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Chilango Birmingham has lodged plans with the council to set up shop on Colmore Row. But it's not the only one.

 

**UPDATE (24/11/17): Wahaca has now halted its plans to open a branch in Birmingham.**

A spokeswoman from Wahaca had this to say:

"Sadly we couldn’t reach an agreement with the landlord and are back to looking for new sites as we’d love to open up one day.”


Chilango is planning to bring its Mexican menu of burritos, tacos, nachos and salads to a basement spot in the city centre.

The chosen site is an old bank building, one of several clustered around the now restaurant-rich Bennett's Hill area.

Chilango hopes to replicate its success in London, where it already has 10 restaurants.

If you're a burrito fan, keep your fingers crossed that the Birmingham opening will mimic their Manchester launch in 2016.

That saw them giving away free burritos to the public all day.

In a nod to the current 'clean-eating' trend, Chilango Birmingham will offer the option to order burritos 'nudo' (naked).

This option delivers all the fillings without the wrap.

Other Mexican treats on offer will include tacos, nachos and salads.

Mexican restaurants in Birmingham are like buses...

For a long time, many people bemoaned the lack of good Mexican food in Birmingham. Now, like buses, two have come along at once.

Wahaca, another popular chain, is planning to move in just round the corner on Temple Street.

And we mustn't forget old favourite Bodega (also round the corner) where the Latin American menu features dishes from Mexico.

So, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, tacos... What's the difference?

To 'wrap' your head around this in time for the invasion of Mexican restaurants in Birmingham, here's the ultimate cheat sheet...

Image: Mike McCune

Burrito

Filled wrap made with a wheat flour tortilla, not traditionally filled with sauce so you can eat with your hands

Enchilada

Filled wrap made with a corn flour tortilla, filled with sauce meaning you usually need cutlery

Fajita

The fajita is the meat that goes into the wrap, traditionally grilled with onions and peppers

Quesadilla

Wrap filled and folded in half with melted cheese in the middle (Mmmm...)

Taco

Smaller wrap made with warm corn tortilla around a single filling

So now you know. Just don't get us started on chimichangas, carnitas, muletas... If in doubt, just point!

Posted by Ahmed Ahmed