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Big Fat Burrito

Posted by Tim / Listed on June 19, 2005 / review policy

june1905_bigfatburrito.jpgFor those of you who read my review of Burrito Boyz, you might know I have a thing about burritos. Having spent some time in the taquerias in San Francisco's Mission district, I've come to like burritos done a certain way - a flour tortilla pressed in a steamer, pinto beans, freshly grilled fillings, fresh salsa - with actual chunks of tomatoes - and a good helping of guacamole.

To my dismay, this city's burrito joints fail to deliver.

Big Fat Burrito which recently set up shop in the former Fish Shack spot on Augusta Street in Kensington Market, continues the trend.

Now, for the non-Mission style burrito obessed among us, my Big Fat Burrito is actually pretty good. It's a carbon copy of Burrito Boyz, meaning the chicken burrito ($4.25 for a small, $5.50 large) tastes exactly the same, is made in exactly the same way (grilled not steamed) and has exactly the same fillings.

Unfortunately, like Burrito Boyz, they even put sour cream in their guacamole. A real travesty that not only is a total departure from the traditional guacamole flavour but is a major slap in the face to non-dairy eaters.

Attention Burrito Boyz and Big Fat Burrito - try this recipe instead.

Alas, fans of Burrito Boyz and their Toronto style burrito (including Joanne Kates - who knew?) will be pleased. The burritos taste good. The service is fast and friendly and there's plenty of seating space and washrooms to boot.

The menu also offers somewhat of a twist. There are no quesadillas, but burritos come in four flavours - chicken, beef, veggie and yam.

Big Fat Burritos, 285 Augusta Avenue. 416.913.7487



eep / August 19, 2008 at 09:47 pm
You honk on and on about an entirely mediocre joint like Z-Teca and this is all you have for a quality operation like BFB? I can only assume you are trying to keep it our little unspoiled secret.
Gigi / February 28, 2009 at 08:38 am
It's not that much of a secret! Although, I can usually get a table every time I go...which is not enough!
Laura bee / March 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm
This is my new favourite place for a quick lunch or dinner. I love getting half yam/half pork. The prices are quite reasonable too. yum!
iamherdingcats / June 2, 2009 at 09:05 am
I don't as a rule have favourites... plenty of second favourites... until I found Big Fat Burrito! Yam Burrito, small I do not agree with that label of small, as it is most certainly not small! The staff are all friendly, busy and as a rule unstressed. I am away from work this month and so missing my burrito fix!
Sara / June 28, 2009 at 07:54 pm
Big fat burrito is NOTHING compared to Burrito Boyz!!!!!
Don't make the stop here when you are in Kensington!
Sara / June 28, 2009 at 07:54 pm
Definitly not worth it. Don't even bother with this place. Burrito Boyz is so much better.
Jack Ingoff / August 26, 2009 at 12:17 am
Sara is a big fat moron. BFB >> burrito boyz
Jack Ingoff / August 26, 2009 at 12:18 am
Sara is a big fat moron. BFB >>> burrito boyz
Rick / March 4, 2010 at 11:34 am
Burrito Boyz is much better and to be honest, the race isn't even close!
Mike Oxlong / March 16, 2010 at 03:08 pm
Just dropped into the Bloor street location and tried their chicken burrito to be greatly disappointed. If you want a real authontic Burrito, nothing tops Burrito Burrito on College Street west of Grace on the south side.
Toni Smith / January 18, 2011 at 07:27 pm
I love this place amongst all the burritos places I've been. Those with a negative review should try the burrito again. It tastes better than most restaurants in Toronto.
Toni / January 18, 2011 at 07:28 pm
This place is the best of all burritos. Those with a negative review should try the burrito again. It tastes better than most restaurants in Toronto for the price.
Toni replying to a comment from Toni / January 18, 2011 at 07:33 pm
By the way, do not try the tacos restaurant nearby, tastes like catfood and very unfriendly people.
Jarvis Emerald / November 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm
There is Stiff Competition in The city for Burritos. No Doubt Fat Burrito is GREAT as is Burrito Boyz. Both are a bit different and offer different tastes. I LOVE Big Fat Burritos YAM and Chicken...where at Burrito Boys I LOVE the crispness of the Wrap. I don't thinks there is a "Race" but let's face it...We all LOVE Burritos and I Thank Big Fat for being AWESOME! Your Big window, staff and Burritos are Super!
dan / November 30, 2011 at 03:17 pm
Big Fat Burrito is a joke. I have been a customer for 3 years and today I asked them to make me 2 pulled pork tacos. The guy said no he is not allowed to make pork tacos. The money is not an issue to me and I offered to pay extra, whatever he wants to charge extra for it and he refused to make it. Is it a sin to put pork in a taco?

On top of that, I inadvertently got two of the workers in trouble because I mentioned that they had made this for me the day before. Well the guy working today "ratted" on his co-workers as if they had killed someone or something.

I am searching for contact info for the owners of BFB so I can write a formal complaint. I want an explanation as to why they are not allowed to put pork in a taco, even if I am willing to pay double.
Anonymous / May 30, 2013 at 01:48 am
First time in Kensington and I tried this place because I was stupid enough to check it out just because um.. Ryan Gosling tried this place out. Let me tell you, I was very disappointed to the point that I was cursing Gosling for making me want to check this place out. Definitely not worth the try. I ordered the veg wrap and it sucked. I felt ripped off cause I know I could have gone somewhere else.
Tonald Drump / August 8, 2013 at 01:56 pm
It is big, it is fat, it looks like a burrito, but it ain't all that good. I got the chicken with everything, and a warm black cherry soda. The chicken was dry, and the rest a mushy mess with no real discernible flavour--just a generally bland goop. A very disappointing experience.
Jeff Davide / January 20, 2014 at 11:00 pm
I'd heard a lot of rave reviews about BFB but every time I've been, it's just been a total disappointment. No matter what kind of burrito you get, it always seems to taste like burnt refried beans.

Considering your options for great food in the area, I'd recommend giving Big Fat Burrito a pass.
sara / July 1, 2015 at 10:01 pm
Obviously, taste in burritos is highly subjective. I don't really think we are comparing authenticity with these places (are burritos even an authentically Mexican dish?), it seems to be more of an assessment based on flavour. In terms of flavour, I prefer BFB over all others. I love everything there; except, I happen to not love the flavour of their chicken, but it is better and higher quality than Burrito Boyz, and their bland ground chicken that made me want to ask for my money back. Honestly, Burrito Boyz is overall bland. BFB, in my opinion is superior. Usually you get a perfect ratio of fillings and they offer 5 different flavours of hot sauce.

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