Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn

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    ( 17 reviews )

4002 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, 28403

Serves meat, vegan options available. Has vegetarian burritos like the Thai-me-up, tree hugger, and veggie deluxe; plus one vegan burrito. Or you can substitute a grilled fillin (eggplant, portabello mushroom, and two types of tofu) in place of meat. Most items can be made to order. There is a fresh salsa bar. Daiya vegan cheese is available for extra up-charge. Quirky and fun atmosphere with a game room for children. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, American, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Mexican, Non-veg

17 Reviews

First Review by jetgal

Excellent food, service and atmosphere! - Edit

Flaming Amy’s is our family’s favorite spot in Wilmington. They have lots of delicious vegan options. Not to mention, a great salsa bar. I personally love the Thai Me Up!

Pros: Several vegan options, Eclectic art work , Tattoo Tuesdays (10% off if you have tattoos)

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Found meat in my vegan dish - Edit

Half way through eating my vegan burrito bowl I found a piece of pork in my dish. The waitress was very apologetic and took it off my bill but finding meat in a vegan dish is just unacceptable. I definitely will not be returning.

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Great Vegan Options - Edit

Fast, cheap, and full of great vegan options like vegan cheese, jerk tofu, etc! My favorite place to eat in Wilmington.

Pros: fun environment , kid friendly, crowd pleaser

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The jerk tofu is terrific! - Edit

If you're in Wilmington, go here and order the Thai Me Up burrito with jerk tofu and vegan cheese. Then get some pineapple jalapano salsa from their salsa bar and enjoy!

Pros: generous portions, always fresh, great salsa bar

Cons: not all vegan. :(

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The Worst - Edit

This place is disgusting and I'm sure anyone could find someplace better to eat than Flaming Amy's, vegan or not. You could legitimately get a higher quality meal, made with more care at a place like Chipotle. I had no problem with the service whatsoever but the food was inedible.

Pros: ????

Cons: Burritos, Guacamole

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Lived up to the hype - Edit

Whenever I had told anyone that I would be going to Wilmington, they all told me that I needed to try Flaming Amy's. I went with a hefty appetite and was blown away by the different options. I was able to build my own burrito bowl and add eggplant (I think it was grilled?), several other veggies, black beans, rice, and veggie chili. They have an awesome salsa bar that has a LOT of choices and is fresh. The food came out quickly and there was a lot of it. Prices weren't that bad, either!

Pros: Awesome menu, Accommodating , Salsa bar

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Love it! - Edit

Have not eaten meat in 20 years and this is one of my fav places to eat. Their tofu and their veggie chili are both very good! Love the Big Jerk and the Tree Hugger as well as the Taco Salad and Nacho Daddy.

Pros: Great food, 9 varieties of salsa, Eclectic

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Salsa Bar is Most Redeeming Quality - Edit

We both got a Salad with no cheese add a side of guacamole, and a side of beans and rice. The beans and rice were plain, which I like. The salad was okay, the guacamole was a bit over garlic-ed. The salsa bar made everything taste good and we would go back just for that.

Pros: Salsa Bar

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Vegan options, but they will mess up your order - Edit

I've been here several times. I like the option to get tofu and daiya cheese, but at least half the times I ordered, they've put sour cream on my burrito or regular cheese. When they get it right, the burrito is awesome and the salsa bar is great, but I hate that the cheese/sour cream goes to waste, meaning that the animals suffered for nothing. Great for vegetarians. But really iffy for vegans.

Pros: Vegan options (tofu, daiya), Big portions

Cons: Mess up vegan orders

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jetgal 09 Aug 2014 - I've eaten at this place for years and they have Never messed up my order.  

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Check your food before eating - Edit

I've been to Flaming Amy's a few times and had no problems. The food was very good, service not great. But the last couple of times I went there, they gave me chicken instead of tofu and regular cheese instead of the vegan cheese as requested.
The reason I'm a vegan is to reduce the amount of animal suffering that occurs. When a restaurant serves me meat instead of what I ordered, tofu, then that meal goes in the garbage. So the animal was killed for nothing.
This really really bothers me and when I expressed this to the "manager", who looked 18 years old, there was not even a hint of concern. Not even an apology.
I won't go again and be warned, check your food very carefully.

Pros: some food is good, food is ready quickly

Cons: don't get what you order, bad service

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killer salsa bar - Edit

Flaming Amy's is a Wilmington landmark! They've been serving awesome burritos for over a decade. You can build your own or most of their signature burritos can be made with tofu and dairy-free cheese and sour cream.

Pros: fresh ingredients, homemade salsa bar, cheap beer

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very big and very good burritos - Edit

These were extremely yummy! The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was perfect for our family of 3 young kids.
The only thing that would make it even more perfect was if our burritos had some yummy guacamole in it. We are guac lovers and just assumed our burritos would have it. But they were very excellent anyway!

Pros: excellent food, wonderful staff, huge portions

Cons: no guac in our burrito

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Good Food, Good Price! - Edit

The service is usually quick and courteous and the price is very good for all the food you get.

Pros: friendly staff, good value, healthy cuisine

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Not recommended for people with food allergies. - Edit

Personally I am vegan but my son is not by choice...he is one year old and has a severe milk/casien allergy. We had been to Flaming Amys a couple of times... we will not be returning. My son and I share a black bean burrito with guacamole and tomatoes. Confirmed no cheese, no sour cream...nothing that will affect my diet plans or his severe allergy. Upon receiving our food... we enjoyed the first few bites... about half way into our burrito that I was sharing with my son... I happened to open the burrito and look inside... to my suprise there was a few shreds of cheese inside our burrito... almost as if the chef may have had it on his board, or his glove... either way we left our food and rushed out of there... not my kind of place to have to stab my one year old in the leg with an epi pen... I was furious and so disappointed because this was a favorite place of ours. If you do not have a food allergy or any kind of special diet needs... I highly recommend this place... not if you are. allergic in any way... My son luckily did not have a reaction... mothers intuition I suppose... but not worth taking that chance ever again...sad such carelessness can really ruin someones point of view.

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Vegan burritos and tacos, daiya cheese, tvp - Edit

I have been to Flaming Amy's numerous times. The staff is great because every single one of them knows what vegan means. The place is big with art covering the walls. If the line is long, don't worry it moves fast.

They recently started stocking Daiya cheese.

I usually order the Tree Hugger burrito with Daiya cheese. This burrito is stuffed with tofu, rice, your choice of beans (pinto, black, both), lettuce, shredded carrot, salsa, and cheese. It is gigantic and a great deal at $6.95 + .25 for the Daiya. You can also get their homemade TVP mix in there instead of tofu or in addition to it. Their guacamole is great as well, though I usually get it on the side.

Vegan soft tacos are another great choice. These have Amy's TVP in them and the vegan cheese. You can get them as a platter, with a big helping of rice and beans. In my opinion, they are expensive unless they are on special. They are $2.25 each with a .25 upcharge for TVP, and .25 for Daiya. I got the platter of 3 vegan soft tacos with the rice and beans and it came out to around $9.18. A burrito is a much better deal.

I haven't tried them but supposedly you can also get a Daiya quesadilla or vegan nachos, or pretty much whatever else is on the menu made vegan.

There is also another burrito called The Big Jerk which includes "jerk tofu" but I thought the tofu was soft and tasteless. Honestly, the tofu on the Tree Hugger could be better as well, but I prefer it over the jerk tofu.

The only significant cons are... First, there is no vegan menu or symbol on the menu marking something that can be made vegan. There is no mention of vegan on the board you order off of. There is no mention on their website either. I had to message them in order to find out what they could do. All that exists is a small sign in front of the cash register. If I were them, I'd get the word out!

Secondly, I usually order pinto beans only in my burrito or along with my soft tacos, but I invariably get some stray black beans. Because of this and the fact that they prepare meals at lightning speed, I worry about meat contamination. I have not had any issue so far, but I inspect my food every single time because I'm worried about it.

Oh yeah, also they are a bit skimpy with the Daiya on the burritos.

Pros: Vegan-Friendly, Smart Staff, Huge Burritos

Cons: No Vegan Menu, Contamination Fear, Soft Taco Prices

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Go For It! Hot, Fast, Cheap, and Easy! - Edit

After moving away 10 years ago, I've been returning for visits to Wilmington for years now. This was the place that I 'took home' with me to tell my friends. Now that I live in Wilmington again and only a short walk away, I eat there several times a week.

As a vegetarian of 19 years, I take my food choices seriously. I do not eat off grills where meat is prepared, nor do I eat deep fried foods that share the same oil with meat. I will assume that like most non-vegetarian restaurants that all grilling is done on a shared surface. On the positive side, they make their own tortilla chips which are fried in their own oil and not touched by meat.

Regardless of my requirements, Amy's has a lot of options available. Basically, if the menu items aren't of interest, you can create a burrito with a variety of items. A unique option is the Jerk Tofu, beside the standard Marinated Tofu.

The highlight in my book is the salsa bar. I've not seen one before, but this really is a strong point. Which any burrito, you get a helping of freshly made tortilla chips. From there, journey to the center for 8 fresh salsas which are constantly being turned around. These do not sit around all day, not that they would last that long!

The salsas available are:
Fresh Tomato Salsa, Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa, Black Bean & Corn Salsa, Flaming Hot Salsa, Green Tomatillo Salsa, Chipotle Tomatillo Salsa, Cucumber Salsa, Avocado Wasabi Salsa, and Ginger Peach Salsa.

The environment is colorful, fun, and 'punky' - most of the staff have tattoos. There are a plenty of tables available, and there is also outside seating. There isn't table service, just an ordering line. The music played differs from day to day. One night, the XM radio was playing some of my favorites such as Siouxsie & The Banshees, the Smiths, and Love & Rockets.

Things I would like to see would be perhaps some jalapeno cornbread added to the menu and a full liquor license so that one could have a margarita. In North Carolina, you need a separate license for anything harder than beer and wine, so the last wish of mine probably won't come true.

All in all a great place, and probably the best of the handful of restaurants that a vegetarian/vegan can feel comfortable in. I highly recommend this to both veggies and non-veggie.

Pros: Fresh Salsa Bar, Variety, Cheap!

Cons: No Margaritas

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Awesome Awesome Awesome! - Edit

I go to Wilmington to see my friends, but Flaming Amy's is my first stop on the way in and usually my last stop on the way out. It is just that good! I usually order the Tree Hugger or the Thai Me Up with Tofu. The line moves quickly so don't be intimidated by the crowd- besides, it gives you the opportunity to read the surplus of options on the menu!

Pros: Finger-lickin'good, great value, fun atmosphere

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