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Taqueria El Burrito promises traditional Mexican food with an emphasis on more burritos

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - Owner Sandra Basurto displays the product that gets top billing at Taqueria El Burrito on First Street in Newberg.

Who doesn't love a good burrito? That's the thinking behind the new ownership of the former Taqueria Kopitas restaurant at 508 E. First St., now home to Taqueria El Burrito.

New owner Sandra Basurto took over ownership of the restaurant on July 1, and from the start, wanted to highlight on burritos.

"We love burritos," she said. "We like Mexican food."

This is her first restaurant, although the Newberg resident said she had other business ventures.

The new restaurant has seven different kinds of burritos, ranging from traditional carne asada, chicken and veggie, to more unique interpretations like shrimp -- Basurto's favorite so far. She said they will also make a lingua burrito – also known as beef tongue.

"We're going to focus more on burritos, we're going to add a lot of burritos," she said.

The previous iteration of the restaurant, Taqueria Kopitas, announced it was moving on July 1, when the new restaurant took over. The former, which had been in business for four years, is looking for a new location in either Newberg or Dundee. On Facebook, the restaurant promised "you will hear from us very soon! This is not a goodbye."

Basurto said Taqueria El Burrito will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. She added that the restaurant will serve other traditional Mexican food, such as tacos and enchiladas and tortas, but their calling card will be their burritos.

"It's authentic Mexican food," she said. "We make everything."

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