Burrito House (818 Danforth, at Langford, 647-436-5099) Complete meals for $10 per person, including all taxes, tip and a juice. Average main $6. Open Monday to Saturday 11:45 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11:45 am to 7 pm. Unlicensed. Access: barrier-free, washrooms in basement. Rating: NN Rating: NN
I'm sensing a boring-burrito-joint trend on the rise. Don't get me wrong - I love burritos. A few places around the city serve really good ones, and some even offer a unique twist. But Burrito House follows a redundant formula and doesn't do it well.
The only thing that sets it apart is that it offers tacos, using delicious corn tortillas (single for $2.25 or three for $5.95) with classic garnishes like onion, cilantro, lettuce, lime and red or green salsa. Warning: if you want cilantro on your burrito, you have to pay an extra 20 cents.
In the thoroughly disappointing bean and cheese burrito ($3.80/8-inch, $4.99/12-inch), the rice is more soggy than fluffy and the refried beans could be slurped through a straw. The veggie burrito (all other burritos $4.80/8-inch, $5.80/12-inch, except the Br-egg-fast Burrito, $4.75 and $5.75), filled with spiced veggie ground round, is the least sketchy item here.
I opt for all of the free garnishes lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, sweet peppers, cheese and jalapeños, and pay 35 cents for guacamole.
Chicken and steak burritos (and quesadillas, which are $5.80), filled with minute specimens of dried-out poultry and beef, are all smaller than those served at similar places around town.
But until Burrito House kicks up the quality, increasing the quantity is beside the point.