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jcattles Jun 19, 2008 08:59 AM

Has anyone tried Big City Burrito? I've seen a few of them around Denver & Ft. Collins. I seem to remember a place like that near Westminster High School in the late 80's, early 90"s? Does anyone remember? We use to skip school and go get a burrito for breakfast. AHH good times....

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    skowog Sep 15, 2010 01:37 PM

    Hi!
    The original BCB is in Fort Collins. It is the only one to go to. I have been to ones in Loveland and in Denver and they do not match up. The flavor is not the same. There is something very different about how they do it apparently, but that is the only one I will go to.

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      Heyteacher Jul 11, 2008 03:12 PM

      I just got an email from the manager of the new location on Parker and Peoria. He said they are opening July 25th - yum!

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        e_bone Feb 5, 2010 05:26 AM

        This is an old thread.. but thought it worth mentioning that I've been sadly disapointed at the execution / value at this chain-feeling outpost of BCB. Have been there 4 times now and probably won't be back. It seems that the prices are significantly higher (maybe they are all priced like this now), the portions smaller, the fillings more bland and the execution seems like I'm *always* getting my food from a new employee who fumbles to figure out next steps. They must have hella-high turnover or I'm unlucky.

        Considering how excited I was that they were coming so close to home I thought I should follow up with my sadness. On the plus side- we have a Smashburger stand up the road on Parker now which I will try soon.

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          MinkeyMonkey Feb 6, 2010 11:07 AM

          Well, 'tis an old thread but I've eaten here recently a few times.

          Being from L.A. and having been disappointed by San Francisco burritos, I have found myself missing even the SF burritos in comparison to these BCB ones.

          I often avoid places crowded by college kids/adults but the first try here was when we were starving so we thought it was rather good. But, they did pile on deep fried potatoes that I did not ask for (in fact, I'm pretty sure I said "no, no potatoes") then scraped them off into the trash. Bleh.

          The second and third tries were less thrilling. Way too salty, other flavors way to bland and stop trying to fill my burrito with potatoes!! If I wanted that, I'd get french fries.

          Yes, a very large assortment of hot sauces, not much different than what I could find at a market, at peppercorn or even at a Ross store. And, yuck, yuck, gross, they are mostly empty, missing the caps and the tops are caked with icky, linty oldness.

          Service not great but I'm not sure I care that much at a burrito stand. No, they don't really know what they are doing. I sense that is because they are kids who are not paid well and who do not listen before they scoop.

          The tortillas are always fresh so that was nice.

          I've only been to the boulder one.

          Is there a better burrito place in boulder? We like Papusas but I'd like to know of a good line-up burrito place as well.

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            LurkerDan Feb 6, 2010 11:56 AM

            Illegal Pete's is probably the Boulder standard for "fast food" burritos. There's one on the mall and one on the Hill.

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              MinkeyMonkey May 3, 2010 08:20 PM

              Thanks, Dan. I've wondered about Pete's but haven't been in one yet. Sometimes, I just gotta have a line-up fast burrito!

              J.

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        luckylily Jul 9, 2008 02:27 PM

        Just tried the one near 136th and I-25. Got a burrito and did not like it at all. On the plus side, the service was friendly, and they have a bunch of hot sauces and flavored wraps. However, the food was bland, a bit cold, and definitely not tasty. I'd actually rate it under Illegal Pete's (my personal fav, cuz I get my burritos in a bowl... and they give you chips), Chipotle, and Qdoba. Won't be back to Big City.

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          meeatgood Jul 11, 2008 12:29 PM

          Sure these burritos are great if you want potatoes and ranch, or soggy chicken and Tabasco.

          On a plus they have the best selection of hot sauces this side of Mississippi!!

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          foodissexy Jun 22, 2008 09:17 PM

          ahhh... memories of many, many tasty burritos form college... if only every small business owner of a great place like this would follow the no-frills and very delicious model. I would never pass one by. DELISH!!

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            lotuseedpaste Jun 20, 2008 10:38 PM

            I'm not a big fan of burritos, but the BCB in Boulder on Arapahoe is one to avoid. I went there once when I was in rush, and the employees bizarrely seemed not to know how to assemble a burrito. Maybe it was newly hired college kids or something, they were both slow and confused. The burrito ended up cold and bland, perhaps they left out some ingredients?

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              frisbeesage Jun 21, 2008 02:32 PM

              You must have picked a bad day to visit the BCB in Boulder. I've been several times and had good ones. I prefer the chicken bay leaf or the carnitas (pork). I do find their beef burritos are usually stringy and bland, but the others are great!

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                ultigirlinCO Jul 6, 2008 12:36 AM

                Forgetful employees,
                dazed
                and confused...
                In Boulder...

                never...

              2. e_bone Jun 19, 2008 01:49 PM

                I have a lot of data here. They brought the San Francisco / Mission burrito to Colorado with a few differences: tortilla choices (spinach, red chile,etc..), a few non-standard filling choices (bay leaf chicken, potato/ranch) The original store (College Ave, FC) was dingy but very tasty. I've tried a few of the other stores as they've expanded and they are similar. Like the ironically named Chipotle Grill (I challenge you to find a tasty, spicy, smoky chipotle pepper there) a lot of the filling is made up with rice and beans. Big City is less bland, more diverse and tastier than Qdoba or Chipotle. One nagging issue I've found the last 3 visits: salt content is off the charts and I'm an avowed sodium abuser. The "Chile Verde" is not the New Mex/CO style gravy but a more interior mexican tomatillo-based sauce. Still very good but different.

                Breakfast burritos are not to my liking: very large, stuffed with eggs and as mentioned: not "denver style" green chile.

                We have one opening soon near me at Parker / Peoria so I'll repost after a couple of visits. Hope they stay consistent.

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                  Heyteacher Jun 19, 2008 05:48 PM

                  Where is the one opening at Parker and Peoria? On the King Soopers side or the other side? That's close to me - can't wait! Do you have a date of their opening??

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                    e_bone Jun 20, 2008 07:49 AM

                    They are on the North East corner of the street near a suntanning store and Subway catercorner from the park-n-ride. I don't have a date yet for their opening but I've got my tux rented and a coursage picked out. Are you doing a Sadie Hawkins and asking me? I'll say yes although I've never been a blind date. <pauses for laughter>

                    OH.. you mean WHEN do they open?? Sign says "opening in July" so intel is fairly vague at this point.

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                      Heyteacher Jun 20, 2008 07:19 PM

                      Ha ha - bad choice of words. Sorry about that..actually, we went to Sam's #3 for dinner tonight and I saw the sign. YAY!

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                        e_bone Jun 22, 2008 02:12 PM

                        What'dya have at Sam's? Recently had their "meatloaf melt" sandwich (not verbatim title) and it was really really tasty. Have also had the Greek Rellenos recently (pasilla peppers stuffed with feta and gyro meat) smothered in their great green chile. It was heavy (duh!) as they egg-roll wrapper them rather than batter them and it was overly salty but still a pretty nice pile of guilty pleasure.

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                          Heyteacher Jul 7, 2008 04:56 PM

                          I usually get one of three things: a breakfast burrito; the breakfast sandwich, or the greek salad. I've tried many other things but these are my three stand bys for sure.

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                  Heyteacher Jun 19, 2008 11:25 AM

                  I went to one in Fort Collins a few years ago and it was pretty good. They are huge and always busy it seems - a good sign I think!

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