Sweeto Burrito specializes in serving up delicious dude food fast — which isn’t surprising, since the company got its start as a food truck in the North Dakota oil patch in 2011 and cut its teeth feeding hungry bikers at Sturgis.
But the diverse crowd in the line that stretched through Sweeto Burrito’s very first brick and mortar restaurant and out the door during my recent visit indicated that the blue collar guys who gave Sweeto Burrito its start have definitely been spreading the word about downtown Fargo’s newest restaurant.
It’s always a good sign when there are more people than seats and nobody seems to mind.
Don’t let the fact that it’s busy scare you. Fargo is notorious for packing a place to the gills when it’s new, but the crew at Sweeto Burrito handled the rush beautifully.
Management circulated through the line, handing out menus and answering questions, the ordering process (give your order at the counter, take a number) went smoothly and the food came out quickly. The flow of the space is a little strange — the cashiers are located in the middle of the restaurant and a view of the garbages greets you when you walk in — but it’s doable.
The menu is a mash-up of Mexican street food — note the luchadores (Mexican wresters) imagery — and American references. The burritos are the undisputed stars, but Sweeto Burrito also offers tacos, sides likes fries and jalapeño cheese curds, kids’ meals, salads topped with shredded chicken or pork, nachos, a taco salad and desserts like deep-fried cheesecake.
The portion sizes are generous. Burritos are (mercifully) available in two sizes, the Lightweight for $4.99 and the Heavyweight for $8.99 Even the Lightweight was filling.
The Sweeto Burrito, sans tortilla. This photo really doesn’t do it justice.
The namesake Sweeto Burrito is a pretty solid (although not terribly original) example of a Mexican-American burrito– sweet, tender, slow cooked shredded pork, lime rice, a healthy portion of black beans and pepper jack cheese, topped with cilantro ranch and Sweeto Burrito’s Neato (secret salsa) sauce.
I sampled a few bites of the one I took home for my husband (with the tortilla on the side, since he was working late and soggy tortillas are so, so wrong) and it had a nice balance of flavors but wasn’t spicy at all. This will probably come as a relief to those who are a little worried but the presence of Sriracha elsewhere on the menu.
The food at Sweeto Burrito really gets going when it gets a little creative. My very wise friend Erin recommended anything that featured their chunky bacon so, even though it seemed strange to order bacon on a burrito, I took her advice.
The Smokehouse Burrito. Go and eat this right this second.
She was absolutely right. The bacon is amazing; it’s salty and thick and perfectly crunchy. It featured heavily in The Smokehouse, which I devoured along with a cold orange Fanta — the Mexican recipe that comes in a tall glass bottle, of course.
The sweet, super tender marinated chicken was great by itself. But the textures of the toppings — crispy onion rings, melty cheddar cheese, the aforementioned bacon and the creamy cilantro ranch were what took this burrito over the edge.
There are other American-influenced burritos on the menu, including breakfast burritos and a so-crazy-it-might-work cheeseburger and fries burrito, and they’re definitely on my radar for next time.
Local Sweeto Burrito fans can — and probably will — line up to get their Sweeto fix every day of the week. (Note the much-needed late night hours Thursday-Saturday.) And if you’re not from the area, just be patient; Sweeto Burrito just might be coming to a city near you very soon.
The company began franchising last year and it’s currently developing 250(!) new locations in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho and North and South Dakota. The company announced in late 2013 that up to 30 of these locations will be open this year.
So get ready, burrito fans — another North Dakota original is coming to you.
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