Burrito Battle Royale: 4 of the best spots for burritos in Vienna

March 14, 2017

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Burrito Battle Royale:
4 of the best spots
for burritos in Vienna

March 14, 2017

Vienna Würstelstand's says

Vienna’s experienced a burrito boom (at it’s own speed of course…which resembles the speed of a elderly man hopping with one leg, with a frame, while somebody holds him back with a really big elastic band) in the last few years.

While they are still few and far between, here are four of the best places who won our burrito battle royale in Vienna.

Max & Benito – Best Burrito

Where: Wipplingerstraße 23, 1010 

Opening times
MON–FRI: 11:30am–9pm
SAT–SUN: closed

These guys are loco … and so are their burritos! Recently having opened up another location on Vienna’s shopping street, Mariahilferstraße, there’s no questioning if they’re doing something right. Our visit to the 1st district version, and original, or Max & Benito Carlos plays a main role in the future success of Max & Benito. He’s a pro chef when it comes to tacos, burritos, and the Mexican cuisine in general. And that’s why owners, Stephan and Markus, flew him in directly from Mexico. The mix of flavours in the burritos here is what it should be. I even have to close my eyes to take in the taste sensation unfolding – with the zesty lime rice, the beautifully smooth texture of the black beans, the crunch of the lettuce, the garlicky veggies, the sweetness of the freshly made guacamole, and the hot and tangy salsa. Let us assure the Mexican lovers out there – the salsa is the real deal. The salsa may be a mild-mannered Mexican, but you can heat things up with Chilango hot sauce. Mid-way through, we want to jump up and kiss Carlos on the cheek for the super-slowly braised pork he’s put in our burrito.

Check out our full review of Max & Benito, here

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Vegan/Veggie options? Veggie
Price = 6.90€

Website: www.maxbenito.at

Gorilla Kitchen – Best Burrito

Where: Gußhausstraße 19, 1040 

Opening times
MON–SAT: 11:30am–10pm

 

We’re greeted by a gorilla head amidst the bushes next to the counter. The counter is from where the next greeting comes from – a girl with a purple-hair, nose-ringed, tattooed kind of look. The first impressions tell loads about Gorilla Kitchen. Here, you eat with your hands the street food served up with sassy sarcasm and punk individuality. The girl who greeted us is Lisa, one half of the Gorilla Kitchen duo that brought burritos to Vienna in a big way a while back. This was back in their nomadic days when they’d feed revellers at festivals their beefed-up burritos from their food stand. Since then, the Gorilla’s all grown up and found a home, but by no means does this mean it’s been caged. The burritos bulge with flavoursome ingredients, and you wonder if the beast will explode at any moment when it proves too much for the simple piece of white tortilla bread. If it did, we’d be eating it up off the floor. Without shame. For this is the kind of place you can wipe your mouth with your sleeve, and burp a tune while knowing you’re amongst company that would appreciate your special talent (ok, perhaps refrain from the beat burping).
The menu is fixed and displayed in all its welcome simplicity above the counter. And while burritos earned the Gorilla folks their name, they’ve expanded to sandwiches that will only consolidate their fame as the place to go for high quality street food. You’ve also got your choice of the burrito bowl, which is like a burrito who’s contents refused to wear the straitjacket – ingredients in a bowl, tortilla bread on the side.
Having worked up a mad hunger while watching the Gorilla Kitchen staff packing ingredients snug and tight into a burrito flat bread, we make a mess of their signature classic where Mexico meets the Irish – the Guinness Rindfleisch (beef) Burrito, filled with beans, rice and corned beef in a Guinness gravy. If you like to spice things up like us, order the classic version, which comes with jalapeños and coriander. The Pulled Pork Burrito has proven a favourite amongst Gorilla goers, and we understand why. It rocks the smokey and sweet caramelised complex flavours that any pulled pork should.
Check out our full review of Gorilla Kitchen, here

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Price = Veggie: 6.50/7€, Chicken: 7.50€, Beef/Pork: 7.80€

Website: www.gorillakitchen.at

El Burro – Best Burrito

Where: Margaretenstraße 9, 1040

Opening times
MON–SUN: 11:30am–10pm

Interestingly, you wouldn’t find these guys on any of your usual foodie fan websites, but that’s not because they’re crap, yet rather it’s purely because they would rather focus their energy elsewhere rather than pimping themselves out to the press. However, we found them. El Burro’s continued success is based largely on word of mouth, and when you are producing beautiful burritos as well as these guys, word of mouth is all you need. The menu is small, but mighty, and as one of the few that mixes it up with special kinds of burritos, it means that you can easily make numerous visits and try different things each time. Their locally sourced products inflate the burritos to a point where you’ll take a couple of minutes to work out how you are going to eat it. The homemade sauces possess zing and lace the burritos nicely. Watching the burrito builders here, it’s clear they know what they’re doing. The burrito comes nestled on a basket of nachos, meaning that if you do have some spillages, you have something to mop it up with. If you have space in your belly for after the burrito that is.

The added bonus here is the atmosphere – the place is spruced up with local artworks that takes after the tongue-in-cheek humour of the team. Meanwhile, the team are relaxed and friendly (the kind of people we’d hang out with if we were cool enough) which adds to the fun-loving atmosphere in which you make a mess of yourself, your beer and your burrito, as the crew joke around. There is even a homemade arcade game, with a load of nostalgic games on it to play. In our humble opinions, el burro, unlike its competitors, is more than just a burrito place, it’s a place to hangout. Oh, and the drink selection is stellar.

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Photography by the talented Dana Daskalova

Website: www.elburro.at

Freshii – Best Burrito

Where: Herrengasse 5, 1010

Opening times
MON–FRI: 8am–8pm
SAT– SUN: 11am–8pm

While normally we would avoid throwing in to a ‘best of’ list anything that resembles a chain, freshii has earned its place on the list for being that super healthy burrito friend… you know, the one who is eating all the whole grain, and you want to hate, but can’t, as deep down inside, you know you should be healthier. These guys have got the healthy burrito down, and while that obviously comes at a cost (to your wallet), the wholegrain tortillas are lovely and the home–made sauce selection is huge. You can build your own burrito here, however their menu is more geared towards selecting one of the four set options, which are well worth working through. So here you can train yourself up to be a burrito builder. The falafel are very good, soft and fluffy. Inside, the wall is decorated with a periodic table of the healthy things they use (mostly ingredients from Austria). The place is sporting a pure, clean and green look.
They are also the only place on the list where you can get a burrito before 11am, which is useful to know, just because, well, you know, cravings and late nights that end in burrito craving hangovers, and stuff.

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Vegan/Veggie options? yes to both!
Price = 8.79–9.69€ (add chicken for 1.99€; steak for 2.69€, tofu or falafel for 1.79€)

Photography by the talented Dana Daskalova

Website: freshii.com

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