Move over, birria.
I’d already written enough about that wildly popular dish before I visited Amigo Sole, a new restaurant on the east side of the Delmar Loop focused on Mexican street food. Here you can also find birria tacos, quesabirria and birria ramen, but you should probably begin with the Hot Cheetos Burrito.
Hot Cheetos aren’t the “meat” of this burrito. You choose the actual meat from three options: carnitas, chicken tinga or carne asada. I went with the asada, which delivered the juiciness and gentle chewiness you want from that steak preparation.
Rice is the burrito’s third main component after the meat and Hot Cheetos, while cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo and chipotle mayo are the garnishes. All of this makes for a plump, but not overwhelming burrito.
And those Cheetos are no gimmick. In the burrito, their airy crunch reminded me of chicharrones, and the steak and rice helped balance their DayGlo heat.
I’ll be back to Amigo Sole for another of these burritos — though maybe not until after I’ve also tried the restaurant’s al pastor sandwich with a sunny-side-up egg or the BBQ Chipotle Burger topped with carne asada.
I’ll get around to its birria eventually, too.
Where Amigo Sole, 6102 Delmar Boulevard • More info 314-260-9365; amigosole.online • Hours Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday (closed Sunday)