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diathesis Dec 15, 2006 02:51 AM

Little takeout Mexican place, just north of the HMV @ 333 Yonge.

They sell Burritos, Tacos, Ceviche; they'll fry the burrito if you want a Chimichanga, and they'll sub the rice for more veggies if you'd like to call it a Fajita.

They were a little slow to fill orders today, but ... they're new, so I'll see if they work out the kinks in the process.

First impression? Good, but not exceptional. Nice to have some variety, and it's a step above fast-food, but ... I was hoping for something more.

  1. orangewasabi Dec 15, 2006 03:16 AM

    did you get the 2for1 opening special?
    how was the pricing?

    I could really use a good taco joint in the downtown core

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      diathesis Dec 15, 2006 11:04 AM

      I didn't see a special when I was in today; I got a chimichanga (fried burrito): steak, black beans, rice, salsa, sour cream, in a tortilla, and lightly fried. My friends got burritos, a fajita and another chimi.

      Size and pricing seemed reasonable. A 12" tortilla nets you a reasonable pile of food, and the smaller ones look sufficient for a lunch, to me. I haven't seen the tacos yet.

      All in all, it's safe to say that I'd rather eat there than Taco Villa/Bell, but it's not going to replace a really authentic place like El Sol on the Danforth, for me, nor does it solve my craving for the chimichangas that El Penco near King/Portland used to make (before they changed their recipe).

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      mramage Dec 16, 2006 09:19 PM

      Had the steak soft tacos last night, and they were great. I added the guacamole but that was really not necessary. The only drawback is no seating, so in the winter you will have to scurry to eat it warm.

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        M333Power Dec 21, 2006 05:37 AM

        Probably one of the best quick serve mexican restaurants I have ever tried.

        I tried the steak burrito and it was phenominal. These guys are definitly doing something different than all of ther other quick serve mexican restaurants I've visited. You can immediatly taste a certain flare unique to chimichanga when you try their food.

        In addition to the burrito, their guacamole (sp?) actually has some flavor to it. Most of the other restaurants I have tried sell a bland tasting guacamole. Chimichanga seems to have captured what guacamole should taste like (judging by what guacamole tastes like when I visit Mexico).

        On a side note, I spoke to one of the owners and it seems that all of their guacamole and hot sauce is prepared from scratch througout the day (aka. it's all fresh).

        The bottom line.......try this restaurant once and I promise you'll be hooked.

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          diathesis Dec 22, 2006 01:30 AM

          Quick-serve, I agree -- although I absolutely LOVE the guacamole at El Sol on the danforth, and there's absolutely no comparison, so that part didn't stand out for me. Still, it's better than the average.

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