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May 13, 2008 06:06 PM

Very serious topic - Where are the REALLY good burritos

Many years ago, I was in San Francisco. My guides insisted on a burrito. I rarely say no to them. What I experienced was something so delicious from the size (forearm length) to the fresh ingredients (I've never had black beans like the ones I had in California) to the tomatillo salsa. I had at least one burrito for every one of the five days I was in SF.
Frankly, I prefer the ones I make at home to anything I've ever had in a Toronto restaurant. I've eaten them at:
Burrito Boyz
El Sol
Burrito House
Tequila Sunrise
Tacos El Asador
other places that slip my mind right now.

The closest I've had was a place in Guelph that almost made burritos as good as SF burritos. I want to trek up to Rebozos up on Rogers, 'cause I"ve heard good things. Has anyone had anything close to a SF burrito?

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  1. I personally like Burrito Boyz better than Rebozos.

    1. There are a couple of places in the Weston Rd/Hwy 7 intersection that look like frachises and the closest I've come to a SF taqueria type burrito here. I can find out the names and post here.

      Otherwise, I've been to Quesada and Burrito House. Never again. What a waste of time.

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      1. re: neighborguy

        Thanks for the replies. Hey neighbourguy, if you can dig up those names, I'd really appreciate it! I forgot to mention the one thing I hate about Toronto burritos, putting the burritos on the flattop or into a sandwich press. Drives me crazy! If there's one thing I hate, it's hot lettuce!

        1. re: air621

          I recently made the trek to CHORIZO in Mississauga, on Southdowne. Their burritos are not reheated, and are trying their best to duplicate the CHIPOTLE burrito. Unfortunately, they didn't come close. Their "everything fresh" motto was quashed when they added canned jalepenos to my burrito, and the service was brutal. The choziro was very tasty but far too dry. At the end of the day, the overall experience is still better at Burrito Boys. Isn't Chipotle supposed to be opening up here in August?

          1. re: dlw88

            I was just in Chicago, where i was given a tour of Mexican neighbourhoods and taquerias. Chipotle is considered an abomination by chowhounds down there.

            1. re: bluedog

              On that same trip to SF, Chicago was a stop that yielded amazing burritos

              1. re: bluedog

                I agree with the Chicago hounds completely, and it's sad, but Chipotle will likely be the best thing going, if it ever gets here.

                1. re: bluedog

                  Chipotle is a large chain. It's not the greatest but better than most other chains where you can grab a fresh burrito on the fly. It it's like the Quiznos of sub shops. A lot consider it tasty and given the choice you'd probably go there over Subway. But it would be silly to be included as part of a tour of great cheesesteak places in Philadelphia.

                  1. re: abigllama

                    "Quiznos of sub sub shops"....shudder!

                    1. re: bluedog

                      Chipotle was, until fairly recently, owned by McDonald's. Given that context, it's surprisingly good - the sort of place that non-'hounds RAVE about while the 'hounds grumble about how much better it could be. And yes, we are supposed to be getting one soon. It's definitely not going to be the holy grail of burritos some on this board are hoping for,'s a step in the right direction. If we get things like Moe's and Chipotle moving in to ramp up demand, then maybe serious burrito shops will follow eventually.

                      1. re: Wahooty

                        Fiar enough, but I don't think things will change until we got a critical mass of either mexicans or californians, or at least a community that has real experience with the cuisine.

                        I understand your argument, but another is that it's like saying if you want good hamburgers, hope that mcdonald's will move in so that the mom and pops will follow.

                        1. re: bluedog

                          I realize it's a bit of a bass-ackwards argument, but I actually know Torontonians that have never even eaten a burrito, let alone a decent one. I've heard it said more than once that the reason we don't have any good Mexican/TexMex/CalMex food here is because Canadians just don't like the real thing - so maybe baby steps are in order.
                          But yeah, until we get some Mexicans in this town, I'll keep getting my fixes in my own kitchen and on my semi-annual trips home.

                          1. re: Wahooty

                            Yeah, I make burritos about once a week.

                            1. re: Wahooty

                              We're getting more and more Mexicans all the time and more and more Mexican places are opening up. And people do nothing but pan them. I've been to a couple and thought they were great. I however have not really eaten Mexican in Mexico.

                              You can make the same argument about Southern BBQ. For that matter, my favourite Chicago style pizza place has had to cut back because it's just not catching on as they suspected. I was talking to a buddy who orders from the religiously and I was proposing the notion that Torontonians just don't like North American food. If it's from NA then convenience will do over taste. Anything from the other side of an ocean does very well if it's good.


                              1. re: Davwud

                                Is this Chigago style pizza place in Toronto? If yes, please share the name. I would love to try a pizza made in that style.

                                1. re: basileater

                                  I can't.

                                  Check my profile and perhaps email me.


                2. re: air621

                  Taco Del Mar is north of hwy 7 across from the Walmart.
                  Mucho Burrito is south of hwy 7 across from the Collossus theatre.
                  Both are like Chiptotle but not as good.

              2. Big Fat Burrito in Kensington. No question!

                1. Toronto doesn't really offer "Mission" style burritos, unfortunately. It's one of those categories that just isn't available here. Lots of great chow in this fair city, just not Mexican.

                  1. sound like you know your burrrriiiiitoooos.

                    I'd like to recommend what I think is better than a Burrito Boyz's called a New York Sub. It's not really a sub or a burrito...but it's very tasty. Try it and let me know what you think.

                    New York Sub is on Queen Street - west of Spadina.

                    New York Subway
                    520 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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                    1. re: tp24

                      Warning: if you don't like hot lettuce you better watch what you order at NY Sub!

                      1. re: tp24

                        I have to second New York Subway!!!!!!!!! Although not an authentic Mexican burrito it is delicious and unique!!!!!!!!! Perfect fusion cooking!!!!!!!!

                          1. re: Bobby Wham

                            You need to get friendly with the real deal. Whatever that glop NY Subs sells is, it shares no DNA with any burrito I've ever seen.