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Owners proud of authentic dishes

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Roberto Rodriguez / Amarillo Globe-News

A Cubana torta, featuring thin-breaded steak, ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato and a chipotle sauce, waits to be served .

Roberto Rodriguez / Amarillo Globe-News

Happy Burrito Restaurant, 908 E. Amarillo Blvd., serves up homemade dishes and a fresh salsa bar.

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Yes, burritos abound at Happy Burrito Restaurant.

Happy Burrito Restaurant

Location: 908 E. Amarillo Blvd.

Phone: 806-379-8226

Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday

Atmosphere: Casual

Payment: Cash, credit/debit; no checks

Best-selling item: Tortas

Smoking section: No

Carryout: Yes

Delivery: No

Catering: No

Drive-through: No

The tortas, however, are the item to try at this family-owned and operated fast-food Mexican eatery on Amarillo Boulevard.

A torta is a Mexican sandwich, and they are the top-seller at Happy Burrito Restaurant.

The tortas are served on special bread with avocado, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomatoes. Customers can order their choice of meat (beef or ham) and other toppings.

The Cubana Torta, with thin-breaded steak, ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato and a chipotle sauce, is the best-selling torta.

Mario Curiel opened Happy Burrito Restaurant about 10 years ago at Grand Street and 24th Avenue. The restaurant moved to its current location about four years ago.

Aside from tortas, the restaurant's parrilladas also are popular items.

The item includes a dish of beef cooked with onions, tomatoes, ham, bacon and cheese served with a plate of tortillas.

Of course, as its name suggests, Happy Burrito Restaurant also serves a variety of burritos and other Mexican food favorites, all based on homemade recipes.

Most items are available for less that $5.

The eatery also offers a variety of fresh salsa, available at its salsa buffet. Its most popular offering is the jalapeno avocado salsa, said Mario's son, Antonio Curiel.

Customers at the small eatery can expect quick service and satisfying dishes, Antonio Curiel said.

"We want people to have something they might find in Mexico," he said. "It's authentic, good food."

- Staff writer Brad Newman

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