Food and drink
The menu is Cal-Mex (California-Mexcian) and very good indeed. You stand in line and collect your burrito (a flour tortilla packed with meat, beans, rice, salsa, sour cream) with the option to add cheese and guacamole. Carnitas burritos are made with roast pork and fajita burritos come with sautéed peppers and onions. The lighter end of the menu includes tacos and salad. Vegetarians burritos (made with grilled vegetables, guacamole and black beans) are on offer and extra hot salsa is available if you’re feeling dangerous. There are beers and soft drinks, but no tequila.
There’s a touch of the Ben and Jerry’s about this enterprise: lots of energy and blokishness and good PR. The place is usually full, and it's clean but all very basic inside. Try and get a stool at the counter that looks out on to St Michael’s Street. This is a good place for people watching.
Fast, efficient and friendly. No complaints, but don't expect much conversation at the counter.
St Michael's Street runs from the chain store tedium of Cornmarket to New Inn Hall Street. Oxford Union’s debating chamber is almost directly opposite The Mission. Arcadia at 4 St Michael’s is one of those idiosyncratic Oxford shops worth visiting for its variety of stock such as second hand paperbacks, prints, posters, water colours, old postcards, comics and annuals.
Your meal will cost £5.45-£5.95 depending on your choice of burrito; beers from £3.30. Dine for under a tenner and feel good about it.
There is another Mission in King Edward Street (01865 722020) and a new branch has recently opened in Reading. The Mission hits Bristol in 2011.
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Escaping the crowds
- People watching
- No fuss