Willy's Reviews

TRIP ADVISOR REVIEW “Our favorite Atlanta lunch spot”

December 31, 2013

We love this Willies and their outstanding staff. We’ve been going since they opened their doors. This place is always packed, but they are so efficient you will not be waiting long.

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INsite ATLANTA: Best of Atlanta 2013 - Best Burrito Willy's Mexicana Grill:

October 2013

Best Burrito
Willy’s Mexicana Grill

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BUCKHEAD PATCH: Garcia Named President at Willy's Mexicana Grill

September 18, 2013

“We’re so excited to expand our management team with ‘JC’ (Juan) Garcia. He’s a proven leader and will be instrumental in helping us identify new areas for development and other opportunities, enhancing our menu and building even greater positive awareness for the Willy’s brand,” Bitter said.

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RESTAURANTINFORMER.COM: Willy’s Names Juan C. Garcia as President

September 18, 2013

Willy’s Mexicana Grill has hired restaurant executive Juan C. Garcia as president of the Atlanta-based Fresh-Mex restaurant company. Garcia brings more than 30 years of restaurant industry experience to the position. Founder Willy Bitter will remain as “chairman of the burrito” and CEO of the restaurant company, overseeing future development and long-range planning.

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MARIE, LET'S EAT! Blogger Review 9/11/13

September 11, 2013

But there was very little in the way of direct competition when Willy Bitter opened the first store in his very successful chain in 1995. Frijoleros and Tortillas were grouchy and cantankerous and much further inside the perimeter. The first Willy’s Mexicana Grill was warm and inviting and practically suburban, opening in the Roswell-Wieuca shopping center, and it’s still there today.

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ATLANTA FOODIES Blogger Review

September 10, 2013

The burritos are HUGE, and delicious! I love their hot sauce which is provided in a big squeeze bottle at all of their tables. The prep seemed really fresh. You also get tortilla chips and salsa, and there is a sauce bar as well. They had a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine – always a fun beverage option. I got Raspberry Coke.

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BELLA VIVERE Blogger Review Willy's Mexicana Grill (Sandy Springs)

August 27,2013

Personally, one of the main reasons as to why Willy’s stands out against their competitors is the fact that they’re an Atlanta-based chain that built their company from the ground up and currently have 22 locations, 21 in GA and 1 in FL. Additionally, Willy’s is a REAL person & they’ve been in the burrito-makin’ game since July of 1995 (longer than many of their competitors) and have been rolling out hundreds and thousands of burritos & other goodies way before it was even considered “cool.”

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ATHENS PATCH: ‘LOVE AT FIRST BITE’: Couple Wins Willy's Contest, Gets Engaged

August 13, 2013

Willy’s Mexicana Grill won their hearts, and now their Willy’s snapshot has won a big prize. Jackson Griffeth, 22, of Gainesville, Ga., and Katherine Bickley, 23, of Marietta, Ga., are the winners of an iPad and a year’s worth of free burritos in the “Show your Willy’s Love” Instagram photo contest for the restaurant company’s 18th anniversary.

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THE GEORGIA BULLETIN: Young artist wins $1,000 for St. Joseph School and she gets free burritos for a month

June 2013

Congrats to McKinley Roth.
The student at St. Joseph School, Marietta, won a $1,000 donation to her school as her top prize in Willy’s Mexicana Grill T-shirt design contest.

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SUNBELT FOOD SERVICE: St. Joseph’s Catholic School Wins Willy's T-Shirt Design Contest

May 16, 2013

Willy Bitter, founder of Willy’s Mexicana Grill, surprised McKinley Roth of Marietta, Ga., in her classroom at St. Joseph Catholic School with the $1,000 donation to her school for winning Willy’s T-shirt design contest in April.

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BUCKHEAD PATCH - Willy's T-Shirt Contest wins $1000 for young winner's school

April 23, 2013

Students aged 18 and younger were asked to show how they would make the world greener by illustrating the theme, “Let’s make a beautiful world together.” Entrants were required to depict nature, beauty and/or people working together to make the world a better place in their designs, which were submitted to Willy’s on or before April 17. The winning design will be printed on a commemorative Willy’s t-shirt.

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TOMORROW'S NEWS TODAY ATLANTA: Willy's Mexicana Grill Keeps Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

April 19, 2013

Willy Bitter, founder of Willy’s Mexicana Grill, is a great example someone who, despite the odds, has found success in growing his small business. Bitter started his now 20+ unit Willy’s Mexicana Grill restaurant in 1995 with a single location on Roswell Road in North Buckhead. Willy had spent time in California and fallen in love with Cali style burritos, something he hoped to replicate with his burrito restaurant.

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BUCKHEAD PATCH: Willy's Helps Wheelchair Athletes in Shepherd Shoot-out:

November 19, 2012

Willy’s Mexicana Grill helped athletes refuel between games in the “Shepherd Shoot-Out,” an annual six-team basketball tournament for wheelchair athletes hosted by the Shepherd Center Nov. 2-4.

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INsite ATLANTA: Best of Atlanta 2012 - Best Burrito Willy's Mexicana Grill:

October 30, 2012

Best Burrito
Willy’s Mexicana Grill

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INsite GAINESVILLE - Cover Feature

Sept 10, 2012

Shot in the parking lot of Willy’s on Archer Road by photographer Sujie Wu, the photo shoot consisted of Mexican food, a classic car and a model (and side-kick!) with a whole lot of personality.

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COBB IN FOCUS MAGAZINE: Curbside Cuisine

September 1, 2012

According to Hurley of Willy’s, success in the food truck business can be as simple as operating clean and attractive vehicles, providing friendly service and great food, and offering a rich experience to guests.

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11ALIVE.COM: Willy's opens in Ponce redevelopment

March 7, 2012

Hungry? Willy’s Mexicana Grill has opened another intown location near the Virginia-Highland neighborhood.

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THE INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR: Fresh Mexican food is simply the way Willy's does it

February 9, 2012

Gainesville is a city known not only for its large college population and vibrant nightlife but also for its ability to draw the appeal of major restaurant chains from all over the country.

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ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE: Council approves $3B Atlanta airport concessions package

January 4, 2012

The Varsity, Shane’s Rib Shack, Willy’s Mexicana Grill and Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint are among the brands winners of the contracts will bring to the airport, reports Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV.

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ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE: Willy's opening 1st Florida store

June 24, 2011

For an Atlanta-based burrito restaurant that has grown slowly and deliberately since it was founded 16 years ago, 2011 is turning out to be a busy year.

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AJC: First franchise Willy's Mexicana Grill to open in Gainesville, Fl.

June 14, 2011

The first franchise Willy’s Mexicana Grill will open in Gainesville, Fl. later this year.

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AJC: Up close: 'We are really community-driven'

May 28, 2011

By his own reckoning, Willy Bitter has rolled more than 100,000 burritos and acquired the tendinitis to go with them.

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ATLANTA INTOWN PAPER: Willy Bitter: The Brains Behind the Super Burrito

May 2007

What began as one man’s burrito addiction has grown into a 15-location burrito empire. Willy Bitter, founder and owner of Willy’s Mexicana Grill, started the franchise in 1995. Here, Bitter, 41 talks about how his obsession caught on and became the obsession of many satisfied burrito eaters in Atlanta…

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SUNBELT FOOD SERVICE: On the Cutting Edge with Willy Bitter

May 2005

In July 1995, Willy Bitter opened the first Willy’s Mexicana Grill in Atlanta, specializing in big “California-Style” stuffed burritos, tacos, quesadillas and made-from-scratch sauces and a selection of Mexican beers. His simple but fresh food concept has been a success for the fast-casual format. This year Bitter opened his 15th restaurant…

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AJC City Life Business: PROFILE: Burrito lover launched Willy's

January 29, 2004

Willy’s Mexicana Grill was created out of the owner’s love for California-style burritos. Customers loved them, too, and the chain has grown to 12 locations. Two more restaurants will open soon…

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KNIFE & FORK: Willy's Mexicana Grill

Willy’s Mexicana Grill isn’t related in any way other than spiritually to Tortillas. The recipes are very different. The system isn’t the same. But in its own way, Willy’s operates on the same level as its soulmate. We can see that it serves the same function in the community…

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AJC Restaurant Recommendations

June 23, 2001

In the Mood For: A burrito bigger than your head…

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AJC Fall dining guide: JOHN KESSLER'S TOP 50 RESTAURANTS

October 13, 2000

Here are John Kessler’s picks for the metro area’s top 50 restaurants, listed alphabetically, not by ranking…

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ATLANTA THEATRE WEEKLY: Stalking the Wild Burrito

March 1997

Though it’s far from new on the scene, we especially liked the food and the cheerful, but no nonsense, attitude at Willy’s Mexican Grill on Roswell Road in the netherlands between Buckhead and Sandy Springs…

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