We’d heard on social media that Zapatista was opening a venue in Durham called ‘Zaps Burrito Bar’ and headed there a few days later. My first introduction to their Grainger Street joint was during Vegan Restaurant Week when they ran a vegan menu. I was so impressed, although even for me the portion size was huge. Some might be shocked that it was my first ever burrito! I was looking forward to trying them out again with Pip.
We had Dinky in tow who currently going through a growth spurt, or at least you’d think she is with the amount she’s eating.
Sitting above Patrick’s Pizza opposite the Swan & Three Cygnets pub, it’s an ideal location with plenty of parking opposite on Old Elvet.
The main part of the ‘bar’ is upstairs, although there is seating on the ground floor. It’s not the biggest venue but there is plenty of seating in stylishly decorated areas.
As we looked at the menu it was self-evident that we were going to end up with a vegan burrito and nachos (Pip’s favourite) in addition to a little something for Dinky.
The staff were really friendly and guided us through the creation of our burrito. The menu is the same as their Newcastle venues. They were well versed in dietary requirements and really helpful in putting together a Dinky’s little kids meal. For those worried about cross contamination the work area is really clean and gloves were changed in between dealing with meat and the vegan options.
I started with the Nachos which were fully loaded. As I was eating them solo I struggled, especially as I had my Beef Burrito to get through afterwards. I sometimes find that jalapeños can be very mild depending on where you get them from. Zaps had the hot kind!
Pip’s Burrito consisted of sweet potato chilli, salsa, rice, guacamole and lettuce and – as per Zap style – was huge! Pip said she enjoyed it but was rolling afterwards.
The kids meal is really good value for money. It would be nice, however, if Zaps could give the choice of whether their burrito is already assembled rather than ‘broken up’ in a bowl.
Dinky ended up stealing some of Pip’s as she prefers to copy the grown ups and eat the same as them. I know older children will probably like the idea of making up their own too.
Overall, we had a good visit to Zaps in Durham. We’d definitely go in again if we were in Durham. It’s necessary to go with an empty stomach as we find the portions very generous. We also think its good value for money. Zaps was welcoming with some fantastic artwork on the walls.
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