Burrito Madness Round 1 last weekend saw some decisive knock-outs and some close calls as the bracket was whittled from 32 to 16.
In the one-and-done category, Rosa’s, Casa Sanchez, Aqui Con El Nene, Jason’s Mexican Food, El Potosino, Whata Burro, Tacos Apson and El Taco lost by nearly two-to-one margins in some cases. Nana’s Kitchen in Marana, for example, got more than twice the number of votes as Aqui Con El Nene on North Flowing Wells Road; Nico’s with its numerous Tucson locations took out El Taco food truck by a three-to-one margin.
There also were the nail-biters, races decided by the slimmest of margins in a few cases. Knocked out of the running: Taco Shop on East Broadway, which fell by two votes to Baja Cafe also on East Broadway.
South-side darling St. Mary’s Tortilla Factory narrowly slipped past Taco Bron near the Tucson Airport by 15 votes while three votes separated Maico from winner B Line. Downtown fave Mi Nidito escaped BK by eight votes.
Others advancing to Round 2: El Charro, which easily dispatched Casa Sanchez; Paco’s Mexican Food, a 16-vote winner over Las Margaritas; Zivaz Mexican Bistro, a decisive winner over Rosa’s; Taqueria Juanitos, which snuck past Anita Street Market by seven votes; Tania’s on the south side, which took out Taco Giro; Los Betos, a nearly two-to-one victor over Jason’s; Olé Mexican Grill, which received nearly 50 votes over El Potosino; and El Güero Canelo, which handily outpaced its south-side neighbor Tacos Apson by a nearly three-to-one margin.