Brighton Burrito Guide
Mexican food is set to be one of the biggest trends of 2014 and our beloved city shows no signs of being slow on the uptake. From franchises and chains to street food and shacks, the burgeoning burrito bars are undoubtedly here to stay, we’ve compiled your essential guide to Mexican food across Brighton and Hove.
Dead Good Burrito
Festival circuit stalwarts with an exceedingly loyal fan-base, Dead Good Burrito are at the top of the Mexican food game right now. Serving up an original mix of made-from-scratch salsas and sauces alongside high quality meats wrapped in homemade 12” flour tortillas, the Dead Good Burrito team know how to tease the palate with unique blends and flavour combinations.
Not just a one trick burrito pony, the Dead Good Burrito team also serve up tacos and their homemade Berry Hot Sauce, loaded with a secret combination of spices and fresh raspberries, this is one for the chilli heads amongst you.
Run by born and bred Brightonian Jamie with assistance from his supportive family, Dead Good Burrito is your as local as you can get burrito experience.“We do everything from scratch, we buy the meat as local as we can get in, we buy fresh produce as local as we can get it… we’re not exclusively locally sourced because of our product, but everything is as local and of the highest quality it can be.”
Dead Good Burrito’s menu has a mouthwatering selection of burritos, including smoking steak marinaded in chipolte, adobo and spices and their hugely popular carnitas burrito – pork shoulder marinated in a secret blend of spices, cooked slowly in fresh orange juice Served alongside lime and coriander rice, homemade salsa, sour cream, cos lettuce, whole black beans, cheese and jalapeños.
Street Diner market gave Dead Good Burrito an opportunity to showcase their talent to the local community and its proved exceedingly popular. ”We see the same faces week in week out” home taught chef Jamie tells us. Expanding into a permeant premises isn’t on the cards just yet, Dead Good Burrito are focusing on local events, street food markets and taking their brand across Sussex to expand their fan base.
Average burrito price: £5
Great to order: A bottle of Berry Good Sauce – very, very hot!
Carlito Burrito has been a name on the street food scene since 2010 but only recently have they opened their first dine in establishment on York Place, Brighton. Open for little over a month, Carlito Burrito is the authentic Mexican experience.
Offering traditional and truly Mexican food, Carlito and his team are constantly evolving and changing their menu to reflect the flavours and tastes of Carlito’s home country. Expect to find 12” burritos filled with homemade salsa and guacamole, lettuce, red rice and coriander, chipolte sour cream, melted cheese and your choice of filling; chicken with chipolte and tomatoes, ‘cochinita pibil’ with traditional spices, chorizo or veg for the meat free amongst us.
Carlito Burrito’s meat is from the Sussex village of Barcombe and other produce sourced as locally as the cuisine allows.
Carlito and his team are incredibly passionate and welcoming into their new dine in restaurant. With a fully stocked bar and a gorgeous house red, this is a place to gather a group of mates, order to your heart’s content and get stuck into the Mezcal!
Average burrito spend: £6
Great to order: Cochinita pibil burrito and a Mezcal
Tucked away in the North Laine is one of the older and more established Mexican joints in town. Headed up by a sterling two woman team of Annie and Aoife, La Choza is a laid back shank vibe that is always busy.
Famed for its ‘Day of the Dead’ style and bright coloured interior, La Choza is also well known for serving a hearty selection of Mexican delights. Dishes include chirarrones (Mexican style pork scratchings), nachos with a range of toppings and salsas and of course, burritos, quesadilla, tostadas, and tacos with fillings such as marinated shredded chicken, slow cooked beef, pit-smoked pork and roasted squash.
La Choza are committed to showcasing their passion with a range of weekly specials and all meat is fully traceable back to the original farm. They also only use free range and believe in keeping produce as local as possible. Inspiration comes from Annie and Aoife’s regular trips to the South American region to discover new trends and ingredients.
Every dish is made fresh in-house with a consistent and dedicated team working below decks to supply the stomachs of Brighton with well-cooked, value for money Mexican dishes.
Average burrito spend: £6.50
Great to order: Calamari with lime and chipolte mayo.
There has to be room in Brighton for the occasional chain and this one has hit our streets all the way from the USA. Parked in a prime location on the corner of Cranbourne and West Street, Californian chain Tortilla opened in Dec 2012.
Burritos are the main offering here with fillings coming from barn reared chicken, Farm Assured scottish beef and Quality Assured outdoor-reared pork. Paired with a very generous helping of rice, beans, salsa, guacamole, sour cream and cheese, these burritos prove excellent value for money as the portion size is gargantuan.
Salsas and toppings are made fresh, never from frozen and all meats are cooked throughout the day to ensure complete freshness – refreshing to hear from a corporate establishment. Tortilla provides a refreshing outlook on today’s fast food scene and is a welcome addition to the town centre.
Average burrito spend: £5
Great to order: Naked bowl for those watching the carbs. Washed down with a chilled Corona.
Mucho Burrito is situated on North Street, Brighton and provides us with a franchise element to Brighton’s range of burrito bars. Run by Martin and Hugh, the Brighton Mucho Burrito is the first to open outside of Canada and puts emphasis on attracting office workers and those looking for a quick bite to eat whilst in town.
Using British meat, Mucho Burrito serve Mexican influenced burritos with a North American twist. Their signature is the 14” flour tortilla burrito, aptly named ‘the mucho’ due to its colossal size. Different heat options are available through their selection of rice and beans and all salsas are made in-house.
With a Subway-esque ordering system, Mucho Burrito is essentially fast-food for families, lunch-breakers and those wanting something reasonably priced yet filling.
Average burrito spend: £6
Great to order: Churros with dulce de leche to follow
Originally printed in the Brighton and Hove Independent Newspaper 28/02/14
Words by Claire Beveridge