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Dec 15, 2007 09:47 AM

Burrito Company, Woonsocket, RI

Has anyone been to the Burrito Company on Cass Ave in Woonsocket? I drove by last night around 8:30pm and the small place looked like it was hopping.

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  1. No, but I intend to soon - thanks for the reminder. Not a whole lot to choose from in northern RI, so it's nice to have something new.

    1. I went for dinner last night and loved it. I had the Taco Salad, the other people I was with had combination platters. They had so much food they took half home. They also said how good their food was. It's not overly spicy so if you like that extra "kick" I would ask them to make it spicy for you. The homemade flan was also great for dessert.

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          1. My husband and I stopped in at the Burrito Company last night.

            Wednesday is Fiesta Night. We could order off the regular menu or order off the Fiesta menu. On the Fiesta Menu, the entree plates are served with "homemade nachos & salsa, a side of Spanish rice and refried beans and your choice of of a pitcher of red, white or green Sangria." We both opted to try the Fiesta menu as the entrees on this menu were the same as the entrees on the regular menu (the regular menu did have some combination platters that were not available on the Fiesta menu). We started with the pitcher of red Sangria. The Sangria was good. The "homemade nachos & salsa" were really chips and salsa. The chips were thick and crunchy. They were lightly salted. There was nothing spectacular or special about the salsa. It was decent. I'm not sure if was or wasn't homemade. I ordered the Steak Burrito (marinated sirloin steak with lettuce, tomato, black olive, sweet corn, salsa and sour cream served in a flour tortilla - $9.95). I requested the steak medium rare and no olives. The presentation was good. It was a huge burrito and prepared exactly as I requested. The insides were not evenly distributed, meaning, meat was on one side, sour cream and corn all on the other. If I had been picking it up, It would have been impossible to have a bite that included all the ingredients. This wasn't significant because it was too big to pick up and I had to eat it with a knife and fork so I was able to get some of all the ingredients in each bite. Originally I wished I ordered a side of guacamole ($1.00) or that it came with some guacamole. I wasn't hot. It was a little warm. There wasn't any spice or kick to the burrito, but the taste was good. My husband had the Beef Enchilada (Seasoned ground beef layered into two corn tortillas with blended cheese then topped with our spicy enchilada sauce, sour cream and guacamole - $8.95). My husband like his dish but also commented that it wasn't very hot. I tried his and since I love guacamole started there. Something was off with the guacamole. I couldn't quite put my finger on it didn't taste good (I was happy that I hadn't ordered the side for my burrito). When I mentioned it to my husband, he said he thought it tasted strange. Other than the guac, it tasted good but the spicy enchilada sauce wasn't even remotely spicy. The Spanish rice and black beans served on the side were fine. We also tried the white sangria, which honestly tasted exactly the same as the red sangria.

            Everyone who worked there was very pleasant. We were greeted as soon as we entered the restaurant and quickly greeted by the bartender once we sat down at the bar. When the chips and salsa were served, we did not get the silverware setting or a napkin. This wasn't isolated to just us, it appeared to be the same with the others sitting at the bar. Everyone was using the small square cocktail napkin that had been put down under their beverage glasses to wipe their hands. Secondly, when we ordered the white sangria, several minutes lapsed, then he returned to us and asked if we ordered the red or the green Sangria, neither it was the white. He then finished making and served our sangria. This happened with at least one other couple. He took their margarita orders, made one, then asked the other person how they wanted their margarita prepared again. Other than that service was good and pleasant. The food came out of the kitchen very quickly.

            They have done a nice job with rehabbing considering it was a relatively quick rehab before opening and they started with a very dated space. It has been years since I have been in there (back when it was Cafe Madrid). It seemed more open and lighter than I remember. I think they took down a 1/2 wall between the bar and the restaurant and redid the flooring with something lighter. It was a nice contrast to the mostly dark walls. The furniture was a bit dated (I think this may have been original to Cafe Madrid) and very worn with both of the bar seats torn in several places. They have a outdoor seating area (although the view if of the road and hospital parking lot). The restaurant and bar were clean.

            Overall, I would agree with previous posters on the chips. I thought those were the best thing we had. I thought all of the food could have used more "kick" to it, but I like things with a little spice. Excluding our white sangria, their claim that 2 could eat and drink for $20 was true (at least on Fiesta Night). I think the portions were generous and the prices for dinner reasonable. With all of the non-chain places trying to make it in Woonsocket (Vintage, Vino's, River Falls, Gian Carlos just to name a few), I don't think that the Burrito Company can lay claim to being the best restaurant in Woonsocket. I do think they are a nice addition to the Woonsocket Restaurant "scene" and could claim to be the best "Mexican" in Woonsocket.

            I can't find a website for them, but did find this link to their menu.