Every week, three writers with iron stomachs will sample food on campus. This week, they tackled the new Burrito Libre in HUB Mall.
Medium burrito with shredded beef and assorted fillings - $8.06
It took me a few minutes to figure out what I wanted while staring at Burrito Libre’s confusing menu. When I finally came up to order, the server seemed to be one step ahead of me, and was ready to pile on every possible option into my burrito before I even gave her the okay. Did I want potatoes? Not really, but her cocked eyebrow made me say otherwise. Guacamole? Uh, sure. Too bad I found out it cost extra after I paid.
The end result? A burrito that was so stuffed it split in half when I opened the wrapping and practically disintegrated in my hands with every bite. It wasn’t even that tasty, since it was filled with every option from the Mexican cookbook. Unless you want to mark your path with a burrito trail, avoid Burrito Libre if you need a messy free bite before class.
Two hard tacos with Honey Chipotle Chicken and Pulled Pork - $2.69 each
Burrito Libre is aiming for mealtime liberation by giving you the freedom of choice — on literally everything. The entire process is a little overwhelming if you find yourself at the front of a long line. That said, my hard tacos were delicious — loaded with tasty meat, fried veggies and all the goodness you’d expect from a taste of Mexico.
The only thing missing is a Mariachi band and the guacamole. The avocado goodness comes at an extra cost, which I feel is highly unacceptable for a Mexican-themed establishment. If you can forgive the guac oversight, it’s a tasty HUB snack — but only if you have the time. It’s a lengthy process and slightly too messy for class time.
Quesadilla with Chipotle chicken – $8.99
Order, pay and get out — that seemed to be the motto at the Burrito Libre in HUB. Despite being the only person in line, I felt rushed to make immediate decisions on which toppings I wanted to add to my quesadilla. And while the ladies serving me weren’t unfriendly, I definitely got some funny looks when I declined the heaping spoonful of beans they had poised over my order.
I was pleasantly surprised that in the end, my quesadilla was quite tasty and the flavour of the chipotle chicken provided just the right amount of tanginess. While my fellow reviewers struggled with the messiness of their choices, the quesadilla comes in a convenient box and would be much easier to eat on the go.
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