I’ve come to the realization that I just love seafood tacos and burritos (and veggie ones!) more than I love ones that have poultry or red meat in them. I daydream about having seared ahi tuna tacos, flaky white fish on corn tortillas with seafood sauce (or tartar sauce) and guacamole, fish with tons of beans and corn and peppers, and finally, the shrimp burritos and quesadillas from Burrito Boyz! Although I have a mega soft spot for the mind-blowingly delicious pulled pork taquitos from Tequila Sunrise just down the street on Adelaide St. West, I can’t get over how delightful the seafood burritos and quesadillas are at BB, especially the shrimp ones.
If you love seafood and if you enjoy noshing on big burritos of amazing quality, you need to eat and savour the shrimp here. I love shrimp and it’s the honest to goodness truth when I say that I haver never had shrimp that tasted this wonderful, not even in dim sum! Shrimp in dim sum is heavenly, but the shrimp burritos at Burrito Boyz? Out of this world and over the moon. The burritos (shrimp ones are $7.08 for a small and $7.96 for a large) are stuffed with jumbo shrimps that are soft, juicy, and plump and, given how all the prices at Burrito Boyz are under $10, you really appreciate the quantity and quality of food. A large burrito could easily feed me for two meals and during my very first Burrito Boyz meal two and a half years ago, even my small veggie burrito rewarded me with leftovers to eat on the bus ride home at the end of the day!
It was my lucky day – Burrito Boyz wise – the day I had this fabulous shrimp burrito because if you’re familiar with the popular eatery or if you remember the first post I made about them back in July, you’d know that crowds line up out the door for the great food here. There must have been a guardian angel looking out for me because for the first time in two and a half years, I passed by the famous T.O. burrito hole-in-the-wall, glanced through the front window, and saw several empty seats beckoning at me like blinking radars.
I could not believe my eyes. There were spots to sit?! There wasn’t a line curving around the ordering and waiting area and up the stairs, out the front door?! People weren’t shouting orders at the top of their lungs so they could be heard over the chatter of the hungry?! I didn’t have to stand outside right at 11am and run inside to snag a spot?! Well, colour me shocked and ecstatic! Opportunities like this didn’t come easy (or at all, really) so I pounced and had myself one of the most delicious lunches ever.
You have free reign when it comes to toppings – if you don’t like it, don’t pick it! Along with refried beans and rice, and sour cream on the side (I love dunking stuff in or spooning it on myself), I chose black beans, corn, lettuce, green peppers, green onions, guacamole, and burrito sauce to party-harty alongside the juicy, scrumptious shrimps. The combination of toppings was fantastic and I can say with absolute certainty that THIS is my favourite burrito from here! It took a few tries to hit the nail on the head, but the process leading up to uncovering my ultimate favourite was incredibly yummy and enjoyable. If every process was like this, we’d be smooth sailing.
Burrito Boyz is located at 218 Adelaide St. West, west of Simcoe St. and east of Duncan St. They have a number of locations in Toronto and the GTA, including Bramption, Mississauga, Streetsville, and Waterloo. Their 2nd Toronto location resides in the neighbourhood of Little Italy at 575 College St. West, just west of Manning Ave. in between Bathurst St. and Ossington Ave. For more info on their menu and other locations, click here.