Mexican food is a very popular choice of takeaway in Manchester. With several venues stretching from the city centre to Didsbury and beyond, it's hard to know where is the best place to get your burrito fix. I'm going to try and help you make that end of night takeaway decision easier and failing that, you'll have three new burrito places to try and no one would blame you. Let's begin.
Today I'm looking at three different burrito places that you may know well, but you could have easily missed. These three places are:
1, The Quadrangle, Chester St (Round the corner from the Dancehouse on Oxford Rd) Now, there are two Pancho's in Manchester, the other being in the Arndale Food Hall but because you may not know about the one off Oxford Road; that's the one I'm going to review.
Changos Burrito Bar St James Bldg, 91-93 Oxford St (Next to The Palace Theatre) Changos is a small and easy to miss place and, as the name suggests, Changos functions like a bar but with food instead of beer and has the option to sit in or take out. Most people choose the latter so it made it onto the Mexican takeaway battle ground.
Perito's Express 123A Burton Road, Didsbury (Near Withington Baths and Leisure) Perito's don't have their own website yet and while they do have a few seats inside, most people discover them through hungryhouse where in areas like Fallowfield, they are the only Mexican takeaway nearby.
For this review I am solely looking at the burritos, no other dishes on the menu.
The categories for which these Burrito takeaways will be judged are as follows:
Price:4* Medium Burrito = £5.60/£5.90 depending on filling. Large Burrito = £6.10/£6.50 depending on filling. Convenience:3* Pancho's does not offer an online delivery option so if you want a burrito from there, you're going to have to go and get it. Having said this it is only ten minutes out of the City Centre and one minute from Oxford Road and popular bus routes. Flavour:5* Pancho's Burritos come in any flavour you want with as many or as few toppings and spice as you like. And with fresh ingredients and made in front of you, the flavour is a definite win. Choice:5* Pancho's offers a plain, spinach or tomato tortilla if you order large and a plain if you order medium. Then a selection of fillings, chicken, pork, chilli, vegetarian chilli and then the more expensive tofu, beef, lamb or mutton. Then seven different kinds of salsa from onion and coriander, to chipotle to hot sauce. Special Extras:4* Prepared fresh everyday, fresh ingredients and genuine Mexican spices. Total: 21*
What about Changos?
Price:4* Medium Burrito = £4.65/£4.85/£4.95 depending of filling. Large Burrito = £5.75/£5.95/£6.15 depending of filling. Convenience:3* Changos don't offer delivery so you will have to go out and get it, but once again they are directly on Oxford Road and five minutes out of the City Centre. Flavour:4* Again with a selection of fillings and toppings to choose from Changos do deliver on flavour and are made for every kind of foodie. Choice:4* One choice of tortilla, a plain one. Chicken or vegetarian are the cheapest fillings, then pork and chilli beef, and finally slow cooked beef is the most expensive. There is less choice of filling but a range of toppings, rice, beans, sour cream, cheese, jalapenos, salsa and guacamole. There is then a range of sauces from spicy to chipotle but not as many as Pancho's. Special Extras:5* 10% student discount, food prepared fresh daily, no microwaves used, locally sourced produce and low fat options available. Total: 20*
Price:5* £4.95 in a one size fits all fashion and I can personally say they are the size of a large burrito from Changos. Convenience:5* Order on hungryhouse in minutes and get them delivered straight to your door. This makes Changos the most convenient on the list in that respect. However, it is a bit out of your way if you do want to eat in and don't live in Didsbury but their delivery radius is quite large. Flavour:4* Ordering online means you get all the ingredients in one burrito and the combination is delicious even if you didn't pick it yourself, and more filling than the other two. Choice:2* Here Peritos loses points as there are two types of burrito, a chicken tortilla parcel with refried beans, bulging Mexican rice, spicy salsa, soured cream, guacamole and crispy salad or a ground lamb tortilla parcel with refried beans, bulging Mexican rice, spicy salsa, soured cream, guacamole and crispy salad. There is a choice of two meats and no filling choice, although you could mention in the comments box of hungryhouse if you wanted one without a specific ingredient. Special Extras:3* They are open for delivery 5pm - 12am and very filling. Total: 19*
Winner = Pancho's Burritos. Congratulations.
Do you disagree with this review, think I judged too harshly or too kindly or want to know more burrito places? Or maybe you feel your favourite place should have been on the list. Then leave a comment and I will happily visit more burrito places and eat more burritos for you.