With the horrifically early train journey completed, I found myself in the heart of Glasgow in need of breakfast, so took myself to Gordon Street to sample Pinto’s, a place showcasing Mexican street food.



Speaking of sampling, I’d timed it rather well, as they were offering little free samples of their breakfast burritos, today, so having ordered a cheese and bacon torta, topped with salsa and jalapenos, I was able to taste a little morsel of their egg and chorizo burrito, too. Given that they also had a deal on which meant that my espresso came free with the torta, I’d secured myself quite a haul to contemplate, from my window seat.

The interior has seating for around a dozen, and at lunchtime it tends to be full to brimming. I really like the contemporary feel to the place, blending simple stone and wood with Mexican cultural detailing.

Burrito and espresso

Burrito and espresso

I watched the helpful counter woman prepare my roll, and was impressed as more and more thickly cut bacon was piled aboard, then the other toppings added. Following a little light toasting, it was with me.

It was a deeply satisfying item, packed with meaty goodness. The cheese added a good degree of melt, and with a nice amount of piquancy for the chilli items, and good crispness from the bread, each mouthful was a real palette pleaser.

Generously filled torta

Generously filled torta

The burrito slice was a little tricky to eat, but proved very tasty, too. The woman who’d brought me the burrito was incredibly friendly, passing on details of their menu offers and generally being sunny and enthusiastic in an infectious sort of way.

So overall, I thought Pinto’s to be impressively good. Their straightforward approach to simple, tasty, filling dishes is entirely to be commended. Their breakfast offerings are just lovely, and perhaps a little under-appreciated, so next time you’re looking for a meaty and lively start to the day, head to Pinto’s.

Blythe scores Pinto
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: tocino con questo, egg and chorizo burrito sample

I drank: espresso

I wore: pinstripes

Total bill: £3.95

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Written by BKR