After reading a couple of the most recent reviews, I decided to weigh-in as another long time patron myself.
In my experience with multiple visits over the years to both commercial dr and robson red burritos, yes, the size of the burrito does vary. It's hand-made, with real ingredients. I still can't make a burrito that big without it breaking at home. Most of the time I don't care, since when they are enormously stuffed, I know I am overeating anyway. Even a moderately stuffed burrito is enough to completely fill me, and is a godsend when I don't want to cook, as it warms up my hand within 5-7 minutes of walking in the door.
Most Mexican joints are skeezy and give me the creeps--not Red Burrito. Clean (except for the garbage left from lazy patrons), well decorated, and welcoming is this small local chain.
The food is rich and fills you up, and I don't object to the price raise of 50 cents to $1--gas is outrageous, the HST sucks, so what do you expect? Shwarmas are 6-7 bucks with additional toppings, so a larger burrito for the same is fine with me--I think the value is MUCH better. Perhaps these people can make a little more than min. wage, even. I can't speak to the cuke-guac, because I haven't seen it and I always get guac. Even if it was cut with cukes a little, no big deal. It's incredibly fattening and probably doing me a favour!
I rank the quality of the burrito as #1 beef, #2 pork , #3 chicken. (If you like chicken, do yourself a favour and get a shwarma instead.) Soup is very cheesy, but I wouldn't order it again. Dos Equis Dark is a real treat to have available--can't get that in McDonalds, or most other restaurants in town, either.
Service is quick and efficient. I'm not asking for fake-smiles in this fast food joint, as long as my food is made right (the glass windows on line make this a breeze). I like that they support hiring Spanish-speaking people in the Vancouver community who probably need some help with ESL. Still, I have had no problems with the staff, ever.
This isn't Las Vegas, folks, this is East Van. We're a long way from Mexico, but Red Burrito is a stand-up joint, and practically healthy compared to other mass-market fast food options. (For a truly authentic experience, try the Mexican joint beside Mr.Sub on Renfrew and Broadway) Ole!