I hate to post bad reviews, as this site is about promoting little-known gems, but sometimes I suppose it just needs to be done. Case in point: Burritoville.
When I lived in NDG, I would often pass the doors of the original Burritoville restaurant on Sherbrooke, wondering whether it’d be worth it to peek inside and give their burritos a whirl. They never really looked open, so I didn’t bother to investigate. Now, however, they’ve set up shop just across the street from my usual Concordia haunt at the Co-op Bookstore, so I’ve got no excuse.
I finally had a chance to sample Burritoville’s goods on Wednesday, when the Co-op hosted its “Not In Our Office” office party there, and I’ve gotta say… I wasn’t much impressed.
There could be many reasons for my dissatisfaction. Granted, we did arrive fairly late in the evening, but it kind of seemed that they didn’t have much in stock. The menu is pretty slim, though they do offer an amazing variety of salsas as well as different kinds of chips (corn, chipotle and black bean, I believe). They’re also a vegetarian/vegan joint, so although I am not hardcore about meat being included in my every meal, I wasn’t sure what they’d put in a bean burrito besides, well… beans.
As it turns out, their spicy bean burrito is mostly brown rice, which is a major Fail in my book. Rice is crap; it’s carb calories that spike your blood sugar and, in the end, contribute to making you fat a hell of a lot quicker than eating straight up lard. (As my husband likes to point out: if it’s higher than 30 on the glycemic index, then you shouldn’t be eating it. Brown rice weighs in at 50.) Vegetarians like to think of rice as a healthy filler, but I would disagree with that notion.
Needless to say, I was displeased by the rice content of my order, particularly given the fact that there didn’t seem to be nearly enough beans for something called a Spicy Bean Burrito!
The chips ‘n’ salsa were tasty, though I should’ve paid the extra for some guacamole.
I think what really bugged me about Burritoville, though, was something beyond their control. When I lived in New York, I regularly ate at a place called Burritoville that had what I have come to identify as The World’s Greatest Burritos. There’s no way to make the comparison anymore, as they’ve tragically gone out of business, but my god, their burritos were huge and tasty–and full of delicious beans! (Okay, so they were on a brown rice kick, too, but at least their rice was properly cooked.)
Standing up to the delicious memories of NYC’s Burritoville, Montreal’s Burritoville simply didn’t stand a chance. Which is too bad, as the owners and staff seem like really nice people who are trying to contribute a healthy option amongst all the fast food garbage surrounding the Concordia ghetto.
Sorry, Burritoville, but I’ll stick with Mesa 14 (just down the street at 1425 Bishop) for my Tex-Mex needs.
ADDRESS: 2055 Bishop
HOURS: Tues-Sat noon-9pm