5 Types of Burritos on Spring Garden Road
You could say the burrito is a perfect food. It’s a whole meal wrapped up in a tortilla for easy transport and extra carbs. If you take away the tortilla, you still have a feast of meat, rice, beans and veggies (a.k.a. “burrito bowl”) and the fun part is customizing all of this into a personalized package. You can make it super spicy, extra cheesy, bean-a-licious or nutritious! Can you handle this?! I mean, it’s literally made to be handled… so yes. You can. But where are the best burritos in Halifax?
I’m going to save a formal burrito quest for another day. Instead I present to you 5 styles of burritos you can find tucked away in the shadows of Spring Garden Road. Here they are:
1. The Mission Burrito: Taco Del Mar
Regular $8.49, Small $6.49
1526 Dresden Row
Taco Del Mar is a fast service chain inspired by the fish tacos of Baja and the burritos of San Francisco’s Mission District.
Taco Del Mar makes fast food versions – but it’s the closest thing to an “authentic” burrito (or fish taco) you’re going to find in Halifax. A weighty portion of rice is topped with your choice of beans & meat, cheese, pico, lettuce, sour cream and salsa. There’s a few other add-ons (cilantro-haters can make a faux pico with tomato, onion, jalapeno & lime) but it’s a pretty basic toppings bar.
Pro-tip: Baja White Sauce is life!
*Best Vegetarian Burrito
With 3 types of beans to choose from and guacamole inclusion, you can’t go wrong here! Plus, vegetarian burritos are 25% off on Meatless Mondays!
2. The Fusion Burrito: Habanero’s Modern Taco Bar
Sm. $7.19, Lg. $8.29, Jumbo $11.25
1551 South Park St.
Habanero’s is a local chain specializing in “modern” Mexican-inspired fare, with an emphasis on creativity and fresh ingredients.
There is a modest application of beans & rice, leaving more room for the abundance of fresh toppings and crazy condiments. Bean lovers will have to settle for a sprinkling of firm black beans and a squirt bottle of cold “refried bean dip”. But there are 3 types of rice, 5 types of sour cream, 6 salsas and a plethora of fresh and pickled veggies so it’s hard to get bored here.
The options can be overwhelming so my advice is to keep it simple. But hey – if you want to eat a burrito with curried rice, pickled carrot, corn salsa, donair meat and mango sour cream, that’s your call!
*Best Burrito Bowl
With all of the pickles, pico, and peppers and all the pickled peppers, any peckish Peter can pick the perfect burrito bowl.
* Donair Burritos
…may be coming to the regular menu.
3. The Grocery Store Burrito: Pete’s Frootique
Beef $7.99, Veggie $6.99
1515 Dresden Row
Don’t discount the ready-made burritos of Pete’s Frootique! Oft-neglected among the burritos in Halifax, but just as satisfying, you’ll find these somewhere between the samosas and the pot pies in the deli counter.
The beef burrito ($7.99) contains a generous stuffing of shredded beef and black beans, cheese, onions, tomatoes, green pepper, jalapenos & garlic in a baked flour tortilla. The veggie burrito ($6.99) has rice, beans, cheese and salsa in a deep-fried tortilla for extra yum!
These are actually really tasty, quick and filling.
4. The Phorrito: Indochine Banh Mi
One Size: $8.70
1551 South Park St.
Indochine is better known for Vietnamese subs, but they recently came out with the “Phorrito” ($8.70) – all the flavours of phở wrapped up in a flour tortilla. Phở spiced rice, fresh herbs, green onions, hoisin and sriracha sauce come together in a flavour explosion with your choice of beef, chicken or tofu.
Pro-Tip: Pair it with a coconut & pineapple bubble tea.
5. The Sushi Burrito: Way2Roll
Reg $8.99-$12.99, Mini $5.99-$8.99
1480 Brenton St.
Of all the burritos in Halifax, this one is definitely the craziest! These gargantuan hand-held sushi rolls are meant to be eaten like a burrito rather than daintily with chopsticks. They are bursting with fresh veggies and meat/fish, held together with seaweed and rice.
The best seller is the Wasabi Salmon Burrito (lg $12.99): Salmon, Crab Meat, Tobiko, Kale, Carrot, Cucumber, Red Cabbage, Avocado, Tempura Bites, Wasabi Mayo & Teriyaki. But you can also get a classic burrito (chicken/beef) with the familiar fixin’s and get this –
They make a Donair Sushi Burrito. We’ve now reached peak fusion absurdity!
These are just a few of the burritos in Halifax. When I get around to doing a full burrito quest I’ll have to include Burrito Jax, Dee Dee’s, El Gallo, and the fork ‘n knife varieties from Cheachie’s, Mexicali Rosa’s and Mexico Lindo. Where else should I consider for my burrito investigations? Where is your favourite burrito? Get at me on social or in the comments below!