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Aug 12, 2003 07:32 PM

Chipotle Mexican Grill

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Does anyone know if this American chain has any outlets here in the city? Or if there is a place that serves gi-normous burritos with a choice of meats, beans, and toppings?

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    1. re: itzi

      Agreed. Chipotle can't hold a candle to BB.

      1. re: Ediblethoughts

        Tried BB, wasn't remotely impressed with the steak which was tough, sinewy and literally without any flavor whatsoever (that fact was masked by the unbelievable overage of cheese they put in their burritos, was suspicious so I pulled some meat out and tasted it on its own). Contrast that with Chipotle where they actually simmer their beef in spices. I'll gladly eat at Chipotles, you won't catch me going back to Burrito Boyz unless they figure out Mexican food is all about the stewed, seasoned meats.

    2. Yup, there's on at Yonge/Dundas, near the AMC theatre. It's on the east side of Yonge, just north of Dundas.

      1. One in Toronto Life Square (assuming the "city" is Toronto). Facing Yonge.

        Or go with Burrito Boyz, Freshwest Grille, Z-Teca, or any of the options in Kensington.

        1. Biggest burritos might be mucho burrito in vaughan.
          just massive...

          another 'chain' is Moe's @ yonge & eg.

          both are tasty options if you are not downtown / club district

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          1. re: flying101

            I have tried Mucho Burrito and quite like it. Yes, they are massive. My medium vegetarian burrito must have weighed a pound. Unfortunately, there aren't as many burrito options in the 'burbs. Also tried BarBurrito and it was terrible. The soy "meat" in the veg burrito had no flavour, and the salsa tasted like something from a jar.

            I hope they open a Chipotle's in York Region soon.

          2. I finally tried this place yesterday for lunch.

            I will first preface this by saying I go to Moe's Southwest Grill fairly often. I quite like it but don't pretend that it's great.

            As for Chipotle, I wanted so much to not like it. Not going in so much but once I got my lunch. There are a few knocks I have against this place. First of all, it's much more expensive. For about $3 more than I pay for a Homewrecker, queso, chips and a large drink I got only a burrito and large drink. Queso and chips aren't even an option. The seating sucks too.

            So I wasn't exactly impressed as I made my way to the fountain drinks. Low and behold, Coke Zero on the fountain. Well that's a plus. So on to my steak burrito. I gotta admit, it's one of the best burritos I've had. The tortilla was nice and fresh, the meat was very tasty and the fillings were good. The guacamole stood out without over powering.

            It's just too bad that the shortcomings I pointed out above are there. That and Moe's is way more convenient.

            I'll have to try Burrito Boys again. I wasn't impressed with NY Sub.


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            1. re: Davwud

              Heh, I know what you mean! But it's hard to knock a decent product, even if it is a chain and kinda pricey. :)

              Next time, try the carnitas burrito. It's my favourite of all the meat options.

              1. re: TorontoJo

                Ya, I think the mitigating factor is location. If you switched where Moe's and Chipotle were, I'd got to Chipotle. Risking a parking ticket every time I go makes it less worth while.


                1. re: Davwud

                  Do you happen to know if they serve wine at Moe's? (I realize it's fast food and unlikely but...)

              2. re: Davwud

                Forget Burrito Boyz - very big and very tasteless. You're better off at Taco Bell.

                1. re: evansl

                  I've had the beef and the fish and I like both. It was about 3 or 4 years ago.


                2. re: Davwud

                  Glad to hear you liked the steak, that used to be a sore spot for me there. I enjoy most of what they offer but found the steak to be gross and too chewy. But in the last few months they've improved in it quite a bit and the quality is way better.

                  And second the Carnitas, it's very good. I know what you mean about the value at Moe's vs Chipotle. The drag with eating solo at Chipotle is that the chips are designed for splitting, way too much for one person. Would be great if they could just sell you a small basket full or something instaed of the enormous bag.

                  1. re: Davwud

                    If you're in the Yonge/Eg area they are opening a Chipotle about a block away from Moe's (on Yonge just north of Eg).


                      1. re: Davwud

                        Not sure when but it's looking like soon. They are making good progress on the inside and they are currently hiring. Can't wait! And they usually do free burritos opening day...


                        1. re: Davwud

                          Just spoke to a guy that was doing interviews and he said it's scheduled to open on July 28.

                        2. re: wontonfm

                          That's going to be burrito centreal with Moe's, Chipotle, and Quesada just within a few steps of each other. I predict Quesada will be the first to go.

                          1. re: abigllama

                            I haven't tried Moe's or Chipotle, but everything I've tried (due to location and hunger and lack of time) at Quesada has no flavour. Don't get why they have so many locations (that stay open).

                            1. re: pescatarian

                              it's awful. We went once and couldn't believe how bad it was.


                            2. re: abigllama

                              Tried Quesada today for the first time and overall not bad:

                              Good: Fresh ingredients including the jalapenos and corn; like the WW burrito was good; and hot since grilled; ingredients fairly evenly distributed inside so most bites get most ingredients; tightly wrapped and so neat; oh and it was also obviously quite healthy (which I like in theory)

                              Not as good: even though hot, the cheese didn't melt--like the cheese melted; also, I see the point made re taste being lacking a bit and I think the reason is the lack of a "burrito sauce". Big Fat Burrito and BB both have a (likely not overly healthy) sauce that gives it umph.

                              Overall, I'd go back. When I'm heading for the subway, it's more convenient than Moe's and I prefer Quesada overall (all things considered) to Chipotle.

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