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Memo’s Mexican Food Restaurant: Burrito

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That fellow tortilla-lovers flock to Tortillaphilia should be a surprise to no-one, and recommendations are often flung upon us1. On Twitter — follow us, if you would so like — @emmettoconnell gave Memo’s in Tacoma a somewhat reserved thumbs up, yet not reserved enough not to undertake a fact-finding mission to the place. What we found was good. Not great, but a type of meal that benefits any rational society.

Memo’s is a classic Cali-Mex drive-through, with minimal seating in a space that is almost chambre séparée2. (This is the 6th street location — others take more of a traditional restaurant route.) It’s open 24 hours a day, which typically means it caters to the late-night crowds: Large burritos at fair prices is something many crave at certain hours. My chorizo burrito ran for a cent less than $4, and it was stuffed full of flavorful sausage. Not only cheaper than Taco Bell but — obviously — tastier, too.

Despite not being under the breakfast menu, the burrito additionally prominently featured eggs, which, while surprising, pleasingly soothed the spicier sausage. A bit of cheese finished out the profile.

A good burrito, certainly, though not entirely mind-blowing. Memo’s holds the typical Cali-Mex drive-through standard, which by all means is delectable for what it is in all its simplicity. And again: $4. With that, I’d at least make Memo’s a late-night stop3 had I lived in the area.

The actual interiors are sparse, and while they have a certain distinct charm, I’d still recommend sticking with the drive-through. A burrito like this can, and probably should be enjoyed at home.

Lastly, a word about the accompanying salsa: It’s hot. Really hot. I can take spicy, but I’d be hard-pressed dressing my burrito up in the salsa verde. The chorizo had enough of a kick by itself.

Simple, tasty, and not overly remarkable… That is perfectly fine for this kind of spot. Memo’s delivers what it promises, and that’s good enough for us.

Oh, and tweet us or email us at yourfriends@tortillaphilia.com if you have dining suggestions. We are, apparently, open to everything, everywhere.

1 … twice, but let’s not split hairs.

2 A solitary dining area. We’re all about the pretentious words here.

3 Granted, late is sort of a relative term for me these days.


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