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Belly-busting burritosBy Ben Boudreau | Jul 19, 2012
Tags: Ben Boudreau, Burritos, Mexican, restaurants, reviews, Yelp
Beach bodies beware: this post is not for you. I’m about to hit you with four feastable finds, each guaranteeing a food baby worthy of mention in the Guinness Book of Records. This week we’re featuring only the most belly-busting burritos in town. Make sure the schedule is cleared…you’re about to fall into one serious food coma. Or should we call it a food siesta?
Known by the masses for creative ice cream concoctions, Dee Dee’s is better known among the eating in-crowd for burritos that could double as free weights. “Burritos and ice cream in the same handy location?” You got it, Deirdre L: “Big and beautiful, in chicken, beef, or veggie, full of beans, guac-tastic and super cheesy,” these bad boys are “spicy, rice-y, so very nice-y!” Grab one to go and hit the Common for a perfect post-meal power nap.
Burrito Jax has already become the late-night dive that could, with new locations expected across Atlantic Canada in no time. But the secret to their success is actually no secret at all: “these are the burritos dreams are made of.” Lesley-Anne S recommends the “medium salsa and the burrito sauce” —a special blend of sour cream, garlic, lime, along with the not to be missed “mashed beans and the sweet potato.” Craving creativity? Scoop on some cranberry salsa!
One of two Tex-Mex inspired newcomers, Cantina Mexicana has a bustling uptown burrito bar that’s already spicing things up on South Park. Building his pork conchita lunch, Sam A piled on “rice, beans, their special Xnipec hot salsa, shredded lettuce and green onions.” It may sound like a scorcher, but the “flavours of orange, onion and the heat of habaneros” gave a tasty spice rather than a full-on fire. Maybe not as hot as “some chili heads would want,” but it still left Sam’s “cheeks sweating.” Hopefully the one’s on his face?
Jeremy G was one of Habaneros’ first customers as they opened in Eastern Passage last week. Part of the Cheese Curds foodie family, this taco bar definitely has some burrito bragging rights. The braised beef burrito came packed with ingredients that were “super fresh and the beef was tender in a way that made me want to eat more.” Be sure to add in a scoop of the chef’s refried bean dip for a healthy dose of flavour or the roasted red pepper for a nice and slow burrito burn.
While I’m happy to offer up this edible inspiration, indulge with caution: I can’t be held responsible for any burrito bloats that ensue. We’ll lighten up next week with something a little different, but in the meantime, hit up Yelp and download the free mobile app to keep up with the latest local love!