Burrito Loco isn’t flash but it doesn’t pretend to be and that’s what we like about it. It offers Mexican staples on any day, at almost any time, in an easily accessible location on Juffair’s notable American Alley. It’s reminiscent of popular choices in the US, such as fast food giant Chipotle, and opened just last November with a second outlet expected soon.
We visit on a Saturday night after following their handy map on Instagram (also on their website). On arrival, we’re greeted by the friendly staff who explain the simple three-step concept to ordering and we’re happy to see all the ingredients spread out in front of us.
As a fan of the burrito, it’s imperative I get chance to see how these ones clock up and so I go for a combination of chicken and beef barbaco, the latter being shredded beef that’s seared, then slow cooked, so that it tenderly pulls apart in your mouth. Then we pile on the brown rice, creamy pinto beans, sour cream and cheese, some Pico de Gallo (tomato salsa) and a touch of the piquant Ranchero sauce, which is made with charred red bell peppers and jalapenos. My waitress niftily folds the burrito into a manageable sized wrap and passes the tray over.
Grabbing one of the few seats on the communal tables, I make sure there’s a good pile of napkins ready to mop up the mess I was about to create. Sinking into my first bite, I initially taste the earthy rice, followed by the velvety pinto beans, and then, as if perfectly timed, the cooling sour cream and cheese. A final kick of the tangy spicy Ranchero takes the flavours to another level.
Meanwhile, as I’m immersing myself in this flavour explosion, my fellow diner is biting into her own hard-shell chicken taco with Paco de Gallo and plenty of crispy lettuce. We each have a taste and decide it needed a bit more filling and flavours, as it’s more on the plainer side compared to my burrito bonanza. The great thing about the simple menu and straight-forward ordering system at Burrito Loco is that you can create a dish as elaborate as you want and to your particular desires. From a filling vegetarian salad or a meat-feast burrito, the options are all there, and at reasonable prices, making this a place you’ll surely want to ‘taco’ about.
The bill (for two) 1x chicken taco with guacamole BD3.5 1x large water BD0.400 1x chicken burrito BD2.8 1x nachos BD0.700 1x guacamole BD0.700 1x coconut water BD1 Total BD9.1
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