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Big Fat Burrito (Bay and Dundas)

Posted by Gadjo Sevilla / Reviewed on July 17, 2010 / review policy

Big Fat Burrito TorontoBig Fat Burrito has opened their third Toronto location just steps from Bay and Dundas. Finally! An alternative to the overpriced Chipotle or the Z-Teca at Church and Gerrard for those with a burrito craving.

Big Fat Burrito has thrived at their Kensington Market and Annex branches and are trying to keep pace with Burrito Boyz, Burrito Bandidos, Quesada, Z-Teca and Chino Locos for domination of the Toronto burrito scene.

We walked in from the stifling July heat and following the typical routine. Line up, order and wait. The staff is attentive and completely in the zone - a necessity given the noontime onslaught of hungry patrons. This small space gets packed quickly and we counted up to 26 people lining up for food at one point.

I decided to try the small veggie burrito ($6) which I had with all the toppings (refried beans, Mexican rice, lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa, guacamole, green pepper, jalapenos, sour cream and garlicky mayo).

The small burrito is actually quite large and comes tightly packed. I asked for medium heat on the sauce but either they forgot to add it or medium here is just mild.

It's a good thing you can request hot sauce separately. Bottles are labeled by level of spiciness and I chose no. 3 which added just the right amount of heat and zing to enhance the burrito's overall flavour. I enjoyed the veggie burrito and found it so filling. The veggies were all fresh, still crisp and the beans to rice ratio was perfect enough to hold everything together.

Other standouts on the menu, which I'm going to come back to try include the Steak Burrito ($7.50/small) made from AA Canadian beef, the Pulled Pork ($7.50/small) and their signature Yam Burrito ($7.00/small).

Big Fat BurritoMy friend ordered two ground beef tacos ($2.50 each) but found them disappointing. They Lacked flavour and the shells too reminiscent of cardboard. It felt like anyone could come up with better tacos using an Old El Paso Taco dinner kit, ground beef, cheese and veggies.

Big Fat Burrito TorontoChips and Guacamole were just the perfect complement to a hot summer day and a good way to counteract the fiery flavour of the burrito with the no. 3 sauce. The salsa they serve is also very good and we found it quite refreshing as a dip for the chips and to add a much needed little something-something to the tacos.

For fast, filling and somewhat healthier fast-food options, Big Fat Burrito seems to have what it takes to really succeed in this area. Those who stick to the core burrito offerings shouldn't be disappointed. And for claustrophobes, it might be better to grab and go rather than dine in because it can get super crowded.

Hours 11:30 am to 9:00 pm
Monday to Sunday

Discussion

19 Comments

LJ / July 19, 2010 at 09:26 am
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man that's a lot of packaging.
harrod / July 19, 2010 at 09:37 am
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I was going to say that.
Dani / July 19, 2010 at 10:34 am
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This place took me to a place I didn't know existed: Yam Burrito Heaven. Seriously dangerously good combination of flavours. Enjoy!
stanthemanchan / July 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm
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The one in Kensington also has an off-menu item which is the Yam & Pork. IMO, it is the single best burrito you can find in the entire GTA. Yes, better than the halibut from Burrito Boyz.
ss / July 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm
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The Thai restaurant that was there before big fat burrito opened was good too bad it closed
MH / July 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm
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Are the veggie options vegetarian (no pork grease in the beans or chicken stock used in the rice)? Can the veggie burritos be made vegan?
gadjo replying to a comment from MH / July 19, 2010 at 01:22 pm
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MH, their menu specifies "Vegetarian Refried Beans," so I take it no meat products were used in the Veggie burrito.
Maria replying to a comment from MH / July 19, 2010 at 02:42 pm
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It is vegetarian. Just ask with no dairy and they will be vegan, I do it all the time.
M-PC / July 19, 2010 at 04:27 pm
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mix the yam with steak or chicken for an extra special treat!
Rachel / July 19, 2010 at 11:44 pm
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The yam burrito is fantastic and heaven-sent but NO ONE messes with Chipotle, not even BlogTO.
o_O / July 20, 2010 at 12:32 am
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Love the burritos when they're made right but unfortunately that's not as often as one would hope. Forgetting the spice is not unusual.
Scrub / July 22, 2010 at 11:02 am
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Chipotle may be a bit more expensive, and an american chain, but it's the best burrito around IMO. And I think the reason is that they don't toast the burritos.
John / July 22, 2010 at 05:28 pm
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Scrub - I agree. I thought Burrito Boyz was the best, but I much prefer Chipolte because they don't heat up the burrito.

It is more expensive, but its huge - eat half and take the rest home.

My favourite part of it is the rice with cilantro & black beans...yum yum.
J / July 23, 2010 at 11:34 am
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Chipotle got me sick. Big Fat Burrito all the way!
Eric / July 27, 2010 at 11:24 am
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Burrito boyz made me sick. both locations. Big Fat Burrioto all the way!
chris / July 27, 2010 at 11:56 am
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i work at yonge and dundas and really like chipotle, so this will pretty much compare the two.

overall, pretty solid...taste is very good, right there with burrito boyz and chipotle. more like BB since it's warmed up and is more gooey. i could do without the toasted tortilla as it nearly always cracks open when not packed perfectly and forces you to eat with a fork and knife.

price for the small is decent, slightly less than chipotle, but the burrito is slightly smaller as well. they don't charge for guac, which is hilariously overpriced at chipotle, but i don't really care about that in my burrito.

i'll return, but chipotle is still my first choice.
François / July 28, 2010 at 04:30 pm
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I don't want to see competing restaurants called "overpriced" in a review; what I'm looking for is a review of the food, service and decor (if relevant). The reviewer can indicate the prices, but the readers can decide for themselves whether or not they are acceptable.
TDawg / August 12, 2010 at 03:54 pm
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If you want the best mexican food ever, go to Gil's on Walmer.
Check it out here!!!
http://wp.me/pIDFN-7R

Though stay away from the guacamole. That shit is terrible.
Janey / April 4, 2012 at 11:08 am
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This place is terrible. It's like eating a diaper -- just a big, fat mess.

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