Habanero’s Grill – burritos as big as yo’ face

6 12 2007

Well, the burritos may not be as big as your face, but pretty close. First of all, let me tell you that the burritos here are nothing like the frozen little bricks you pick up at the grocery store that you have to get all carnivore on after microwaving them. In fact, the food here is as far from that as you can imagine. All the salsas are made fresh, and your burrito, starting with the tortilla, is made fresh to order.

Habanero’s has been in San Antonio since 1996 and recently opened up their second location (much closer to where I live, I might add). The menu is simple, consisting of burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and a few other minor things like salads and soups. But the main attraction here are the burritos. You have two main choices: pick a Habanero’s Favorite or B.Y.O.B (build your own burrito). In reality, you could B.Y.O.B any of the Favorites with all the ingredients to choose from. However, the Favorites are there probably to help those who don’t want to think too much about how to put together their tubular taco. The basic ingredients of the burritos are rice, beans, cheese, and meat, with several choices in each category. In addition, there are several freebies you can throw on top like lettuce and tomatoes. Several other additions are available for a small extra charge, like sour cream and guacamole. Once you have selected all of your toppings it will be tightly wrapped in foil, ready for you to eat.

Now, eating the burrito is half the fun. If you’ve never done this before, don’t (I’ll repeat that: don’t) unwrap the whole thing, for goodness sake. Your entire burrito will come tumbling down like the tower of Babel. Unwrap, beginning from one end, little by little as you eat, until you get to the end and make one last mad dash and shove the entire butt in your mouth. Sounds fun, huh?

For as little as $5, I can get pretty full on one burrito (and I can put some food down, too). My favorite is the Cheezy Beef Rito with queso. The flavor of the taco meat combined with the melted cheese – mmm, burrito. The combinations are endless, though, so do what you want. The soups are rotated and to be honest, I haven’t tried any of them yet. Let me know if you do.

My only complaints are these:

  1. There is only one size for the burrito. I really think there should be three: a “Ladies” size, if you will; a regular size; and maybe a jumbo, or something that really is as big as yo’ face.
  2. Personally, I don’t care for the steak. It is a little tough and lacks flavor. I don’t know what cut of meat they use (you know what? I’ll call them right now: ring, ring, “This is Taylor.”) Thanks, Taylor. He says they use inside skirt for the beef, a 70/30 ratio of white to dark meat for the chicken, and a mix of grilled onion, potato, and squash for their Veggie. Skirt’s a little tough, ya know? That’s why I go with the taco meat. Just my opinion, ok?

My complaints aside, you should ask for a small serving of their habanero sauce. It is extremely hot, but very tasty as well. Eating this sauce is like gnawing a sore spot on the inside of your cheek – it hurts, but it feels good, but it hurts! Try a couple of the salsas from the bar. They are all made in-house and are tasty.

Lastly, save some room for the sopapillas. These are flour tortillas deep fried and then served with powdered sugar and your choice of honey, chocolate, or caramel. I really like the honey.

One more thing: check out their website. You can play a couple of fun games, and you can actually B.Y.O.B. and get the nutritional information for it. My Cheezy Rito is only 781 calories, far less than a burger and fries from the leading fast food chain and much, much tastier.

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