Video: Zapatista – Newcastle’s First Burrito Bar
By Adam Clery on July 4, 2012 in Food
They say good things come to those who wait, yeah? Well, after a fairly meaningless quarter century of my own personal existence, I think it’s fair to say that I’d earned the opening of a burrito bar that was at least within a reasonable driving distance.
I’d been saying so for years actually. Brief excursions and upheaval across both this country and the globe have opened my eyes to a whole host of foodstuffs that we’re being steadily starved of in this country (See also; Vietnamese pho and proper, proper, proper, proper beef jerky), but of all the culinary blackholes in the North-East, the burrito bar was the one that upset me the most.
It doesn’t make any sense – they’re delicious, they’re quick, they’re not that bad for you, they’re flexible on ingredients, and over the last few years there’s been an explosion of affection for Mexican food in this country. It started with Old El Paso, and it’s gradually morphed into little saches of guacamole coming almost as standard in an M&S lunch deal, but for some reason the burrito stage, the best stage, was skipped entirely.
Until now, that is.
Not even two weeks ago now, Zapatista threw open the doors on it’s Ridley Place burrito bar, and a steady stream of hungry Geordies have been making their way in ever since. Sadly, the reaction I’ve personally had to my own giddy excitement has been “it’s a what bar?”. A lot of people in these parts seemingly haven’t heard of them before. Thousands of lives, barely half lived.
So, ever the good samaritan, I took Lee Fisher down to show you all precisely what we’re on about.
Zapatista themselves put it thusly…
Zapatista is Newcastle’s first dedicated Mexican inspired Burrito Bar. Positioned in the busy shopping and student district just set off Northumberland Street our three story homage to mexican culture and food stands proud. Our traditional Mexican burritos have been years in the making, perfecting a recipe, and sourcing the finest ingredients. We strive to provide amazing quality food, hand made before your eyes, to your exact specification, in no time at all. We then provide the option to sit down, grab a soda, and eat with us, or simply takeaway, and eat on the move.
All you need to know from us though, is that they’re as tasty as they are overdue.
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