Bay City Burrito
838 Glenferrie Rd,
Hawthorn VIC 3122
(03) 9818 1482
You may be forgiven for thinking the Mexican trend is over in Melbourne. But if, like me, you still can’t get enough of those sweet sweet tacos, you may be interested to learn of a great little place on Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, called Bay City Burritos, which is churning out tacos as good as anyone else.
Owner Gary Mink opened the Hawthorn eatery last year, reformatting what was High Tech Burrito to become the more polished Bay City Burrito. The second in his empire, the original was opened in St Kilda, hence the name.
Mink, inspired by the food of the Mission district in his home town San Fransisco, created a menu that is sure to please everyone, with carnivores and vegetarians alike well catered for. Given the word ‘burrito’ is in the name, you can bet there is an extensive list to choose from, with everything from your typical grilled steak, to the more adventurous teriyaki chicken, or even braised tofu for the animal sympathisers out there. Don’t like any of the 19 options on the menu? Why not make your own: pick your meat, the fillings, and your tortilla and have it just the way you like it.
But the real draw card is their famous Bay City Bomber – steak AND chicken, black beans, Spanish rice, cheese, guacamole, lime sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, black olives, and mild salsa in a grilled flour tortilla ($17.80). As the menu says, it’s massive.
If you’re not quite up to that but still want something tasty, there’s a small selection of tacos available. You COULD try a Street Taco with your choice of meat, chopped onions, cilantro, red chili salsa & melted cheese in grilled corn tortillas (1 for $5.90, 2 for $11.80) which you’ll be happy with. OR if your after something light and fresh, try the fish taco with grilled strips of seasoned fish, fresh cabbage slaw, chipotle dressing & pineapple salsa in grilled corn tortillas (1 for $8.20, 2 for $16.40).
For those boycotting carbs, there’s a few salad options too. I’ve tried the prawn salad with cos lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, pineapple salsa, cilantro, green onions drizzled with Asian dressing and dry aged cheese ($16.90), but as soon as it arrives you’ll be suffering from food FOMO. Seriously get the taco or burrito.
If you’re after something to nibble on while you sip your Pacifico beer or Mexican soda, there’s a few smaller options including two options for nachos: The Bay City Nachos – warm tortilla chips smothered in home made Queso sauce and topped with fresh Pico de Gallo ($8.90); or the Nachos Locos – loaded with black beans, guacamole and sour cream ($12.90). My pick? The Bay City Nachos.
Craving a fresh taco but haven’t got the energy to travel to Richmond for it? Bay City Burrito, Hawthorn is the answer.