Monday, 27 June 2016

Burrito Bandidos vs. Burrito Boyz vs. Chipotle

June 27, 2016  - Burrito Boyz @ Adelaide & University
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The view from the window...mmm
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Burrito bowl with mix of chicken and steak
A few things just about this burrito bowl: there was a lot more rice in the bowl than burrito (my friend got the burrito and I got the bowl). The cheese was very melty, beans were good, veggies were crisp, tangy and fresh and the chicken and beef were not too dry and seasoned well. However, I found that the burritos here are better than the bowls - something about how it's all laid out in the container rather than being smushed together into a portable wrap just doesn't taste the same. 
Overall though, I would prefer a burrito bowl at Burrito Boyz over Burrito Bandidos and Chipotle (the portion is bigger and the ingredients when all tossed together are just tastier - probably mostly because of the guacamole that comes for free!). 

February 25, 2016 - Burrito Bandidos @ Grosvenor

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Shrimp and Steak Burrito Bowl
I've become a huge fan of burrito bowls - less messy and cumbersome to hold and you can eat it at your own pace (and save the rest for later). 
The delicate and tiny sweet shrimp and tougher steak strips served as good contrast and they both had a lot of flavour.  Add that with the sauces, rice, guacamole and everything else and you've got a recipe for success since it tasted delicious all together. 

March 15, 2014 - Burrito Bandidos @ Grosvenor
Mixed Burrito Bowl
Mixed Pork and Chicken burrito bowl
I actually wasn't a huge fan of the chicken and steak mix - I found both were a little dry and despite all the sauce, the burrito bowl just felt like it was missing something.

Halibut Burrito Bowl Halibut Burrito Bowl
Halibut burrito bowl
I loved the gigantic piece of fried halibut on top of the burrito bowl, but it didn't really seem like it fit in with the rest of the bowl's Mexican flavours. 

June 27, 2014 - Chipotle @ Yonge and Dundas

Chipotle chicken bowl
Chicken burrito bowl
Despite the appearance, there was actually a lot of food in this burrito bowl.  They gave me a lot of corn and salsa (but not as much rice as I would have liked).  The chicken was seasoned well and very flavourful and moist.  It would have been even better with free guacamole. :)
Also, I found that the burrito bowls here are better than the actual burritos.

Oct 15, 2014 - Chipotle @ Yonge and Dundas
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Chicken Burrito (although you can't see the chicken)
A huge Chipotle burrito consisting of mostly rice and beans as you can tell.
It's super filling because there's so many carbs, but flavour wise - I felt like it got lost a bit with all the rice and beans.  I'm also not a big fan of their burrito preparation - they only warm up the tortilla instead of warming/toasting the entire burrito the way they do at Burrito Bandidos.

Overall: I think Burrito Bandidos is much better than Chipotle for actual burritos (and you get free guacamole which is very important in the burrito decision), but Chipotle has more convenient locations and they have pretty good burrito bowls. 

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