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pescatarian Sep 11, 2007 01:03 PM

I just noticed this new fast food "healthy california tex mex burrito" place in the Commerce Court food court. It is in the spot where the previous mexican fast food take-out had been.
Has anyone tried it?

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    Minnow Sep 11, 2007 01:23 PM

    Tried it for lunch today, actually. Had a chicken burrito with the chipotle and roasted tomato salsa (which is supposed to be the "hottest" salsa). The chicken was good, grilled right there and had the corresponding flavour, but I found everything else (comes with sour cream, beans, cheese and rice) really really bland. I couldn't even taste the cheese or salsa! I might try again with the guac, but I won't be running back.

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    1. re: Minnow
      pescatarian Sep 11, 2007 01:24 PM

      Thanks - doesn't sound good...I am not a fan of bland.

      1. re: Minnow
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        foodserviceprofessional Sep 11, 2007 09:03 PM

        I disagree completely. The food was outstanding, fresh, made right in front of me, and healthy. I had the barbacoa burrito with black beans and the tomatillo salsa. I'm hooked!

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          m
          Minnow Sep 12, 2007 03:37 AM

          I didn't disagree with any of that. I just said it was bland.

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        Mila Sep 12, 2007 07:47 AM

        Doesn't really count as a review, but we stood in line to get a burrito and got an eyeful of the overcooked chicken and shrimp and the soggy rice in the steam table. It was enough to make us bolt.

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          Negaduck Sep 12, 2007 06:14 PM

          These are very small and forgettable burritos. Plus I hate places that yell across the food court thinking everyone is their next customer. This also applies to Wendy's @ Scotia Plaza and Booster Juice @ Exchange Tower.

          1. dinin and dishin Sep 13, 2007 08:01 PM

            Had a late lunch today and decided to give Z-teca a try when there was no line. I'm not a burrito fan and wanted something lite, so I ordered vegetarian tacos. Tacos are soft, not hard shell. The servers seem a little unaccustomed to filling the smaller size tortilla wrap and put too much of the first few ingredients in..which included beans, corn, guac, sc, lettuce, pico de gallo, and cheese. So needless to say, they didn't actually wrap it, they sort of closed the foil around it. I was a little dismayed to get to my desk and find out that I really needed a bowl and a fork and a giant bib.....and a lot of privacy to wrestle through it. However, I managed to eat most of it - what I didn't lose. Overall, flavour was fantastic. I loved it. My only problem was the poor wrap and the pico de gallo. The pg salsa is too chunky and dry to dip the tortilla chips that accompany the taco dish, and I don't really want to eat big chunks of raw onion for lunch - but that's just me.

            I'll definitely make a return visit and hope the servers get a little better at presentation.
            If they make the

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            1. re: dinin and dishin
              deelicious Sep 13, 2007 08:08 PM

              Soft tacos are not supposed to be wrapped to look like mini burritos. They are just folded as if like hard tacos.

              1. re: deelicious
                dinin and dishin Sep 13, 2007 08:11 PM

                Good to know and such a fast reply. I take that back and I'll definitely ask for a fork next time. I mean, how do you eat something like that? It is so soft and everything is falling out all over. Do I specify less ingredients to make it manageable? or just suck it up ...literally?

                1. re: dinin and dishin
                  deelicious Sep 16, 2007 07:03 PM

                  lol suck it up!

                  Who knows, it may have been over-filled. A knife and fork was never necessary at any taco stand I've been to. Over course they can be messy and require some shovelling.

                  1. re: deelicious
                    dinin and dishin Sep 18, 2007 09:24 AM

                    Heh D.
                    I sucked up another taco order today. :)
                    With my expectations properly set (thanks to you), I found it much easier to attack the little beasts. I grabbed a fork to help with the fallout. And they were just as tasty as the last time. Now a fav lunch stop. Who knows, maybe someday I'll be ready to eat these in public.

                    1. re: dinin and dishin
                      Chester Eleganté Sep 18, 2007 09:56 AM

                      I tried the steak burrito when they first opened... the rest of the toppings are kinda bland, but the steak was pretty flavourful and tender.. better than Freshwest Grill's steak.

                      1. re: dinin and dishin
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                        foodserviceprofessional Sep 18, 2007 02:22 PM

                        Thanks for the laugh! I find the burritos much easier to eat than the tacos. Tried the steak with the hot salsa today. It was, in a word, excellent. The lineups are still kinda long though, today it went down to the pharma plus.

                        1. re: foodserviceprofessional
                          dinin and dishin Sep 18, 2007 05:09 PM

                          You're welcome fsp. Shhhhh, don't tell anyone, but I went just after 11:30 to beat the rush and the wait was only a couple of minutes. I was looking at the burritos today, but they looked kinda rude. So big and cylindrical. If I can't manage a little taco, I can't imagine what a disaster one of those giants would bring.
                          Also...note to self...if you eat at your desk, throw the extra onions and wrappings etc. into a garbage can that is very far away from your desk....maybe in or near the cube of someone who torments you daily. (just thinkin').

              2. pescatarian Sep 18, 2007 05:19 PM

                Did anyone notice they are putting a new bakery in next to the entrance to Soul of the Vine? Petit Fours. Know anything about it?

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                  adguy Dec 3, 2007 10:23 AM

                  i love this place! the food is great - fresh, hot, made right in front of you...
                  i'm normally a chicken kinda guy, but i tried the beef barbacoa and i'm hooked!
                  i even got it on a salad one day! i disagree that the food is bland...grilled veggies, 3 types of salsa, and roasted sweet corn? there's so much flavour there...if anything, i find all those other burrito places bland)
                  the line is long, but somehow, it moves surprisingly quick... (burrito boyz, take note)

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                  1. re: adguy
                    dinin and dishin Dec 3, 2007 03:19 PM

                    I have to agree adguy. This is one of my fav vege options (vege tacos), when I don't care that my hands and desk area smell of tacos for the rest of the day. I love that who I assume is the owner is working cash every lunch and generally seems to care. Wow - what a concept. I only hope that success doesn't = more locations and less attention to detail. I guess I'll get the tacos while the getting's good.

                  2. pescatarian Dec 20, 2007 08:29 AM

                    I just enjoyed my first meal from Z-teca. I had a burrito bowl with braised beef. It came with rice (nice texture, not overcooked), quacamole (not as good as mine, but good for takeout), sour cream, cheese and chipotle salsa. It had good flavour and a nice bite.

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                      arvins88 Aug 5, 2013 06:36 AM

                      thay just opend 1 zteca in exchange tower .is so good ,love it

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                        WFToronto Aug 23, 2013 02:50 PM

                        Z-teca is great, I like their Burritos just as much as Chipotle's. Sometimes even more!

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