This location of Steamrollers is in the financial district of downtown Vancouver on Hornby at Dunsmuir. Steamrollers serve a menu of west-coast style burritos called "Steamrollers". Steamrollers are unique, in that all of the ingredients are cooked exclusively with steam. The Steamrollers product line consists of vegetarian, chicken and beef Steamrollers, as well as daily specialties and our trademark Wet Burritos. We are also open early with our line of breakfast Steamrollers.
A while back one night me and some friends were craving a burrito and immediately thought of this place recalling the amount of traffic we saw at it during the day. Made the trip out only to be disappointed. What I remember is that there wasn't really much flavor to anything we ordered. Nothing really had that really fresh taste either that you get when eating raw veggies.
Gave it another chance after that, but much to the same results.
It’s a take out place, it’s fast food, whatever you want to call it…I think it’s one of the healthier choices for a quick lunch. It isn’t overwhelmingly tasty, but I still like it. It’s flavourful enough, all the ingredients seem fresh, it’s fairly filling, and they steam their tortillas which is wonderful (I always get the whole wheat tortilla). I usually have to add some hot sauce to give it a kick, but it’s definitely better than some deep fried or msg-laden lunch at the food court. I think it’s slightly overpriced, but when I forget lunch and don’t want to pay for heavy, transfat fast food, I head over to Steamrollers. The service is always friendly and the food comes out fast.
My buddy and I decided to try this little burrito place in our neighbourhood. The burrito we order was huge, but is was somewhat bland and awkward to eat. The price was a bit high for a simple burrito. After we ate there both me amd my buddy got sick, so I wasn't impressed with that at all. I don't think we will be returning to this restaurant any time soon. Taco del Mar is a better deal and better food!
I have been here many times including the earlier location close to Davie and Granville Street.
They used to have daily specials and I saw that they no longer have those. I really liked the noodle one for the flavour although I have to admit it was heavy on the carbs.
I had the wet burrito and it was the vegetarian one. Really good and lots to eat. Probably more than was needed for lunch.
Will go there again and usually do once or twice a year.
My husband stumbled onto Steamrollers, and since then it has been our choice for fast food. Burritos can be ordered with brown rice to increase the healthy factor. Favourite selections include the chicken Tommy (a "wet" burrito with tomatillo sauce) and the Shanghai noodle specialty burrito (only available on Tuesdays, unfortunately). In addition to the three locations on the downtown peninsula, there is one on Broadway at Heather near VGH, and one on Lonsdale at 15th in North Van.
I've been to Steamrollers a couple of times, usually when I'm starving and need something quick. This time I had the deluxe chicken ($7.50) with Spanish rice, pinto beans, jack cheese, lettuce, salsa, and garlic yogurt sauce. It sounds good but for all those ingredients it tastes really bland. The cheese isn't tangy, the beans have practically no flavour, and the salsa doesn't add any kick at all. I do like the fact that it's healthy, but healthy doesn't mean it can't be tasty. This is Vancouver - I think we can handle some spice. I haven't tried the "wet" burrito (extra sauce) yet - maybe it has more flavour?
Service is always very friendly and extremely fast. Go if you're hungry and want something nutritious and filling. Just don't expect your taste buds to be thrilled.
My girlfriend and I had been shopping at the Pacific Center after work, when we realized we hadn't eaten since lunch. Steamrollers to the rescue! The server was quick to notice that it was our first time there, so he went through all our options (and there were a lot!). He was really friendly and took a lot of time with us while we decided. I got the daily special: a curry burrito for $6.95.
The food came FAST, which was a godsend because we were at the shaky point of hungry. That hunger would soon be satiated by the sheer weight of the burrito he handed me. This thing was PACKED! As hungry as I was, I couldn’t finish the whole thing, and for me, that says a lot. We both came away full and satisfied.
Admittedly, these were NOT the best burritos we have ever had (Burrito Boyz in Toronto takes that prize). However, it was good enough that we will certainly be back.
I often drop into Steamrollers for a quick lunch-to-go.
Their beef buritto is tasty and filling. I really enjoy their tortilla soup. It has an awesome flavour profile but they recently changed from tortilla strips to a more nacho chip style tortilla in it that I'm not a big fan of.
The food is pricey but worth it if you're looking for a healthier alternative to a burger for lunch.
Ate at Steamrollers this week for lunch and had the usual deluxe chicken. I like Steamrollers I just wished it was priced a little less.
Food: If you like fresh healthy burritos, then you will like Steam Rollers. Not your typical mexican slop.
Service: Gentlemen who mans the cash register is always quick and attentive. Good Service.
Value: I find $8.5 for a burrito and pop to be a little expensive. But guess you got to pay to eat well for lunch.
Ambiance: As solid as it gets for fast food (although I don't want to call it that - it is what it is).
Steamrollers is quite expensive for what it is, and I wouldn't call it Mexican by any stretch, but the overall quality is good.
If you want something that is fresh-tasting and healthy, then Streamrollers is a decent enough option provided you're willing to pay the $8.00+ that it costs for one of their burritos. I do wish it was less bland however, and the hot sauce they provide barely provides any heat at all.
The service is fine, there is quite a lunch crowd but you can get your meal usually within 10-15 mins even at noon and it's hard to expect much more than that. The restaurant itself is clean, and the ambiance is what you would expect.
Steamrollers would be a better value if they dropped the price $1.00, but food tends to cost more if it has a 'healthy' label behind it anyhow.
Been several times; love that I can get brown rice/whole wheat options.
Overall there isn't that much difference between the different burritos; similar tasting but good and filling.
I agree that it isn't the most spicy food, but adding some hot sauce or BBQ sauce helps give it a kick.
Recommended over a greasy burger any day.