New World Tortilla is finally open! The now take cards and they have coffee.
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The above sign is posted in NWT’s Burlington Vermont Location. As seen in the Seven Days article , NWT is moving here on Pine Street. Which is WAY down the road, near the Cumberland Farms. So the new location will be basically out of walking reach for down town Burlington. In addition to the move they’re closing their Burlington and Essex Vermont locations, leaving their UVM location open.
In fact their UVM location may have helped provide the motivation and capital to open the new location:
New World Tortilla made themselves known to students by selling over 62000 burritos from their location during the year
Another factor may be the influx of wrap proveyors. I’m happy for the owners who I always see hard at work, and I look forward to the new menu items. But I’m also sad that this wrap institution is changing and is moving away from down town Burlington.
Subtitle of the article should be: AKA how NWT plans to screw over your lunch plans. In protest, I’ll be eating this month as much as I can at the North Winooski location in a probably-vain attempt to prove this location profitable. This should prove to be a rather tasty protest.
New World Tortilla – Essex
New world Tortilla now makes their own wraps, I’ve seen them make the wraps with my OWN EYES in the front window of the Burlington shop. It’s a nice distraction while you wrap is prepared. Fresh spinach can now be found in the spinach wrap. Not too much more spinach flavor, but the wrap is significantly more crispy and less gummy /soggy at the end of a Thai chicken wrap. More fresh spinach please!
New World Tortilla – Chicken Salad Special on new Cayenne Wrap
The Cayenne pepper wrap is a home run with the chicken salad wrap, it has the perfect amount of heat to “kick it up a notch”.
Prices have gone up slightly at NWT, likely due to the new in-house wraps; It’s still worth it.
Bueno Y Sano is the new burrito player in town. An article in local paper Seven Days had a write-up on their arrival. As noted in the article, this is the third Bueno Y Sano (good and healthy in Spanish) location to open; the other locations are in college towns in MA. I too decided to try Bueno Y Sano’s Thai Chicken Burrito, but I came to different conclusions.
The wrap is almost in a ball shape (they tuck both ends of the wrap) which is unique. Immediately there is a nice coconut, mint?, Thai red pepper flavor from the sauce. The red cabbage is nice and crunchy, the chicken is breast meat, the basmati rice was an interesting choice. However I normally associate jasmine rice with Thai food (a la New World Tortilla’s version, the basmati was nicely steamed but the choice of rice threw me off. Also noticeable missing from the sauce was peanut, this Thai sauce appears to be primarily coconut based. I was worried about the wrap disintegrating, but it held together well. Since there was a real dearth of peanut butter in the sauce, I decided to try the grande Thai Chicken Burrito a second day to be sure it wasn’t a fluke.
Because of the roundish shape of the burrito, the grande size means that you’re going to have bites that are all one ingredient. I confirmed that there is a lack of peanut butter in the sauce, and was disappointed that the wrap was so sweet, despite being excited about possibilities of coconut and mint in the mix. Also, inexplicably there was romaine lettuce and sauteed spinach in the large version of this wrap, which was not advertised on the menu. Finally points off for not draining the cabbage this time around. My hands were covered in red cabbage juice, and as noted in the picture the wrap just fell apart at the end.
So if you order the Thai Chicken Burrito, order the normal size, and be prepared for a heavy coconut, faint peanut flavor. The normal size is $7, and the grande is $7.50, a filling-inexpensive lunch, but I don’t think I’ll order the Thai Chicken Burrito again as I know a better version exists. I will however be back to try some other of their menu options, which seems to be one of Bueno Y Sano’s strong suits.
As mentioned in my chicken salad wrap post, The classic New World toasted tortilla. This tortilla is spinach, which doesn’t impart too much flavor, but is nice visually.
This wrap is tremendous, it hits all “5 tastes”, you want to keep eating it to get the balance of all of the flavors and textures. This wrap made me realize that I love jasmine rice, and confirmed my love of peanut butter. It’s also tremendously large, and eating the whole thing may result in feelings of accomplishment, or possibly slight food-coma. The only slight unavoidable issue with this wrap, it that the very bottom of it starts to get a little soggy, meaning the end of the wrap can be a little messy. So good, and a great value!
New World Tortilla is one of my favorite lunch spots, they now have 3 locations. Original Burlington Vermont location, UVM, and now Essex Vermont. As the name implies “New World” has great wraps.
Pictured here is the Wrap, notice the large size, quarter for reference.
The toasted wrap means that it’s easier to bite into and you’re assured that you won’t get that gummy texture that sometimes comes from a cold warp. The chicken salad contains grilled chicken breast that is chopped and combined with fresh dill, halved red grapes, mayo and typically shredded romaine lettuce. This wrap has great texture, and great flavor. I like the fresh dill and sweet grape combination. The fact that the wrap is made with chicken breast means that it has different texture, than if the rest of the chicken were used. At one point this wrap was served with mesclun greens, which while they don’t have the same satisfying crunch of romaine, the slight bitterness of the greens was a nice counterpoint to the sweetness of the grapes. I may request a romaine / mesclun mix next time if possible.
Pictured above is a little fun with the recyclable foil, standing the wrap up while I get something to drink. At under six dollars this wrap is a steal, but only on Thursdays!