Muddy reviews: Burrito Boi, Frome
Say hola to Burrito Boi! Rumoured to make the best burritos this side of Mexico and winner of Muddy Stilettos Best Covid Start-Up business in Somerset and Dorset earlier this year
The idea is simple: brilliant burritos. Alex, Dom and Mirabel started doing takeaways during lockdown and business has boomed. Burrito Boi won Best Covid Start-Up in Somerset and Dorset in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2021 and they’ve launched a cafe/restaurant in Frome – with people travelling from miles around to nosh on their grub. Vamos amigos!
In an urban regeneration project called At The Station, on Station Approach in the cool Somerset town of Frome, which also includes the Hesperian Fish Restaurant & Shop, Rye’s Bakery, a gym and a contemporary art gallery.
It’s super relaxed with a cool canteen vibe, upbeat music, open plan kitchen so you can see the chefs making your grub, a bar serving frozen margaritas and seating inside and out (but maybe only when it’s warmer).
At lunch the place was buzzing with 20 somethings, young couples and families.
SCOFF & QUAFF
This is fast food but the difference here is fresh quality local ingredients – vintage cheddar, beef and free-range chicken, prepared in front of you – which makes it taste all the better. The food is spicy, but while some like it hot, they know others don’t, so they’ll adjust the spice levels to your own taste.
To begin, we had nachos (natch), corn tortillas with smokey nacho cheese sauce made from vintage cheddar, Monterey Jack, jalapenos and a mix of spices and special ingredient (beer); and deep-fried buffalo & blue mac ‘n’ cheese balls coated in spicy panko breadcrumbs with buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumble. That’s chicken wings and potato waffles, with cheese sauce, spring onions, herbs and peppers you can see there too. All excellent.
Have to say, the burritos were sensational, wrapped in warm, lightly toasted tortillas stuffed with deliciously contrasting ingredients. There are three types: beef, chicken and three-bean. We had the beef burrito with their signature beef mix, smokey sauce, chipotle rice, garlic and herb pinto beans, sour cream, pickled peppers and extra guacamole. Amazing. The herb-coated chicken burrito with spiced potatoes, crispy chorizo crumb, secret vintage cheddar and jalapeno sauce, pickled red onion, sweetcorn and salsa was great too. They don’t skimp on the portions either. If you don’t like tortillas, they’ll serve them naked.
On the side, we had the fresh and delicious, vegan-friendly house slaw and a thick and spicy beef consomme in which to dip your burritos.
Just enough room for dessert: sweet and delicious buñuelos, a south American doughnut like churros, with a silky, thick dulce de leche dipping sauce.
Don’t ask for the wine list, it’s beers, tequilas, frozen cocktails and soft drinks here. We had the pretty in pink grape soda and a Fentimans Pink Lemonade.
OUT & ABOUT
You’re a 10-minute walk into the centre of Frome and possibly the best selection of indy shops in Somerset – on the cobbled Catherine Hill, Cheap Street and elsewhere – and there’s that art gallery.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Fans of Mexican food and fun relaxed eating. Teens will LOVE it but all children are welcome – they do kid-sized burritos – with high chairs for the littlies. Combine with a day out shopping in Frome. You can hire the whole place for parties after 8pm. Takeaway – you can order here.
Not for: Anyone wanting a leisurely, quiet tête-à-tête with a friend – this place is buzzing and designed for fast turnaround.
The damage: Good value. Starters £4.50, mains £8-£9, desserts £4-5.
Burrito Boi, Unit 1H Station Approach, Frome, Somerset BA11 1RE. 01373 476770. burritoboi.co.uk