For reliable, reasonably priced burritos in Tulum, Mexico, head to Burrito Amor.
It is located at the corner of Avenida Tulum and Calle Sol Oriente in heart of Tulum.
There’s seating for about 45 people in what is almost an open air setting.
Two sides of the eatery are completely open to the elements, allowing the outdoors to spill in and the insides to spill out. You will feel as though you are hanging out at a friend’s backyard barbecue.
One side, though, is partially covered by foliage that appears to be bougainvillea.
The few walls that you will see are painted ivory white. Round, wooden tables can accommodate four or five people. If you plan to eat quickly and run off to the beach, you can sit at a raised bar that appears to be made of reclaimed wood.
You’ll notice that Burrito Amor appears to be popular with foreigners. While there, I overheard Americans. I also heard a bit of French. And, I chatted with a Canadian couple. If you end up sharing a table, someone will likely strike up a conversation with you and you can ask for menu recommendations.
To start, I tried a Vegan salad (75 pesos or about $5 US). It came with black beans, beets, poblano chile and toasted baby pumpkin seeds served in a white porcelain bowl. Each element of the salad was fresh and delicious. A sweet, refreshing salad dressing made of tequila and jamaica (“hibiscus” in English) accompany the salad.
Front and center on the menu: burritos, as the eatery’s name implies. You may want to try the burrito with chicken (85 pesos or about $5US) It comes wrapped in wax paper that looks like a banana leaf. The tortilla is fresh and light. With every bite, you get a mouthful of deliciously moist chicken and tomatillos (a Mexican husk tomato), black beans, rice and pico de gallo (finely diced fresh tomatoes, green peppers and onions). In keeping with Tulum’s casual overall attitude, the burrito comes served in a plastic red basket.
I washed it all down with the Alkalizer juice ( 65 pesos or about $4US). It’s made of cucumber, apple, lime, ginger and cayenne pepper. It might provide just the anti-dote you need after a few days of eating acidic foods in other Riviera Maya restaurants.
Another option you may want to sample: the Caramel smoothie (70 pesos or about $4.50 US). The smooth mixture of dates, coconut milk, vanilla extract, bananas and fresh coconut water will make you remember that Tulum is actually in a jungle that produces great, fresh produce.
One caveat: If you like to drink through a plastic straw you may want to think twice. But, if you’re eco-friendly, you’d love Burrito Amor. They avoid using plastic straws (known as “popotes” in Mexico). Instead, staff gives you a straw made of Avocado seed that is 100% biodegradable!
That’s the Lowdown!
If you want to check out a more upscale restaurant in Tulum, head to one of my favorites: Hartwood!