WEEK 5 — DIEGO’S
It was back in Week 1 that the noble men of the MunchMobile went south of the border (or at least south of Center Street) to satisfy our Mexican food cravings. Once again our stomachs were primed for another round of spicy goodness, this time at Diego’s Taco Shop. Located on 22 East 200 North in Provo, this eatery lives up to its name by serving up a variety of tacos, but Diego’s prides itself on its burritos that range from the classic California burrito to the tasty chili relleno. This week Rhombus Magazine’s resident armchair economist Daniel Anderson joined Munchmobile regulars Jake Welch and Ben Wagner on their quest to find the best Mexican food Provo has to offer.
Jake Welch — Chicken Burrito
I can honestly say that this decision was purely economical. After having spent a good deal of money on gas, a flat tire and rent, I decided that I needed to resort to penny pinching. Even though the chicken burrito is only 57 cents cheaper than other options, I figured every little bit helps. If I could, I would go back on the decision because this burrito was average at best. There was a large portion of chicken, which always puts a smile on my face, but there was little flavor to savor. The meat was rather dry leaving me with the only option of dousing my burrito with chili verde salsa. Don’t get me wrong I love salsa, but part of me thinks that the burrito should be able to stand on its own two feet. The rest of the burrito was serviceable. The cheese was fresh, as was the pico de gallo. Overall, I was unimpressed. Don’t be alarmed by my low rating, because the rest of the menu will usually deliver. 2.5 out of 5 molcajetes.
Ben Wagner — California Burrito
Diego’s is an old favorite of mine and I chose my favorite meal: the California Burrito. This hearty burrito features a flour tortilla packed with carne asada, pico de gallo, sour cream, and fried potatoes. One of the best things about Diego’s is that they never cheap you. For exactly $5.25, the burrito is so packed with meat that it’s like eating a brick of steak. After adding some lime, salt and salsa, this hefty burrito was a pleasure to digest and, as someone experienced with la comida Mexicana, I can say this is the best burrito in Utah Valley. 5 out of 5 Tostadas.
Daniel Anderson — Beef Tacos
Mexican food is my favorite and Diego’s delivers the goods. As an impoverished newlywed, I particularly appreciated the low cost options at Diego’s, which allowed me to pick up two beef tacos and a pineapple soda for under five bucks. The crispy tortillas (delicious) were handmade, and the tacos were packed with juicy beef, cheese and fresh lettuce. I topped it off with a couple lime’s worth of fresh lime juice and, before I knew it, there was a fiesta in my mouth. Just some good, solid tacos. While Diego’s may not have altered my perspective on existence, it is quality Mexican food and the atmosphere is cool. (Did you know people play beach soccer?) I recommend it to anyone looking for a good night of inexpensive, good Mexican cuisine. 4 out of 5 jalapeno peppers.
Overall, the experience was on the positive side for our munchers, minus the chicken burrito. Other than that, Diego’s provides some quality grub that comes in pleasurable quantities. The prices are reasonable and you have a wide range of options with their tacos, tortas and burritos. Make sure you have time to spare when you head over to Diego’s, because it will take a little while to cook the food. But don’t worry, it’s worth the wait. 4 out of 5 Jarritos.
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Jake Welch, Ben Wagner and Daniel Anderson are correspondents for Rhombus. They have a promising career in beach soccer ahead of them.
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