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Published May 8th 2013
Do you miss Mexico a little?
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Mexico - Original Home of the Burrito


Next door to my favourite Indian Restaurant in the south of Adelaide is Arriba Grill. It opened its Cumberland Park store around a year ago, and has become a very popular place as SA enjoys its love affair with Mexican food. Part of a growing chain of stores, Arriba Grill's focus is burritos - made fresh as you wait, with only organic ingredients, and they cater for vegetarians too.

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Arriba Grill Counter at Cumberland Park


While I'm no stranger to Mexican food, I can't remember the last time I ate a burrito. Probably when I was in Mexico City some years back. So it was with a little trepidation that I approached my first recent burrito experience.

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Arriba Grill Order Form


I needn't have worried though, as the process is as simple as 1,2,3:
1. Pick up order form and tick what you would like in your burrito
2. Wait while your food is prepared
3. Eat hungrily

The friendly staff member was helpful and explained lots: the pinto beans are cooked with bacon, lime rice comes with coriander for an added zing, and the details on the choice of wraps - or a bowl if you prefer.

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Part Assembled Chicken Burrito (Small)


It was particularly pleasing to be told (without asking) that a smaller version is available for half price, as I usually have a modest appetite. I had read other people say that the full size burrito is a bit of a handful too, so that won a big tick from me.

In my case, the wait was very brief. The wrap was warmed, food inserted, and package wrapped in a couple of minutes. (Chicken with lime rice, medium tomato, cheese and lettuce in a wheat wrap).

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Tables to Eat In @ Arriba Grill


There are clean tables available (and cool drinks including Corona beer) if you wish to eat in, but I shot home to sample mine. I had seen a few comments that people were disappointed because the burritos were cold, so I wasn't sure what to expect.

The aluminium wrapping was still warm when I opened it, so I think that's pretty much how it's meant to be. After all, half the ingredients are refrigerated so you won't get the same experience as a hot yiros. The burrito temperature wasn't too cold for me, even on a winter day.

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Small(er) Burrito Compared to a Pen


There was a great combination of flavours, just enough chilli for my taste, and the smaller size meant I didn't get it all over my face as I bit into it. I enjoyed the mix, and didn't feel as though any one ingredient predominated too much.

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Arriba Grill at Cumberland Park


Next time I might be adventurous and include jalapenos in the mix, but I was impressed with my first time. And for the price the burritos are brilliant.

Oh yeah, if you want to follow these funky fellows on Facebook , do it here. You can also find details for the other stores at Prospect and Glenside there.

Update May 2013

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Chicken Taco


Arriba Grill have been listening to their fans and have introduced tacos too! It's perfect for people with a smaller appetite, or if you want to try a variety of filling flavours by having more than one.

The tacos cost $5 each and are gluten free as they are made with white corn.

I tried a chicken taco, which came wrapped in a taco shell which was slightly soft, yet still crunchy to bite on. The chicken was tasty, although I felt the rice to be a bit bland this time - I couldn't discern any lime or coriander flavour. My other filling choices were tomato (which came rather sparingly), lettuce, and cheese.

In hindsight I regretted not ordering a bit of chilli too, which would have given it the right amount of zing, but the taco was just what I needed for a lunchtime snack. I'll be back for more!
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Why? Fresh organic burritos beat fast food hands down
When: Open 7 days 11.00am 9.00pm
Phone: (08) 8373 6150
Where: 476 Goodwood Road, Cumberland Park SA
Cost: $10-12, or $5-6 for small burrito
Your Comment
Website + Facebook say it's located at 78b Prospect Road Prospect SA 5082, not Goodwood Road!
by roger (score: 1|33) 2541 days ago
Agree - it's a great local go-to spot
by Justc (score: 2|139) 2231 days ago
You're quite correct, their website and facebook are incorrect :)
If you look back on the facebook posts you will see a mention of the new stores opening (one in Queensland too)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11205) 2541 days ago
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