Restaurant: The Fighting Burrito | 309 13th Street, Des Moines, IA | Twitter: @FightingBurrito | 6/9/15


Grace: 2 Stars

Josh: 2.75 Stars

Why did we choose The Fighting Burrito?

Grace: Wellll Josh & Evie & I got to go to ED SHEERAN thanks to some sweet work perks from my dad, and we wanted dinner first! We like Mexican but didn’t want to spend a bunch of money, so this was perfect.

Josh: We were going to see something called an Ed Sheeran? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ We wanted to eat before the show and this was in the downtown area with a cheap menu so it was decided.

Chips & Guacamole, The Fighting Burrito, Mexican, Des Moines, IA, Burrito

The Meal

Grace's Burrito, The Fighting Burrito, Mexican, Des Moines, IA, Burrito

Grace: Ehh. It was ok! It tasted like a burrito. I got white rice, black beans, beef, guacamole, tomatillo salsa, green onions, lime & cilantro. It was fine, but not really flavorful. The beef tasted like my mom’s Italian Beef (which is delicious, just not on a burrito), the rice had 0 flavor, and the lime juice overpowered everything. I also tasted Josh’s chips & guac. The chips tasted like HyVee brand tortilla chips. The guac didn’t have enough garlic or salt or onion. Sad 😦

Josh's Burrito, The Fighting Burrito, Mexican, Des Moines, IA, Burrito

Josh: We have seen it happen too often now. Obama’s liberal agenda taking down small businesses to cater to his values. I mean look at this menu! With options with the names of Susan B. and Harvey Milk, we are forced  to have LGBT and Women’s activists crammed down our throats without warning. Mr. Obama, CHILDREN ENTER THIS RESTAURANT. How dare you.

Now for the review….

Chipotle vs. Panchero’s has probably been a debate you have been apart of at least once in your life. Can Fighting Burrito be a part of the conversation?

I’m going to argue that it should be.

The menu at Fighting Burrito compared to it’s counterparts is bigger and better. On my burrito I got: a flour tortilla, wild rice, black beans, grilled peppers and onions, homemade queso (extra $1.75), ancho chicken, Monterrey jack cheese, sour cream, chipotle salsa, lettuce, lime and cilantro. If you click on the menu link in the previous paragraph, you will notice that there are some unique options like chipotle sour cream and jalapeno peach salsa. These come at no additional cost and are part of their everyday options.

How did it taste? Like a damn burrito. The ingredients seemed fresh and it all blended well together. Do they “bob” their burrito like Pancheros? No they do not and I will admit that is always a disadvantage. That being said, the taste and portion size rival their counterparts and you should at least give it a try before brushing it off.

Why did it get a relatively low score? It’s a burrito place. Chipotle and Pancheros would have gotten around the same score as well. It’s a fast-food burrito chain and it will be rated like one. Oh and the chips were pretty bad. I mean look at that picture…those do not look appetizing (and they weren’t).

Evie's Burrito, The Fighting Burrito, Mexican, Des Moines, IA, Burrito


This was Evie’s burrito 🙂

Atmosphere, Service, Price

The Fighting Burrito Interior, The Fighting Burrito, Mexican, Des Moines, IA, Burrito

Grace: The restaurant was really cool inside, and the prices were great. Comparable to Chipotle, Pancheros, etc. and it was counter service so it was easy. The utensils and napkins and everything were right next to the register, not by all the drinks and stuff. I didn’t realize, and then had to go back and it was right in front of other people ordering and I felt like I was interrupting and I wanted to hide. #sociallyawkward. I probably would never choose/suggest to go back, but if I had to I would. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Josh: The Fighting Burrito is in the Western Gateway Park part of Des Moines. It’s in a beautiful location and it’s pretty cool inside. It has a nice setup and it’s easy to order your burrito and receive your food. The prices rival Chipotle and Pancheros aka it was cheap. Would I go here again? I would and I suggest you give it a try.


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