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The Best Burritos in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / August 29, 2012

Burritos TorontoThe best burritos in Toronto are often too big for one sitting, but still manage to taste great if the remnants are saved for the following day. While novice burrito-eaters might be easily awed by girth of some of the city's sub-par burritos, the experienced carnita connoisseur knows it all comes down to the ingredients.

Daily-made salsas, guacamole, and other sauces are best, along with perfectly seasoned meats and fish, fresh veggies, beans, cheese, and more. Whether you take yours with noodles or rice, grilled or Mission-style, the burritos on this list have earned their spot for a reason (just beware the hot sauce — it may provoke groan-inducing puns).

Here is the list of the best burritos in Toronto.

See also:

The best fish tacos in Toronto
The best tacos in Toronto

Top photo from Chino Locos' Facebook page

Chino Locos

Chino Locos

Its chow mein noodles will change your life, or, at the very least, your burrito-eating preferences. Chino Locos is known for its fusion of Asian and Mexican ingredients, making magic in the form of General Tao chicken burritos and basa fish and edamame. You might have to wait a little longer than your average burrito joint, but Chino’s house-made hot sauce makes up for your idle time. With two locations, one in Leslieville and the other near Church and Wellesley. More »

Fat Bastard Burrito

Fat Bastard Burrito

Simply huge burritos. The aptly named Fat Bastard Burrito stuffs each burrito with all your standard fixin’s, not the least of which include its delicious bastard sauce and the option of either rice or noodles. Pulled pork and shrimp are certainly Fat Bastard winners, and the steak could probably serve as meal for two. This mini-chain is quickly expanding with locations in Etobicoke and near Queen and Dovercourt with a Liberty Village outpost currently under construction. More »

Big Fat Burrito

Big Fat Burrito

Another spot that wraps them big and lets you choose your pick of hot sauce. A Kensington stronghold that has expanded to the Annex inside Lee's Palace and near Bay and Dundas, Big Fat has created burrito bliss by incorporating yam into its juicy offerings. And compared to many others, Big Fat Burrito offers pretty good bang for your buck. More »

Burrito Boyz

Burrito Boyz

Burrito Boyz is a city veteran with shops from Etobicoke to Long branch and beyond. Most downtown dwellers, however, know it as a great spot to pick up a late night chicken burrito on their way out of the Entertainment District. The ingredients here are consistently fresh, and the Boyz have perfected the ideal outer grill. Those in the know call ahead to avoid the inevitable Saturday night line. More »

Bolet’s Burrito

Bolet’s Burrito

It’s not much to look at, but Bolet’s Burrito on lower Sherbourne certainly knows what to do when it comes to shredded pork. This mom and pop joint also offers a little taste of the Philippines with the occasional adobo burrito, though the standard chicken is always a solid order. These babies are huge (don’t let the “small” fool you) and fairly well priced. More »

Burrito Banditos

Burrito Banditos

Burrito Banditos became an independent offshoot back when Ian Angus broke off from Burrito Boyz, and it has since been making some of the best homemade guac around. These burritos come nicely packed (always helpful when tackling a burrito on the go) and with the option to mix and match fillings, though Burrito Banditos loyalists know halibut is the way to go. A new location is opening soon at Queen and Coxwell. More »

Burro Burrito

Burro Burrito

Enormous burritos and space to sit down (well, at the College location, at least). You can get Burro Burrito’s homemade horchata at both its Little Italy and Richmond and Spadina shops, with refried beans to rival the best of them and a solidly tasty breaded tilapia burrito. Burro staff also have a reputation of being some of the friendliest of the bunch. More »

Mission Burrito

Mission Burrito

For those who like it soft, Mission Burrito distinguishes itself from the lot by steaming rather than grilling its wraps. That lauded Mission burrito style maintains the softness of the tortilla while keeping all the meat and toppings in check. Ingredients are noticeably fresh, and delicious guacamole makes up for the Grange food court atmosphere. More »

Discussion

77 Comments

M / August 29, 2012 at 04:23 pm
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Chino Loco's????

I got serious ass squits from this crap-hole. No pun intended even though I slay myself with my own humour sometime....regardless...this food is rubbish and the srvice bad. Oh yeah, it was expensive snd Chinese burrito fillings are frigging gross.

Honestly, if you bitches have ever eaten in South Texas or So Cal, you'd know that there are NO good burritos in TO. Really....I'm not a hater...the ones here are genuine shit.
Jordy / August 29, 2012 at 04:25 pm
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When I opened this page up & saw that Burrito Boyz was not #1...I just disregarded this entire article.

Maybe the writers need to hit the Halibut Burrito to see the light. If I want a burrito, I'm not looking for some BS chow main or edamame...pfft

HUGE FAIL!
joe mama / August 29, 2012 at 04:26 pm
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This article could also be called "The most unauthentic burritos in the City".
joe mama replying to a comment from tripper / August 29, 2012 at 04:32 pm
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I agree. Either that or Rebozos on Rogers Rd. Taste very authentic and not americanized. What's up with the "burrito sauce" they use at Burrito Boyz. Burrito sauce doesn't exist.
Teddy Boragina / August 29, 2012 at 04:57 pm
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I keep hearing, when these lists are posted, that they are voted on by readers... and I keep seeing list after list after list of "best of"... yet I never see anywhere that I can vote on any of this? Smells fishy to me.
JM replying to a comment from joe mama / August 29, 2012 at 05:08 pm
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I actually thought burritos were invented in California...are you sure that there really is such a thing as an authentic Mexican burrito?
Anyway, if it's authenticity you crave, I think many of these places serve burritos that are authentically Torontonian.
(for what it's worth, my impression of the Toronto style is sour cream and jalapenos wrapped in a flour tortilla with cat food and then grilled)
Strav replying to a comment from M / August 29, 2012 at 05:09 pm
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you're not aware of a select few of the good ones in this city, cause they exist and are the genuine deal (and obviously not on this list). Thanks goodness the majority of Torontonians don't know about them either because they would be slammed and I wouldn't be able to get my weekly fix. ;)
M / August 29, 2012 at 05:35 pm
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Gotta say, I'm a fan of the conglomerate, Chipotle
mp / August 29, 2012 at 05:40 pm
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Having eaten at most of these places, I can honestly say that Chipotle is better than all of them.

Big Fat Burrito is particularly disappointing these days, especially the one in the Annex; Old El Paso tortillas, salsa and everything else out of a can. Horrible

joe mama replying to a comment from JM / August 29, 2012 at 05:40 pm
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Really? That's news to me. You've piqued my curiosity so I'm going to look it up.
Hurf durf replying to a comment from M / August 29, 2012 at 05:42 pm
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Chipotle does it right, that's for sure.
joe mama replying to a comment from JM / August 29, 2012 at 05:42 pm
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The history seems open to subjectivity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrito
jd replying to a comment from M / August 29, 2012 at 05:44 pm
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Chinese lol. I'm pretty sure it's run by a Korean who uses Korean and Japanese influences. But by the way you phrased your reply, I doubt you could tell the difference.

Oh no. $7.00 burritos. That's a ding in the wallet. I've only eaten from there twice. But both times I couldn't finish the thing. It's a fusion type deal. They don't claim to be authentic.

They were placed in #1 because the voting is done by blogto users.

Posters should really post up their top 3 spots so other users can go check them out. Instead of adding pointless commentary.
Diane / August 29, 2012 at 05:46 pm
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Love Chino Locos! My favourite burritos for sure!
Mike / August 29, 2012 at 05:51 pm
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Burrito Banditos is hands down my favourite burrito spot in Toronto. That halibut burrito is phenomenal.
adventurefood / August 29, 2012 at 05:53 pm
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I kind of agree with jm on the authentic thing. Even if burritos are originally from mexico the burritos from Califoria are the ones that 99 percent of people know.
Mp- I ate a Big Fat Burrito in Kensington yesterday and it tasted as good as ever, although Fat Bastard is better or at least has more interesting choices. I have never ordered a ground beef burrito there to compare to Big Fats.
more replying to a comment from Teddy Boragina / August 29, 2012 at 06:01 pm
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There is not a conspiracy. I see the polls all the time. It says on the website Follow BlogTO on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook to be notified when voting begins on the next Best of Toronto poll. Something will always smell fishy when you don't read between the lines.
Wit Dickman / August 29, 2012 at 06:39 pm
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No love for Quesada?
Rick / August 29, 2012 at 08:19 pm
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I enjoy Chipotle as well. Large companies can produce great things, contrary to popular opinion.
hop / August 29, 2012 at 09:20 pm
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I'm going to go for Chipotle. They are always consistent and their flavours are really bright and fresh tasting. The quality of their products, even if they are a chain, are really high and certainly better than most other burrito joints. Burrito Boyz and Big Fat Burrito aren't bad either
Nina replying to a comment from hop / August 29, 2012 at 09:40 pm
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I agree that large companies can produce great things. My favorite is Taco Bell.
joe mama / August 29, 2012 at 09:41 pm
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I love how so many people are talking about Chipotle. It's like having a "best burgers" thread and having a bunch of people talk about McDonalds.
brian replying to a comment from joe mama / August 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm
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RIGHTTTT, because McDonalds is known for fresh cut ingredients, in store cooked meats without preservatives. good reference.
gay4chino / August 29, 2012 at 10:36 pm
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i'm so glad chino locos is #1. they deserve it. go to their original location on greenwood and get the fish burrito with chow mein.
Brad / August 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm
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Chipotle serves better meat than any of the other guys, another vote for them
Mark replying to a comment from brian / August 30, 2012 at 08:52 am
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http://www.costar.com/News/Article/McDonalds-To-Unwrap-Itself-from-Burrito-Chain/78001

Actually, McDonald's originally owned Chipotle, so not a bad reference.....
Tony / August 30, 2012 at 10:55 am
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Burrito Banditos!?!?!?

Are you effing kidding me?! Seriously people, just because you work down town and your options are limited doesn't mean it's one of the best Burritos in Toronto.. Place is garbage!!!

Burro FTW!
mar / August 30, 2012 at 11:28 am
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the best burrito in the city by a long fucking shot is taco el asador but dont tell anyone.
JRT / August 30, 2012 at 11:30 am
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Chino's is #1 obviously. Haters hate.

Seriously, eat that and tell me it's not the best part of your day. Although, my one annoyance was with the subpar service at the Church St. location. I was standing outside waiting for it to open at noon and dude shows up non-chalant at 12:10pm and doesn't even apologize. By the way, if you're serving lunch, you should open before noon, do the math. Still dope food though.

Eat it!
Ryan / August 30, 2012 at 01:00 pm
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Big Fat Burrito over Burrito Boyz?

No, sorry.
Rick replying to a comment from Mark / August 30, 2012 at 01:19 pm
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McDonalds was an investor. They didn't run the company.

It's ridiculous and narrowminded for people to say that large companies cannot possibly produce anything good.

Ironically, many of the same people who believe that all large companies produce terrible things probably use Apple products when Apple is the largest U.S. company ever, measured by stock-market value.

Large companies can produce good products and just because a food company is large, that doesn't mean it's McDonalds.
Sarah / August 30, 2012 at 05:23 pm
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Chino Locos is a godsend! I live a block from their Leslieville location and eat the Bento Box version at least twice a week. Authentic or not, they are god damn delicious.
brian replying to a comment from Mark / August 30, 2012 at 05:44 pm
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Chipotle's food is in no way correlated with the quality of food that McDonald's has.
Elle Em / August 31, 2012 at 11:51 am
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My vote would definitely go to Burrito Boyz over Big Fat Burrito any day!

What's missing from this list - Hot Beans in Kensington!
me / August 31, 2012 at 04:30 pm
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burro burrito is da best
Dave replying to a comment from Jordy / August 31, 2012 at 05:07 pm
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This guy knows! Burrito boyz runs this city.The halibut burrito is f*cking amazing! I also like to get a steak/shrimp mix burrito. I call that the surf n turf.
Little Donkey / August 31, 2012 at 08:24 pm
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Ranking the best burritos in Toronto is like ranking the best lasagna in Baghdad. Those of us who've spent time in the southwest US or Mexico can attest to the fact that we just can't seem to get it right in Toronto. Like with anything else in the culinary world, there is simply no compensating for the absence of quality ingredients (the major problem). For some reason, there is also a lack of appreciation for traditional recipes and preparation methods.
Toronto restaurants: I'm the biggest supporter of innovation but how about trying to get the basics down first before running away with your own fusion experiments. Have some respect for the cuisine you are supposedly representing.
Chi / September 1, 2012 at 12:20 am
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Wow, Chipotle did not make the list. It is an easy fix; run the feature again and put it on top of the list. What you have is cowardly patronising of the small independent burrito joints. Shame on you blogto!
he / September 1, 2012 at 11:15 am
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Fat Bastard's tequila-lime chicken burrito is so damn good...
Elizabeth Claire / September 1, 2012 at 02:07 pm
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I live close to Mission Burritos and I think it's decent. I've only had the steak burrito, but the meat has some flavor. Worth a try if you're in the neighborhood.
Ash / September 1, 2012 at 03:16 pm
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Yea, I still think Chipolte is the best, regardless if they are a big franchise their food is fresh and the meat is locally sourced. And yes mission style burritos orginated in the Mission District of San Franciso which is the latin quarter.
Cam / September 2, 2012 at 11:51 am
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Chipotle is better than most of these places, and I'd bet dollars to doughnuts they use higher-quality ingredients than most of the locations on this list (who probably get their meat from the usual suspects). People reflexively assume that big means bad, and that because it's a large chain it must somehow be "inauthentic," whatever that means, but it's delicious and demonstrates what fast food could be.

Here is Amy Pataki's glowing review: http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/restaurants/article/776863--pataki-pleasure-wrapped-in-a-tortilla
Cory replying to a comment from joe mama / September 2, 2012 at 01:31 pm
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Bat Bastards' buffalo chicken, everything but noodles... 10/10
Coachk / September 2, 2012 at 05:34 pm
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Wow, Toronto's best burrito and have people that work there could careless about who comes to eat there. Doesnt make any sense. I guess to have the best food you need to have the worst service.
evan / September 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm
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I work near at King and John, and I can tell you I have looooooong experience of Burrito Boyz and Burrito Banditos. Even though Boyz is cheaper, Banditos is every single time, 100 percent better, and after giving Boyz many chances, I will truly never go there again if I could get Banditos. It's way way way better tasting.
Mae Sekhmet / September 3, 2012 at 12:43 am
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Eggplant mango burrito at Castro's Lounge is awesome!
Bahl Deip / September 3, 2012 at 07:15 pm
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Eager to see this list next year...South Beach's #1 Burrito Joint (and celebrity hotspot) Lime Fresh Mexican Grill is coming to Toronto early 2013...
Tea replying to a comment from Bahl Deip / September 4, 2012 at 08:34 am
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Congratulations on your new business venture Bahl, but stfu. No one cares.
Paul / September 4, 2012 at 11:57 am
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Lots of haters on this site.

Chino Locos deserves to be in the top 5 in Toronto. People get so worked up with numbers.
I love my Steak Burritos with noodles! Good job boys!

BTW, I do agree that Chino Locos needs to open shop by at least 11:30am at the least. Opening at noon for lunch crowd is crazy.
Jeremy / September 5, 2012 at 03:19 pm
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Another vote for Chinos Locos! Not that any of the others are necessarily bad, I just love this place.

Have been about 30 times, and have never had a bad burrito.
sean / September 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm
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burrito boyz on college is absolute trash in comparison to burro burrito, how anyone could think otherwise is crazy. I live right by there and have many times tried both, I have no idea where burrito boyz reputation comes from but the last time was so bad i threw out half of a small burrito.
Erin / September 6, 2012 at 03:54 pm
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Chino Loco is just up the street from me. They give a twist to the traditional burrito but have become a little too cocky for my liking as they have become popular. While they try to differentiate themselves with the use of Edamame and Chow Mein they have started to stinge from the days that I first went there. I grew to like Edamame on my burrito however you will be lucky to find more than 5 beans in there. The last time I was there I asked the guy to make sure they put edamame in and he said if I want extra edamame it will be $1 more. He said 5 beans is what they put in there. In my opinion it's a bit of bate and switch. If they are goig to advertise this as an ingredient it should truly be an ingredient. 5 Beans hardly qualifies as a garnish.

I find it a bit disappointing considering I like to support the local business and this place is only a 2 minute walk from my house yet I would now rather make the trip somewhere else. I used to go on a weekly basis but the service is not as friendly and the product has changed considerably to the point where I have no desire to go.
Spencer / September 6, 2012 at 08:13 pm
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The fact that Hot Beans isn't on this list makes it completely void of any credibility whatsoever.

Take this down and do a little more research next time.
Joseph / September 8, 2012 at 01:37 am
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Many of the places on the list make a good burrito. The only one I had not tried and tried recently, thanks to the list, is Bolet's. Very tasty meat and probably the best value on the list. If in the area it is worth a try.
Benedict / September 11, 2012 at 11:30 pm
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The Chorizo burrito at Mexican Salsas in Kensington Market is unbelievably good.
Benedict replying to a comment from Spencer / September 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm
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Ok ok you like Hot Beans, and you're completely unable to modulate your opinion- GOT IT.
Gabeq / September 12, 2012 at 12:35 am
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KFC Is pretty amazing as well! THey do straight up chicken and fries combos. 2 piece chicken dinner, 3 piece chicken dinner.
Lhabia Rajora replying to a comment from Bahl Deip / September 13, 2012 at 11:12 am
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Bahl Deip - is Lime really coming to TO?!?!? Look out, if it is!
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 10:08 am
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Chipotle serves better meat than any of the other guys, another vote for them
Graham / October 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm
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Went to try Chinos Locos last night and wasn't all that impressed. I still think the best burrito in this city is the Halibut Burrito from either Burrito Boyz or Burrito Banditos.
HC / October 5, 2012 at 01:18 pm
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I just had the Basa from Chino Locos for lunch and its middle of the pack. Good, but not great.
Alysa / October 5, 2012 at 07:31 pm
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AMG / October 10, 2012 at 01:28 pm
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Helpful Hint: Any burrito that is grilled in a George Foreman sandwich maker is not a burrito. Chipotle currently has the best burrito in Toronto, despite the fact that it's a chain. And I'm from East LA and weaned on freakin' burritos!
Carlos Alcantara / November 26, 2012 at 09:52 am
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Never eat at Mucho Burrito, especially one in Leaside on Laird Ave. Went there with wife in early Nov 2012. Food is over-priced, small portions and no flavour at all. Sick part: watched staff defrost bags of chicken, beef and pork in large pans and dump into the table inserts. Plus they never change rubber gloves after touching food or handling cash, so we know they don't follow ontario health rules.
Ali fetyani / November 29, 2012 at 09:54 pm
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one word NEW YORK SUBWAY!
Dia Diamond / December 31, 2012 at 08:22 am
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I have to say I'm really surprised that Chipotle is not on this list. However, I haven't been to any of the ones recommended in this article. I'm absolutely in love with Chipotle's burrito's, the chicken burrito is probably the most delicious food I've ever eaten. The major reason that I haven't tried other burrito places in Toronto is that I'm completely satisfied with Chipotle. I do plan to try the ones listed above.
Fbomb replying to a comment from Bahl Deip / February 6, 2013 at 12:10 am
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How do you know Lime is heading to Toronto?
KCK replying to a comment from Bahl Deip / February 27, 2013 at 09:32 pm
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Are you serious? I ate at 2 of these in Miami last month and they were amazing. I would love it for them to come up here... Tell me this is true?
cooking tasty light recipes / April 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm
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Amanda / July 8, 2013 at 09:38 pm
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Burro Burrito is the best, hands down! Chipotle is terrible, as are the other inauthentic chains
Esmeralda / August 12, 2013 at 04:01 pm
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Fat Bastard's steak burrito is delish. All the toppings and sauces and I was dreaming of this burrito in my sleep. It was fresh. I also tried the shrimp burrito--light and tasty. Their breaded fish burrito had a BIT too much breading but surprisingly, made a good burrito! Loved EVERY bite. Will try the pulled pork next time. I want to try Chino Loco. :)

Thanks for the list BlogTO!
Saray / September 18, 2013 at 06:06 pm
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Saludos,
Recxonozco que hasta ahora no me gustaba mucho elsitio, sin embargo ahora estoy siguiendolo regularmente y me ha empezado a gustar.

Un saludo!
OG pollo loco / October 24, 2013 at 03:21 am
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1. Chow mein does not belong in a burrito.
2. Has anyone ever had a decent meal anywhere in toronto?
3. Burrito boyz? Lmao. That's obviously a joke.
4. Has anyone ever eaten a burrito in Mexico? It sucks! No cheese, sour cream, burrito sauce, just green tomato salsa and chili.
You want a decent meal in toronto, get in your car and drive to buffalo. Toronto's idea of a meal is deep fried seagull wings at a bar or a street hotdog from an afghani guy who has repetitively been thrusting a thumb into his anus. I you live in this city you're much better of cookin for yourself .
Burritos FTW / January 6, 2014 at 04:29 pm
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BarBurrito @ Bay and College is best burrito.
matt / February 23, 2014 at 12:04 am
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Very subjective list of course. Ive eaten at all of the above and all are worthy of being listed with the exception of big fat burrito. Junk pickled jalepenos a

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