Red Burrito serves tacos, burritos and other Mexican fare in a relaxed atmosphere.
Yes, I said it. I regret going to the Red Burrito today.
My son had asked to go and have fish and chips at the cafe down the road, but I was set on having Red Burrito. I remembered going to the Red Burrito on Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver and just loving it. Not as good as the Mexican food you can get down in the States and short of the fusion Californian/Mexican food I used to love at the now defunct Cafe Norte , but good enough to crave it! My son reluctantly agreed and we both ordered the Chicken Fajita.
I bit in and thought I broke a tooth on the chicken. The chicken was so old and overcooked, it was nearly petrified. I can overlook one piece of dry, ancient chicken, but my entire fajita consisted of this inedible chicken. I was so hungry, I actually considered just picking it all out and eating it anyway, but the part of me that wanted to enjoy my experience would not allow me. I took it back and explained what had happened in a respectful tone. The ladies behind the counter all spoke to one another in a flurry of Spanish and then without so much as an apology, they silently made me another. I didn't mind, I just wanted the delicious food I knew this chain is capable of delivering. I thanked them very much and looked forward to having a new and improved fajita.
I sat down, bit in and lo and behold - the same, dried up, old chicken. I could not be bothered at this time to angrily demand my money back. I was too tired and too hungry. I picked out the hard bits, ate what I could and took a picture to remind myself - NEVER AGAIN.
Save your money. I don't think they care about the product they are serving.
Ok, after reading all the amazing reviews of the red burrito i was really excited to try it.
I got the chicken burrito and had the choice between white or tomato tortilla.. i went with white. She then warmed it up and put about 3 cups of rice on it [wayyy too much rice]
She scooped some chicken on it [which i could barely taste because of all the rice and beans.
i asked for spicy and the hot sauce they put on it was not spicy by mexican food standards, they really need to make an extra spicy sauce.
also CHEESE and GUAC were 1+ extra!!!!
any good mexican place would not charge extra for guac
i took a bite and it was lukewarm
i was not impressed at all
and as far as value.. i did not get guac because i had some at home to add myself i added cheese extra and it came to just under $7, no side and no drink
that is NOT a good value in my opinion
i guess i wasn't expecting vancouver to have good mexican food.. but i honestly was pretty excited based on the other reviews. :(
I re-visited Red Burrito the other day, first time in a long time. Had nice experience there in the past for a couple of times a few months back. Had a chicken burrito again this time, rice was room temperature and quite dry, chicken very over cooked with mostly dried pieces in very small quantity. Paid close to $9(with guac and salsa) for a not so enjoyable wrap, can do better elsewhere on the Drive.
I am not sure why there is so much hype about this place. Not much on the menu. I had a beef burrito that was similar to burrito at taco del mar. At least taco del mar has lots to choose from. I think we lack a really good mexican restaurant here. I go into blaine across the line to del toro norte and it blows these places away and for a cheaper price. lucnh for 2 and a couple of large margheritas and its $20.00. I predict Red Burrito doesn't last long
Burritos are quite good just not outstanding. The steak burritos are much better than the chicken ones. You have to pay extra for guacamole but it's worth it. An average joe will find one burrito is enough for lunch.
Great bang for your buck.
Is as good as you'll find anywhere near vancouver.
This is the best Mexican food in Vancouver. Of course, the other places are all terrible, and this is the best simply because it sucks less. Vancouver really needs a good Mexican place. In the meantime, Red Burrito will have to do.