Chino Locos has all the markings of your run-of-the-mill burrito joint: poorly lit, scuffed up walls ... and a name that literally translates to "crazy Chinese"? Instead of suffering from a culture-confused crisis, Chino Locos combines two favourites – Mexican and Chinese – to create (hopefully) delicious Chinese-inspired Mexican.
Da Finest ($6.99)
They take a regular burrito – filled with guacamole, tomatoes, red onions, black beans, green peppers, cilantro, cheese, sour cream, chipotle sauce, and your choice of meat – and add an Asian twist. In this case, it's in the form of edamame beans, shiitake mushrooms, and the option of replacing rice with chow mein.
We ordered the Da Finest ($6.99), made with sautéed white basa fish, accompanied with chow mein at a medium spice level. Everything's made fresh, so expect to experience a slight wait but finally, we receive our burritos, ready to answer the burning question: is this mexican or mexican't?
Unfortunately, the aforementioned Asian inspiration is essentially non-existent. The chow mein is quite flavourless and the edamame beans are limited in number, resulting in a Chinese-inspired burrito that's not so Chinese-inspired, but rather just plays with interesting textures. This isn't to say that there aren't any redeeming qualities – the fish was perfectly flavourful with balanced spiced and the burrito was filling.
Our Chino Locos experience has already faded from our memory, but is worth seeking out if you're in the area (and starving). If it comes to a showdown between them and Chipotle however, Chipotle takes the cake (or burrito_.