Let me tell you, this was a hard list to compile but a delicious one to sample.
Burritos, so simple, made exactly how you want, but get them wrong and you just have a sloppy pancake that you can’t hold in one hand. An eat it before it eats you kind of affair.
With this lot below, you’ll never have that problem. Well, unless you like a little more salsa and guacamole than most.
I could rave about Pancho’s until I turned into a burrito myself. Everything is perfect – the meat (the lamb in particular is exquisite), the beans, the range of salsas, even down to the choice of tortilla. It’s the most authentic Mexican experience in the city and as such, a large burrito will keep you full (and happy) for the entire day.
FC1, Arndale Food Market, 49 High St, Manchester M4 3AH
The Quadrangle, Chester St, Manchester M1 5QS
Specialists in all things breakfast and brunch, you might not expect a burrito to make an appearance at legendary Didsbury spot Thyme Out but you’d be wrong. They serve up a phenominal Breakfast Burrito which is made even more brilliant if you add some hot sauce – just like the Mexicans do. There’s sausage, pancetta, avocado, scrambled egg, cheese, hash brown and lashings of hollandaise – not exactly the most Mexican dish but amazing nonetheless.
Thyme Out, 147 Nell Ln, Manchester M20 2LG
Changos Burrito Bar
One of the places in ‘Burrito Alley’ at the top of Oxford Road, it’s likely that you’re going to find a queue snaking out of Changos, especially if you head there at lunch time. Perfect for a Burrito and a shot of tequila – what’s not to love? The key to their success is fresh, local produce and adding a bit of Latin flavour. They’ve a wealth of options available so no two burritos ever need be the same.
Changos, St James Bldg, 91-93 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6ET
Fuel Cafe Bar
Perfect if you’re a veggie or a vegan, Fuel Cafe Bar in Withington have been knocking out quality vegetarian dishes for years now and one of their most popular concotions is their massive Chilli Burrito. You’ll be hard pushed to finish one of these beauties, coming packed to bursting with homemade bean and vegetable chilli, alongside salad, slaw, chips, cheese and salsa. They’ll even take out the cheese for any vegans out there.
Fuel Cafe Bar, 448 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M20 3BW
0161 448 9702
A brilliant street food vendor from over yonder in Leeds, you will find the gang at Sobroso Street nipping into GRUB every now and then and if you do – get involved in their burritos. They offer a choice of pork, chicken, enchilada lentils and the brilliant – chorizo & potato. They tend to move about a lot, as you’d expect, so if you want to follow them around as their Burrito Groupie, check out their Facebook page to see where they’ll be.
Oxford Road knows no bounds when it comes to its Burrito bars, in fact you could probably even attempt a Burrito crawl or something to that nature. Probably a little more mainstream in the Burrito world (RE Barburrito and Tortilla), it doesn’t mean the salsa isn’t hot and the beans and vegetables not fresh. Is it better than Changos? The debate still rages on.
Chilango, 50 Oxford St, Manchester M1 5EJ
A lovely little Mexican joint in Chorlton, La Casita is a haven of brilliant Burrito action with a choice of tortillas stuffed with chicken, veggies or chilli con carne. King of the choices though is undoubteldy the amazing Cochinita Pibli, a slow cooked pulled pork marvel which is truly a wonder to behold (and eat). The pork is marinated in oranges, lime and ‘Mayan’ flavourings and packed with some serious spice. Brilliant.
La Casita, 372 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester M21 8AZ
0161 258 6927
Northern Quarter Mexican cantina El Capo has a packed menu full of Central American delights. If you’re a big fan of Mexican’s finest tortilla-wrapped dish then get yourself down and give their massive 24-inch Burrito a try – if you dare that is. Make it even more interesting by having smoked chipotle and Diablo salsa – go on, I dare you.
El Capo, 12 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF
Luck Lust Liquor and Burn
Providers of the finest Cali-Mex cuisine this side of Texas, Liquor and Burn must bang out a million burritos a week to the hungry NQ masses. Their selection of burritos is rather impressive so you can be assured that there is something for everyone, no matter how fussy. Don’t forget the very tempting Happy Hour deals downstairs either – you won’t be disappointed. Does anything sound more delightful than a Burrito Supremo? Not much if you ask me.
Luck Lust Liquor and Burn, 100-102 High St, Manchester M4 1HP
The menu at the Beagle has a very unexpected Mexican slant, which comes as a surprise to anyone who is lucky enough to get sat down and check out their menu. As you’d expect therefore, they bang out the Burritos and if I’m being honest – it’s all about their Chilli Chicken Verde. Chargrilled chicken thigh, cheese, salsas verde and roja and a bit of greenery. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into Mexico City that’s for sure.
The Beagle, 456-458 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0BQ