(Good things come wrapped in foil and paper bags @ Burrito Boyz)
Before we stopped at Burrito Boyz at the last leg of our mad dash to Toronto this past weekend I had to warn Dima that the last time I had the giant burrito was the day after a bachlorette party and my fond memories may have been tainted by a hangover. We all know hangovers love food like burritos -crunchy, spicy, meaty, sloppy - so I wasn't sure if my fondness for the bagged burritos were because they were actually really, really good or because it was what my body was craving at the time. Hoping I wasn't going to be ridiculed for my hangover food, we drove to College Street to try a few of these monsters.
(Look at that ooey gooeyness! @ Burrito Boyz)
The post bachlorette Burrito Boyz affair was held in Port Credit at one of their smaller locations. I remember the small shack being filled with hungry people ordering burritos and waiting outside patiently for their order number to be called. The College St location is much larger, with more tables and chairs so it didn't seem as busy but there was a steady stream of people coming in and out. I ordered a large chicken burrito with the works while Dima smartly asked how big a small burrito was - same tortilla as the large burrito but with a one pound of filling and ordered a small. I didn't want to know how many pounds of filling was in my large burrito. When our orders were ready we compared the weight of the two, there was a noticeable difference. My guessed that my large weighed around 1.5-1.75lbs.
(Should have tried the shrimp! @ Burrito Boyz)
I've tried a few burrito places here in Ottawa and the big difference I see and taste is that the meat is grilled fresh and the burrito, after assembly, is kept on the grill longer letting the tortilla develop a crispy texture and lets the inside contents ooze. When you bite into it you get a nice crunch and a great mouthful of warm fresh toppings. It was delicious and I did eat every last bite of the large - no regrets! With such great prices ($5.97 for a small chicken/steak!) and such late, late hours (open till 4am on Friday-Saturday) it's no wonder why Burrito Boyz has become so popular and has created so many spin offs in the GTA. So, when can we expect the Ottawa burrito shops to raise their standards?