Fat Bastard Burrito Co.
It’s been some time since I written here at Chowhound, sadly my special and very limited diet does not allow me to eat out. For a treat once and a while I have gone for a burrito. The Burrito Boyz are just around the corner from me. I’ve eaten a few burritos from here, nothing much to talk about, basically a warm concoction that does not taste like much. One day my wife and I decided to try Fat Bastard Burrito Co., which is almost right across the street, what a difference a few yards make!
Now I’m no expert on burrito’s or Mexican style food, closes I’ve ever been to Mexico is the last time I was in Tampa Fla., which was about 30 years ago. The difference between Burrito Boyz and Fat Bastard Burrito Co. is bigger than the distance between Tampa and Mexico!
Fat Bastard Burrito Co. burrito is not one flavor like Burrito Boyz. There are layers of flavour in their Burrito. I generally get the Big Tequila Lime, which has at least 4 different layers of flavour in the burrito. For me the Burrito Boyz burrito is just one flavour, you can never distinguish between anything in their burrito.
In the Big Tequila Lime burrito there is the acid from the lime, meatiness from the chicken, creaminess from the sour cream/bastard sauces, and the combination of both fresh and cooked vegetables. There is fresh chopped jalapenos that add imho enough heat. But if you really want heat they have a hot sauce that will rock your world both coming and going. For me it is too hot, it takes away from the other wonderful flavours in the burrito.
We have only tried the chicken, but I believe that the beef is the brisket and is slowed cooked which should make for a tasty treat. Unsure how the pork is cook or what cut is used, but I would assume that the amount of attention given to the layering of flavours in their burrito, that the pork is not just your run of the mill tube of sausage meat.
There is also texture in the Fat Bastard Burrito, the noodles are crispy, the chicken is not mush, and there are good size chunks of meat, the roasted vegetables are not rubbery they are al-dente. And there is some liquid in the burrito not just from the sour cream and bastard sauce, but also from the pico de gallo and roasted chicken. This is one fine burrito!
Furthermore, I was sitting there waiting for my order and I read that they sell Mexican Coke. I had to ask how one uses Mexican Coke; do you smoke or drink it? Well much to my surprise it came in a bottle and you do drink it. For $2.00 for a bottle of coke I thought what the heck, bottle always taste better than plastic imho.
This is not your run of the mill coke. Those who can remember the taste of pop before the Cornification of our food supply, this is it. Coke in a bottle made with sugar not corn syrup. Man did it taste good, I sat there enjoying this bottle of pop and it brought back memories of when I was a kid, a sort of coke flash-back if you will.
The Mexican Coke has a almost bitter/sweet taste too it, nothing like the Coke made with corn syrup and then stored in plastic for god knows how long. Sitting there drinking my Mexican Coke I could remember back to the days when you could buy a 16oz bottle of Coke, which sat in a cooler with cold water, and it cost twelve cents with a two cent deposit.
Now I’m not wishing to start a war between Fat Bastard Burrito Co. and The Burrito Boyz. They are almost right across the street from each other and I had a couple of burritos from The Burrito Boyz before going to Fat Bastard Co. It is hard for me to not compare the two even though there is no real comparison.
Fat Bastard Burrito Co is located at 1180 The Queensway (between Kipling & Islington)
Etobicoke, ON, M8Z 1R5. Web site http://www.fatbastardburrito.ca/
I love this place! Burrito Boyz can't compare...love the sauteed shrimp and all the extra toppings you get....I skip on the beans/rice and go for the noodles and stir fried veggies...love the crunchy chips they crush on top too!
...i saw they offer deep fried Snickers...tempted to try!!
218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA
Thanks for the post, I'll be going there today.
FYI, Burritos aren't traditional Mexican anyways, more of a tex mex thing. They're also likely popular in the north of Mexico as well. Anywhere else in Mexico you'll be hard pressed to find someone who knows what a Burito is. The word means "little donkey" so they'd think you mean eating a donkey, for real.
As for coke, the coke in Mexico is indeed better, and waaaay cheaper. It will say right on the bottle the recommended price. A glass 500ml bottle is 5 pesos I think, and a small 300ml bottle is 3 pesos. $1 cdn = about 12 pesos.
IMHO both Burrito Boyz and Fat Bastard Burrito are bland and quite tasteless. They give you a great selection of toppings, service is great, but the final product is a melange of MEH. Where are the spices, the smoky meaty goodness? I need to at least taste a touch of cumin, cinnamon, chili, even the slightest char on the meat filling? Everything just seems under seasoned and the meat toppings almost steamed or boiled.
If you want a decent burrito in the GTA, the best I've found is Chorizo in Milton. I actually drive there whenever I find myself in Missisauga for lunch, it's WAY out of the way, but worth it. Apparently they have other locations too.
Still the GTA is a black hole for solid tex mex. Why can a thousand food trucks in the southern US nail it, but with all the foodie brains and ethnic backgrounds in Toronto, cant we get some decent tex mex or mex? ARGH!
Oatz I have been to the Southdown location only once and thought that they have a great setup. Grill the meat and grill the meat in front of you and also serve beer, what a combo! The beer was good, but the meat was dry and tasteless, salt anyone. I’m not happy with them cutting open the meat to see if it is done, after all the kids working in places like this never cook before anyway, but I am learning to live with this. But while I sat there and watched two different people cooking the meat on the grill, cutting the meat open to see if it is done, well my chicken was done about 5-8 minutes sooner. Then you talk about seasoning, cumin, chili, etc… I did not taste any of these flavours in my burrito.
Fat Bastards is way too hot for me, but even so, there is flavour in the meat and also equally important, there is moisture in the meat. Yea I agree that if they toasted some cumin, then ground it up and then add it to their chicken, it would taste even better. Less heat and more spice would work for me. But despite this fact, their Burrito is still the best that I have tasted yet.
Chorizo is better than Burrito Brothers, but most food from anywhere is, I was not impressed by Chorizo. Imho Chorizo does not compare with Fat Bastards burrito on many levels except for the beer.
And now they're coming to Pickering. I saw a "Coming soon" sign at the plaza at the north side of Kingston east of Whites (across the road from Lone Star) -- not the newer plaza with Pig Out BBQ, Mary Brown's, and Crabby Joe's, but the older one that has the Bank of Montreal and Little Tokyo Sushi.
I'll try them once they're here given the positive reviews. Mucho Burrito is also out this way; how do they compare with Fat Bastard, Boyz, and Z-Teca?
Ahhh, my fave is the Tequila Lime Chicken as well. You are right on about the layors of flavour and it seems endless. I usually have the put it down half-way to compose myself (especially from all that heat!) and then continue on.
Honestly, from a taste aspect, it does beat Burrito Boyz by a long shot..even though the Boyz will still have their crowd and fans.
I can agree with this completely.
Burrito Boyz is the worst of the worst, but I have enjoyed all my visits to FBB as well.. I have not tried the noodles in the burrito yet either, but I probably will now.
They also sell ghost chili's there if you want to bring a pack of them home and dare one of your friends or siblings to eat it.. Great for a laugh!
Well I'll weigh in on BB. I've only been to the one on Adelaide and my first visit was good but nothing special. A couple subsequent visits have provided tasty burritos. Keep in mind that if it tastes all of one thing I don't mind. So long as it's not one of the ingredients over powering the others. If they all come together to create a new flavour that's a good thing IMHO.
NOW, I've not been to Fat Bastards but have always wondered about it. Looks like I should give it a whirl. A multi layered food that you can distinguish between ingredients is also good.
PS. I'm also good with a food that some bites you get a hint of one thing while the next one, it's something else. I'm just more about "Do I enjoy it or not."
The layered flavours are only one part of the Fat Bastard burrito, and since I have eaten burritos from here and other places, I believe it is nice to have multi levels of flavour in the burrito. Now if those multi levels of flavour where bad, of course there would be an issue. FB combination of good multi level flavours prepared with some level of care creates a very good burrito imho.
Especially at this time of year, the raw ingredients that FB and BB use probably came on the same tractor-trailer. Unsure of the cuts of meats use, but I’m fairly sure that they are similar in production and cost. Despite that, the burritos are vastly different in texture and flavour, so much so that it is hard to make a comparison between the two.
Had one today from the queen location - a medium or 'big' tequila lime chicken one...
tasted quite good but had the skimpiest amount of meat / guac / cheese on the thing it was ridiculous...she tried to plow the lettuce on as well and when i laughed at the guac she added a 'speck' more. The dude right after me commented on the skimpy amount of cheese as well. If that's how these guys roll on the toppings they're screwed. They need to get with the program.
Again, it was quite good, i just hate paying $12 for a burrito and they get all cheap on you :S
i ate at the new Queen St location too and had the exact same thing happen...maybe it's the girl making the burrito, but literally one pepper slice and applied guac like a thin butter spread..total opposite of the Queensway location where toppings are super super generous...i actually laughed as she was making it. Hoping she is just a bad burrito maker..
Just ate there yesterday too, similar experience... found it expensive for what you get. And I love hot food and had to ask three times for more jalapenos and three times for more ghost pepper sauce... And then there's no hot sauce at the 5 stools/bar for me to add to spice it up myself... I'll probably only go back once more, to try the tequila lime burrito.
I can report that the Dixie + Burnamthorpe location of Fat Bastard is open...just got a tequila lime chicken quesadilla for lunch. They must have opened very recently because the guy making mine didn't know exactly what to do. Luckily he was being watched by somebody else. Just a few seats in the front...small store.
I took it home and it had steamed in the container, but very tasty for sure when I hit it up in the toaster oven. Prices a little higher than the Boyz.
Nice addition to the area...