DosBros vs. BurritoXpress: which Mexican food joint is king?
It's hard to believe you've gone to Lee University for any substantial amount of time if you haven't heard of DosBros Fresh Mexican Grill. Located off exit 27 in the Target plaza, it has satiated Lee's never-ending hunger for Mexican food for quite some time. But as of late, they've been served some stiff competition with the arrival of Burrito Xpress, a small brightly-colored eatery that's conveniently situated on Inman Street.
DosBros boasts their clean menu of locally sourced vegetables, hormone-free meats and 100 percent hass avocados, with all food prepared fresh daily. They offer a great variety of all natural meals, including many gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
My favorite? Spicy tofu.
The meal options include burritos, nachos, three tacos, bowls, salads, or quesadillas. Filling choices are chicken, certified angus steak, carnitas (shredded pork), ground beef, barbacoa (shredded beef), spicy tofu or veggie (guac included). You can then top it off with cilantro lime white or brown rice, black or pinto beans, a variety of salsas, cheese, vegetables, queso and guacamole. They have a selection of drinks including Mexican sodas and iced tea.
Burrito Xpress offers a similar menu of burritos, bowls, nachos, taco salads, and quesadillas. They advertise a menu of “fresh ingredients and options a plenty.” Their options for fillings include chicken, chicken fajita, steak, steak fajita, barbacoa, ground beef, pork, chorizo and veggie. Their taco selection is flour tortilla, soft corn tortilla or hard shell taco. They offer a variety of toppings including Mexican rice, cheeses, vegetables, three different quesos including regular and spinach, guacamole and a variety of salsas including corn salsa. Their variety of drinks includes Coca-Cola product sodas, iced teas, water and Mexican sodas. They also offer a variety of desserts such as three-milk cake, cheesecake and flan.
I really enjoy the variety of fillings and toppings at DosBros. I pile all of my favorite ingredients into my meal, and it makes for a flavorful southwest feast. It’s pleasantly spicy!
I love their chunky guacamole, too. But the chips sometimes leave a little to be desired. Some days, they taste store-bought and, often, overly salty. I also really appreciate that they make for a great place to go out to eat with my vegetarian and vegan friends, and they can actually get a yummy and substantial meal.
But while DosBros has a great selection for vegetarians in fillings, Burrito Xpress has a great variety of toppings. I love their selection of quesos and rice. There are a great selection of salsas and hot sauces so that everyone can find just the right temperature. All of the food tastes natural, fresh, homemade and authentically Mexican. When I first ate there, it reminded me of food I’ve had at family Mexican restaurants or grocery stores. It tasted so flavorful, with just the right amount of seasoning. Even the chips tasted like they had just been made, and they weren’t salty.
A meal at DosBros ranges from $7-10, and $3-4 is added depending on whether you choose a combo with drink and chips and salsa, queso or guacamole.
At Burrito Xpress, meals range from $5-8. Each meal automatically comes with complimentary chips and salsa (there’s a salsa bar, too!). You can purchase individual tacos for $2-2.59.
They offer two special combos—Combo 1 has two flour tacos, fountain drink and chips and salsa for $8.99.
Combo 2 has 2 corn tacos, fountain drink, and chips and salsa for $7.49. Desserts are $3.
DosBros has a sleek modern design. It creates an industrial atmosphere that seems popular among hipsters and college students. Although they have a small space, they utilize it well—having a wide selection of seating inside including a large high-top bar seating and booths. There’s even a few tables for seating outside in the plaza. It’s a great option if you’re going out with friends.
Burrito Xpress is cozy, with not as much available seating. The atmosphere is warm and familial. They do have a great patio outside with a few tables and chairs that would make for a great opportunity to relax—if the weather is warm enough, that is.
DosBros often has cool promotions, including “kids eat free every Wednesday night” and “$5.45 Mondays.” Plus, a percentage of the cost of your meal goes to a charity or club. You can also order online and download their mobile app! A catering service is available as well.
Burrito Xpress has an exclusive promotion of a “VIP text list” in which you can get special discounts and promotions. Even better, Lee University and Cleveland State students receive a 10% student discount.
There’s also free (fast) Wi-Fi! Throw in a complimentary guava-flavored candy as an added treat with your meal!
Burrito Xpress and DosBros Fresh Mexican Grill have a lot in common. Both are fast-food Mexican restaurants that offer very similar menus. At either one, you may choose the traditional burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, bowls, chips and queso, etc. Both offer similar toppings, including beans and rice, guacamole, a variety of salsas, and pico de gallo. The choices of soft drinks and Mexican sodas are also similar. It’s the little variances that stand out.
Winner in food, overall: Burrito Xpress
Winner in restaurant atmosphere: DosBros
Personally, I really like the desserts at Burrito Xpress and the authentic flavor of the food, but I like the spicy tofu and the spacious seating at DosBros.
I think you can’t go wrong with either one. I recommend that you grab a group of friends and go give them both a try.
DosBros is open every day from 11am-9pm. Burrito Xpress is open Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-8pm.