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Roll In, Roll Up, Roll Out at the Burrito Shack

Opened in February of this year, the Burrito Shack/T's Place fills a Mexican niche

"T" used to own the Georgetown Saloon but sold it after 22 years, keeping his catering business and moving into this smaller space on Danbury Road.  He envisioned it only as a deli but his head chef said he had a "killer recipe" for burritos and "T" was convinced.  Why not do both?  Hence, the T's Place Deli/Burrito Shack hybrid.

There's a small roadside sign that proclaims T's wares as "the world's greatest burritos," which may be a wee bit of hyperbole.  If you've traveled to the West Coast or to Mexico, chances are you've had one that at least rivals these and perhaps was slightly less expensive.

But that takes nothing away from T's hand-rolled bundles of goodness.  Choose from favorites like marinated grilled chicken or carnitas pulled pork, stuff it with black or pinto beans, choose a salsa with your kind of heat (hot for the tougher hombres and muchachas, medium for a decent kick, or mild for the niños).  Guacamole's an extra 75 cents.

Once inside the sizeable wrap, you'll find the ingredients fresh and the consistency of rice/meat/veggies just right.  As a word of warning, they're better eaten on the patio or quickly after pickup, as letting them sit around in your car, wrapped in tinfoil and baking in the late summer sun, renders the tortilla shell's powers of containment null and void.

T's also offers a variety of other fare, including a Burrito Bowl (a deep-fried tortilla shell with lettuce, Jack cheese, tomato, onions, salsa, and filling—yup, no calories here), kid's burritos, a cache of sandwiches, and some salads and slaw for those that eschew carbohydrates.

They're open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6:22 p.m. (if you think the latter time is weird, consider eating a hot carnitas burrito with your coffee while you watch the sun rise), and on Saturday from 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  During the winter, the hours may (and likely will) change.

On the whole, T serves a stand-up burrito for a reasonable price (most will run you around $7, about half-way between Taco Bell's pre-cooked edible heartburn and Chipotle's highway robbery).  But there's no price you can put on the stories T will regale you with while you wait. Those may, indeed, be the world's greatest.

Dawn Nostin September 10, 2009 at 02:47 AM
Tom, Nice article. See you at the Post Office. Dawn
Paul Lourd September 13, 2009 at 10:11 PM
I stumbled upon this place, and would have to agree that the burritos are top notch. My son and I enjoy sitting at a picnic table on a nice day, enjoying a burrito and watching the traffic go by! And it really is not expensive at all, especially considering the generous size of these burritos!

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