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Burrito Boyz

food_lover Oct 11, 2006 05:14 PM

My new fave lunch spot. I just discovered Burrito Boyz. I tried the Halibut Burriot and boy is it good. I know a fish burrito but honestly it's the best I've ever tasted. what do you other hounds think?

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  1. Vise RE: food_lover Oct 11, 2006 06:02 PM

    They have been discussed here many times, try 'Burrito Boyz' in the search bar. Love the halibut burrito myself as well...

    1. dinin and dishin RE: food_lover Oct 11, 2006 06:48 PM

      Ok, I am embarassed to ask this, but would you please provide a description of this burrito. I work steps away from Burrito Boyz, but I hesitate to go in because I am not sure what I'll end up with. The only reference I have for a burrito is heavy, cheeze laden Mexican food that I didn't much care for. Can you post a description that will leave my mouth watering and ensure I don't pass them by again?

      much appreciated.

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        childofthestorm RE: food_lover Oct 11, 2006 07:03 PM

        It can be as light or as heavy as you want, you pick what they put in there. This is basically a California-style burrito, tightly wrapped and grilled on the flattop. Your basic pseudo-Tex-Mex crap involves drowning it in cheese and suace...not at Burrito Boys. Frankly, I'm hard-pressed to think of a better cheap lunch to go in the downtown core.

        My favourite? Small beef (Cumbrae Farms) with everything but sour cream - the homemade chili-lime burrito sauce is better. Homemade refried beans in there, tasty rice, veggies, jalapenos, yum. Spend the extra 25 cents for guac. Seriously, go now.

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          Vise RE: childofthestorm Oct 11, 2006 07:12 PM

          ^^^ Agree completely. Although I'm partial to the halibut burrito (think crisp fried chunks of halibut in place of the beef) you can't go wrong with either.

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          camp1980 RE: food_lover Oct 11, 2006 07:59 PM

          I love the halibut burrito. I ate the chicken burrito the first few times I went, but then after all the great reviews on the halibut I knew I hard to try it. I was hooked. I have yet to have tried the steak since I love the halibut so much.

          Thankfully I don't work close to there. I only say this cause I know that if I did I would gain 10lbs from eating at Burrito Boyz all the time.

          Ok now I have to make a special trip to that area to get one.

          1. dinin and dishin RE: food_lover Oct 11, 2006 11:01 PM

            Ok, you've sold me...especially on the crispy halibut.
            I don't get to the office everyday, but I'll make sure I go next time I am in.

            Thanks everyone for sharing.

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              peppermint pate RE: food_lover Oct 11, 2006 11:18 PM

              The first couple of times I went, I had the chicken burrito and the steak burrito. Both good but after reading all the raves on this board, I had to try the halibut burrito. For me, there's no turning back - crispy pieces of halibut (with a taste of lime), burrito sauce, guacamole, rice, beans and a bit of cheese. I like a bit of sour cream and hot sauce as well. It's amazing. One word of warning - the burritos are really filling. I can scarf down my fair share of food but for me, the "small" is more than enough to overstuff me. And the line ups can be very long at lunchtime but they move pretty quickly. Enjoy!

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                Mississauga Matt RE: peppermint pate Oct 12, 2006 11:20 PM

                1) Yes, this is not authentic Mexican food.
                2) On the other hand, it is quite tasty.
                3) It's true - the chicken burrito is very good, but once you try the halibut, you'll never go back.

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                  John Manzo RE: Mississauga Matt Oct 13, 2006 03:05 AM

                  It's a reasonable interp of Cal-Mex, in fact I'd say Burrito Boyz is better than most SF burrito places I've ever been to. Lack of pork carnitas kinda sucks, but this is still part of a "real" culinary form.

              2. Vise RE: food_lover Oct 12, 2006 12:11 AM

                All this burrito talk is killing me! Will see if the wife can stop by on the way home and bring me a large halibut for dinner tomorrow... :-)

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                  fat potato RE: food_lover Oct 12, 2006 10:28 AM

                  Any truth to the rumour I heard that there is a third location?

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                    Davwud RE: fat potato Oct 12, 2006 11:13 AM

                    Where are the first two??


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                      food_lover RE: Davwud Oct 12, 2006 01:14 PM

                      one location is at Peter and Richmond and the other is at Simcoe and Adelaide. A third location would be good....i love burriot boyz...

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                    pinkbuddhacookie RE: food_lover Oct 12, 2006 02:20 PM

                    there is a burrito boyz in kensington market, not sure the street though, may be kensington street just a bit below college

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                      thegreatfoodhunt RE: pinkbuddhacookie Oct 12, 2006 02:28 PM

                      isn't that Big Fat Burrito?

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                        pinkbuddhacookie RE: thegreatfoodhunt Oct 20, 2006 06:31 PM

                        oops, ya I realised it is big fat burrito, my bad :P

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                      food_lover RE: food_lover Oct 12, 2006 02:30 PM

                      no i think your mistaking that for Big Fat Burrtio which is in Kensington Market. there are only two locations one at simcoe and adelaide and another at richmond and peter.

                      1. AmandaEd RE: food_lover Oct 12, 2006 03:01 PM

                        BF and I are huge fans of the bean and cheese burritos, too! Apparently they import the tortillas from down south...all of the ingredients are top-notch. I love how the vegetables taste as they should. I am so sick of buying woody tomatoes and jalapenos at the grocery store that taste like green pepper!

                        Here here for Burrito Boyz!

                        1. Kagemusha RE: food_lover Oct 12, 2006 04:28 PM

                          These things are dreadful, so bad that LA's worst burro benders on a bad day would put these clowns to shame. Someday TO will get decent Mexican food--both upscale and street--that will sink this schlock forever. Great if sheer tonnage and grease define good eats, sorta like nightmare old school CNE grub.

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                            Vise RE: Kagemusha Oct 12, 2006 05:14 PM

                            I don't consider Burrito Boyz to be true to the roots mexican, just a fresh, tasty, filling, and relatively cheap meal. I certainly wouldn't consider it be as bad as you seem to think. Thanks for your valuable insight though.

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                              John Manzo RE: Kagemusha Oct 13, 2006 03:07 AM

                              Totally disagree. I've had dozens of Cali burritos and Burrito Boyz is as tasty as most.

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                              childofthestorm RE: food_lover Oct 12, 2006 05:36 PM

                              I've eaten burritos all over LA and San Diego, and yeah maybe Burrito Boyz doesn't compare with the best of them, but it compares favourably with most. For Toronto it's pretty bloody good. Maybe some day we'll have a Latino food culture similar to LA, although demographics don't suggest that'll happen any time soon. For now, as far as "schlock" goes, it sure does taste good.

                              1. Super Nintendo Chalmers RE: food_lover Oct 12, 2006 09:18 PM

                                The veggie burritos are very 'ho hum'.

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                                  Lipant RE: food_lover Oct 13, 2006 12:49 AM

                                  We tried Mucho Burrito on Dixie Rd in Mississauga. It's my first real burrito (non Taco Bell) since we live in 905. I thought it was really good. 3 different salsas to choose from, varying heat. lots of styles. I had pulled beef but next time would probably try steak. It looked great. All the food was fresh and tasty, and the service was friendly, helpful, and fast.

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                                    minto RE: food_lover Oct 13, 2006 03:11 AM

                                    Does the halibut and beef burritos taste good as leftovers?

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                                      oracle347 RE: minto Oct 18, 2006 10:28 PM

                                      One evening after partying to hard, we stumbled into BB and drunkenly ordered the beef burrito. I ate half, carried the other half in my coat onto the taxi. It eventually found its way to the fridge. There is almost nothing better to cure the hangover with :)

                                    2. MiniMom RE: food_lover Oct 18, 2006 07:27 PM

                                      Yes there is a third B B in the works. It is in Mississauga at Stavebank & Lakeshore (Port Credit)...hopefully it will be opend late for the after hours crowd. Not sure when opening but looks like any day now.

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                                      1. re: MiniMom
                                        gnuf RE: MiniMom Nov 5, 2006 09:33 PM

                                        I walked by the Mississauga location (on Stavebank, north of Lakeshore, east side) this afternoon. The sign said it's opening Monday Nov 6.

                                      2. Kagemusha RE: food_lover Oct 18, 2006 09:54 PM

                                        Just when PC looked to be crawling out of a long food slump(e.g.., Lago), these guys show up! Something new for the barflys to nibble, I guess...

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                                        1. re: Kagemusha
                                          MiniMom RE: Kagemusha Oct 23, 2006 12:50 PM

                                          Try Clarkson Village - Spoon & Fork a great Thai rest that just opened up. Have tried almost everything on the menu since they opened about 2 mths ago, weekends very busy but service is still very good & attentive. PC try Hooks...great food in price and flavor, tiny location and therefore on weekends a little loud due to this.

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                                          minto RE: food_lover Oct 19, 2006 03:19 AM

                                          Tried BB for the first time tonight and the fried halibut one was awesome. I also bought a beef one to take home and try tomorrow.

                                          1. Davwud RE: food_lover Oct 19, 2006 06:22 PM

                                            Okay, time for me to chime in.

                                            I went for lunch today and loved, loved, loved it.
                                            I ordered a fish and a steak (So I could bring home leftovers for Mrs Sippi to try).
                                            The steak and fish were both great. I loved the toppings they have. All nice and fresh. Great sauces.
                                            I did go for the hot sauce and wifey won't like that and I think I'd skip it next time. It'll knock your socks off if you're not careful. I shall make it there more often. Worth the drive down town.


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                                              rogersh RE: food_lover Oct 20, 2006 06:45 PM

                                              We tried Burrito Boyz after reading many rave reviews, and we were quite disappointed....having lived in California and practically surviving on burritos there, these were bland....there was also too much meat for my tastes. So we just keep dreaming of eating them back in California....

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                                                sasgirl RE: rogersh Oct 20, 2006 07:33 PM

                                                My husband and I haven't eaten burritos in California and we found Burrito Boyz burritos to be very bland too! I tried the much praised Halibut and my husband, the chicken.

                                                We ate the whole thing because we were really hungry but decided not to go again.

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                                                Truffles RE: food_lover Oct 20, 2006 08:24 PM

                                                I tried the Halibut burrito last Sat., and didn't get what the hype is about...

                                                Would be willing to try again, so what toppings are suggested to have the "ultimate" halibut burrito experience? (I also found it on the bland side...)

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                                                  ctl98 RE: food_lover Oct 21, 2006 11:33 PM

                                                  tried the halibut today. it was good but not mind-blowing. maybe because i took it home so the fish had softened already. still very good though! i'm so glad they finally opened another location. the lines weren't as long today.

                                                  1. nummanumma RE: food_lover Oct 22, 2006 12:49 AM

                                                    i agree the veggie one is mediocre.

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                                                      Richard_S RE: food_lover Oct 26, 2006 07:44 PM

                                                      I've never had any luck finding a "California" style burrito here in Toronto. I'm looking for something similar to what I used to get at La Salsa or Baja Fresh in L.A. -- No rice or beans, just grilled chicken, sirloin steak or pork carnitas, guacamole, cheese and fresh salsa wrapped in a flour tortilla.

                                                      Any suggestions?

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                                                        Davwud RE: Richard_S Nov 6, 2006 12:37 AM

                                                        How 'bout asking BB to make it just like that??


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                                                        meowmix RE: food_lover Nov 6, 2006 04:18 PM

                                                        I've been ordering the chicken and find it very bland. It seems like they don't season the meat or any of the fillings.

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                                                          food_lover RE: food_lover Nov 6, 2006 05:04 PM

                                                          try the halibut it's the best out of them all. I've tried them all and my fave is the halibut :-)

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                                                            SnoShoe RE: food_lover Nov 6, 2006 06:21 PM

                                                            Had one after a Leaf Game one night.

                                                            I think it's one of those places that makes REALLY good food if you've been sucking on a daught tap all night. Not sure I'd be so brave as to try it sober.

                                                            It was great mind you.

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