The Rise of Burritos (Motley Volume 7 Issue 5)

Over recent years students have discovered a wide range of foods to enjoy and to survive on including pizza, Chinese takeaways, chips from either KC’s or Lennox’s (depending on preferences), and the much-loved chicken rolls. However, there is another student delicacy that has become more and more popular lately: the burrito.

To those who have no idea what it is, a burrito is a foil wrapped, hand crafted tortilla wrap filled with rice, beans, seasoned meat or vegetables, cheese, lettuce, salsa and guacamole. The burrito originated from Mexico in early 20th century but became hugely popular in the west coast of America in the 1960s. The folk history is that of a man named Juan Méndez who sold tacos in a street stand, using a donkey as a transport for himself and the food. To keep the food warm, Méndez wrapped it in large homemade flour tortillas underneath a small tablecloth. As the “food of the burrito” (i.e., “food of the little donkey”) grew in popularity, “burrito” became the name for these large wraps. In recent years, Mexican food has become steadily more mainstream in Europe, including Ireland.

Since there are more Mexican cuisine restaurants opening up here, there is a good choice of burrito bars/tapas restaurants to eat in Cork city. On Washington Street, there is El Banditos which is reasonably priced and offers a student discount of €6 for a burrito and a can of your choice (though you will need your student card as proof). They also have the option of the burrito bowl (everything you expect in a burrito minus the tortilla wrap) and other smaller dishes if you wish for something less filling.

Café Mexicana on Careys Lane is the best known and longest running Mexican cuisine restaurant in Cork city.  They have an extensive variety of Mexican food with a selection of European dishes (so it is not just burritos that are served). Children’s menus are also available. It is a suitable place for dates and for eating with friends and family, but the price range is slightly higher.

The newest burrito bar in the city is Burritos & Blues on Paul Street. This restaurant has become an expanding franchise as it is the fourth Burritos & Blues restaurant to open in Ireland and the first one outside Dublin.  They too have a decent selection of burritos, tacos, side dishes and quesadillas (toasted tortilla with cheese and fillings). The unique selling point of Burritos & Blues is that you can choose what is put into your burrito as well as the size and how spicy you want your burrito to be. Burritos & Blues also have a lower price range so it is student friendly.

If you want a healthier, delicious and extremely filling meal that’s good value for money, head on down to a burrito bar in the city and experience the newest taste sensation for yourself!



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