Wilbur Mexicana in Toronto

Wilbur Mexicana is where a group of friends can meet for drinks and a taco or even going out on your own for time alone. This is a spot where anyone and everyone is welcomed, while also offering cheap downtown eats with big flavour. Wilbur Mexicana is named after the chemist that discovered the Scoville scale of spicy heat, Wilbur Scoville. They offer an upscale but casual atmosphere serving up fast cheap eats that you would not expect in the downtown core.

Wilbur Mexicana
552 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M3
http://wilburmexicana.com
https://www.instagram.com/wilburmexicana/

Once you enter the restaurant there is a sign up on the menu board that states, “Wilbur first timers, grab a menu at the door”, when you read this, you look to your left and see some menus hanging off the side rack. Once you figure out what you want to indulge in, you simply order and pay at the cash where you give you a numbered placeholder that contains a photo of a cartoon pepper. If you are dining in, just grab a seat at a table to you prefer and sit pretty; if take out, sit comfy on a stool right next to the cash.

In tradition with all my blog posts, I visited Wilbur twice to ensure that what I felt of the place will stay true. The food was consistency great and the environment/atmosphere was superb both times; this probably explains how I manage to have so many food photos.

CHEERS!

Aguas Fresca: Watermelon Lime
Aguas Fresca: Jamaica

In addition to alcoholic drinks and self serve fountain drinks, Wilbur also serves more traditional like Mexican drinks. Aguas Fresca comes in different varieties and takes; Wilbur has a few that they rotate through and currently they have the Jamaica (iced hibiscus tea) and Watermelon Lime. Both drinks were super refreshing and definitely different than anything else I’ve ever tried.

SNACK TIME!

Mexican Street Corn (aka Elotes): Charred corn on the cob, chipotle crema, cotija, guajillo chili powder

THIS CORN IS AMAZING. I’ve always heard of this treat but have never had the opportunity to try one! Although I am unsure if this follows a traditional elote, this one that Wilbur offers is jam packed with flavour and heat but also offers a refreshing feeling from the grilled corn and cotija (Mexican cheese). Just having one corn was super filling but yet it’s super difficult to even want to share the other one.

TACO TACO TACO!

These tacos were delicious! Although they may not seem like much, all of them contained so much flavour, the right amount of heat (if applicable) and have just the perfect amount of protein and toppings for them to be fairly substantial. My favourites are definitely the Baja Fish, Bulgogi and Carne Asada.

Baja Fish (corn tortilla): Beer battered mahi-mahi, cabbage, pico de gallo, chipotle crema

I am always a sucker for seafood and if it’s deep fried, then that’s a huge bonus. Their beer battered mahi-mahi is perfectly crisp, not oily and the batter is just the right amount for the fish to still be able to shine. This is a nice simple taco that still brings the flavour from the heat of the chipotle crema but along with the cooling sensation of the pico de gallo.

{Left} Beef Bulgogi (flour tortilla): Cabbage, sriracha, pear, sesame seeds
{Right} Pork (flour tortilla): Pickled red onion, lettuce, chipotle crema, cotija

The Bulgogi is when Korean food meets Mexican food; you get the Korean heat mixed in with the Mexican flavours to provide the perfect combo. Although on the hotter side, you just cannot stop eating it because of how much flavour they managed to pack into this along with the refreshing cabbage and pear to help cut the heat a touch.

{Left} Steak Carne Asada (flour tortilla): Pico de gallo, crispy onions, queso fundido
{Right} Chicken Tinga (crispy corn tortilla): Guacamole, cotija

Oh Carne Asada! I can never say no to steak (well, majority of the time) so when I saw this I just had to try it. The crispy onions gave the taco a nice crunch texture to compliment the super tender steak chunks and creamy queso fundido (melted cheese). I could probably eat a few more of these just for the ultimate combination of texture and flavour.

BURRITO ME!

The Original “Walbur-rito”: Rice, beans (black or refried), jack & oaxaca cheese, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, lettuce {add baja fish}

I am not much of a burrito person but I just knew that I had to give this one a try. Man oh man, this burrito is massive and is full of both the toppings and my protein choice. You can also see that the burrito is wrapped pretty nicely that you would be able to get a bit of everything in each bite you take. Best of all, the burrito was wrapped tightly so it made it that much easier to eat and enjoy!

SELF SERVE SALSA AND HOT SAUCE?!

Free self serve salsa bar
Array of hot sauces for you to enjoy

To top off your meal at Wilbur, they offer different fresh salsas and a wide array of hot sauces for you to choose from! No matter what, you meal can be a new adventure with the different salsas and hot sauces at your disposal. Best of all, the dishes mentioned above all came with the order of chips you see in the photos; thus offering a more complete meal (and essentially something you can use to test all the salas and hot sauces … well, I would use them in that capacity.)

Wilbur Mexicana is a place to just chill, relax, and stuff your face with simple Mexican style dishes. Whether you’re out with a group prior to clubbing in the area, or are looking for somewhere to just chill out, I can bet you that Wilbur will be that spot for you!

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Shanlli is the curator and co-owner of the foodie Instagram account @SNLEats where she posts food images of local Toronto (Canada) eats, the creations of boyfriend Nico, who is a chef in training, and food from wherever they travel to! Definitely follow them on Instagram to get a glimpse of the food scene in “The Six”.

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