you) burritos, loaded tacos and traditional Mexican favorites. No, I’m not talking about extra “melty” Crunchwrap Supremes, I’m talking about real Mexican food.  

Personally my favorite is the vegetarian Burrito which you can get made a couple different ways. By the menu it’s loaded with Potatoes, Pinto beans (fresh, not refried,) optional black beans, optional eggs, cheese, tomatoes, green pepper, onions and spices. I have also had a variation with just Pintos, tomatoes, green pepper, cilantro, onions, salsa and spices. Then of course there’s the pintos, onions and cheese which you can get for 99 cents on Mondays or Saturdays, which may vary. The Pinto beans star in the burrito as they explode with a smooth, savory flavor that you’ll want to keep in your mouth for a while.

The menu also has a vast selection of burritos, 5 different kinds, 3 breakfast burritos, nachos, taco salads, quesadillas, fish tacos and enchiladas, with several combos to pull it all together. Catering and delivery is also available.

The price on the burritos range from 4.25 for an 8 inch to 6.50 for a 12 inch that is known as the “Burly Burrito” which you can fill with whatever you wish. 6.50 sounds pricey but consider the size and that chain stores who also offer fresh burritos, Chipotle and Qdoba are around the same price, if not more expensive with a smaller menu. Also consider that they purchase all their food from grocery stores just like us and we know how the price of food is sky rocketing which makes it harder for a small business such as Burrito Loco to turn a profit. Its not a 1.20 burrito from Taco Bell or Del-Taco but you’re getting quality and a flavor that you’re not going to receive anywhere else.

I would also recommend the Fideo, which was something I hadn’t even heard of until I ordered it off the menu out of curiosity. If I could relate it to anything, I guess Mexican pasta would be most accurate. Its noodles, spices, tomatoes, peppers, onions and pintos. This tasty little dish makes an excellent side or a light lunch time snack.

Opened in the fall of 2006, Burrito Loco has been able to survive in a location that has traditionally been a dead zone for upstart restaurants. Several places have failed since the original tenant, a carry out only Buddy’s Pizza, shut their doors 10 years ago. I was almost hesitant to try this place figuring what would be the point? But the little Burrito joint that could has made it for 2 years and if you stop by to fill up, you’ll realize how.

Bottom line, great food, good prices from a small business that serves unique homemade Mexican. Go out of your way to try this place if you have to, I’m sure you’ll end up coming back.

Be sure to head to for full information on the menu, catering, delivery, recipes, and contact information.

Burrito Loco is located at 14156 12 Mile Road (586) 773-7707



  1. if you want real mexican—run for the border—and you’ll run right into yuma, arizona.

    thats real, yo.

    it’s not too shabby—but i’ll take el charro in macomb, michigan any day.

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