Skip to content Skip to main navigation

Lifestyle

Thinking about your business
Is a big part of ours

Here come the Burrito Riots as Guzman y Gomez gets really popular

By johnboy 16 August 2012 50

burrito line

This is the line from Guzman y Gomez to the corner of Bunda and Petrie.

And this is the line from that corner towards Reid.

burrito line

When we walked past at the appointed start time of 11am the workmen were still finishing building the store and the velvet rope was still up.

burrito line

The kitchen, however, was a hive of activity.

burrito kitchen

It seems a free burrito comes with a significant wait.


UPDATE 16/08/12 12:38: And thanks to Jono Hayward for taking us memetic:

burrito meme

What’s Your opinion?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
50 Responses to
Here come the Burrito Riots as Guzman y Gomez gets really popular
Filter
Showing only Website comments
Order
Newest to Oldest
Oldest to Newst
VYBerlinaV8_is_back 12:43 pm 21 Aug 12

switch said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Based on the popularity of this place I suspect we’ll become the Fart Capital.

I thought we already were the Public Fart capital.

The less phonetically aesthetic (but more accurate term) for public art is “sh1t”.

switch 12:26 pm 21 Aug 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Based on the popularity of this place I suspect we’ll become the Fart Capital.

I thought we already were the Public Fart capital.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 12:17 pm 21 Aug 12

Based on the popularity of this place I suspect we’ll become the Fart Capital.

troll-sniffer 11:35 am 21 Aug 12

A guy sits down in a cafe and asks for the hot chilli. The waitress says, “The guy next to you got the last bowl.” So, he gets a cup of coffee. Then he sees that the guy next to him has finished his meal, but the chilli bowl is still full. He says, “Are you going to eat that?” The other guy says, “No. You can have it.” The guy takes it and starts to eat it. When he gets about half way down, he sees a dead mouse in it, and he pukes the chilli back into the bowl. The other guy says, “That’s about as far as I got, too.”

dpm 9:27 am 21 Aug 12

hetzjagd1 said :

.

I’ve now finished it and it was mildly spicy in places. I hit a patch of the tomatillo salsa which was a refreshing break from beans but it was short-lived.

Second burrito – Chicken Guerrero (Mild)

First bite – boom, I can taste the grilled chicken with its Guerrero marinade as advertised and it is good. There is still a wealth of beans that I can see peaking out at me from the one bite opening I’ve made but they aren’t the only cowboy in town this time around. Second bite – all beans! Enough with the beans. Each bite further to the left or the right seems to alternate between beans and relative chicken awesomeness. I have the same problem at Zambrero’s usually…..

Perhaps authentic Mexican has lots of beans, and what you are after (like most people apparently) is a Westernised version, where it is all meat, little salad and no beans (and lots of sauce to then give some flavour)?
If so, people can’t really complain about there being no ‘authentic Mexican’ places in Canberra, can they?! 🙂

hetzjagd1 11:50 pm 20 Aug 12

I thought I’d share my experience with the two burritos I had. A friend of mine was mysteriously given two burritos in a bag and donated the second to me. I should start by saying how much I was looking forward to Free Burrito Day and how much I really wanted to like this because I love tex-mex and presumed I would like what is otherwise meant to be authentic Mexican food. Also Zambrero’s has been consistently disappointing at the Woden and Civic stores recently to the point that I swore I would not go back (at least until $5 burrito day at the Canberra Centre). Based on that is why I’ve used Z’s as a point of reference a couple of times below. I’m sorry Guzman y Gomez, I wish it had been different and I thank you kindly for giving me the option to try before I buy.

First burrito – Pork Chipotle

The back of the menu advocates Guzman Y Gomez as ‘deliciously healthy’ and I can only agree in part that it does indeed taste ‘healthy’. I’m a couple of bites in and I am a little underwhelmed. The pork chipotle is apparently among ‘GYG’s Most Popular’ products. It is quite ‘beany’ in flavour. The menu specifically lists it as (spicy) rather than (mild) but so far I’m not really reaching for a drink. They don’t seem to rock any sort of sauce like Zambrero’s does and the flavour isn’t really popping out at me. Overall the combined ingredients are making it taste kinda cheesey at most. Also it is shorter than your typical Zambrero’s burrito and probably about as thick as they usually are however this feels much denser and doesn’t just taste like rice.

I’ve now finished it and it was mildly spicy in places. I hit a patch of the tomatillo salsa which was a refreshing break from beans but it was short-lived.

Second burrito – Chicken Guerrero (Mild)

First bite – boom, I can taste the grilled chicken with its Guerrero marinade as advertised and it is good. There is still a wealth of beans that I can see peaking out at me from the one bite opening I’ve made but they aren’t the only cowboy in town this time around. Second bite – all beans! Enough with the beans. Each bite further to the left or the right seems to alternate between beans and relative chicken awesomeness. I have the same problem at Zambrero’s usually, I seem to pick the wrong side of the burrito to eat from and trying to rebite to get even amounts of salad, rice and meat prove futile if you don’t get it right the first time. Mexican food is a harsh mistress. Its also kind of a dull mistress apparently (in the case of burritos from Guzman Y Gomez) which I have heard before but hoped wasn’t true. I can see why the Tex-mex and other cheese-heavy americanised Mexican restaurants seem to surpass authentic mexican in terms of popularity and ubiquity. Oh my god this burrito is so bland and boring in places – is this what old age is like?

I seem to struggle to take a bite without dropping a little bit of rice around the place each time.

It should be noted that they have complimentary DIY tabasco sauces, jalapenos and diced red onion. It was crowded and loud and I didn’t trust myself to be able to unwrap my burrito, load up on extras and then wrap it back up satisfactorily and transport it back to work.

Also of note, they wrap these bad boys consistently. Both my burritos could be sat on their ends and left unattended like some sort of obedient ‘authentic-mexican’ puppy.

Disposable 8:54 pm 18 Aug 12

lobster said :

4005 total burritos given out that day according to facebook

That’s a shame. I was hoping Canberra would beat their record.

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2018 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
the-riotact.com | aboutregional.com.au | b2bmagazine.com.au | thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site