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Mission Burrito

After reading about this place in other posts I walked over to Village by the Grange at lunch today to see if it had opened yet. The name alone brought back memories of all the wonderful burritos in the Mission district of San Francisco and it had me drooling with anticipation. Unfortunately, it turns out that the name is the only thing that this place shares with the burritos of San Fran. For $5.85 (plus tax) I got a limp and soggy burrito. It was poorly folded and some of the fillings (presumably the sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo) were cold so that the entire thing ended up being tepid at best. Maybe I am mistaken, but I thought a burrito is supposed to spend a bit of "finishing time" on the grill. Not this baby, folded and stuck straight into its foil wrapper. Even with extra hot sauce it was pretty bland.

Sorry to report that this was a serious disappointment.

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  1. It was my understanding that while some places grill theirs, it's more typical that the 'authentic' Mission Burrito shell is just steamed. My friend from San Fran said that was one of the biggest differences between the authentic ones and the imitators.

    Myself, I like the grilled versions just fine, but I enjoyed my burrito from Mission Burrito too - I agree about the ultra cold fillings, though. Still, mine was pleasant and flavourful, and the ingredients are very fresh. I go to OCAD, so I'll be eating a lot of them..

    1. Agreed with downtown. The original Mission burrito may very well be better tasting but the steaming method used here left a poor texture and soft feel to the burrito that didn't hold up well when eating. The flavor was bland compared to Burrito Boyz (I'm not much of a burrito fanatic but I generally am happy with BB) at the same price and for some reason just left me with a vaguely unsettled feeling the rest of the day. Our whole office went everyone's opinion was surprisingly the same - merely serviceable, but not something one would seek out deliberately.

      1. My bf really loves burritos, and we have been to the mission area of San Fran to eat them, so he has something to compare it to. He went to Mission Burrito yesterday (even though he was wary because of the reviews on here). He said it was pretty busy, but he thought the burrito was great. It had a large shredded pork, but he told them to hold the guac, and make it spicy. He said there was A LOT of cilantro on it. The conclusion (in his opinion, I wasn't there) was it was better than both Chipolte and that Arre Burrito (Yonge and Wellsley). Not as good as San Fran.

        They seemed to have a lot of different types of burritos (eg: sweet
        potato w/ some other veggies, fish on Fridays). To drink he had a can of Jumex Pear nectar.

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        1. re: canadianbeaver

          I agree.. the taste of cilantro was very strong in my burrito from Mission too. I didn't mind it, but some people may find it overpowering.

          I still like Chipotle better, but that is mainly because of their rice.

          1. re: bill_best

            It's good to know about the cilantro...some people (like me) think cilantro is the most evil "food" in the world..if you can even call it that!

        2. Tried this today and loved it. Best burrito I've had in the city.

          Fresh tasting veggies, moist carnitas and the steaming of the burrito made it melt in your mouth.

          DT

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          1. re: Davwud

            A recent transplant from San Francisco tipped me off on this place and it's my fave in the city too. The steamer, the meat is great and it's comes really close to it's namesake in California. Friendly service and they are super proud of their product.

            bill_best it's interesting that you edge out Chipotle on the rice. I've always found their rice to be bland with just white rice with a dash what I think is cilantro in there. Mission's rice was solid, well spiced Mexican rice which added a flavour, where to me Chipotle's just seems like bland, starch filler.

            1. re: abigllama

              Good to know it's getting the approval of San Fran expats.

              DT

              1. re: Davwud

                Interesting. I live down the street from them, and to be honest I've been pretty happy with them. I suspect the cold filling problem mentioned in the original post has been corrected long ago, as I haven't run into that in the last 12-18 months. I usually get the steak burrito, spicy.

                In my opinion they're far better than Burrito Boyz.

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                218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

                1. re: befuggled

                  It's the best we have. Comparing their burritos to what's available in San Fran is like comparing T.O BBQ joints to just about anything south of the Mason/Dixon line.

          2. I love their burritos
            especially the one made with sweet potato
            theirs is the best one I have had in toronto

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            1. re: kas

              I really love the chicken burrito and have a hard time deviating from that order because I like it so much. The sweet potato ones sounds pretty awesome. Anyone else have any faves here?