Sometimes, the most excellent eating discoveries are by complete accident. Take Cinco de Mayo Mexican Grill for instance. I would have never visited this small lil' place in North Van if I hadn't got a recommendation from my service adviser at Jim Pattison Toyota (hey that's a free plug... Jimmy doesn't need a free plug does he?). She'd been bugging me to try the place out every time I brought my car in. Finally, I decided to hit up the place for their massive burritos.
I went for their regular sized Barbacoa de Res (shredded beef) Mediana Burrito with a whole wheat tortilla. The first thing that I noticed was the freshness of all of the ingredients including the vibrant guacamole and salsas. After stuffing it full of everything (including beef, corn & peppers, refried and black beans, rice and all the salsas), it looked like a chore just to eat it. With a squeeze of lime and a dash of habanero sauce, the burrito was fresh-tasting and full-flavoured. Suffice to say, I was full after that. I ended up taking an order for someone at the dealership and picked up the Burrito Ahogado. Known as a wet burrito, it was pretty much what I had except for the salsa on the outside and topped with cheese. Pretty big portion once again.
Lastly, I tried 2 of their Tacos including the Pollo en Achiote (chicken) and Carnitas Michoacana (pork). The chicken was a definite surprise as it was quite mild, moist and fragrant. Apparently it was a Mayan recipe using saffron. The pork was pretty good being tender and not dry. Hey what do you know? Real Mexican food in the most unlikeliest of places... Now I want to service my car more often.
- Fresh ingredients
- Large portions
- Super friendly owners
- Limited menu (but could be a good too since they do what they do best)