Are you often in a rush at lunchtime and want to get some fast food, but not a grease-covered excuse for a burger? Do you like to know exactly what you are stuffing down your neck?
California Burrito Company, more cutely known as CBC, offers you a quick, easy solution to your lunch break and now, evening frolics.
You can custom-design your own burrito and include up to 20 fillings. Obviously still in student mode, I opted to include everything in my burrito, and topped it off with a rasping chilli sauce.
Inside of your bulging delight you can have a succulent mix of meats, rice, beans, vegetables, a variety of cheeses and traditional Mexican sauces such as guacamole and salsa.
All the ingredients are packed into a wonderfully-textured spongy wrap. You can’t wait to get to the table and tuck in; the aroma oozing from your creation arouses your nostrils. You almost don’t want your change, such are the nervous jingles you feel in your mouth. Transaction complete, I’m sat there with the burrito tucked tightly into a foil covering, mouth wide open. I hit crisis point. But how does one open it and pacify the little taste-bud devils pronging at one’s throat?
Thankfully CBC provides a diagram on the wall which instructs you on how to eat your burrito with just your hands, without spilling it all over your face and pretty white frock. Nevertheless, I contrived to make a mess of proceedings and had to drop the last few bites on my plate to eat with a knife and fork.
Burritos are not the only item on the menu. In keeping with the Mexican theme, nachos and tacos are also available. A variety of salads are reserved for those of you who are concerned about expanding waistlines.
Co-founder of CBC, Jordan Metzner, 25, from Los Angeles, arrived in Buenos Aires in late 2005, with the idea of setting up a business, initially considering real estate. He then realised that the quality of Mexican food in the city was “shitty”, so went about opening a store that would attract tourists and Argentines alike due to its convenience, and more importantly, taste.
The branch in Palermo follows in the successful footsteps of the one that opened in 2006 in Microcentro. The Palermo outlet has a roof terrace with a bar, designed for a more chilled atmosphere, and will remain open until the early hours. Burrito and a beer is the order of the day.
This outlet has a more relaxed atmosphere, although the location is not ideal. Being stranded on the edge of Palermo is not likely to attract the spontaneous diner.
So make plans to eat good food: The burritos are delicious, and you have no excuse not to rock up and check CBC out!