Ah, burritos, you delicious, spicy pillows of messy miscellany. Brisbane's love affair with Mexican and Tex-Mexican dude-food shows no signs of waning and frontrunners of the movement, such as the ubiquitous Guzman y Gomez, have a new competitor worthy of your pesos: Beach Burrito Company.
A bright, hip, so-Bondi restaurant chain that hails from that exact bright, hip Sydney beach, the Beach Burrito Company has made its way north of the Tweed and in only a matter of months has cemented itself with two stores, in Fortitude Valley and West End.
The Valley outlet opened late last year and has been a vibrant new addition to an increasingly nicer, foodier Brunswick Street. What sets it apart from its competitors is its uber-cool decor. I mean, it doesn't hurt that it also serves up all manner of crunchy, cheesy, chilli-infused madness, but hold up.
The restaurant fit-out has spared no expense in the badass stakes. For a start, their logo consists of a skull wearing a sombrero. Framed vintage Cerveza Pacifico ads and street art adorn the walls, as well as traditional Mexican art and photos of free-spirited surfers and skateboarders. Oh, and there's a beach. Well, an outdoor sandy-floored area with colourful chairs (and flamingos), which invoke scenes of not only Mexican beach cantinas. Sadly no ocean, but that'd be mighty nitpicky.
Now, them eats. Casual, friendly staff offer such standouts as the pibil pork burrito ($14.95, a tad pricier than some of its Mex rivals, but a flavour grenade nonetheless) – a delightful tortilla of slow-cooked, shredded pork with such magic as chipotle mayo, salsa, red cabbage, beans, sour cream and blended cheese. Usual suspects such as nachos (starter and main sizes), tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas are on offer. Beverages include frozen margaritas and sangria and there's even churros for the sweet-toothed.
Ideal for a sunny alfresco lunch or a group dinner before a night out, Beach Burrito Company is definitely worth a visit to dazzle both your eyeballs and tastebuds.