Unit 100, 7515 Market Crossing
Easily accessible. Reasonable prices. And quick service. I think those conditions come to mind when one thinks of fast food in general. Fresh? Perhaps less of a consideration for most, amid all the burger, fried chicken and pizza joints that abound these days catering to the masses.
Our colleague Foodosopher previous wrote about Mucho Burrito in Edmonton, Alberta. And so when I spotted it had opened up what I believe is their first B.C. location in the Market Crossing area of south Burnaby’s growing community, I decided to grab a fast meal-to-go as I was driving by on Marine Way. I did have a faint recollection of his visit, that did deal with the “Fresh Mex” aspect of this franchise-focused operation, although I knew I wasn’t in the mood for a burrito the size of my forearm.
First of all, walking inside this new outlet gives you a case of vertigo, as you simply don’t know which way to go and the layout is a bit confusing. I’d just followed another fellow through the doors and we ended up at the cashier, only to be told the lineup began on the other side of the space. So navigating back through the dine-in area, to a corral like alley, we made it to where we were supposed to be.
Faced with the task of first scanning and deciphering the menu board hoisted above eye level, and hanging in the air overlooking the conveyor belt-like food preparation bar, I quickly blurted out that I wanted three of their soft “gourmet” tacos. A group of about ten hourly-wage employees were lined up like robots at various stations – and in typical a pre-Revolution way, they were assigned a specific task. From the mundane scooping of the meats, to the adding of other vegetable toppings, even to a fellow who’s responsibility it was to wrap them in tinfoil. Factory line production at its finest in fast food form.
Carne Asada (“roasted meat” – beef steak): A bit of charbroiled scent was present and the meat was obviously marinated, ingraining it with flavour that wouldn’t have been present had it not been so strongly seasoned with cumin. Perhaps the best tasting on a pure meat level of the trio I sampled, albeit it was on the dry side.
Carnitas (“little meats” – shredded pork): Apparently slow cooked and seasoned, but this was lacking excitement. It got lost in the veg.
Pollo (“chicken” – breast meat): Just as unforgettable as the shredded pork was. No further comment necessary.
Portion-wise, these were on the small size and I was disappointed by the amount of meat that was placed in each. I honestly could have eaten at least five before I would have started to feel full. I suppose next time (if there is one), I’ll have to get something more substantial to satisfy me. Hopefully, something with more meat.