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Journalist Sarah Efron explores strip malls and hole-in-the-wall restaurants in search of the city's best ethnic food

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mission Burrito

This may be a controversial statement, but Mission Burrito (109 McCaul Street) is hands down the best burrito in Toronto. Yes, better than Burrito Boyz (rotten Guac--gross!), better than Big Fat Burrito (quantity over quality), better than the Tortilleria on Wales Ave (too liquid) and even better than the very respectable Z-Teca and New York Sub.

As Mission Burrito's name indicates, it follows in the venerable tradition of the burritos from the Mission in San Francisco. It's located in a dingy, '70s-style food court at the Grange, across from OCAD on McCaul Street. While many of the greatest ethnic restaurants in the Toronto area are located in suburban strip malls, there are a few tucked away in urban food courts. If any of the other restaurants in this food court are good, please let me know.

You can't actually enter from the outside--you have to go in the skanky food court. Note the revolutionary San Fran-style mural art.
Actually located right next to a McDonalds, no kidding.
 
This is the small steak burrito--my fave. A steal at only $5.65.
All fresh ingredients--good quality beef, real cheese, black beans, rice, guac at no extra charge! One of the only places in town where the "hot" is too spicy for me--first timers should go for medium. 





Spice City Doggie Bag Index: Five stars
★ Don't bother taking any leftovers home
★ ★ Take leftovers home and stuff in the back of the fridge indefinitely
★ ★ ★ Tomorrow's lunch
★ ★ ★ ★ Proudly present the leftover as a present to significant other or roommate and then wait impatiently for them to eat it so you can steal some
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Midnight snack. Is it midnight yet?


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