Nearly Normal’s Gonzo Cuisine
109 NW 15th Street
What’s in a name? When I ordered a Nearly Nasty off the Gonzo Menu at Nearly Normal’s, I feared the weird. Would it be irregularly shaped, rolled by a muppet, and filled with stinky mud? No, maybe, and no.
It was delicious. The vegetarian burrito was predictably stuffed with the usual suspects. What made it really good, however, was the homemade enchilada sauce drizzled on top. Nine bucks well spent! Note, they have one of the best patios in Corvallis for dining.
Delicias Valley Cafe
933 NW Circle Boulevard
When I want a quick inexpensive taste of Mexico, I head to Delicias Valley for one of their $7.99 chicken burritos. The chips that come with my burrito are always fresh and the burrito has just enough (but not too much) chicken. One thing to note: make sure you specify how spicy you want your salsa, otherwise you’ll learn the hard way, as I did when I had to run out of the restaurant and dunk my head in the snow like Yosemite Sam. This is simple family run restaurant with down-to-earth service, instantly comfortable.
Corner of 4th Street and SW Western Boulevard
If you’re looking for the biggest burrito you have ever eaten, look no further! The Super Grande Burrito for $8.75 at La Rockita is just the ticket. Filled to the brim with delicious ingredients, it makes the burrito angels sing! Granted, it took me three sittings to finish the thing, but that just made it worth every penny. Plus pinto beans take on an interesting tang when they start to ferment…
Riva’s Taco Shop
Corner of 5th Street and Harrison Blvd
We all have times in our lives where we’re stumbling around at 2 a.m., one-too-many margaritas deep and desperately craving burritos. This is when you need Riva’s Taco Shop. Riva’s is a 24-hour fast food burrito restaurant that serves a variety of burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and other tasty treats. The ambience is nothing special, unless you’re nostalgic for dumps, but the burritos are big, cheap, and well-made. With tasty fare and fast service, this establishment is a Corvallis burrito staple.
-By Candy Smith
127 NW 2nd Street, between Monroe and Jackson
Laughing Planet delivers healthy, customizable burrito-themed dishes. Unconventional flavors from Asia and Mexico cater to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. No grease-dripping refried bean offerings here; the $6.95 Holy Molé burrito features grilled chicken and a rich, slightly spicy molé. The Lebanese Delight with lentils, tahini, cucumber salad and Che Guevara’s plantains and sweet potatoes may be worth your while as well. Non-GMO tortilla chips, grass-fed beef, organic tofu and tempeh, and exciting kale-heavy salads please the health-conscious (who really have no business dictating burrito policy, but they’re people too, so…)
1702 Main Street at S 17th Street in Philomath
My first experience here was dreadful. Cold food, less than friendly service, and they have one of those honor system pay-a-nickel-for-a-mint jars at the register that make me feel awkward. I mean, of course I put some nickels in there, why are you looking at me weird when I walk out with a handful of mints, busboy? But since they’re really close to my house, I’ve been back a couple times since. And they’re really not bad. The Crispy Chicken burrito is a fantastic bargain. I still get nickel-mint anxiety every time I leave, but small price to pay, right?