Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
The burrito value alone is reason enough to visit the cart that appears every day at 15th and K streets NW, rain or shine. For $7.50, you get a fully loaded chicken burrito on your choice of tortilla (I recommend garlic and onion or tomato and chili), with an ample smear of guac and an overwhelming selection of hot sauces, which are cheaper, heftier, more bespoke, and tastier than Chipotle’s. Not to mention the free chips and York Peppermint Patties, and the loyalty card that gets you each 11th burrito free. But the best reason to stop by is flattery. With each burrito customization you make (black or tan beans? heat on a scale from one to 10? fruity or non-fruity?) comes a heaping of praise from tortilla master John Rider, who will truly make you feel as if you’ve just crafted the best burrito the world’s ever seen. If you do really well, he’ll advise you to “take the rest of the day off.” You’ll feel just good enough to be tempted.