The Big Burrito – Portage
For some reason, J has been craving Mexican food a lot lately. Whenever we can’t think of something for lunch, we usually gravitate towards The Big Burrito. They have an easy online ordering system and they have something all three of us really like.
J laid down for a nap with L after she got home from work and told me to put in an order around 1:00. She assumed I’d just go to the one closest to our house at KL and Drake, but since I had some time and hadn’t been to the Portage location yet, I decided to go for a drive.
The Big Burrito takes over the space once occupied by The Real Deal: Classic Burgers and Shakes (and the Spicy Pickle before that ) in the Woodbridge Shopping Village on Centre Avenue just to the east of US 131.
The layout of the restaurant hasn’t changed much from The Real Deal. The only big difference is they added a separator between the order area and the dining area. That was the part I always thought was weird at The Real Deal. You could literally put your ass in someone’s burger while you were trying to order.
The color scheme has changed from the blues, greys, and stainless steel to the brighter colors of green, red, and yellow to name a few.
Since I ordered online, all I had to do was give the cashier my name when I walked in. My bag of food was ready and all that was needed was to swipe my credit card.
Like most restaurants, we have a fairly typical standard order when it comes to The Big Burrito. I order three steak tacos (w/o onions) , J orders a cheese quesadilla (we got both a Big and a Classic…one for J and one for L), and then we add on and order guacamole and chips and queso.
Every time I order from The Big Burrito, I make it a point to order no onions on the Taco Mexicanos which come with cilantro and onion. Every time, I get onions. This time was no different. I got onions, so I spent a few minutes picking the small, white onions out from between the pieces of grilled steak and finely chopped cilantro. Once that task is done, the tacos are actually pretty. The unfortunate part now is I have a taco place in Grand Rapids that I absolutely love so that’s what I compare tacos to. The Big Burrito tacos don’t even come close to this place, but as far as traditional asada tacos go, these are pretty good. They’d be better if the steak was a little more tender, but a little hot sauce covers that up nicely.
J unwrapped the Big Quesadilla first and that turned out to be enough for both of them. The two flour tortillas comes nicely filled with cheesy goodness. L likes to double fist the quesadilla while eats what she doesn’t. I didn’t really need to order the small one. It’s still sitting in the fridge waiting for a reheating one day this week when I need something to feed L for lunch.
J usually loves the guacamole from The Big Burrito so I always have to remember to order a classic sized order. I never remember if we get chips with the order on carry out, so I always tack on an order of Chips and Queso as well. I like the Queso and we can never have enough chips. J said the guac, which is made fresh daily, had a pretty strong cilantro flavor this time. She prefers a more mild avocado flavor. Instead, she gravitated more towards the queso which she said was delicious. I agreed with her. It was a little cup of cheesy perfection.
The bill for this lunch was a little over $21. The Portage location of The Big Burrito differs from the Oshtemo location by being a little nicer than the Oshtemo location that is geared towards the college crowd. The hours at the Portage location are more in line with a traditional restaurant, closing at 10:00 during the week and midnight on weekends while Oshtemo is open until 4:00 Am on the weekends. Food wise, you’re going to get a pretty consistent meal from either location.