Mucho Burrito, Edmonton

Mucho Burrito is a somewhat new and expanding franchise chain in Alberta. In the past year it seems like there have been Mucho Burrito locations popping up all over Edmonton. The food is relatively basic – burritos are the main feature – and you get to layer on whatever you’d like, kind of like ordering a sub at Subway.

My regular choice is generally a carnitas burrito (pork) on a whole wheat tortilla. A small will fill you up. A medium will do if you’re starving. The large size will practically feed 4 people. I ordered a combo which means a drink and a choice of either tortilla chips and salsa, a cookie, or some cinnamon thing that I’ve never bothered to try. The tortilla chips are crispy and not greasy; always a winner in my books. Warning – the hot salsa is “burn your mouth” type of heat. You may want to start off with mild or medium if this is your first visit.

carnitas combo

carnitas combo

For fillings, you get rice, your meat (unless you ordered the vegetarian burrito), guacamole (extra charge), salsa, and your choice of veggies, black beans or brown beans. Then the whole thing is rolled and briefly grilled on a press. Pardon the bite marks and dry hands in the photo.

carnitas cross-section

carnitas cross-section

Oh, and if you really want to torture yourself, there are handy bottles of Tabasco sauce over by the straws and napkins for your use.

Mucho Burrito
Various locations in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan; new franchise purchased for Vancouver, B.C.
www.muchoburrito.com

North end Edmonton construction

There’s quite a bit of food-related construction happening in the north end of town. The biggest news is probably the T & T Supermarket that is being built in North Town Centre (97 St and 137 Ave). They recently put up a banner looking for employees, but when I took the photo they had taken it down for some reason. Gossip is rampant among the different Asian communities in this end of town; I first heard about this expansion probably about 1 1/2 to 2 years ago. Last summer a friend told me confidentially that there was going to be an expansion and I had to admit that I knew about it already. And apparently there’s going to be bubble tea too!

T & T construction

T & T construction

That whole shopping mall is going through a well deserved renovation, which meant the demolition of the inside of the mall itself and the conversion of the place into a strip mall power centre. The additions include a Starbucks, a Mucho Burrito, and as of yet unopened locations of an Indigo Books and a Bed, Bath and Beyond (which I think, based on their website, is the first Canadian location outside of Ontario).

Oxford strip mall

Oxford strip mall

In Castledowns, the new Save-On-Foods grocery store in Oxford (corner of 127 St and 153 Ave) has been relatively busy. I can foresee that strip mall getting even busier as they finish construction there. The new Subway and Starbucks has been open for a little while now. I didn’t even know that the Original Joe’s restaurant was already open until I took the photo on May 5th. There will also be branches of Taco Del Mar, and more excitedly (at least for me) are the Marble Slab Creamery signs that I saw in one of the stores.

Oxford construction

Oxford construction

Bubble tea, ice cream and nachos, oh my! I can feel the calories adding up already.

News and links

I didn’t mean to do another one of these so soon, but I haven’t had time to finish some longer entries that I’ve been working on, and I came across a bunch of interesting things in the past two days. Enjoy!

If you live in Canada don’t forget that today is the last day to send in your taxes!

And lastly, if you need to book a reservation for Mother’s Day (May 10) it would be a good idea to do it now if you haven’t already. Thus ends today’s public service announcement.