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So the old age discussion of the best burrito in the city, I have come to a new conclusion. It's not burrito boys, or big fat burrito. It's cumbreas! Beautifully grilled chicken breast, a really nice cheddar. Good amount of beans, lovely shell. My only complain is the hot sauce, so if you supplement that with your own salsa verde, it is far far superior than the commercial burritories out there. And it won't leave you feeling like crap after like (I get heavy and sickish after having BB).

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  1. Burrito Boyz is absolutely disgusting so its good to hear there is some competition out there now. One question, is the tortilla home or locally made? I'm interested to try it out if it is.

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    1. re: Matt H

      I have to disagree. I love Burrito Boyz, especially the halibut burrito. I would suggest that Quesada is probably a good second place spot. Also of note is the burrito that the guy at the Brickworks market makes, it's very delicious.

      1. re: SMOG

        Second that! Love the Hali at BB, but it does make for an upset stomach soon after! I have been making my own at home, with chicken, steak or fish, and I find the best thing about it is the large 12" tortilla wraps I get from Kengsington Market. They look identical to the ones used at BB. They are are big enough to stuff to your hearts content!

    2. Would have to agree. Burrito Boys makes me feel sick after eating as well.

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      1. re: verytasty

        I was SO DISAPPOINTED having just been there for the first and last time...so flavourless...asked for hot and was pedestrian....a place near me just went out of business, Gordito Burrito..bad location but their burritos had twice the flavour this place did.

      2. Chipotle Mexican Grill has become my favorite for burritos and tacos. Ingredients are very fresh and tasty. it's on Yonge just North of Dundas on the East side.

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        1. re: Nemesis

          Really? No I mean Really? Do you think Taco Bell has the best Taco? I'm sorry it's just not very often you see chain restaraunts getting props on here. I'm slightly shocked!

          1. re: LexiFirefly

            Be careful about dumping on Chipotle without ever having eaten there because it's a "chain restaurant". First of all, if being a "chain restaurant" makes something bad by default someone ought to tell that to Tom Colicchio, Todd English, Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali, Michael Mina and a host of other well known chefs who are making millions chaining their award-winning restaurants all over the US (trust me, the food at those "chains" does not suck). Second of all, I suggest you read up on Chipotle's food philosophy; for example the fact that they're using free-range, drug free meat goes a LONG way in my book and puts them way ahead of the majority of other restauarants in North America. Go in there sometime and have a look at what they're doing, you'll likely be impressed. The kitchen is open, you'll get to stand there and watch them constantly making everything fresh, from scratch, to order [Employees are instructed to make whatever the customer wants, even if it's not on the menu. Don't believe me? Order some carnita nachos and watch what happens]. And when you get right down to it, they still make the best burrito I've had yet in this city (I moved here from California, I know what a burrito is supposed to be).

            1. re: LexiFirefly

              Have you even been to Chipotle?

              1. re: LexiFirefly

                Chipotle is fantastic, definitely the best Mission-style burrito you're going to get in this city, and I have friends from Cali with access to all kinds of Mission-style burritos who happily eat at Chipotle.

                Not only will they make whatever you want, they'll make it any way you want. I was in line behind some guy who looked like a football player and who had asked them to make the most overstuffed burrito they possibly could. It ended up being the size of a sandwich loaf of bread, they had to use three tortillas to contain it. Everyone was in awe...and they didn't charge him a dime extra.

                1. re: childofthestorm

                  "...and they didn't charge him a dime extra."

                  This quite possibly is the most important nugget of information in this entire thread.

                  1. re: childofthestorm

                    I was pretty impressed by Chipotle and as my meal was starting to unfold, I was hoping not to like it.
                    I didn't like the no queso on the menu. I didn't like the drinks were one size fits all. I didn't like the seating. But the burrito won me over.

                    DT

              2. Burrito Boyz is brutal.. not a fan at all except for the griddling of the burrito

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                1. re: duckdown

                  I don't understand. Why is everyone so down on Burrito Boyz? One thing not liking it, but why so much hate?? I think it's one of the best assembled and most flavourful burritos out there. I need to understand!

                  1. re: SMOG

                    For me, personally, everything about the atmosphere to the greasy slop they put inside

                    don't even get me started on their annoying soup-nazi-esque ordering style and attitude (im speaking of the Mississauga location at least)

                    The last time I had a steak burrito, I gave it a little squeeze after taking a few bites and so much grease and crap came out of it I didn't even finish it... and on top of that I don't really find it to be super flavorful like you mentioned.. *shrug* to each their own of course

                    If I had to pick a place I'd say El Sombrero but I think the portions are getting smaller there (definitely if the new young kid is working) and the stuff not always as fresh (probably a sign of the times)

                    cheers

                    1. re: duckdown

                      I know specifically what your talking about at the mississauga location. It is quite reminiscent to the soup-nazi or almost even Johnny burger style of ordering.

                      possibly one of the things with johnny burger is that all the yelling is in incoherent broken english, so you don't really realizes the condescending tones.

                      However, I enjoy the nostalgia of it. And specifically, at the burrito boys port credit location, its usually the one girl who is quite aggressive with your order. It actually turns me on...

                      1. re: Jamie Eats Burgers

                        This must be part of the Burrito Boyz training then. The Adelaide and former John locations all had service with loud sighs and eye rolls. I have seen customers be ridiculous when ordering "a little more, a little more, a little more...NO NO THAT'S TOO MUCH!"or people talking on cell phones during ordering with long line ups which would be annoying on the other side of the counter. But the condecending attitude seemed consistant regardless of who was ordering.

                        The quality of Boyz seemed to go downhill about 3 years back. The freshness and quality of produce seemed sketcy and the sauces seemed more blad. Aside from some chewy bits in the meat I've never had issues with grease there. The snarky staff was sory amusing when the product was good, but when the burritos went downhill it became irritating and I have not been back.

                        I did have a pretty good burrito at the new Burrito Bandidos in the annex recently. Despite being rooted in half of the old Burrito Boyz the service was super friendly. The quality of the ingredients was really solid and fresh, the sauces were decent and seemed better than my last memory of Boyz. I'd return for another steak burrito if in the area.

                        1. re: abigllama

                          I haven't seen any decline in quality nor freshness since they've opened. I've also found the staff to be fairly friendly, but when someone isn't paying attention nor picking up their order, they can get a little short. Having said that, I actually like that and appreciate that they do that. The fact is that they're insanely busy and it takes time to make each order customized and then grill it. If I'm waiting for 10 mins for my food with 50 other people and some clown is holding everyone up because he's on the phone, or isn't listening for his order #, then the dude deserves a yelling at! They need to keep the operation efficient. And obviously some people need to be told aggressively.

                          1. re: SMOG

                            A friend dragged me back to Burrito Boys before a moive at Scotia the other day and it was really good. Staff were super friendly and it was back to how I remember it early on. Would gladly go back and hope they keep this up.

                            SMOG fully agree about the doddlers needing aggressive guidance there. I've seen people waiting in 10 minute line ups gabbing on phone and get to counter and then say they're not sure what they want yet while still talking on phone. The snarky stuff was random and eye rolling or loud sighs were the norm on a couple visits. I order a burrito with everything on it..simple to the point and and still got the loud sigh. Possibly there were issues behind the scenes. Staff looked new and service was pleasant and efficient on last visit so the issue seems to have been resolved.

                            1. re: abigllama

                              Question: Is there a time during lunch on a week day when it's not a 10 minute line-up? Does going at 1pm help?

                    2. re: SMOG

                      Where do I start? Under seasoned meats, bagged processed cheese, stale shell and flavorless salsa. When you ask them to go easy on the sauces it is flavorless, but when you ask for everything on the burrito it is overly greasy and much too heavy. Plus they are not using anything that tastes like fresh ingredients.

                      Even though I do respect authenticity I will never be one of those people that comes on the board and says "This is not how they do it in Cali, blah blah , blah" but a bad burrito is a bad burrito by any standard, even in TO which isn't exactly a mecca for this type of cooking.

                      Yeah and the service sucks too, but I'm not here to convince anyone but you asked : )

                      1. re: Matt H

                        Fair enough. I can't say I've ever seen any grease, it's always been very clean. Are you talking about the Toronto (Adelaide) location? Wondering if it's just certain locations.

                        As for authenticity, any "burrito place" is far from authentic. Authentic doesn't put all that stuff in and the rice and beans are always on the side.

                        1. re: SMOG

                          Been to the Adelaide location once and it didn't seem greasy to me.

                          1. re: SMOG

                            Yes the Toronto locations, both the old location and on Adelaide (I tried to give them another chance). I understand what you are saying about authenticity, but they are attempting to model this after a Mission style burrito, so authentic as in SF not Mexico. As I said though I am not one to compare, because we are talking about Burritos in TO here, apples to oranges really.

                            As far as the service is concerned that is actually the least of my complaints. I don't mind people being short when warranted. I guess when they are short it is harder to accept when the product is as mediocre as it is there.

                          2. re: Matt H

                            I just had it for the first time and could not understand the 10-15 minute wait when i was #3 and the first in the queue at 1130 in the morning...i did not experience greasy, but did experience lack of flavour..ingredients did look fresh but again lack of flavour.

                      2. This is Cumbrae's as in the butcher on Church? I have not been in for awhile but didn't see burritos there on last visit about a month ago.

                        1. There's a nice little place called Burrito House on the Danforth near Pape. Just went in. Ingredients are surprisingly fresh and the salsa seems homemade.

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                          1. re: merlot143

                            I saw that place the other day and was wondering about it.

                            DT

                            1. re: Davwud

                              I live close to that place and after attempting to get a burrito a couple of times (no one came out to the counter - don't know where they were), I finally tried one and was sorely disappointed. The ingredients did not seem fresh and looked like they had been sitting in the warming tray for a long time.

                              Someone else said it was decent, so maybe it was the time of the day, but I've never bothered to go back, didn't seem like it was worth my time.

                              1. re: janel

                                While there, I had a quesadila not a burrito, but still it tasted good. There seemed to be a good variety of Mexican dishes that you don't usually find elsewhere, and they also seemed to cater to tastes ex. asking if you like whole wheat tortilla.

                                1. re: janel

                                  This roughly parralells my experience.

                                  I went in. I stood for a long while at the counter. No one came out. I started to leave and finally someone emerged. The burrito itself was lacking -- everything was mushy and the seasoning kind of one note.

                                  I am not a huge fan, but the place in the Grange (Mission?) is 10 times better.

                            2. Utopia on college prepares really good burrito's.

                              1. I love the burritos at Utopia on College... aside from the totally delicious fresh ingredients in the burritos, everything else on their menu is amazingly tasty too.

                                1. big fat burrito is delicious

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                                  1. re: clamnectar

                                    agreed.... big fat burrito is damn tasty. I also really like Chipotle - not necessarily authentic, but the ingredients are fresh and the portions are huge. though it's pretty pricey now with burritos ringing in at $10.

                                    1. re: twish

                                      I like Chipotle. The pork burrito is the best (w/ black beans - pinto are too irritating if u know what I mean). It is an example of a good chain (the only other one I can think of is Paul in Paris, maybe Earls out west) I wonder how long that will last?

                                      How come other cities have lots of great locations for their Chipotles but ours is on Yonge and Dundas? I hope they open one on the west side soon!

                                      1. re: Sui_Mai

                                        Are the Mission burritos any good?

                                        1. re: terrycar

                                          I live close to Mission Burritos and I think it's decent. I've only had the steak burrito, but the meat has some flavor (unlike Burrito Boyz/Burrito Bandidos). Worth a try if you're in the neighborhood.

                                          I like Johny Bananas better, but it's further away (on Bathhurst just north of Queen) and I don't get there very often. A guy I work with says they've changed their recipe since the last time I've been in there, for what it's worth.

                                          1. re: terrycar

                                            A California transplant friend gave me a heads up on Mission Burrito in the Garange food court. It was excellent and the closest thing to a mission style burrito I've had here. Similar to Chipotle but with a bit more flavour to the other ingredients aside from the meat. Tortilla is steamed, a characteristic of the mission style I've never seen in this city before. Flavourful rice and beans, and very fresh tasting salsas and guac. No burrito sauces or grill in sight! Loved it!

                                    2. I went to Burrito Boyz today (my second time--first was a couple years ago) and I really do think this is the best burrito I've ever tried. I like Big Fat Burrito in Kensington Market and Chipolte is fine and all but BB makes a heavenly product. I had the haddock with everything except sour cream and I loved it. It's such a cohesive mix of fresh ingredients with a fantastic spice taste and spice flavour. And they do the whole wheat outsides. Probably though one of the main keys to the greatness is how they heat it up so the cheese melts and the whole thing is hot.

                                      The biggest draw back is lack of chairs and tables. Because I don't want to bring it back to work (it would have cooled down and I don't like to eat lunch at work!). And there is no where around to it it if the place is filled up.

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                                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                        The best thing about Bandido's and BB is the grilling of the Tortilla, Unlike Z-teca and Quesada, where they do a panini press. Personally I think refried beans much better than black beans in a burrito.

                                        1. re: visualhornet

                                          refried are the only beans i like in a burrito also

                                          1. re: visualhornet

                                            Who does the refried beans? (I wasn't actually able to see the beans very well here but they didn't look like refried beans and they were not black beans--I'm thinking either pinto or kidney...)

                                          2. re: Ediblethoughts

                                            It's all about the fish burrito. I don't order any other kind now!

                                            Though I'll be hitting up Chino Locos next week to see how their Burritos stack up!

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                                            Chino Locos
                                            459 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

                                            1. re: jlunar

                                              I haven't tried the haddock, but love the halibut. How do they compare?

                                              1. re: SMOG

                                                Can't expand - it's the Hali for me too. Ediblethoughts will have to give the deets.

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                                                http://www.foodpr0n.com/ -- food. is. love.

                                                1. re: SMOG

                                                  I'm boring in that I rarely eat fish outside the green section of the Toronto public health's mercury guide. I haven't had halibut since I read the guide for the first time. (I miss halibut but the haddock was so good...)

                                            2. My dear friends - this thread is ill-advised from the start. There is no "best burrito in the city" because there is no good burrito in the city! Toronto's two major culinary lacunae: Japanese and Mexican. This includes Burrito Boyz, this includes the place on Pape, this includes #$%^ Quesada (!). Chipotle is chain from my hometown, and is pretty good - but not great.

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                                              1. re: Gostenhofer

                                                "No good burrito in the city"

                                                What a ridiculous overstatement.

                                                And Mexican and Japanese being the lacunae of the city? It gets repeated so often that it becomes accepted as truth. There are several very good Japanese and Mexican restaurants in the city. People seem focused on the negatives -- witness the worst in Toronto thread, probably the most replied to thread.

                                                1. re: jamesm

                                                  I agree with you on the Japanese front, there are more than a few places that I think are good-very good. As far as Mexican is concerned I regretfully have to agree with the poster above. I have never had anything that resembles "Good" Mexican food in TO.

                                                  I believe it is a matter of demographics though, consider that Latin Americans make up under 3% of the population of Toronto, you need the population to drive quality. So for those of us who have spent time eating Mexican food (Or Latin Food in general) in areas with a heavy Latin influence, you have to forgive the negativity towards the scene in Toronto overall.

                                                  1. re: Matt H

                                                    I think you missed the boat on this point. There are some decent Mexican places in town, though probably not as many as you would find in an American city. The Latin American scene in town is quite lively as well, with a hub in Kensington Market and many vendors selling imported fruit, veg, cheeses and local approximations of the regional meats, such as regional variations of chorizo and adobo marinated meats.

                                                    As for the negativity towards the Mexican scene, that appears to be limited to a few posters who don't bother trying what's suggested.

                                                    1. re: Snarf

                                                      Well if they are there, please point me in the right direction, because I have had no luck so far. Since I no longer live in TO I have really given up even wasting my time on my trips back home either, but if there is a must try place then I am more than willing to give it a go.

                                                      As far as Kensington Market is concerned I am aware of the LA Vendors, and the I admit the options are much better than they were just a few years ago, but there is nothing special going on there either. The selection is basic at best and the quality while decent is nothing more than OK in my opinion (I have been to Emporium Latino and Jumbo Empanadas- very mediocre Empanada from what I tried)

                                                      1. re: Matt H

                                                        I'm not a fan of Jumbo either. El Gordo across the street is much better, with many varieties, some of which cross the border (chicken with kimchi, not out of pretense, but the development of the family).

                                                        For interesting Mexican, I would suggest you try Milagro (2 locations, very good ceviche variations), Chimichanga (atmosphere is strange, but food is good), Frida (upscale and innovative). For more casual, El Trompo on Augusta, El Palenque on St Clair, or do a search for many more.

                                                        Tamales at Emporio Latinho are good, and tacos at Perola's are nice, too.

                                                        1. re: Snarf

                                                          Thank you for your reply Snarf. I do not think it is necessary to go into detail and beat a dead horse, but I have tried three of the above mentioned places and was not really impressed, especially Chimichanga which is a favorite of a close friend of mine and I have had nothing but bad experiences there.

                                                          El Gordo and Frida are two places I have been wanting to try out for a while now and will approach them with an open mind when the time comes to try them.

                                                          I always thought I would never find a good Southern BBQ place in Toronto either, but I kept trying place after place until I stumbled upon Buster Rhino's and now make a point of going there every visit.....I am searching for the one Mexican place in the city that I can say the same for as well.

                                                          1. re: Matt H

                                                            It's not much for fancy but I love Mexitaco on Bloor.

                                                    2. re: Matt H

                                                      I used to buy the demographics as Toronto's excuse for lack of solid Mexican offerings. We were just in Fernie, BC for some early season skiing last week. There's a place downtown there called El Guapo that's a small counter with a couple of booths inside of a board shop that serves amazing burritos and nachos. This was all cooked and served up by friendly white kids with bloodshot eyes that said "bro" a lot. Blew away what I've had in TO and was close to what I loved while living in California. My partner actually mentioned something along the lines of - well so much for Toronto's lack of Mexican population as an excuse for not so great Mexican food.

                                                      1. re: abigllama

                                                        I've had friends from California here who said El Trompo was as good as they've had at home and neighbours who lived in Mexico for years and rave about Milagro.

                                                        Yes, there are some bad places but that will be true of everywhere. Some of the worst food I've had in my life was in Mexico.

                                                        1. re: jamesm

                                                          Tell your friends from California (I moved to Toronto from there, as well) to get over to Mississauga and eat at El Sombrero. Finally went there recently (going again tonight, in fact) and it's about as good as any regular Mexican food I got while living in Cali.

                                                          Now that being said...yes people like to dump on the Mexican food scene in the GTA, but that's because the Mexican food in the GTA is consistently not good. I know taste is subjective but go ask your friends from California and they'll likely tell you the same thing I'm about to: for the most part, I can drive across the border into the US and get better food from a Mexican restaurant in a strip mall than anything I can generally get here (and have done so when I needed the food badly enough). I'm originally from a small town in Iowa with 1,200 residents. Within 25 miles of that town I can rattle off a list of Mexican restaurants that destroys anything I can get in the GTA. Why is this the case? I don't know. The US has a much higher number of Mexican immigrants, probably has more citizens who've visited Mexico and are more familiar with the food, it shares a border, etc... take your pick, your guess is as good as mine. Believe me, I'd love nothing more than Mexican food in the GTA to be as good as any random place I can eat at if I drive across the border to Buffalo or Detroit. Until that happens you're going to hear people who HAVE eaten proper Mexican food in other places continue to complain.

                                                          p.s. Anyone going to Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti should swing by La Fuente [1930 Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197] and you'll get an idea what I and everyone else who knows what I'm talking about is begging for in this city...and it's in a strip mall, a sad testament to the Mexican food scene in the GTA.

                                                          1. re: Boodah

                                                            Hi friends! OK, I am new to this site, and just now reading the responses about the Mexican food (and the responses to my So-Cal negativity!). I will take the advise of Boodah and go to El Sombrero - looking forward. I do think that the consistently bad quality of the Mexican food (and I echo a comment above) is what has earned Toronto its reputation (and I won't even get started on Japanese). Since we've spoken, I have one recommendation to make (and this from a young lady who grew up 10 minutes from the Mexican border). On the weekends, at a small grocery store called Perola in Kensington
                                                            (247 Augusta Ave), in the very back of the store, are (typically) two señoritas, from Mexico, preparing wonderful Mexican food. When I am in there, hearing everyone speaking Spanish with a beautiful Mexican inflection (replete with Mexican argot) eating cheap tacos in a (frankly) dirty overcrowded store (that cannot really accommodate us), I am taken back to my wonderful homeland. The food is good, and the most authentic you can get here in TO.

                                                            P.S. Big Fat Burrito, or whatever, might be good (hell, I can think of a whole bunch of ingredients to put in a tortilla that would taste great), but its not good Mexican. A pale simulacrum at best.

                                                            1. re: Gostenhofer

                                                              I'm assuming you mean the store with the women in the back making pupusas. I know it well, I buy ingredients at that store when I'm making my own Mexican food.

                                                              1. re: Boodah

                                                                I think the pupusa ladies from Perola's retired. It's tacos now. You can still get pupusas at Emporio Latinho, two doors down.

                                                                1. re: Snarf

                                                                  You can still get pupusas here, as well as tacos, tamales, and soup I believe. I had them a couple weekends ago.

                                                              2. re: Gostenhofer

                                                                Emporio Latino a couple doors south of Perola's does the same thing. Really great stuff from what I've had.

                                                                DT

                                                  2. Burrito Boyz was my first introduction to 'Toronto Burritos' but I've since tried Chipotle and Quesada and think both of them are better.

                                                    I eat at Quesada on a regular basis. You get a choice of black or pinto beans. No refried. I kinda like that.

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

                                                    1. In order:
                                                      1. big fat burrito (pulled pork burrito)
                                                      2.burrito boys
                                                      3. burrito banditos
                                                      4. chiptole
                                                      5. NY Subway (potato burrito - not sure if this counts)
                                                      6. Loco Burrito
                                                      7. Burro Burrito

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                                                      1. re: ekim256

                                                        Is there any difference between Burrito Banditos and Burrito Boyz? I don't understand how somebody could rate one higher than the other...they're the same thing.

                                                        Since the two owners split, I've eaten at the Boyz location at Adelaide and the Banditos location on Peter St. numerous times and can't notice any different. I know the Peter St. location has a few extra options like steak/chicken mix but that's the only difference I've seen.

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

                                                      2. The best is in Mississauga at a family owned mom & pop Mexican place called El Sombrero, it's around Hurontario & Brittania

                                                        Alternatively also give Chorizo a shot. The gimmick at Chorizo is that they show you the raw meat and grill it in front of you to order.. So it is not stewed and simmered like a traditional burrito, but rather grilled to order. Love their tomatillo salsa there too

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                                                        El Sombrero
                                                        35 Brunel Rd, Mississauga, ON L4Z3E8, CA

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                                                        1. re: duckdown

                                                          El Sombrero is tied with Chipotle, to me, for best Burrito in the GTA. El Sombrero is like a delicious homemade tasting burrito vs. Chipotle being a delicious takeout/restaurant tasting burrito.

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                                                          El Sombrero
                                                          35 Brunel Rd, Mississauga, ON L4Z3E8, CA

                                                          1. re: ARisen

                                                            I agree, they're both good.

                                                            On another forum I got a bunch of flak for defending Chipotle while the other people called it "the McDonalds of burrito places" and was repeatedly reminded that they're OWNED by McDonalds... but I stuck by my decision and now I'm glad to see others in here feel the same

                                                            1. re: duckdown

                                                              If it makes you feel better, MacDonald's sold all its interest in Chipotle back in 2006. So you can tell the trolls to chill.

                                                              I love Chipotle, and it is what it is -- good quality, tasty fast food. Way better than any other fast food chain out there. The company has a commitment to using free range, antibiotic free, veg-fed pork/chicken/beef (in the States, the meat is from Niman Ranch, not so sure up here), and also using organically grown produce. I don't think it's 100% across all of their ingredients, but I appreciate the overall focus on ingredient quality.

                                                              And to me, being called the "McDonald's" or the "Starbucks" of anything isn't always a bad thing -- one thing these massive chains have down pat is consistency. Which is more than I can say for places like Burrito Boyz, which seems to suffer from huge consistency issues, both in the quality and prep of the ingredients to the way a burrito gets put together by different employees.

                                                              Damn, now I want a Chipotle carnitas burrito bowl for lunch.

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

                                                              1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                Good to hear, well written!

                                                                I was not aware of the fact McDonalds is not affiliated with them anymore but I will definitely use this next time someone criticises my Chipotle pick.. Also news to me is their choice in in free range meat, that's really good to know. Hell, I liked the place before I knew any of this, so this makes it even better.

                                                                Now all we need is a location in Mississauga or Brampton and I'll be happy :)

                                                                Totally agreed about the Burrito Boyz inconsistencies too. Every one in like 10 burrito's is a good one. Usually the teenagers slopping your burrito together carelessly doesn't help things either

                                                                cheers!

                                                                1. re: duckdown

                                                                  Hey Duck

                                                                  Don't listen to what others say. It's not up to them what you like.

                                                                  As Jo says too, Chipotle is really good.

                                                                  DT

                                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                                    Yeah I usually don't, and this is a funny situation because even in the thread in question on another website when people were shooting down my Chipotle > BB remark, I still stood by the choice in future posts.. good to see I am not the only one who realises this!

                                                                    cheers :)

                                                                    1. re: duckdown

                                                                      You can't please everyone all the time.

                                                                      DT

                                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                                        Too true.. it just really irritates me when random people come on the forums preaching about BB and claiming its the best when they probably haven't even given the alternatives a shot

                                                                        BB is just a bunch of teenagers throwing a bunch of slop into a burrito without much care or consideration (or flavor!)

                                                                        1. re: duckdown

                                                                          I've tried both burritos and quite a few times each. While I agree that Chipotle is much better than most chains (and I like the lime/cilantro touch on the rice), I find it too rice-heavy and I prefer the way BB will heat up a burrito so the cheese melts. Chipotle doesn't heat it--thus it is faster fast food. But I'd rather wait and get it melty and warm through. I've never had a bad burrito at BB (though the one time I tried the tofu strips, I wasn't enthused; the haddock has never let me down---except that one time I didn't get any heat at all when I asked for it but it was still tasty) .

                                                                          In short, I'm addicted to BB; I find Chipotle to be OK.

                                                                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                            I'm in full agreement. I've had nothing but consistently delicious and perfectly put-together burritos at BB. They never fall apart, are always nicely crisped on the grill, and the flavours and freshness are top-notch. I like Chipotle. I find it also to be very fresh and great flavours, but also find it rice-heavy and the fact that it's not grilled takes a lot away from it. And let's not forget that they charge over $2 to add guacamole!!

                                                                            1. re: SMOG

                                                                              To each their own, and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I just disagree with pretty much everything.. I find BB to be a poorly constructed load of slop in a burrito put together by indifferent-to-annoying teenage staff. Good thing that burrito is grilled because thats about the only flavor you'll get from it. Not interested in frozen deep fried fish "chunks", it's been terrible both times I've tried the fish burrito

                                                                              1. re: duckdown

                                                                                Amen. BB is a travesty. Burritos aren't supposed to run down your arm. Blech!

                                                                                1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                  Glad someone agrees.. I honestly cannot for the life of me understand what people are thinking when they repeatedly talk about this place like its the best thing since sliced bread.. And it's happening all the time lately which is why I feel the need to put my 2cents in that not everybody is impressed.

                                                                                  Actually I'm thoroughly unimpressed with it, on all accounts. It's like a pile of garbage rolled up in a toasted tortilla..

                                                                                  and I haven't even mentioned the time I picked a BONE out of my chicken burrito that almost cracked my tooth. (The new Brampton location)

                                                                                  Burrito Boyz: a bunch of low quality, bland tasteless meat covered in gloopy sour cream, "burrito sauce", and boring guacamole that has no flavor.. Woopee, Burrito Boyz rules!

                                                                                  1. re: duckdown

                                                                                    I know I chimed in already earlier in this thread, but I really cannot understand all the praise BB gets around the GTA. Quite a few people I know in TO just rave about the place and even have taken out-of-towners there. I cringe every time I hear that!

                                                                                    Plus it isn't just the meat (have never tried the veg) the Fish Burrito may be the worst one of them all to me, doesn't taste fresh at all.

                                                                                    1. re: Matt H

                                                                                      Too many sheep in this city I guess. They see one thing, a chain no less, and obviously have never had a decent burrito (because BB is "decent" at best) and suddenly become infatuated with it.. I don't get it either man. And yeah, the fish is by far the worst of all. Frozen battered fish chunks wrapped up in a tortilla shell.. Real unique there! Not.. Their best product is probably the shrimp I guess

                                                                                2. re: duckdown

                                                                                  I've had running with the veg but never with the fish. I also didn't register it tasting like frozen but I guess it could be.

                                                                                  And I've never had the meat. So I can't comment. But I love the flavour of the fish and bean/rice.

                                                                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                    Edible I get why you're a BB fan now! I've had good and bad a both places but BB's veggie bean is pretty good and where they have an edge. The meat is fairly bland and a bit on the sketchy side. Really enjoy the bean burritos there with the refried beans and it works well with the sauces. Don't get there much but on last visit the service was much more friendly than in the past.

                                                                                    Chipotle has a great seasoning in the meat and that is where they shine. The pintos or black beans don't hold up as well on the veggie option for me. The steak has been hit or miss there as far as chewy issues, but the rest of the meat offerings are all excellent. Minor downfall with Chipotle is that if you eat in and they're cooking meat at the time, plan on smelling like grilled meat for several hours. I've used the food court upstairs as a solution when I needed to be someplace after and didn't want to stink.

                                                                                    Chino Loco on Church is my other fave in the city. Far from a traditional burrito but a very unique product that we have here in the city. The sweet pork and chicken are both stellar, great flavours and good quality of meat. Choosing the chow mein noodles over rice seems scary at first but makes for a super hearty meal and works well with the Asian spicing on the meats. I tend to drop in about once a week and the staff are super nice and proud of what they do there.

                                                                                    Don't have a car so have not made it to El Sombrero yet, but plan to drop in next time we have one rented!

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                                                                                    El Sombrero
                                                                                    35 Brunel Rd, Mississauga, ON L4Z3E8, CA

                                                                                    1. re: abigllama

                                                                                      I like Chino Loco too :) Alot different than the typical offerings but the pork is yummy for sure. Only been here a couple times because I don't live anywhere near here, but haven't had a bad experience yet.

                                                                                      I also prefer Fat B's Burrito that just opened up on the Queensway over BB, although the place is a total BB clone. They have some other options that make it better though; like breast meat for the chicken burritos, chow mein noodles for the burrito, grilled peppers, grilled onions, and fresh scotch bonnets for the brave

                                                                                      1. re: duckdown

                                                                                        They have chow mein noodles at BFB now? They have no shame! I wouldn't go out of my way for it but have never had anything bad at Big Fat Burrito. It just never really wowed me much but eat it occasionally when in the area. They just opened one next to Lee's Palace at Bloor and Bathurst. There's a window where you can actually order from inside the club too.

                                                                                        1. re: abigllama

                                                                                          Ah, No sorry this is not Big Fat Burrito, but Fat B's Burrito (Fat Bastard is the full name)

                                                                                          Just opened up in the same plaza as Bom Apetite, some of the best Portuguese chicken in town.. It's on the Queensway in between Kipling & Islington

                                                                                          It's basically identical in almost every way to Burrito Boyz, except made with better ingredients and tastes better. Yes, fans of the griddled tortilla shell will be happy to know they do it the exact same way here

                                                                                          Actually, I noticed the main cook at Fat B's is actually the old head cook from the Burrito Boyz Stavebank location.. so i guess this guy got tired of working there and opened his own place maybe?

                                                                                          1. re: duckdown

                                                                                            My bad sorry for the confusion!

                                                                                      2. re: abigllama

                                                                                        I do think most restaurants and fast food can be very different depending on whether you're a veggie/fish or meat. I tried Chino Loco once delivery. It was awhile ago. I found it more interesting than satisfying but there were so many options, another try might be called for. I have a car but have not been in the neighbourhood to try El Sombrero--but I want to!

                                                              2. re: duckdown

                                                                Finally made it to El Sombrero and all i can say is thanks to duckdown and others that recommended it. Best burrito i've had in the city(well in the GTA). It's relatively close to where i work and finally stopped by today on the way in.
                                                                I've had BB several times and frankly find it tasteless, this was not the case today. One trip down many to come.
                                                                Thanks again.

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                                                                El Sombrero
                                                                35 Brunel Rd, Mississauga, ON L4Z3E8, CA

                                                                1. re: damonster

                                                                  Hey, excellent! Glad you liked it :) I find it much, much more flavorful and better than BB. The tortilla is nice and fresh and doesn't need griddling for added flavor.. Also a fan of their homemade nacho chips, fried daily. As well as their "chocolate tortilla" desert chips, very addictive. Adding a homemade chicken tacquito is nice for only a buck too! Oh, and I like how you can get the burrito wet or dry.. Wet being smothered in mole sauce I believe (eaten with a fork and knife)

                                                                  And they've even got a small selection of mexican hot sauces to use on your burrito or bottled for take-home.. and it's a mom & pop operation, no inexperienced careless teenagers here..

                                                                  Yep, tasteless is the exact word I'd use to describe Burrito Boyz

                                                                  cheers!

                                                                2. re: duckdown

                                                                  The best I've had in the GTA is Chorizo.
                                                                  MILES ahead of BB or Fat Bastard IMO. Yes Fat Bastard is much better that BB.
                                                                  But... Fat Bastard is still a 4 out of 10.
                                                                  Once you have a serious Burrito in the southern US, made by real Mexicans, with quality spiced meat/fish. You can re frame Toronto's burritos for what they really are, not very good!

                                                                  The funny thing is that it's really not a difficult dish to make, an amazing burrito doesn't need 14 toppings, just quality protein, fresh salsa, simple carb/beans, DONE!!

                                                                  1. re: Oatz

                                                                    I think most of us can agree that Toronto burritos cannot compete with those found in other cities/countries. In fact there are better examples around the world of most food items in Toronto. For me it seems more helpful to rate foods and places based on how they compare to other foods and places within our city/province.

                                                                    For instance FB is an 8 for me compared with what I can jump in the car and buy elsewhere. BB would be my 4. If I rated everything against the world, I would never leave the house...lol I think Toronto Life et al uses the same rating principle.

                                                                    In the meantime, I too do not understand why we can't get great fast food burritos here.

                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                      First of all, I have to say that in Toronto we really are lucky to have such a HUGE variety of international cuisine to choose from. There aren't many cities that have the ethnic diversity and availability that we do. Going beyond the basic Chinese, Italian, Sushi, Greek , etc. stuff that are more common in other places, you can get food from almost anywhere in the world here. Ethiopian? No problem. Indonesian? Sure. You name it, you can probably eat it here. In many cases maybe it isn't as good as the original. I don't expect to find an Indian restaurant that can serve up something as tasty as the food I was eating in Jaipur a week ago... but I bet I can come pretty darn close. And MUCH closer than a lot of other North American cities.

                                                                      Now on burritos, I really think we have a decent selection. I have eaten in the Mission District in San Fran many times, and although ours may not be exactly the same, I think many places are there in spirit. Personally I love Chipotle, and I don't want to hear any angsty arguments about it being a "chain" or its association with McDonalds. If they aren't your thing, there are lots of other good places... Mission Burrito, Bolet's Burrito, Fat Bastard, whatever. I think the worst one I've had was from Big Fat Burrito on Dundas, but there are people who like it, and I won't tell them they're wrong. I'm just glad we have the burrito options we do, especially downtown.

                                                                      1. re: OJB99

                                                                        One thing that really pisses me off is when we start to develop our own style (ei. burritos put on a griddle) all we get is complaints. It's not as good as ____. I'm sure when those other cities started doing things there were complaints that it wasn't true to the original. Personally, I prefer a burrito finished on a flat top rather than a steamer.

                                                                        That said, I've railed long and hard about BBQ in the city and why people seem to want to re-invent the wheel.

                                                                        So I don't know where to stand exactly on this and similar topics. The one thing I seem to be using (personally) as a guildeline is, does the food keep it's soul. If I feel it does, then great. If not, I'll say (or think) something.

                                                                        DT

                                                                        1. re: Davwud

                                                                          Well said Davwud.

                                                                          1. re: Davwud

                                                                            You know I respect 99% of what you say but this time, sorry. You're shooting yourself in the foot here. You're saying it's fine for our local joints to screw up burritos but it's not OK for them to screw up BBQ?

                                                                            I feel the right way to go is your standards on BBQ, for everything. Either make an effort to be authentic, or don't bother. Otherwise we're just full of Bourbon St. Grills.

                                                                            Toronto is a copycat city anyway, we don't have anything truly unique. Think about it - Chicago has its unique takes on hot dogs and pizza, you have regional variations of BBQ everywhere you go in America, Montreal has its poutine, smoked meat, and bagels, and so on. So what do we have to answer to those? I will laugh at the first poster to try to answer Burger's Priest.

                                                                            1. re: TexSquared

                                                                              Ya Tex. I pointed that out.

                                                                              DT

                                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                                I guess I should ask, if we were to develop a truly unique, Toronto style of burrito and a truly unique Toronto style of BBQ, how would you like them to be?

                                                                                Obviously you prefer burritos on a flat top rather than steamed, so that's a start :-)

                                                                          2. re: OJB99

                                                                            I have only been to Chipotle once and I enjoyed it as memory serves but they are not at all convenient for me. I like Mission at the Grange very much! It is my 9 - normally. I tried Mucho Burrito once at the new EC food court and thought it was great too! Lots of flavour and lime and not greasy.

                                                                            I lived in California for a few years, and their regional methods are really my preference!!

                                                                            As far as BBQ is concerned, I agree there was a time that the best of Toronto wasn't worth eating.

                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                              Yeah, I liked Mission Burrito quite a bit, and don't hear that much about them. They are worth a trip for anyone who likes burritos, especially since they steam instead of grilling them. It's a nice different option.

                                                                              I haven't really found a good BBQ place in the city yet, but to be fair, I haven't actively been trying. I've heard of a couple, but I think that might be next on my to-eat list. Any recommendations?

                                                                              1. re: OJB99

                                                                                The best Q I've found anywhere in the GTA is Big Bone BBQ in Newmarket. They are affiliated with Memphis Smokehouse in Woodbridge and have another affiliate in Barrie. I can only attest to the one in Newmarket though. The two brothers behind it are the ones who are/were behind Purple Pig.
                                                                                Buster Rhino does very well too.

                                                                                There's a few things that people probably don't know about Q. Other than it's quite regional (which everyone knows). First and foremost, different regions have different "Kings" when it comes to cuts of meat. Carolina?? Shoulder. Memphis?? Ribs. Texas, Brisket. Etc. The sauce (or lack there of) is another huge difference. More or less if you go east to west from the Atlantic to KC you go from mustard/vinegar to tomato/sweet. Loosely speaking there's a gradual progression. Where my inlaws are (Alabama) they have less sweet tomato/vinegary sauce. I always equate it as a bridge between Carolina and Memphis/KC. How the slaw is made is another thing.
                                                                                Anyway, what happens is, a person from one Q region will not like the Q from another. It's very odd. I'm lucky to love it all but there are a great many people who pan stuff because it's not what it's supposed to be but the regions are more often the problem. Not the Q its self.

                                                                                And I too loved Mission Burrito.

                                                                                DT

                                                                                1. re: Davwud

                                                                                  Interesting.. I haven't heard much about Big Bone BBQ but the fact they are related to Memphis Woodbridge isn't that reassuring, because their food is VERY mediocre. Even down to simple stuff like their french fries, which are heavily battered, frozen, and come out of a plastic bag into oil that hasn't been changed in a very long time..

                                                                                  Have you eaten at Memphis Woodbridge? Curious if Big Bone is the same recipes or what the relation is exactly

                                                                                  1. re: duckdown

                                                                                    I'm not exactly sure of the connection but they franchised Memphis and have basically lost any control.

                                                                                    You need to think of them more as the guys who were behind Purple Pig and not the ones associated with Memphis. PP had a great reputation. I didn't get a chance to try it.

                                                                                    DT

                                                                                  2. re: Davwud

                                                                                    Where's the "like" button Davwud? Big Bone's my fave too. I'll see you in the Food Bldg at The Ex. Be behind me in line.

                                                                      2. Mexico Lindo (Fiesta Azteca) on 1618 Bayview avenue is the best Toronto Burrito I have ever had.

                                                                        The shrimp one is stuffed with shrimp and simply amazing, and the other one I tried was the beef...also amazing.

                                                                        These guys on Bayview have no website, but they are very good. Amazing Mexican food.

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                                                                        1. re: Philip T

                                                                          A pity there is no menu online.

                                                                          1. re: Philip T

                                                                            Agreed - excellent burritos and food overall - homemade salsa/chips. But their hours are really random.

                                                                          2. I just enjoyed a large halibut burrito from Burrito Boyz. It's my favourite in Toronto along with Big Fat's Pulled Pork Burrito. I'm curious about BFB's breakfast one! I'm so addicted to the halibut though, that I can't seen to order anything else from BBz. I am in such a late night burrito mood tonight!

                                                                            I posted a list in April (above) but I've since gone to a few more places...but I don't have many pics because I'm sooo greedy when it comes to burritos!

                                                                            Pics: http://cookiesandtomatoes.blogspot.co...

                                                                            I had to award both Burrito Boyz and Big Fat Burrito #1 to be fair. When I am craving a fish burrito, I go to BB. When I want something meaty, I go to BFB. It's as simple as that.

                                                                            1a. Burrito Boyz
                                                                            Halibut Burrito ($8.85 small, $9.73 large
                                                                            )Halibut Burrito - so much sauce, so much win!
                                                                            The tortilla is toasted on a flat-top grill and the large gives you 1.5 lb of fish! Add a very generous helping of sauces: Lime-Chili Burrito sauce, sour cream, and hot sauce. Most of my friends get little to no hot sauce, but I like asking for two lines. Yum.
                                                                            I almost wrote this place off after trying their steak burrito - the beef was tough and unappetizing, despite the plethora of fillings. I'm really glad that I gave the place another go and tried their halibut burrito! I can ever resist its call...while curious about their veggie soy and shrimp burritos, I haven't been able to say no to halibut.
                                                                            1b. Big Fat Burrito
                                                                            Pulled Pork
                                                                            I lo-o-o-ve their pulled pork burrito! It's always saucy, soft, and so good with guacamole. I always manage to stuff myself with a large without a single regret! You can get some yam in it too!

                                                                            3. Burrito Bandidos
                                                                            Steak Burrito
                                                                            This is third because I only tried their steak - I bet their fish is just as good as Burrito Boyz. If I was ranking this on the steak alone, it'd be lower but I ought to be fair since the owners used to work together at Burrito Boyz so they're virtually identical.

                                                                            4. Z-teca
                                                                            Beef Barbacoa Burrito
                                                                            Tried the one at Fairview Mall - this a popular chain. Pretty good if you're in the area and want a burrito fix! They're also often featured on Group Buy sites, so keep your eyes open for deals.

                                                                            5. Chipotle Mexican Grill
                                                                            Carnitas
                                                                            Owned by McDonalds, this has been a major hit-or-miss for me. The last time I went, the person who made my burrito jammed it full of Carnitas and I was very pleased. The time before that, the server was quite grumpy and I got a small handful of chicken. Nonetheless, when I needed a quick burrito fix around Yonge & Dundas, Chipotle did the trick...until Big Fat Burrito moved in. I rather like their Cilantro-Lime flavoured rice

                                                                            6. Burro Burrito
                                                                            Steak ($7.99 Large)
                                                                            Located beside my beloved Fish Store, I popped by after a game of floor hockey. This was in my early burrito-blitzing days and I think that I've since realized that steak burritos are not the way to go unless if you're ordering them from a good restaurant like my visit to Sweet Smoke's BBQ

                                                                            7. Burrito Loco
                                                                            Chicken Burrito
                                                                            So close to being finished before the picture was taken! Oops!

                                                                            Of course, there's also Sweet Smoke's Flat Iron Steak burrito but since it's at a restaurant it's in a totally different class on it's own.
                                                                            Steak Burrito win @ $9, but not quick eats on the streets of Toronto

                                                                            Honourable Mentions - Not true Burritos but I still love 'em:
                                                                            1. The Fish Store
                                                                            Tried almost everything - best: Black Cod Burrito with Avocado
                                                                            Honestly, if this was open later and closer to my place I'd get this over Burrito Boyz any day. The Fish Store is fantastic - they offer a huge selection of seafood that you can in sandwich or a wrap (which they call a burrito). Love Love Love.

                                                                            2. NY Subway
                                                                            Potato burrito, cauliflower burrito, lamb burrito
                                                                            These aren't traditional burritos either - however their potato & cauliflower burritos are great! Totally recommend getting one of these over their meaty options.

                                                                            Erin
                                                                            http://cookiesandtomatoes.blogspot.com/

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

                                                                            Big Fat Burrito
                                                                            285 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2M1, CA

                                                                            The Fish Store
                                                                            657 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B7, CA

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                                                                            1. re: ekim256

                                                                              Not sure when your visit to Burrito Loco was but since opening the quality and size of the burrito has gone down significantly. It wasn't great to start with but was convenient since it's on my walk home. I've had several burritos there and havn't bothered since noticing the consistant downward spiral about 3 months ago.

                                                                              Just a heads up, McDonald's hasn't been involved with Chipotle since 2006.

                                                                              1. re: abigllama

                                                                                Thanks for the heads up! Someone left an interesting comment on my blog about that. My visit was quite awhile ago - and it was already on the bottom of my list so I won't be going back. Still want to try Chino though

                                                                            2. Burrito Loco, referenced above, is gone now. And I'm not going to claim it's *the* best, but Bolet's on Lower Sherbourne needs to be in the running on any Best Burrito in TO list.

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                                                                              1. re: jmeggs

                                                                                I had a really nice fish burrito at Bolet's on Friday. I ordered a "small" and it was huge! Hate to think what a "large" would have looked like!

                                                                              2. there's a new-ish place in kensington market called "mexican salsas" that has tasty food, including $5 veg burritos (more for meat ones). my mexican friend says this is one of his fave places for the meat

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                                                                                1. re: helenhelen

                                                                                  Mexican Salsas is awesome. They have great taquitos that are very authentic and delicious. None of this sour cream and sweet sala going on (as much as I love that too), just simply coriander, onion and lime on top of your choice of filling. They have slow cooked pork, cactus leaf, mole. Yummy. I haven't had a burrito there but I'm sure it is also delicious.

                                                                                  I love Big Fat Burrito. I think it's how they cook there meat that makes it so delicious. Burrito boys is not good at all. I was surprised how much I didn't enjoy it and how bland it was after hearing so much about it.

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                                                                                  Big Fat Burrito
                                                                                  285 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2M1, CA

                                                                                  1. re: summersky

                                                                                    i like the yam burritos at big fat burrito.

                                                                                    1. re: helenhelen

                                                                                      Yam and scrambled egg is really good too!

                                                                                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                        ooh, never tried that. never knew they let you combine! will have to try next time

                                                                                        1. re: helenhelen

                                                                                          Not on the menu but the one on Dundas near Bay (not sure about the other location) is very flexible about mixing to make the customer happy.

                                                                                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                            I frequent the one on Bay and Dundas. My fav is pulled pork + yam + 3 lines of hot sauce. The employees there are very friendly, good stop for lunch or post-work nosh :).
                                                                                            However, I do agree that Mexican Salsas is awesome...and I'll always be a fan of BB's halibut burrito. My burrito runs are really dictated by my cravings - fish, pulled pork, or a trip around Kensington?
                                                                                            EK
                                                                                            http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com

                                                                                            1. re: ekim256

                                                                                              Never had the halibut at BB but the haddock is fantastic.

                                                                                2. I am not sure if I was eating the authentic Mexican food or not but it felt like I did. I had carnitas burrito and the tripe soup. The burrito was delicious but the soup was very oily. The coating of the oil in my mouth prevented me from tasting the true flavors of the soup. I tried the hottest sauce for my burrito and it was just warm enough to satisfy me.
                                                                                  This restaurant is small and VERY BUSY. The line ups are long partially due to the food being served slowly.
                                                                                  There were three men preparing the food behind the counter and one at the casher's desk. All of them combined together could not process the customers fast enough. Be prepared to wait for your food.

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                                                                                  1. re: Jolinda

                                                                                    Where is this?

                                                                                    1. re: abigllama

                                                                                      It's on Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market.

                                                                                      1. re: abigllama

                                                                                        I just realized that I forgot to mention the name of the place.....it's called Mexican Salsa.

                                                                                        1. re: Jolinda

                                                                                          Thanks that's what I was curious about. Big fan of Mexican Salsas. Have enjoyed the taquitos and tamales and now need to check out the burrito.

                                                                                    2. The best burritos I've found are at Hernando's Hideaway at Church & Wellington, near the flatiron building.

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                                                                                      Hernando's Hideaway
                                                                                      52 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E1C7, CA

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                                                                                      1. re: skinnychick

                                                                                        I'm still quite fond of the Chicken Veracruz Burrito at what's now known as Fernando's Hideaway on Yonge just south of Wellesley. The Hernando's chain is all but gone, leaving this location independently owned by the cook. I'd say that's the biggest step forward it's taken in a long time. Viva independence!
                                                                                        http://www.fernandoshideaway.ca/

                                                                                      2. Don't know if it's the "best" but Fat Bastard Burrito on the Queensway between Islington and Kipling makes some pretty yummy food...

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                                                                                        1. re: tochowchick

                                                                                          There is a Big Fat Burrito on Augusta Ave just north of Mexican Salsa I mentioned earlier as well. I like that place. The Burritos are filling and very tastie.

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                                                                                          Big Fat Burrito
                                                                                          285 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2M1, CA

                                                                                        2. Had lunch today at Big Fat Burrito with Mrs. Sippi and we both loved it. She had a yam burrito and I had the steak as well as a taco.
                                                                                          The taco was pretty basic and that's in a good way. The meat had a basic taco seasoning (cumin tasting) and the hot sauce and sour cream combined to make a great sauce.
                                                                                          The yam burrito was really nice. The hot sauce nicely cut the sweetness of the yam and verse vica.
                                                                                          The steak came in a nice bbq type sauce and getting it "Regular hot" was perfect. The whole thing was delicious and I preferred the refried beans over whole beans.
                                                                                          All in all, a great lunch.

                                                                                          DT

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                                                                                          Big Fat Burrito
                                                                                          285 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2M1, CA

                                                                                          1. Has to be Burrito Bandidos!! the spicy pulled pork burrito!!

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                                                                                            Burrito Bandidos
                                                                                            496 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1X9, CA

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                                                                                            1. re: miffymiffster

                                                                                              fat bastard burrito on queensway by kipling is quality.

                                                                                              burrito boys which tried to run them out of business (by opening up) directly across the street is shit. same goes for all of the burrito boys locations really. ever since they started to expand the quality has gone down mightily. Ingredients & sauces are no longer fresh and they are pretty much only relying on their old name at this point.

                                                                                              1. re: squirms

                                                                                                fat bastard burrito IS top quality! And delicious! Too bad for the name...I get it, don't worry, but it turns people off and they are supposed to be turning people on. It isn't a selective club after all.

                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                  i love the burrito at sabor e mexico on jane, just south of annette. have been about a dozen times and it is delicious. it is as bare bones a place as ive ever seen. the owner (faviola) ran a place beforehand in san jose for ten or so years. anyway, the food (burritos included) are amazing. it is a slow process but i call ten minutes ahead and place the order over the phone and then meander on down and demolish it all. the only complaint i have is that the plates ARE actually too small for the dishes and i end up eating right off the table. every time i mention it to faviola she laughs because she thinks i am complimenting her on the portion sizes. im stuck until i learn spanish

                                                                                            2. I have to say that I really don't like all the downtown burrito joints I've eaten at. Mission, Boyz, Big Fat, Mucho. I think they're all pretty bad and feel I can make a tastier one at home. I unfortunately compare burritos to some of the amazing ones I've had in SF and Chicago, which I understand isn't fair. My most recent North American favourite was Santa Fe Burritos in Philadelphia. But I finally found a place in Toronto that makes a good burrito. Burro Burritos.
                                                                                              I had a mix of their two chicken burritos today. My only regret was getting the large one and stupidly ordering mine with lettuce. I didn't see the ubiquitous double flattop press that ruins so many burritos in my opinion, so I got lettuce. They ended up putting it in a convection oven.
                                                                                              The chicken tinga was nice. Good amount of heat. Great guacamole. Nice spice to the salsa. Tasty refried pintos. I am considering going back tomorrow for their steak burrito

                                                                                              1. has anyone mentioned new york subway yet? not exactly your typical burritos.. but extremely delicious! and cheap!

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                                                                                                1. re: helenhelen

                                                                                                  really?

                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                    yes, really. they are great. other fave burritos in the city for me:

                                                                                                    big fat burrito
                                                                                                    mexican salsas
                                                                                                    tacos el asador (though much smaller than the rest)
                                                                                                    burrito boyz

                                                                                                    1. re: helenhelen

                                                                                                      Are you vegetarian?

                                                                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                        yes

                                                                                                        1. re: helenhelen

                                                                                                          I thought maybe you were. It is so much easier to find a decent veggie burrito in the city, than one with meat. For instance with New York, the meat often makes the burrito terribly greasy which is personally why I stopped going.

                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                            ah ok, i have obviously never tried their meat ones. i do enjoy their veg ones a lot though! i have brought friends there before though and they liked the meat... so i guess it depends on whether grease bothers you or not.

                                                                                                2. I agree most Burrito places are just gut-filler grub. Very little pleasure involved. But I sometimes like Chino Loco.

                                                                                                  And I REALLY like making my own at home with fresh tortillas and all homemade toppings. Piping hot and delicious (I combine pulled chicken with sauteed red onions, garlic, fresh greens, cumin and sweet chili pepper.)

                                                                                                  1. Just spotted a new place in Scarberia near Markham & Sheppard called "Mucho Burrito" - anyone tried it, yet?

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                                                                                                    1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                                      Once in the Eaton Centre and I found it to be above average.

                                                                                                    2. I just found my favorite burrito in Toronto at Carnicero's in SLM. The big pot of slow cooked chili w/ big chunks of beef and not a bean in sight drew me in. Had it on a spinach tortilla w/ cheese, sour cream and chimichurri. The only thing I would've added is the pico de gallo that I noticed after it was put on the grill. The chili was nicely spiced between mild and medium and would've been fine on it's own in a bowl. The chimichurri added some herbaceousness and the pico de gallo would've added some bite. The spicing isn't such that you'd need the sour cream to cool things off. Notice I didn't mention rice or beans. There wasn't any. Just a burrito stuffed w/ meaty chili and accessorized w/ cheese, sour cream and chimichurri. So there ya go, my vote for best burrito in the city is served at a butcher counter in SLM.

                                                                                                      1. OK, so I still haven't been to the new MuchoBurrito in Scarberia yet, but my blues band was playing last weekend at a bar in Mississauga and I found myself looking for a late-night meal (I can't eat when I'm singing, so dinner gets pushed to 2am!).

                                                                                                        So, based on discussions I've read here on Chowhound, and to take advantage of being at the other end of town, I made my first visit to Burrito Boys at Dundas & Hurontario and got the Halibut Burrito. The very sweet girl behind the counter helped this BB rookie select the ideal toppings and we were set.

                                                                                                        I gotta say, while it wasn't what I'd call authentic or traditional like I've had down in Texas, I CAN say it sure was YUMMY! I got the small and moaned with pleasure throughout the entire thing, and secretly wished I had ordered the large. It was big, delicious, messy, with great moist chunks of fish - REALLY good.

                                                                                                        Thanks for the recommendation, kids! Another winner!

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                                                                                                        1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                                          I'm calling what we do here "Toronto style" burritos. Ya, they aren't the same. Doesn't mean they can't be great. Taste trumps all.
                                                                                                          Personally, I like the griddled burrito better than the steamed anyway.

                                                                                                          DT

                                                                                                          1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                                            Yeah, nothing like a big meal followed by pumping out the high notes to trigger the upchuck response. The audience probably doesn't wanna know you just had a burrito.

                                                                                                            1. re: Googs

                                                                                                              Ha! I agree with both of ya! The Blues are best with heartache, but not heartburn :-)

                                                                                                              I, too, love the crisp grddlled tortilla, much nicer than the doughy steamed variety, in my opinion, and the "fully-loaded" style with the moist fish really was much nicer than the more traditional 'refried beans & meat' style. I've been craving a return-visit all week!

                                                                                                              Hey BBoyz, how about North Yonge, or even Scarberia?

                                                                                                              1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                                                I believe we are in the griddled minority

                                                                                                                DT

                                                                                                                1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                  Add me to griddled, except for one place which has an awesome steamed texture - Mission Burrito.

                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                    Ya, have to agree.

                                                                                                                    DT

                                                                                                                    1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                      Is it still a minority when you can count two more and I make them that way at home?

                                                                                                                  2. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                    I like them griddled as well.