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HaveSpoonWillCook Jan 13, 2009 06:53 AM

I am at Eaton Centre, have been told both are close by and have never tried either. Which is better in terms of good ingredients and freshness (not size)? Thanks,

  1. Dimbulb Jan 13, 2009 07:18 AM

    Burrito Boyz, no comparison. Chipotle is a US chain and very over-priced for what you get. But Boyz have been renovating — you might want to call ahead.

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    1. re: Dimbulb
      JonasBrand Jan 13, 2009 01:33 PM


    2. Shorttyred Jan 13, 2009 07:42 AM

      I've only been to Chipotle once and it reeked like bleach - a real turn off. The food was okay, but not as flavourful or enjoyable as BB.

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        Pincus Jan 13, 2009 07:58 AM

        I wouldn't recommend Chipotle's to my worst enemy.

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        1. re: Pincus
          Sarah Cat Jan 13, 2009 01:22 PM

          Burrito Boyz has nothing on this place...

        2. hippotatomus Jan 13, 2009 02:11 PM

          I've been to both.. and I avoided Chipotle for a while because the big chains usually aren't good. Recently a friend and I went because of convenience and we were pretty surprised at how tasty the burrito was. I think I enjoy their guacamole the most, even though they charge an extra 2 dollars for it. I find the burritos at Chipotle larger and more filling than Burrito Boyz. Me and my friend shared a burrito with guacamole and were very full. I went a second time with my SO and also shared the burrito and were pretty full. With Burrito Boyz you can order one each (of the small) and be able to finish it - but with Chipotle, depending your appetite, eating half is more than enough. So even though Chipotle costs more, you are also getting more.

          Burrito Boyz is cheap and enjoyable to eat, but I would only choose that over Chipotle because of the lower price and no extra charge for guacamole. If price were no issue, Chipotle would be my first choice.

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            MindGrinder Jan 14, 2009 07:06 AM


            If it was independant people would be all over it instead of Burrito Boyz.

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            1. re: MindGrinder
              szw Jan 14, 2009 07:17 AM

              I like Burrito boyz but Chipotle is much much higher quality IMO. I agree with the sentiment that if it were not a chain then people's opinion here would be different.

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                Pincus Jan 14, 2009 11:12 AM

                Actually, I'm basing my opinion on:

                - price for what I received
                - flavour of food

                Maybe the flavour has improved since I went, but I'm sure the price hasn't gone down.

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                CoffeeAddict416 Jan 14, 2009 12:00 PM

                wow this debate ended up being totally different than I would have thought. I don't particularly crave or enjoy the burrito boyz burrito unless i'm in the mood for something fast foodish but it always feels like it's kind of a mess.

                With Chipotle I would have thought it'd be like the mcdonalds version of a burrito. But if they throw fresh ingredients into a burrito then it should theoretically be pretty good. Anyone know if they do 100% corn flour/masa harina tortillas there?

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                  childofthestorm Jan 14, 2009 12:57 PM

                  I will also vote Chipotle, I could care less that it's a chain because it's a great chain. Mmm carnitas....

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                  1. re: childofthestorm
                    Bobby Wham Aug 31, 2010 10:16 AM

                    true, just cause it's chain doesn't mean it's not good, I like both places for a quick bite, wish chipotle did fish burritos too

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                    tjr Jan 14, 2009 06:43 PM

                    I'm no burrito expert, but between the two, I definitely prefer Chipotle (at least the couple times I went around opening). Fast, fresh, less surly, better flavour. There's no way I could eat a whole one, and half seemed to be too much, so I guess it's good value for your money too.

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                      abigllama Jan 15, 2009 12:39 AM

                      It really depends on what you're looking for and what you prefer in a Burrito. I prefer Chipotle, don't get the steak but the rest is great. Fresh ingredients, you'll be full after but it's going to cost you about $10 witha fountain pop. I enjoyed it when I lived in the US and usually stop in the TO location about every other week. The service is nice and the folks there remember me and make conversation.

                      Now if you prefer a grilled burrito, that has some interesting sauces, so so produce and blandish meats then BB is probably for you. Also the best part is that your order is usually taken with loud sighs and eye rolls. The tricky part is to make sure they hear you when asking what you want on your burrito because the person making it is busy telling the story of "how Jen was so wasted last night" to the guy grilling the other burritos and totally ignoring you as she load handfulls of jalapenos on. The service is so rude and obnoxious that it's almost amusing if you go in with the right frame of mind, so have fun with that!

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                      1. re: abigllama
                        grandgourmand Jan 15, 2009 04:57 AM

                        So how wasted WAS Jen last night? I'm curious now.

                        Chipotle has fresh ingredients, but flavour-wise I find it lacking.

                        Burrito Boyz has gone way downhill. Used to be delicious, now, not worth the hassle of getting there if it's out of your way. Since OP is at Eaton Center, go to Chipotle, you've got nothing to lose (it's next door pretty much).

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                          abigllama Jan 15, 2009 10:47 AM

                          I didn't stick around for the exciting conclusion because the story then went on a tangent of how "Jeff used to be nice but just isn't nice anymore". For the record up until about 2 years ago I used to go out of my way for BB. The quality, and the service is just an added reason not to bother if I'm even in the area.

                          Last visit was about a year ago at the Adeliade location. I was there on a quiet weeknight about an hour before closing. The sighs and eye rolling ensued as usual. Not sure why since I order a fairly basic burrito -everything on it, no hot peppers. While finishing my burrito in the two female staff members actually turned off of lights in the seating area where I was quietly eating. I looked up and waved in case they didn't see me. They looked at me, giggled and went into the back storage room until another customer showed up.

                          1. re: abigllama
                            Googs Jan 15, 2009 11:29 AM

                            Next time try locking the storage room. In storage no one can hear you giggle.

                      2. duckdown Jan 15, 2009 05:31 AM

                        Everything about Burrito Boyz annoys me, from the overly loud annoying music, to the gossipy teenagers taking your order, and the attitude as well

                        I'd go with Chipotle although neither of these is as good as El Sombrero (IMO)

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                          HaveSpoonWillCook Jan 15, 2009 07:08 AM

                          OP here ... both places sounded so iffy that I decided to go to Marcetta on Bay instead for a sit-down lunch (snowing and windy outside). If you've never been there, its very close to Quiznos.
                          Ordered the meatballs .. 4 large meatballs about 2" diameter in a light tomato sauce, nice texture and flavour. However, no carbs, just a tiny bowl of mixed salad greens drowning in a very vinegary and oily dressing, so I got pretty tired of my meatballs after I'd gotten through #1! That's a heck of a lot of meat for one person, I'd have preferred just 2 meatballs and a little pasta for balance. My server was very slow and not quite all there, despite the lunch time rush not having quite started -- it took 15 mins for our meatballs to arrive, despite it being a lunch special in financial area. Asked for more bread but did not get it until meal almost over, grated cheese ditto.
                          However, nice ambience, open kitchen concept, warm, cosy, and there is a deli for a faster takeaway option. Will go back, but will question the specials and will count on lunch taking about 75 mins.

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                          1. re: HaveSpoonWillCook
                            pinkprimp Jan 15, 2009 10:04 AM

                            Do you mean Mercatto instead of Marcetta?

                          2. Matt H Jan 15, 2009 07:53 AM

                            I currently do not live in Toronto so I haven't tried Chipotle up that way (but have had it a ton of times all over the US) but I have never understood all the praise that Burrito Boyz has always gotten??!!

                            I would call everything I have eaten at Burrito Boyz as mediocre at best, not the worst Burrito I have had, but far from being acceptable. Chipotle on the other hand, especially the locations I used to eat at in Florida is always solid and sometimes even really good. So if that is a reflection on the preparation in the Toronto location I really think there is no comparison.

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                              befuggled Jan 15, 2009 04:57 PM

                              I would go somewhat grudgingly with Chipotle. I say grudgingly because I haven't tried the one on Yonge yet, although I've eaten at many in the States. They're not perfect, but I think they've done a reasonably good job of focusing pretty tightly on burritos. Unless they screwed up the Chipotle on Yonge, I think it has to be better.

                              What I've found at Burrito Boyz is that the meat is way too bland. There are two ways to get around that: either improve the flavor of meat with marinades and cooking, or to use a better cut of meat. Burrito Boyz doesn't do either. The same's true of, uh, whatever they're going to call the old Burrito Boyz on Peter.

                              I do like Johny Bananas on Bathhurst, just north of Queen. I haven't been there in a while, though. I may go this weekend.

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                              1. re: befuggled
                                abigllama Jan 17, 2009 05:34 PM

                                I'd love to hear a report back on Johny Bananas. Used to hold this as the best burrito in Toronto. Last visit there a few months ago, there was something sort of gelatenous going on with the guac which was a big turn off for me. Havn't been back since, but hope it was some sort of fluke.

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                                  befuggled Jan 20, 2009 08:25 AM

                                  I just ate a take-out burrito. Take-out today was a bit of a mistake, but the burrito was still a decent temperature when I got home. I also ordered the chorizo-potato burrito, which I like--but it doesn't make for a good comparison with Burrito Boyz.

                                  Anyway, based on what I just had I don't think they've slipped (although maybe they've gotten inconsistent). The guacamole seemed to be a decent texture, although it was inside the burrito.

                                  Forgot to mention--I also like NY Subway better than Burrito Boyz. It's on Queen somewhere between Bathhurst and Spadina. Haven't been there in a while either.

                                  1. re: befuggled
                                    abigllama Jan 21, 2009 01:40 AM

                                    Good to hear that it sounds like a fluke experience with my weird guac issue. I forgot that they had the Potato-chiorzo burrito. I'll need to stop in for one soon! I'm a big fan of the steak burrito there too, the meat is very tender and seasoned well.

                                    I also like the product at NY Subway, but don't really think of them as traditionla burritos. It's dumb but the ventilation issue there always bothers me. Unless I can get in and out of there fast I end up carrying around a strong fried onion smell with me the rest of the day or until I can change.

                                    I'm also a fan of Moe's up on Eglington. It's not amazing but always consistant and tasty. Service is friendly and the salsas are tasty.

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                                snackboy Jan 16, 2009 09:48 AM

                                I too vote for Chipotle . . . I find their Burritos pretty big (and I can eat!) and their 4 different salsas are fresh and tasty . . . My least favorite is the Beef as I find it a little too salty but the rest of them are great . . . and considering the cost of a burrito is bit more than the cost of a footlong at Mr.Sub (and you actually get real meat). . . it's Chipotle for me....I really think that they do get a bad wrap due to the fact that they are chain and often people are apposed to chains no matter what they produce...

                                and don't get me started in comparing the service...Chipotle wins hands down as I always feel like I'm an annoyance @ BB (I never have understood the attitiude @ BB)
                                The Chipotle staff has always served me with a smile and has always been very friendly


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                                1. re: snackboy
                                  julesrules Jan 18, 2009 06:14 AM

                                  Bad wrap....heehehehehehe

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                                  Pincus Jan 16, 2009 10:46 AM

                                  Well, I've never been to Burrito Boyz and it looks like I won't be going. Thanks to everyone for the warnings.

                                  As for Chipotle,...yeah. Think I'll just make burritos and guac at home.

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                                    Brennius Jan 17, 2009 07:23 PM

                                    After 100's of visits to Burrito Boyz and a dozen to Chipotles, I'd say Burrito Boyz no contest. Get the halibut and make sure you shout it out when you enter, to save time. The tunes and the tude are fine. If you're forced into Chipotles, go for the carnitas, refuse the nachos and yell at them for offering just one overpriced choice of size.

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                                    1. re: Brennius
                                      mlukan Jan 18, 2009 11:21 AM

                                      The Halibut burrito at burrito boyz is hands down the best of both places. But if I were ordering anything else I would go to Chipotle.

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                                        torontovore Jan 18, 2009 01:06 PM

                                        I love 'English style Fish n' Chips' and I really enjoy my home-made burritos.
                                        I read all the buzz on this site about the fantastic halibut burrito at burrito boyz, so I made a special trip downtown and invited an old friend to come and enjoy my 'food find' (this was over a year ago and at the Adelaide location). I really expected to enjoy my meal, but it was greasy and boring. I ended up throwing half of it away as inedible.
                                        It was like having the worst of deep fried fish and burritos together.

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                                          mlukan Jan 18, 2009 03:28 PM

                                          We can agree to disagree. But I always get them to put everything on my burrito and find it far from boring or inedible although I have had a couple bad experiences at the Adelaide.

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                                            KMary Jan 18, 2009 08:17 PM

                                            Chipotle, Chipotle, Chipotle. Chain be damned.

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                                      evansl Jan 19, 2009 04:33 AM

                                      I've never been to Chipolte, but I wouldn't go to Burrito Boyz for a good burrito. They are big cheap and tasteless.

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                                        DoomDahDoomDoom Jan 20, 2009 12:22 PM

                                        Between those two, definitely Chipotle.

                                        But maybe even better is Moe's up on Eglinton, East of Yonge. Free fresh chips and salsa with every burrito!

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                                        1. re: DoomDahDoomDoom
                                          lpaulsen1 Jul 10, 2010 05:10 PM

                                          My husband who grew up in California, and who frequently visited hole in the wall, authentic Mexican restaurants in LA says that Chipotle has the 4 qualities he looks for in a good burrito. 1) Good, flavourful freshly grilled chicken. 2) Fresh veggies. 3) Good guacamole 4) MOST IMORTANTLY, the burrio is tightly wrapped.

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                                            neighborguy Jul 10, 2010 07:56 PM

                                            Does Moe's have the slo-cooked pulled meats? If that were the case, I'd try it. Otherwise, I'm with Pincus in making my own at home.

                                            Having visited California and eating at hole in the wall, non-chain deeeelish taquerias where I stuffed my face full of freshness and flavour for little more than five bux, the portion-controlled sanitized fast food that have sprouted up in Toronto have left me wanting. Grilled meats?! Why bother.

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                                            Arcadiaseeker Jul 11, 2010 06:39 AM

                                            I like both - burrito boyz is definitely better for taste but Chipotle is tasty and has a bigger menu and more options like salads, tacos etc. There is also better seating and it's faster for a quick bite. Both offer up fresh, quality ingredients (the Chipotle quac. is great).

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                                              dotca Jul 11, 2010 01:57 PM

                                              Burrito Bandido's on Peter St is my favorite. Free gwack... the way it should be.

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                                                jmarcroyal Aug 27, 2010 02:01 PM

                                                I just tried Burrito Boys in Mississauga for the first time and I gotta say that was a damn good Burrito!

                                                It was flavourful, big and the hot sauce was nice too, although I only got Medium, next time I think ill get it Hot. I was completely satisfied, I got a Chicken/Steak mix and I loved it.

                                                I want to go try Chipotle's, and I noticed one on Yonge north of Eglinton, has anyone been there and what do you think of that location?

                                                How about Burrito Boys Mississauga VS Toronto?

                                                I thought the service was good in Sauga, and it didnt hurt that a couple cute girls were working behind the counter, no attitude or anything!

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                                                  bbbradk Aug 27, 2010 04:34 PM

                                                  the meat at Chipotle is far better, but the toppings at BB are great.

                                                  Service would be my deciding factor, and BB are always really hard to deal with, so chipotle wins

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                                                    froglegs Aug 31, 2010 06:36 AM

                                                    Tried Chipotle at Yonge/Eg and it was pretty darn good. Didn't like the chips though. No flavour. Cardboard like, IMO. Salsa good.

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                                                      Brain of J Sep 1, 2010 12:38 PM

                                                      Lovin' the new BB locations in Mississauga. They're open very late, it's very clean, and the staff is very helpful and friendly. A large burrito can easily feed two adults----good value there. Watch the XXX sauce, though. It's very hot!

                                                  2. duckdown Aug 27, 2010 04:40 PM

                                                    I'll take Chipotle any day over BB. Both are far from perfect but BB just annoys me on so many levels..

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                                                      jmarcroyal Aug 27, 2010 08:54 PM

                                                      you must be referring to the Downtown location?

                                                      In Sauga, I order, get a reciept and number and wait to be called and then the chick puts my Burrito together, I dont get any attitude, just a mildly flirtatious smile and some good food to go.

                                                      Oh, and what time is Chipotle Y&E open til? If its open til 1 or 2am maybe Ill go check it out...

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                                                        tjr Aug 28, 2010 08:48 AM

                                                        The BB in Port Credit is less irritating than the one downtown, but I like Chipotle better overall.

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                                                          Brain of J Sep 1, 2010 12:43 PM

                                                          Absolutely attitude free at the Dundas & Hurontario location. A great addition to Mississauga.

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                                                            duckdown Sep 1, 2010 12:49 PM

                                                            I totally disagree. That used to be Alexandra's Pizza.. Burrito Boyz is what took over the only wood fired pizza in all of Mississauga.. This is a subtraction from Mississauga not addition IMO

                                                            Burrito Boyz
                                                            9 Stavebank Rd, Mississauga, ON L5G2T3, CA

                                                          2. re: jmarcroyal
                                                            jmarcroyal Sep 1, 2010 01:57 PM

                                                            ok, so I tried Chipotle and I gotta say they did offer a tasty product, unfortunately the Cons outweighed the Pros.

                                                            I liked the meat selection, it was definetely tasty, and I liked the Beans and Rice, but I really didnt like that it cost $2.25 extra just for quac, something which Burrito Boys does for free. Their hottest sauce/salsa was half decent but not really hot, I think BB has a hotter sauce, and the flavor isnt bad either.

                                                            The fact that theres only 1 size Burrito doesnt bother me, I can slam one of those back anytime, but it would be nice to offer a smaller size for around a $5 price point. $8.19 is a bit expensive for a Burrito, but if it were more accessible Id probably go once in a while, as im from Scarborough and its the closest Burrito.

                                                            I went to the Yonge and Eglinton location and it mustve been around 8 and there was no parking to speak of, so I had to resort to Green P parking for $2, which kinda blows. Atleast when I visit my friend in Sauga, I can go to Burrito Boys and easily park at no cost.

                                                            Maybe if they open some Chipotle locations in Scarborough or in some mall or plaza with ample parking, Ill go again, but im not going to go somewhere I have to pay for parking just go grab takeout, unless i can toss a quarter into a machine or something like that.

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                                                              RobertSmith Sep 8, 2010 03:48 PM

                                                              Just like others I too lived in Southern Cali and neither places are authentic. But which is best just based on food has to go to Chipotle. BB meat is less flavourful, rice is too seasoned but the burritto grilling does make everything more savoury. Chipotle is fresher across the board and is consistent just like their US counterparts. However BB does have quesadillas and Chipotle doesn't. And Chipotle has hard tacos and BB doesn't. Chips at Chipotle in downtown TO does need to work on their chips since I definitely got an older batch recently; and something I never experienced in the US.

                                                              I do agree that the price at Chiptole is a bit much but worth it considering how we all get slamed in TO. Online order is great too and beats trying to call BB with an order; and trying to talk over their music playing constantly (Brampton BB seems to have learned their lesson).

                                                              Service at Chipotle is much better and that's probably attributed to the fact that BB front staff are less concerned with their staff presentation(somethng you'd expect in a chain). But it does lend it to some interesting atmosphere and entertainment.

                                                              I think if we just talk about their meats alone Chiptole will stand out. Yes, I know we can't just talk about their meat but without BB sauce and salsa and other fare BB product wouldn't cut it. Plus if they didn't grill it to finish it off you'd find that it does lack something. I actually love both but if they were side by side I'd have Chipotle.

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                                                          tangovoxtrot Sep 8, 2010 05:02 PM

                                                          Based on ingredients and freshness and my limited exposure to both places:

                                                          Burrito Boyz - overrated, a disappointment

                                                          Chipotle - underrated, a pleasant surprise

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                                                            mrsleny Sep 8, 2010 10:33 PM

                                                            How does Chipotle compare with Mucho Burrito? There aren't a whole lot of choices in York Region. Just wondered if it's worth making the trip downtown to Chipotle.


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                                                              duckdown Sep 8, 2010 10:47 PM

                                                              Definitely better than Mucho Burrito. Burrito Boyz is better as well, and anyone who knows me on these boards knows I slam BB any chance I get

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                                                                Herb Sep 9, 2010 05:10 AM


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                                                            somewhere4 Sep 9, 2010 06:59 AM

                                                            Neither. Try Mission Burrito in the Grange. Huge burritos with fresh ingredients @ reasonable prices.

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                                                              abigllama Sep 16, 2010 03:57 PM

                                                              Second vote to head over to Mission Burrito! They use a steamer and the ingredients are tasty and awesome, especially rice that actually has flavour to it. Closest thing to an actual mission style burrito that I've had in this city.

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                                                                ekim256 Sep 16, 2010 09:11 PM

                                                                What is a "mission style" burrito? I heard negative things about MB, so I never went there for my Toronto Burrito Blitz.

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                                                                  abigllama Sep 16, 2010 09:25 PM

                                                                  Chipotle is somewhat mission style. The characteristics it lacks there are that the flour tortillas need to warmed with a steamer, and the rice has a distinct spicing and flavour to it. One of the issues with the mission style burrito in Toronto is that there's no grilling or panini pressing done to the burrito. Since Burrito Boys more or less brought the burrito trend to Toronto, most people here expect their burrito to be grilled and complain about it when it's not. I heard this from a guy at Mission Burrito and have heard it several times while ordering food at Chipotle. I've lived in California and Texas and never seen a burrito grilled outside of Toronto with the exception of something Taco Bell does.

                                                                  The steaming really softens up the tortilla so that when they wrap it up it allows it to stretch while also making a great binding that seals everything in. As much as I enjoy Chipitle their burritos usually stand always stand a good chance of springing a leak or having a full blow out. For more details check this out:


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                                                                    ekim256 Sep 17, 2010 01:26 AM

                                                                    Thanks Abigllama! Seems like it's worth a try. I see that they do Fish on Fridays, so I might pick one up next week (I'm quite partial to fish burritos). Or...do you have a favourite from them?


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                                                                      abigllama Sep 17, 2010 11:27 AM

                                                                      I'm not partial to fish burritos but those that are tell me theirs is excellent. The chicken is my fave. Pretty much everything I've had there has been good, even the bean and cheese.

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                                                                        ekim256 Sep 17, 2010 02:12 PM

                                                                        Ah I'm not a bean and cheese girl, aight! Chicken or Fish it will be. Probably both :3 Thanks, appreciate it!

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                                                                      Ediblethoughts Sep 17, 2010 07:56 PM

                                                                      But BB does grill, right? I find the haddock to be pretty good at not leaking.

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                                                                        ekim256 Sep 18, 2010 06:05 AM

                                                                        They use a flat top to heat the burritos so they get a nice toasty flavour. They do a great job of not leaking, they're always very neatly packed and cooked. I took one home on Wednesday, and was able to neatly cut it in half: http://cookiesandtomatoes.blogspot.co...
                                                                        And if you scroll down, you can see in the third little picture (click it if you want the bigger version) that they put two little metal sticks in the burrito to keep it together while it's grilling. Yum.

                                                                        I think I like my burritos a little too much...lol =)

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                                                                          Ediblethoughts Sep 18, 2010 06:50 PM

                                                                          I like burritos for the most part (love the trend of so many in Toronto these days, esp. down town) but I have a special place in my food heart for BB's...

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                                                                            ekim256 Sep 18, 2010 08:09 PM

                                                                            me too, specifically for the halibut with two lines of hot sauce...best enjoyed at midnight or later :-)

                                                                      2. re: abigllama
                                                                        Matt H Sep 18, 2010 06:29 AM

                                                                        I have seen a couple places in SF and Santa Barbara that have started grilling the tortilla instead of steaming. Personally I prefer the steaming myself, but the grilled haven't been horrible either.

                                                                        As far as Burrito Boyz is concerned I have been to 2 locations and gave up because the product has been really bad, I doubt I will be returning.

                                                                  2. re: somewhere4
                                                                    Davwud Sep 24, 2010 06:24 AM

                                                                    I went for lunch yesterday and loved it.
                                                                    It was fresh tasting, well balanced in flavour, nice and juicy inside without being mushy and held together.

                                                                    I'm a big fan of grilled burritos but I'm also a big fan of steamed. As I often say, good is good and bad is bad. It doesn't matter if it's grilled or steamed.

                                                                    FWIW some Mission District places do grill but most steam.


                                                                  3. ekim256 Sep 15, 2010 09:34 PM

                                                                    It depends on what you want, imo
                                                                    If you want something MEATY choose Chipotle. If you want something that isn't as heavy but still delicious, Burrito Boyz!


                                                                    Burrito Boyz
                                                                    218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

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                                                                    1. re: ekim256
                                                                      piccola Sep 17, 2010 05:59 PM

                                                                      I find the BB ones WAY heavier. But then again, I get the veg ones, so maybe that's the difference.

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                                                                        ekim256 Sep 18, 2010 08:12 PM

                                                                        ohh no I should've specified - fish for burrito boyz! Their steak is way too heavy blech

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                                                                          Shimso Sep 19, 2010 09:21 PM

                                                                          I agree, I usually go for Halibut or Chicken and find BB to be much heavier.

                                                                          My experiences with Chipotle haven't been great...both times the meat was very dry (and seeing as how I'm used to eating white meat and Churrasco chicken, I can put up with much drier chicken than most people I know), and it was quite salty.

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                                                                        steiny33 Sep 19, 2010 10:23 PM

                                                                        I want to put my 2 cents in since I've eaten at Chipotle many times over the years and I just ate at Burrito Boyz for the first time yesterday.

                                                                        Considering they're an international chain and owned by McDonald's, Chipotle is above average. I think they use quality ingredients and they're managed well and whatever chef/focus group put together the menu did a good job. But I'm always weary knowing that McDonald's had a hand in their creation.

                                                                        Burrito Boyz feels like a Mom and Pop operation and they're product seems fresher and has a bit more of a gourmet sensibility while still remaining fast food.

                                                                        Don't get me wrong, neither one of these places is anything close to an authentic Mexican burrito. But then again what is authentic and who cares? If it tastes great, that's all that matters I think.

                                                                        One thing that disappointed me with BB is the lack of tortilla chips and salsa bar. Such an essential part of the Mexican Food/Burrito experience. I don't get it.

                                                                        Burrito Boyz
                                                                        218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

                                                                        8 Replies
                                                                        1. re: steiny33
                                                                          abigllama Sep 19, 2010 11:30 PM

                                                                          Not sure how many times we can post it on this thread, but Chipotle has not been owned by McDonald's since 2006.

                                                                          Having spent time in various partsof Mexico the real "authetic" Mexican burrito is more akin to a breakfast burrito. Sausage and eggs with salsa. Seriously! What we know as a burrito came from Mexicans living in California.

                                                                          1. re: abigllama
                                                                            TorontoJo Sep 20, 2010 04:03 AM

                                                                            No kidding. And let's also be clear that Chipotle was Chipotle BEFORE they were partially bought by McDonald's, so McDonald's didn't have a hand in the development of the menu at all. In the States, Chipotle was using naturally raised meats from Niman Ranch long before McDonald's came along. McDonald's owned a stake for a few years, then sold off that stake 4 years ago.

                                                                            1. re: TorontoJo
                                                                              Davwud Sep 21, 2010 08:54 AM


                                                                              And just because a place is owned by McD's doesn't automatically discount it as being good. Good is good and bad is bad. It's not about the ownership.


                                                                              1. re: Davwud
                                                                                TexSquared Sep 21, 2010 10:07 AM

                                                                                I agree totally. When I read some of the BB fans posts I wonder, are they only picking them because they're not a foreign-owned chain (previous McDonald's ownership "poisoning" the Chipotle brand for them), or because they honestly think BB makes a superior product to Chipotle?

                                                                                I get the impression a lot of the pro-BB posters have never set foot in Chipotle for those very reasons.

                                                                                I haven't been to either but one point missing from recent posts in here is the rude/surly/slow service that was a common complaint against BB in the past. Have they resolved these issues? These issues are what make me avoid places like BB and Terroni.

                                                                                1. re: TexSquared
                                                                                  ekim256 Sep 21, 2010 11:07 AM

                                                                                  I have seen that complaint about BB - but honestly, every time I go in (I live really close so it's often!) nobody has ever been surly or rude. If anything, they're happy and chatty! I go to the one on Adelaide. Maybe it's because I'm always in a good mood when ordering, but really...never had a negative experience...


                                                                                  1. re: ekim256
                                                                                    Ediblethoughts Sep 21, 2010 06:46 PM

                                                                                    Me too. I've been maybe a dozen times to BB and I can't ever remember feeling irked by the attitude. And at times, they are extremely friendly.

                                                                                  2. re: TexSquared
                                                                                    jiminy Sep 24, 2010 06:05 AM

                                                                                    I've only been to the BB's in Mississauga(hurontario & Dundas & Stavebank in Port Credit) but I've never had a problem with attitude, the shrimp burrito with extra guac are great in both locales, although last time in port credit was a little messier than normal. Never been to chipotles but will be on the lookout for one in the near future

                                                                            2. re: steiny33
                                                                              byee19 Sep 21, 2010 09:26 AM

                                                                              I've had both being a Ryerson Student back in the day and I have to say the BB is better. I mean, chipotle's alright, but I love the taste of BB more.

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                                                                              caviartothegeneral Sep 21, 2010 07:16 PM

                                                                              Come, sweet death!

                                                                              Chipotle’s chicken burrito, filled with rice, pinto beans, corn salsa, cheese, sour cream and guacamole, accompanied by a side of chips.

                                                                              The numbers: 1,750 calories, 79.5 grams of fat, 23 grams of saturated fat, 2,750 milligrams of sodium.

                                                                              Equivalent of eating: The calories in more than nine chicken soft tacos at Taco Bell.


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                                                                              1. re: caviartothegeneral
                                                                                TexSquared Sep 21, 2010 07:36 PM

                                                                                That same columnist picked on BB too:


                                                                                Just had to "balance" your post...

                                                                                1. re: TexSquared
                                                                                  ekim256 Sep 21, 2010 07:50 PM

                                                                                  I hate these articles! They always make me feel bad for eating veal sandwiches and roti from Ghandi. For a moment anyways.

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