I know that these would be some fightin' words to those who like burritos, but I would have to say that Raging Burrito might be the best burrito in town. This is a place that has eluded me for years; considering I had taken dance lessons nearby and had some family that I visited often also nearby. My go-to place in Decatur was usually Brick Store or Ted's Montana Grill, when Brick Store was too full, and snobs didn't bother going to a chain like Ted's. Or it was Taqueria del Sol or Farm Burger when I wanted to stay under the $25 mark per person. The name Raging Burrito (or Taco) had been mentioned by acquaintances for some time, it's just that I never made the effort to really seek them out. And how naive I've been. Thankfully, with a new puppy in tow, and taking puppy classes in Decatur, I've been seeking out places that would allow me to bring puppy, so that she may be socialized and I may still eat good food. As of this date, I've heard different intel about Raging Burrito's dog policies, but a quick call confirmed that the front tables, allow for dogs, making it an easy choice for me to finally visit. Anyway, Raging Burrito is located in Decatur Square; it's an absolute breeze to access via MARTA, since it's literally immediately a hard right upon leaving the Decatur MARTA station. It's a little harder for us Earth-hating car drivers, as parking isn't plentiful, and depending on the time of day, is also not free. There are a lot of lots and metered curb spots right near the square, but I often park at the corner of North Candler and Ponce, by the Wells Fargo building, where I can park for free as long as it's after 6 pm, and it's a two-block walk to get to Raging Burrito. Being Downtown Decatur, it's a trendy and popular bar and dining area, so be aware that you can be subject to some insane waits, crowds, and inaccessibility, so always have a plan B to fall back onto. Thankfully, I pick my spots well, and don't often run into such maladies. I've only ever been inside Raging Burrito, to let servers know that I'm outside with my dog, and to use the restroom, but the interior is young and hip-leaning as far as atmosphere is concerned, but none of the staff I've encountered have been anything short of friendly and accommodating. As the name of the restaurant makes obvious, burritos and tacos are the name of the game. I have yet to try a taco, because I so much prefer burritos, but the mythical girlfriend has attested to the tacos being very good (mostly shrimp and fish variants). Back to the burritos though, debate with me as much as you want as far as best, but I think it's pretty indisputable that Raging Burrito has the most fulfilling burritos in town. Thankfully, as far as my opinion is concerned, they're also top-notch in quality, which makes it all the better. Mind you, my opinion of great burritos is Willy's over Chipotle and especially Moe's, and I think that the best burrito I've ever had was from a Hispanic grocery store in San Francisco. I will say that Raging Burrito competes, if not is on equal footing with the memory of that SF burrito. The more comparable to the size of infant children the better. Raging Burrito's burritos are indeed massive, but at first glance, they don't seem any larger than like a Willy's or a Chipotle. However, they're stuffed to the gills with whatever you order, and as you eat them, gravity pushes everything downward, so it's like the burrito becomes more challenging as you eat them. I'm already partial to the brisket, but the steak and chicken are also excellently seasoned and perfectly cooked. Additionally, I love the options in tortillas, as I tend to favor the spinach wraps above a regular flour, as if I can justify pounding a million calories with a spinach coating. The most telling thing however, was the first time I went, I started with chips and cheese, thinking they would only whet my appetite for the upcoming burrito. But when the burrito came, an absolutely morbid thing happened to me: I couldn't finish it. I've eaten more burritos in my lifetime than bears eat honey, and I've done eating competitions before. But the chips acted as the ultimate spoiler to a perfectly good burrito, and I'd never felt more emasculated in my life than being unable to finish a Raging Burrito. I've learned my lesson and adjusted accordingly in later visits, but this is a sign that their portions are no joke, even to the most gluttonous of gluttons. Summary: cool location, friendly staff, dog friendly patio. Prices are more than fair, compared to similar restaurants. My only gripe are the smokers that don't obey that thing called, the law, and the occasional panhandlers that sometimes loiter a little too close by (and police who do nothing). Burritos are arguably the best in Atlanta, and it goes without saying that my loyalty to Willy's throughout the years has finally found a worthy adversary. But five stars, easily earned.
Danny H. on Jun 19, 2016