It’s been some time since I written here at Chowhound, sadly my special and very limited diet does not allow me to eat out. For a treat once and a while I have gone for a burrito. The Burrito Boyz are just around the corner from me. I’ve eaten a few burritos from here, nothing much to talk about, basically a warm concoction that does not taste like much. One day my wife and I decided to try Fat Bastard Burrito Co., which is almost right across the street, what a difference a few yards make!
Now I’m no expert on burrito’s or Mexican style food, closes I’ve ever been to Mexico is the last time I was in Tampa Fla., which was about 30 years ago. The difference between Burrito Boyz and Fat Bastard Burrito Co. is bigger than the distance between Tampa and Mexico!
Fat Bastard Burrito Co. burrito is not one flavor like Burrito Boyz. There are layers of flavour in their Burrito. I generally get the Big Tequila Lime, which has at least 4 different layers of flavour in the burrito. For me the Burrito Boyz burrito is just one flavour, you can never distinguish between anything in their burrito.
In the Big Tequila Lime burrito there is the acid from the lime, meatiness from the chicken, creaminess from the sour cream/bastard sauces, and the combination of both fresh and cooked vegetables. There is fresh chopped jalapenos that add imho enough heat. But if you really want heat they have a hot sauce that will rock your world both coming and going. For me it is too hot, it takes away from the other wonderful flavours in the burrito.
We have only tried the chicken, but I believe that the beef is the brisket and is slowed cooked which should make for a tasty treat. Unsure how the pork is cook or what cut is used, but I would assume that the amount of attention given to the layering of flavours in their burrito, that the pork is not just your run of the mill tube of sausage meat.
There is also texture in the Fat Bastard Burrito, the noodles are crispy, the chicken is not mush, and there are good size chunks of meat, the roasted vegetables are not rubbery they are al-dente. And there is some liquid in the burrito not just from the sour cream and bastard sauce, but also from the pico de gallo and roasted chicken. This is one fine burrito!
Furthermore, I was sitting there waiting for my order and I read that they sell Mexican Coke. I had to ask how one uses Mexican Coke; do you smoke or drink it? Well much to my surprise it came in a bottle and you do drink it. For $2.00 for a bottle of coke I thought what the heck, bottle always taste better than plastic imho.
This is not your run of the mill coke. Those who can remember the taste of pop before the Cornification of our food supply, this is it. Coke in a bottle made with sugar not corn syrup. Man did it taste good, I sat there enjoying this bottle of pop and it brought back memories of when I was a kid, a sort of coke flash-back if you will.
The Mexican Coke has a almost bitter/sweet taste too it, nothing like the Coke made with corn syrup and then stored in plastic for god knows how long. Sitting there drinking my Mexican Coke I could remember back to the days when you could buy a 16oz bottle of Coke, which sat in a cooler with cold water, and it cost twelve cents with a two cent deposit.
Now I’m not wishing to start a war between Fat Bastard Burrito Co. and The Burrito Boyz. They are almost right across the street from each other and I had a couple of burritos from The Burrito Boyz before going to Fat Bastard Co. It is hard for me to not compare the two even though there is no real comparison.
Fat Bastard Burrito Co is located at 1180 The Queensway (between Kipling & Islington)
Etobicoke, ON, M8Z 1R5. Web site http://www.fatbastardburrito.ca/