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Jimmy Guaco's

As mentioned in the Openings thread, Jimmy's was going to open on June 1st but opened a few days early to train staff.

I ordered a large Jimmy G special which at 13.80 with tax is the most expensive item on the menu. There are two sizes of each item with about a 3 dollar price difference between them. It absolutely blows M4 out of the water. They offer free guac ( I didnt try it but it looked alright)in their burritos unlike M4 and also offer far more ingredients. One of those ingredients is habanero pepper- which gives it a serious heat- something M4 completely lacks. Also the tortillas do not taste rubbery like at M4 and are slightly grilled before serving. Overall far better value and Im really looking forward to returning. Jimmy Guacos is generous in their offerings and the few times I went to M4 I found them very stingy. I sincerely hope Jimmy's keeps up their game.

There are lots of items with sweet potato which found a bit unusual but the manager/owner gave me a sample of it with feta and a corn and bean mixture and it was delicious. Vegetarians should be happy with the offerings although I did not see any leafy greens.

Also a plus for those who do take out- unfortunately, like M4 they have no plastic bags (even when it is pouring outside) but at least their paper bags have handles...

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  1. It's on Peel. Apparently it is a chain from Ontario:

    http://www.jimmyguacoburritos.com/

    1. Then I am going to repost my experience here:

      Just tried it [May 30th]. Place was empty, was told they were supposed to open June 1st but wanted to give the employees some training. They were missing their signage outside but I was told it's coming this weekend.

      I enjoyed my dinner, definitely more selection/fixins than M4. Went for the Jimmy G's and didn't regret one bit. Paid 24$ for two large burritos and a much-needed chocolate milk since my mouth was on fire. I went a little overboard on the jalapeƱos. Chorizo and ground beef were spicy enough in the first place!

      Sitting out front, you get a really nice view of Dorchester Square. Staff was extremely nice and we were treated to a full visit of the upstairs kitchen! They're considering having group reservations on the upstairs floor, somewhere down the line.

      They could use trays or disposable plates, since I made a bit of a mess on my table despite the fine wrapping (and sealing) job. Beverage selection was also a bit weak, home-brewed unsweetened iced tea is a must for a place like this. I'll be going back!

      1. The M4 comparison stops at the fact they both serve burritos. M4 serves a Californian style thing and Jimmy Guaco's is more Texmex. It really all depends what you're looking for.

        I also tried the Jimmy G (chorizo and ground beef). The grilling of the tortilla is a nice touch, but it wasn't wrapped very well and fell apart after a single bite. Probably a training/overfilling issue. It was a filling, tasty mess.

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        1. re: afoodyear

          I disagree. I know the marketing at m4 tries to make people believe it is a californian style burrito but thats all it is.. just marketing. I honestly cant imagine a person who has tried both places to say 'oh today I feel like a Californian burrito so Ill go to m4 instead of Jimmys' when depending on what ingredients you choose you could basically have the same thing at Jimmys.If you compare the list of burritos they offer http://www.jimmyguacoburritos.com/jim... to http://m4burritos.ca/m4/menu_burritos/ you will see Jimmys offers everything m4 does and more.

          Anyways, all that to say I think it very fair to compare them. Personally I dont believe either is really tex mex or californian they are just burrito shops filling a void in Montreal.

          1. re: kpaxonite

            > just burrito shops filling a void in Montreal.

            Agreed with that and everything else. While we're at it (and on a potentially sacrilegious note, this being Chowhound), I have personally sent Chipotle a "development request" sometime ago. They won't franchise but already have a half-dozen locations in Toronto. I really would like to see them in Montreal! I was thinking of the old Blockbuster location inside the College Lasalle building on Sainte-Catherine West, but now that I think of it, Mourelatos closed recently too and that's a nice big Concordia-friendly location.

            http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/talk_to...

            1. re: denpanosekai

              I will bite. I hated chipotle the first time I tried it in Minneapolis and then in DC. I would prefer that the various locally owned Mexican and other Latin American places open up places downtown rather than having another American bland burrito chain here. Let's support local food trucks and locally owned fast food places before yet another franchise we happen to like in the U.S. or Toronto.

              1. re: williej

                No problem I understand your point of view. Yes I am a little starved for Mexican/South American options living in Shaughnessy Village. Whenever I hit the mile end or plateau that's usually the kind of places I'll drop by. La Chilenita is a big hit, so is Arepera. I understand this is informally Chinatown 2 but nothing's stopping people from opening Latino restaurants around here... so why do they all stick to the plateau?

              1. re: frogsteak

                Exactly, M4 is generic and insipid. If M4 is the standard against which we're measuring Jimmy Guaco's, that doesn't tell me anything about whether or not it's actually worth a try.

                1. re: frogsteak

                  the mexican place in the Cote des Neiges mall has a better burrito than M4

              2. re: afoodyear

                I'm more concerned with my Highliner frozen fish sticks origins than that of burritos.

              3. Tried the Jimmy G, it was pretty good, but I felt it was too much of a clusterfuck when it came to flavors and textures. Maybe I'll try something a little more simple and with less ingredients next time. Also it was the first time I had a burrito that tasted garlicky (only midly), although I don't have much experience with burrtos in general, I'm thinking it either came from the refried beans or the burrito sauce.

                It's a few dollars more expensive than Burrito Shop's burritos, but they really don't skimp on non-rice/beans fillings. My burrito was very thick and didn't fall apart. Also the guacamole doesn't cost extra. When it comes to the meat, I found it hard to gauge how flavorful it was due to all the ingredients that were in my burrito. Personally I didn't get much of a kick out of the chorizo and ground beef. I saw that they scooped the meat from those heated metal containers. I'm wondering if the chicken and steak is also precooked and stored in those type of containers.

                I haven't tried the burritos at Tacos on westminster yet but for now

                Jimmy Guac > Burrito Shop > that mexican place in the CDN plaza > M4

                1. Tried Jimmy Guacos today for lunch, also went for the JimmyG burrito (it's their speciality apparently, so might as well start with that)

                  Found the Burrito quite tasty, not too spicy, just enough (told the lady to put only a small quantity of hot peppers) and filling. Loved the fact that i could go with no rice in the burrito, the free guacamole, and the variety of toppings.

                  The burrito itself was wrapped correctly and held quite nicely in hand, managed to eat it while walking back towards the office, with nothing falling out.

                  Nerver ate at the other shops in montreal, but it is definitly a nice addition to the area, and we'll surely go again and try the other varieties.

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                  1. re: westaust

                    Had lunch yesterday at Jimmy Guacos. I had chicken taco with mango salsa and my husband had a burrito which I though was good because it was toasted and crunchy. I like it better than M4...more flavour in their meats compared to M4. Decor kind of sucks though.