An unexpected thing happened for me in Ottawa in the food arena. Quietly, a new player showed up to the game. Never one to shy away from something new and food related, I checked it out when it opened up last summer. Well, seems I was one of the last ones to know about this little gem, because on this day, mid-week no less, the line up was almost out the door!
When you walk through the door, the aroma and sounds of charbroiled meats tantalizes your senses. Ordering may seem a tad complex at first, but after your first visit you’re a pro! Let’s say you’re ordering a burrito – walk up to the counter, select the size of burrito, the type (whole wheat or white), and the type of meat. Here are some of the choices available: Barbacoa (marinated shredded beef); Pollo (marinated charbroiled chicken breast); Carnitas (marinated shredded pork); Carne Asada (AAA charbroiled steak); Chorizo (charbroiled sausage); and several more. Next you have a choice of beans, rice, and peppers. Next station you can choose your toppings – cheese, a selection of salsas and fresh peppers. It really is a great selection of the freshest ingredients.
Mucho Burrito (Kanata) opened its doors last June and they have not looked back. They not only offer burritos, also an array of fresh, made to order items including quesadillas and tacos. I like the fact that the meats are cooked fresh on-site and not thawed then unceremoniously dumped into a warming tray.
At the cash you can grab a bag of warm tortilla chips and some salsa, to go with your meal. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I don’t really go for desserts too often. However, I must take a moment to talk about their white chocolate and chocolate chip cookies. Aye caramba! They are warm, melting, soft, chewy, crispy and oh so muy delisioso! Hmmm, I think I need to have one right now…
Why bother reviewing a fast food chain? I think it bears mention because of what Mucho Burrito is doing. They are offering their own gourmet spin on Mexican food. All of their salsas and guacamole are made fresh each day and yes, you can tell the difference.
Over the course of several visits, I have tried the burritos, tacos and the quesadillas. For me this restaurant is a welcome change and a healthy addition to the minefield of take-out fast-food available. I cannot tell you how many times I am in my car, on a Friday afternoon, driving aimlessly, wondering what to have for lunch. Even though I love sushi, I don’t want to eat it every day. I usually treat myself to lunch out one day a week, so I want it to be a choice I (and my waist) won’t regret.
Check it out – there is probably one opening soon in a city near you. They are planning a second one soon in Ottawa and I am looking forward to more charbroiled goodness.
If you would like to read some more about how this company got started, check them at out at www.muchoburrito.com.