Boloco Officially Opening With Free Burritos on Thursday

The Boston-based chain debuts downtown.

By: Anna Spiegel

Boloco's downtown location: regularly stalked by Washingtonian food staff. Photograph by Anna Spiegel.

We’ve been closely watching the downtown shopfront of Boloco since the Boston-based “globally inspired burritos” chain hung signage last fall. (Yes, we like burritos, but we can also see the restaurant from our office windows.) Good news for everyone else who’s been patiently awaiting a debut: The doors officially open at noon on Thursday, and they’re giving away free burritos until 7.

The launch of the 19th Street fast-casual restaurant marks the second Boloco in the area; another opened in Bethesda this summer with a similar promotion. So why should you head there instead of your beloved Chipotle (besides comped eats, of course)? We’ve heard from several New Englanders that the international array of flavors can be pretty tasty. After picking your meat—or non-meat; there’s also tofu and sautéed veggies—you can customize the meal by world destination (think Memphis barbecue, Bangkok Thai, or Indian-spiced tikka masala) and size, which ranges from regular to mini. There are also breakfast options, salads, and shakes, like the presidentially themed Jimmy Carter, with peanut butter, bananas, and nonfat frozen yogurt.

Boloco. 1028 19th St., NW.