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Chimichanga

A friend of mine is raving about this place at Yonge/Gould. Apparently portion sizes are generous, and everything is homemade. (BTW, it's Mexican...)
Anyone been? I haven't, but plan to pay a visit this week.

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  1. There is an earlier post about this place. I have been there twice and it was quite good - reminds me of the tacquerias in Boston. 3 steak tacos with guac and chips for under $8. The shrimp ceviche honestly looks kinda scary, but I haven't tried it so cannot give an opinion.

    1. I wouldn't /rave/, but it's good, worth a visit. There is an earlier thread, as mramage points out.

      1. Picked up lunch for 8 from there today. Reviews were good. Everything was very fresh and portions were insanely generous. The guys who run the place are very eager and friendly - they comped us an order of chips, guac and salsa and an order of chips and ceviche because we ordered so much. I agree the ceviche looks a bit scary when you're ordering, but it's actually quite nice. Tart with a good hint of heat.

        The only criticism I have is with their organization, but I expect that'll improve as they work the kinks out of a new place. They were pretty overwhelmed by an order for 8 and had trouble keeping the different types of burrito separated. I wound up, unfortunately, with a chicken burrito marked "steak." They also didn't have very large bags, so we had to wrestle a whole bunch of small ones.

        Overall, though, I recommend it. It's great not to have to venture all the way down to Burrito Boyz any more.

        1. Ate there about a week ago. Grabbed a menu to post for you guys.

          I had the 3-taco combo; got one each of shrimp, chicken and steak. Chicken was kinda bland; shrimp was good; steak was the best. Plan to try their veggie ones next.

          For the price, it's a great downtown lunch deal. Three tacos + chips and I was so full I couldn't eat more than a bite of the chicken taco. The guys who run it seemed really nice - they gave me a sample of their guac, which was fresh and tasty - they like to stress how everything is freshly made.

          Like tbone pointed out, there's a serious lack of organization right now. The guy on the cash was constantly reminding the guys putting together my order what to do - "She gets chips.. no, she wanted one steak, one chicken, one shrimp.. hey, she didn't order guac.." I imagine that'll get sorted out soon.

          I would go back, but I saw yet another 'Mexican' place that is now open at King/Church. I believe there used to be a Coffee Time or something on that corner. It is even closer to where I work, so I am gonna go there some time next week.

          Menu 1: http://aycu29.webshots.com/image/5788...
          Menu 2: http://aycu18.webshots.com/image/9057...

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          1. re: NovoCuisine

            Where exactly is this place? I couldn't find it online...

            1. re: Trice

              It's on the east side of Yonge St., just north of Dundas. Directly beside HMV. They don't seem to be all the web savvy yet. When I mentioned Chowhound, the owner/cash register guy had never heard of it (although the chef had).

            2. re: NovoCuisine

              I think you are thinking of Quesada's at King and Church. I've gone there a couple times on my way to school. I haven't been impressed. Food is lacking in flavour IMO, especially for "Mexican".

              1. re: pescatarian

                Thanks for the review. Haven't had a chance to go there yet..

            3. Ok, that? Was really, really good. On the recommendation of my fellow Chowhounds, I checked out this place at lunch today.

              An 8" whole wheat tortilla, filled (to "plutzing," as my mother would say) with fresh veggies, spicy tofu, chunks of soft Mexican cheese and black beans.

              Went for the guac - have to say that, in combination (competition?) with all the other flavours, including the chipotle, it got kinda overwhelmed. But the filling was plentiful, fresh, delicious and nicely spiced.

              My only other complaint? Commercial tortillas. Well grilled, to be sure, but c'mon - would it be so hard?

              Timing is also key. The place was lined up out the door on my first pass. So I killed 20 minutes in HMV, and went back to a much shorter wait.

              1. Yeah, the organization isn't great, and I'm not sure if they're going to be able to fix all of it.

                There's a few problems in that the layout is cramped, and the guy doing the salsas/sour cream/guac has too much to do, and bottlenecks the whole operation. Some of those problems aren't just a matter of getting more experience.

                Anyway -- doesn't change my opinion, just means I go a little earlier.

                1. Is this place Mexican, as in run by Mexicans serving Mexican (not Tex-Mex) fast food?

                  I went to Tacos el Asador at Bloor and Christie, and although it was very good the place is owned and run by El Salvadorans (the pupusas are a giveaway since that is El Salvadoran not Mexican). But it is still a good place and I recommend going.

                  As for this new place, it is close to my work so I will definitely try it. I will also bring one of our assistants who is from Mexico City so he can tell me what he thinks.

                  1. i was going past the place and just wanted to get something small for a friend. i had the chips and guacamole. the server was super friendly and gave me extra guac. which was very good. it was fresh, with cilantro, lime, tomato, and chilis (serranos?). tasty and it hit the spot. can't be beat for $2.50!

                    1. Hmmmm. I've been once and was completely underwhelmed. I asked what was best on the menu and was served some sort of burro with finely shredded beef, the texture of which was similar to the ropa vieja at Julie's Cuban restaurant.

                      I really didn't care for it, but I will return to try something else, with the hope that something can come close to matching the the halibut burro at Burrito Boyz.

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                      1. re: Mississauga Matt

                        I decided to give Chimichanga another try, and I’m glad I did. This time I had the chipotle chicken burrito loaded with everything, and I found it to be much superior to the steak. They threw all the hot stuff they had on it and while it was perfect to my taste, uber heat geeks may find it a tad restrained.

                        I still prefer Burrito Boyz, but this was pretty good.

                      2. Finally got to Chimichana for lunch today and had the steak burrito with black beans and tomatilla sauce. Using the one comparison I have in the city, Burrito Boyz, I have to say I was underwhelmed. It's OK, and I will go back, but the ingredients in the burrito didn;t seem to come together in the same way that Burrito Boyz does. The steak was tender and flavourful, but seemed to be full of all-spice. They are trying to grill the burrito in the same way Burrito Boyz does, but the tortilla wasn;t folded together well, ingredients were leaking, they didn't grill it long enough, and by the time I got back to the office, the whole thing was kind of soggy. I'm willing to try again, but I think I'll ask for extra grilling. Still its closer than burrito boyz and i do want to try the chicken.

                        One thing they do right are the chips: they actually quarter corn tortillas and deep fry them. Its remarkable how easy this is, and yet how difficul it is to find in this city. Similarly their hard taco is a deep fried corn tortilla.

                        1. I have had the chipotle chicken burrito thought think that it was quite good, worthy of return visits. Maybe not as good as Burrito Boyz but certainly close enough in quality and much friendlier service. The staff is really enthusiastic - a refreshing change from the normally indifferent service to which many of us have unfortunately become accustomed in other establishments.

                          1. Had a burrito there. The ingredients seemed very fresh but I found the flavour lacking in comparison to Burrito Boyz. The beef was of good quality but was a little bland and lacking in texture. BB's beef is distinctly wonderful steak tips that have a terrific grilled flavour whereas Chimi's beef is scooped up from a warmed tray... I tried my friend's chicken with the same opinion.

                            It's close enough though and the staff are kind and enthusiastic enough that'll I will probably return. Has anyone tried their breakfast burritos? Looks like a great before work/class thing.

                            1. My wife and I love this place.

                              We have ordered the deep fried chipotle chicken chimi on several occasions, and most recently sampled the tacos.

                              The chimi is humongous - stuffed with chicken, guac, cheese, veggies and sauce to the density of a neutron star. We order it medium spicy and often share one. it explodes with flavour, fairly crispy on the outside, with tender chicken. Love it!

                              The tacos blew our minds. We sampled the chicken, beef, pork and veggie tacos as part of a special. The veggie taco was a little sloppy. However, the meat tacos were an unqualified treat. An exquisite burst of lime, cilantro, and Mexican spices that bring out the very best of the different meats.

                              In addition to the super food, the service is enthusiastic and friendly.

                              Great drinks, great food, great staff - we highly recommend it.

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                              1. re: adbutler007

                                A nicely written first-post ad-butler-007. Absolutely no one has mentioned the drinks available at Chimichanga. What ones would you and your wife recommend? What other Mexican places have you tried and enjoyed?

                                1. re: Googs

                                  I'm a bit confused because I thought the Chimichangas (if we're talking Yonge just N. of Dundas) had closed? Or is this the Chimichanga at 2360 Yonge?

                                  I used to love a place on Danforth called El Sol but the last couple times it's been very disappointing. I do like the a place south of Eglinton on Yonge called Mariachis. It's pretty popular and the food is very fresh.