There is no Chipotle in Duluth. The town is void of the signature foil-wrapped bullet that can cure late-night hunger. The city does, however, have its own indigenous way to meet the demand.
The Burrito Union, located near the mouth of Chester Creek in the heart of Duluth, is painted Soviet red and mimics the tightly-rolled foil-wrapped Chipotle burritos that have put fear in the hearts of Taco John’s and Taco Bell. The Soviet theme continues into the menu with signature burritos like the Imperial Chicken ($8), Fat Capitalist ($8.50), and Happy Worker ($8). Garlic lime chicken, achiote pork, and red chile beef are the three meats available.
The Fat Capitalist has a medium roasted tomato salsa that works well with the achiote pork. Black Beans and red rice make up the rest of the burrito, adding balance to the spicy meat and salsa. The burrito can be made in a bowl, as a salad, or as a “two fisted” or “one fisted” burrito (terms used to describe the item’s size).
The meats, salsas, and burrito fillings are all reminiscent of Chipotle and are a suitable substitute, but the roll of the burritos is hit or miss. At times the burrito will be tight and plump like those at Chipotle, but at times they will be loose or saggy, leaving you with a dilapidated tortilla leaking pico de gallo onto your arm.
Brewhouse beer is the only beer available, as the Burrito Union is under the same ownership. Beers like the Chester Creek Pale Ale and Tug Boat Irish Stout are only available at the Burrito Union. The restaurant constantly rotates beers, bringing in seasonal beers along with beers regularly featured at the Brewhouse.
For Duluth, the Burrito Union fills the important need for a burrito shop that can put warm, spicy food in your hand fast. Table service, counter service, and delivery are all available. It may not be Chipotle, but since there isn’t one in town, it’s worth getting used to. Especially since you can get Brewhouse beer.
Burritos in Duluth
1332 E 4th St
Duluth, MN 55805
OWNERS: Rod Raymond and Tim Nelson
BAR: Brewhouse beer and Full Bar
AVERAGE ENTREE: $6-$9