There is nothing better than a huge, messy and delicious burrito
straight from Ma and Pop’s kitchen. That is exactly what the
citizens of Fort Collins get when they sink their teeth into a
creation from Big City Burrito.
Big City Burrito, 510 S. College Ave., was the brainchild of
owners Howard and Laurie Cadwell. The couple had the idea for a
California-style burrito shop and brought recipes for both food and
success to Fort Collins, according to assistant manager Luke
“It’s nice to be local – locally owned, local employees … we
work hard to try and make everything as fresh and friendly as
possible,” Burhenn said. “Nothing is microwaved and nothing is
Although the crowded shop is small, it has been around for 10
years. Most all the recipes are original, and are results of
collaborations between Laurie Cadwell and head chef Lupe
Chavira, who moved to Colorado 11 years ago from Mexico, makes
all the salsas and Big City’s famous Chicken Mole right in the
restaurant, with not a single recipe book to be found. Chavira, who
grew up cooking with her mother, does it all by memory. And most
customers say it comes out perfect every time.
In addition to a line out the door on most days, evidence of Big
City Burrito’s success lies in its franchises, open in both
Loveland and Windsor.
Some of the most popular burritos are the Potato Burrito and the
Chicken Mole Burrito, Burhenn said. The potatoes are fresh and
fried with Big City’s own seasonings, and a hefty squirt of ranch
adds some extra zest.
The food is put together assembly-line style right in front of
the customer, so burritos are guaranteed fresh and quick. Every
year over the Christmas holiday, Big City closes to let employees
go home to friends and family. During this year’s break, Big City’s
building will be remodeled.
“This place used to be a barber shop with a little office in
back,” Burhenn said.
After the renovations, the kitchen will be bigger and be
designed more like a restaurant.
Even if it still just a tiny shop, rain or shine, Big City
Burrito always makes the perfect local meal.
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