Don't let anyone fool you, today (April 1st) is National Burrito Day, a day to celebrate one of the most widely eaten Mexican dishes across the globe. It's even fun to say. Say it out loud with me, "burrr--reeee---toeee...see I told you.

Anyway, a little history lesson before we get to our list of the "Best Burritos in the Cedar Valley". According to National Today "Burrito" first appeared in the Dictionary of Mexicanisms in 1895. Get this, it loosely translates to "little donkey," in Spanish. It's possible the term refers to the packs and bedrolls donkeys once carried. Burritos first started showing up on American menus in California in the 1930's. My family likes to make "breakfast burritos" (filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, etc...) quite often, which make it hard for me to believe that they weren't invented until 1975 in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Burritos are great, first of all, because you can eat them with your hands, and second of all, because you can put almost anything in them. Start with a lot of meat, (the more, the better) chicken, beef, pork or steak. Then fill it up with beans, rice, salsa, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, vegetables and anything else you can think of to add to it, even french fries. Keep scrolling and check out some photos of what local restaurants have to offer, but be careful because you're going to end up hungry for a burrito!

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One deal you might want to consider, as you celebrate National Burrito Day is at Taco John's. On Thursday, April 1, they'll offer the Grilled Chicken Boss Burrito or Bowl for just $5 if you redeem the offer in the Taco John’s app.

This radio station took a (very) informal poll on our Facebook page and here's a list of the most popular places in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area to wrap your hands around a giant delicious burrito. You'll notice that they're listed in alphabetical order because it's hard to say that one is better than the other. Except for those cheap frozen burritos you can find in your grocer's freezer, those are truly disgusting. Especially, when you compare them to these local creations made with fresh ingredients and tender loving care. There's a surprising amount of fantastic Mexican restaurants in the area, let's check them out.


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