Reviewing the most popular places to get burritos delivered straight to your door
Words by Steve Alexander and Josh Yochem
Korea is well-known for its expedient home delivery services. An individual who can’t be bothered to go to brick-and-mortar stores can have practically anything from anywhere brought to their door. We have yet to test the bare limits of this theory, but today we will test the limits of Korean burrito delivery.
Ordering: If you’re a member of practically any Korea-focused Facebook group, you’ve probably seen their ads at least once (per day). Their 6-item burrito menu (chicken, Mexican pulled pork, steak, bacon breakfast, chorizo breakfast, vegetarian tofu) is available on their website or Facebook page. Send them an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Facebook message with your order and delivery details, and they’ll get back to you within a day or two with shipping and order costs. A minimum of 6 items must be ordered. Unlike other places, Gringos now has side dishes you can send with your order: salsa, chile con carne, and a cheese dip.
Shipping: Gringos makes their burritos on the weekend and sends them out the following week, so get your orders in by Friday or you won’t be eating them next week. This can be a pain for impatient eaters, so we don’t recommend Gringos if you’re not willing to plan ahead. For our order, we paid W43,500 for six burritos + shipping; this is probably the average minimum order price.
Hits: The Mexican Pulled Pork Burrito and the Chicken Burrito. Delicious goodness from the first bite to the last morsel.
Miss: Bacon Breakfast Burritos. The hash browns tasted more like mashed potatoes.
Overall: Well worth every hard-earned won we paid. 5 out of 5 stars.
Ordering: To order from the fine folks in Jeonju, go on their website to get their email or phone number. Orders can be placed in English or Korean via email, text, or Kakao message. Payments are made via bank transfer.
Jeonju offers five burrito varieties: Bacon & Egg, Philly Cheese Steak, Chicken, Taco, and Veggie. They do have the option of flavor adjustment — for the purpose of this review, we requested spiciness to be around a “5” for the meat burritos and a “2” for the Veggie burrito. A downside to Jeonju is that they only offer one order size: a box of 8 burritos. Hope you have room in your fridge.
Shipping: In contrast with the other burrito places, Jeonju Diner also has a pickup option. It’s handy if you live in the Jeonju area. However, it only shaves W5,000 off delivery. Unlike Gringos, Jeonju sends out their burrito orders the next day, which means no waiting for a week to get your chow on.
Hits: The Chicken burrito and Taco burrito. Great combinations of spice, meat, and rice.
Miss: Veggie burrito. It looked like the veggies were run through a food processor.
Overall: Ease of delivery and order, ability to adjust to taste, friendly staff that gave clear instructions, tasty burritos. 4 out of 5 stars.
Food Monster (Gmarket)
Ordering: To order you’ll need a Gmarket account, and most of the page is shown in Korean. Compared to Jeonju diner and Gringos, Food Monster gives you more choice in terms of quantity. If you want 1 burrito, you can order 1. If you want 13 burritos, you can order 13. This is great if you do not want the mass quantity the other places have, or if you’re on a tight budget. Each burrito only costs W2,500. Unfortunately, they only have 2 flavors: Chicken or Bulgogi. The pictures do not look as appealing and they certainly look smaller in size compared to the hefty “logs” Gringos and Jeonju Diner offer.
NOTE: The first drop-down menu at the top of the order page (종류) lets you select which burrito you want. The top selection is bulgogi (불고기브리또) and the bottom is chicken (치킨브리또). The second drop-down menu (“Frequently purchased together”) allows you to add dry ice (드라이아이스W600) to your order for an additional W600.
Shipping: Orders placed before noon are sent out that day, while orders placed after are sent out the following day. According to customer reviews, delivery is very quick.
Hits: The price. The chicken had a nice kick to it. The bulgogi wasn’t bad and had a sweet taste.
Miss: You’ll probably need to eat twice as many burritos to fill you up — they’re small, with much less ingredients. I also noticed a bit of a chemical aftertaste to them that reminded me of a budget microwave dinner.
Overall: If you are a fan of cheap frozen burritos, these will suit you just fine. They’re certainly edible and you might even enjoy them after a few beers. But considering the hassle of navigating Gmarket and the better options available to you, we’d recommend other options. 2 out of 5 stars.