By Max Ryan
Little Ass Burrito Bar (Dawson Street)
Of all the Mexican joints in Dublin, Little Ass has to be one of the most unassuming, and my personal favourite. Located on a corner of Dawson Street, this tiny establishment looks like an afterthought, crammed between a jeweller and a busy alleyway.
The location is not conducive to the level of popularity it enjoys at weekday lunchtimes but what Little Ass lacks in square metres, it more than makes up for with great Mexican fare.
Their extensive menu is hand drawn on a large blackboard in artistic fonts and three stools are wedged up against a cramped window table, giving the customer a clear view of the table and chairs which are squeezed onto the path outside.
Little Ass offers a more personal ordering experience than most burrito restaurants, as the customer only deals with one front of house employee, as opposed to the usual hectic exchanges with a series of overworked line cooks.
Boojum (Kevin Street)
It seems you can’t walk around a corner in the city these days without encountering a Mexican restaurant, and walking around a corner is exactly what you have to do to find the back of the queue for Boojum of Lower Kevin Street.
Its proximity to one of Dublin’s largest third level facilities at DIT probably has something to do with its popularity, but it’s not just students who choose this spacious restaurant to fill their faces with Mexico’s favourite wrapped meal. Many of the local gardai make the journey down from Upper Kevin Street to spend their lunch hour here, probably because it should be illegal for a burrito to taste so good.
Burritos and Blues (Wexford Street)
Burritos and Blues of Wexford Street enjoys the same locale, but if length of queue is a judge of popularity, then Boojum edges it.
The burritos at B&B taste like something you could make at home yourself. Which is not to say they aren’t a great lunchtime option, or a 4am option, which is the time B&B stays open til on Fridays and Saturdays.
Many a debauched night out has ended with an over-filled quesadilla or two, seasoned with tabasco sauce and tears of regret.
Pablo Picante (Baggot Street)
Baggot Street is a hive of lunchtime activity, so the competition to attract the hordes of hungry office workers is fierce. Not as fierce, however, as the heat one feels off the ‘Super Picante’ salsa with which they smear the tortilla wrap that contains a mountain of Mexican goodies.
The decor is just as aesthetically pleasing and the building’s brown and yellow facade only adds to the authentic experience – as does the selection of imported Mexican beers which go down a treat with a spicy meal.
Acapulco (George’s Street)
Full disclosure, I didn’t order a burrito here, but the tacos I did order were so good I felt it deserved a place on the list.
Acapulco is also not in the same ilk as the other restaurants. You walk in, wait to be seated, look at a menu and order from a server who comes to your table. They also have a soup of the day, so it’s quite far removed from the experience you expect from your average burrito bar.
The staff are friendly, the open plan restaurant floor is busy but spacious and very colourful and the corridor which leads to the bathroom overlooks the kitchen which is interesting. Also, the baked cheesecake is as good as you’ll find in this price range.