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Mucho Burrito - Edmonton

anonymoose Jul 8, 2008 02:38 PM

Stopped by here for lunch and the place was packed. Portions are very generous, and the hot sauce is extremely hot, so I would advise going with the medium or mild salsa.

They don't go much beyond tacos, burritos and quesadillas, but they do have carnitas as one of the fillings and everything tasted fresh. Service is similar to Subway in that you can choose your toppings.

From their website it looks like they're a franchise out of Ontario that has come west, and they have a bunch of other Alberta locations listed as for sale or already sold franchises.

It's definitely a nicer choice than one of those other taco chains, and I can see myself coming back for another meal. A great option for healthier fast food.

www.muchoburrito.com

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    tex_in_yyc Jul 10, 2008 05:14 AM

    Looking at their website, it appears to be a clone of Chipotle's from the US. If its as good as that, I'd be pretty darned thrilled, even if it will be a 45 minute drive up to the Calgary location for me.

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      egon61 Jul 8, 2008 05:52 PM

      Had a great chat with the franchisee (of the 109th/Jasper location) the other night. He said the cooking method for the meat is more of a braising or baking with a liquid sauce, it's not frying. So hopefully this could be considered "healthier" fast food, although the portions are huge and you can add cheese, sour cream, and various other sauces that will pack a lot of fat.

      As you might expect from a mainstream franchise, the food isn't authentic Mexican, although it's leagues above what competitors are offering (Taco Time, Taco Bell). Fresh cilantro is a really nice touch as a topping and helps a lot.

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      1. re: egon61
        livetocook Jul 9, 2008 06:58 AM

        Oh yeah, that place. I was driving by there every Sat morning for months on my way to yoga. Funny, I was wondering how that place was and whether or not anyone on Chow made it there. I don't live close so it's not a convient option for me but, if I'm ever in the area I'd try it (well that's if I don't have a craving for Famoso ;o) )

        Thanks for the info!

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        bogie Jul 8, 2008 05:18 PM

        FYI, it's brought to you by the same guys who started Extreme Pita.

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          Bob Mac Jul 8, 2008 04:03 PM

          anonymoose:

          Thank you for the "heads up"...I noticed it out of the corner of my eye driving back home on Sunday but did not have time to wheel back.

          I will try it at some point

          1. John Manzo Jul 8, 2008 03:06 PM

            Looks promising! Carne asada and carnitas- will look forward to trying this when it opens in Calgary- just have to figure out in what wind-swept distant suburb "beacon hill power centre" is.

            Ontario locations are all suburban but I hope they do something more inner-city here- that Edmonton address looks downtown-ish, am I right?

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            1. re: John Manzo
              maplesugar Jul 8, 2008 03:59 PM

              It's north of the community of Citadel/Morningside. Take Sarcee Trail north past the Stoney Trail construction to Big Box-palooza. Beacon Hill houses the usual big box suspects Home Despot, Michaels, Golf something, Winners/Homesense, Linens 'n Things and the NW Costco, a Shoppers, a few clothing and shoe places, banks and the obligatory Starbucks. There still in build mode with a dozen or more places yet to open.

              The drive takes me about 20min from Panorama Hills...I'd wager it'd be 25 or so min for you assuming Crowchild isn't backed up.

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                John Manzo Jul 8, 2008 08:32 PM

                Home Despot- can I steal that one? :-)

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                  maplesugar Jul 9, 2008 10:08 PM

                  You can have it for free heh :)

              2. re: John Manzo
                anonymoose Jul 9, 2008 02:43 PM

                Not central downtown, but yes it is downtown. It's in a strip mall type complex that has a lot of other food places, a liquor store, etc., and shares the parking lot with a Save-On-Foods.

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                lisa in edmonton Jul 8, 2008 02:45 PM

                My hubby and I love Mucho Burrito! I had a conversation with the operator one evening, and he mentioned they are getting licensed to serve Corona and he was working very long hours. I love that everything is so fresh there! He did tell me they are opening one in Sherwood Park is the new strip mall they are building on Wye Rd. You;re right - it is a good option for a healthier version of fast food.

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