After my last burrito conquest, it was suggested that I try Benito’s Hat, a cute little place on Goodge Street right around the corner from my office. Even though it’s very unlikely for me to have two burritos in a year, let alone a week, I said sure. It was free, after all (thanks to new people starting at work).
Even though I went there as a seemingly objective patron, I must admit, I’ve had a bit of contact with Benito’s Hat before. They e-mailed me a few months ago to come in and try some margarita promotion they had going on. I found it a bit odd, because at the time I didn’t have a food blog and I only rarely wrote about food-related things on FPN, so I asked the guy where he got my name. It turned out from a friend, which was totally cool, but when I followed back up saying ‘bring on the tequila’, the dude never e-mailed me back. That was annoying.
When you walk in, you’re greeted with shouts of ‘Next?!’ ‘What do you want?’ ‘What can I get you?’ before you’ve had a chance to glance at the menu. Being it lunch hour, we were all a bit scared of the workers and of the clearly burrito-mad people queuing behind us. I went very quickly for a pork burrito with avocado, black beans, salsa and rice. Unfortunately these fillings seemed a bit too much for the poor tortilla, which almost immediately ripped when the guy started wrapping it up. He kindly offered to make another one for me, which I declined. I’m a big girl, I can handle a bit of mess. It was nice that he asked though!
It was a nice burrito in theory. The ingredients were all really good – better than Freebird – but the way that it was put together (even apart from the gaping hole in the tortilla) was all wrong. Instead of a nice layered bite of all ingredients working marvelously together, I found myself munching through tortilla+rice, then tortilla+big hunk of pork, then tortilla+half an avocado, then the slurp slurp of black beans.
It was just ok. I’d be willing to give it another try, I suppose, but I know there have to be better places out there.