Welcome to the inaugural (Un?)Satisfied Saturday! I love food (mm, food), and earlier today, Ro suggested that I start blogging about my food experiences. This is by no means a regular category, but I’ve often wondered what it would be like to be a food critic, so now’s my chance! The title – (Un?)Satisfied Saturday – should be pretty self-explanatory; obviously, I’d prefer if it was always Satisfied Saturday, but sometimes you eat somewhere and it just doesn’t live up to your expectations.
A new Mexican place opened nearby a few weeks ago and, since we were already out, we decided to try it. For the record, my burrito place of choice is Burrito Boyz, but I’m always game to try somewhere else.
I ordered the spicy chicken, and Ro got the ancho pork. The toppings were standard: cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, green chilis, onions, corn, cilantro. I don’t actually like cilantro but I always get it on my burritos anyway. A selection of sauces, plus rice (white or brown), and beans (black or brown). Much to my chagrin, guacamole was an extra $0.75. I realize that’s not a lot of money, but it’s automatically included at Burrito Boyz and I dislike having to pay extra for something that’s such an integral part of the taste (it’s one of the reasons I don’t love Chipotle either).
Ro didn’t suggest blogging until I was halfway through my burrito, but at least now you can see the inside!
The tortilla seemed thinner than usual, but because of the way it was rolled, I occasionally ended up with a mouthful of tortilla and no filling. There was a lot of lettuce, but not a heaping amount of the other toppings. The brown rice was plain – not the usual tomato-y goodness that you expect at a Mexican restaurant; I don’t think the white rice would have been any different.
The chicken was pre-made and served straight into the tortilla without additional warming. It was “spicy” flavoured, but it wasn’t anything mouth-burning (granted, I have a very high tolerance for spicy food, so maybe other people would have felt it?). The chipotle sauce I chose wasn’t anything special, neither was the “hot” sauce. I sniffed a couple of times, but there was no desperate chugging of water.
The burrito – we got larges – was filling, but not in a happy way: I didn’t finish it, lean back and groan “that was so worth it”. It was more of “well, at least it’s done” sort of way.
One thing that really bothered me was the fact that the burrito was warmed after it was wrapped in foil. I feel like that’s not actually safe, though do we even know how foil is made?
It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever eaten, though maybe the worst burrito (and I’ve bought over-priced burritos from a food truck outside the Amphitheatre).
Quesada is probably healthier than Burrito Boyz, but in terms of quantity/quality (and similar prices), I’ll always pick BB.
Final verdict: unsatisfied.