Burrito Boyz

I love burritos. Like Jake the dog, when I order a burrito, I get everything on it.

My preferred place is Burrito Boyz and this past week, I decided to try something different. I had a quesadilla.

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I guess this post isn’t a review so much as a love letter to what was, hands down, the best quesadilla I’ve ever eaten (and quesadillas – along with chicken fingers – are my go-to order when at a bar, so I kinda have experience, even if it hasn’t always been “authentic”).

I asked for everything on it because I like to live dangerously. And even though I don’t actually like cilantro, I eat it when it’s included in Mexican food of any sort (but only Mexican food. I will not eat it otherwise). Instead of just cheese, I went with a steak quesadilla.

The toppings:

cheese (obviously)

tomatoes

green onions

red onions

black beans

jalapeños

cilantro

corn

hot sauce

It also came with those cute little containers of burrito sauce and mild salsa.

The cheese was gooey and delicious. The one line of hot sauce was quite, in fact, hot – on the one hand, I almost wished for a second line to kick it up a notch…but on the other hand, I was going to a concert, and didn’t want to die before I got there. The steak was well done, as always, and the toppings were generous without being overwhelming. It didn’t stop me from making a mess, of course, but it was completely worth it.

The quesadilla, in my opinion, was slightly less filling than a burrito – which makes sense, considering there are less ingredients – but it was exactly what I was looking for at the time.

Final verdict: satisfied so much, just looking at that picture makes me want to find the nearest Burrito Boyz location.

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Quesada

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.

Quesada

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).

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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.