Restaurant Thursday: Chipotle

You don’t have to ask me twice to go to Chipotle. 9/10 times I will say yes to Chipotle or even bring it up. You can ask my sister, The Christine Life, she knows that when she asks what me or anyone else in the car what they want to eat that it is never a question towards me. I usually pick Chipotle.

By saying that Chipotle is basically my favorite restaurant does not mean that I am going to be biased because there are times that I have been unhappy. So this might sound contradictary since I might sound harsh towards Chipotle but it is only because I have gone so many times that I can analyze it and tell you the pros and cons. Let’s get into it!

STAFF:Β Some are happy while others are kind of over life in general. I don’t mean this to sound rude but some of them can be so nice and helpful while others are just apathetic and can even get your order wrong by just going on auto pilot. The cashier is usually the most chipper of the bunch since they are checking you out with your order.

DECOR: Bare bones is the best way I can put it. I remember reading an article about how the first Chipotle had taken over a restaurant after it had shut down (correct me if I am wrong). I think that it is really tight, the spaces that they choose, can make it difficult for people to enjoy their meal without their personal space being interrupted. However, just go in on off times and you should be fine.

FOOD: Great! I love it. You can find an option that will fit you. It can be overwhelming though when you first go. So here is another breakdown.
Step 1: Bowl, burrito, tacos, salad.
Step 2: White rice or brown rice.
Step 3: Black beans or pinto beans or fajitas (onions and green peppers)
Step 4: Chicken, steak, carnitas, barbacoa or veggie.
Step 5: Salsa, corn salsa, sour cream, lettuce, cheese, guacamole (extra charge)
Step 6: Any drinks, chips, etc.

MENU: The menu has a good variety and it isn’t like you have to get meat if you don’t want to. If you go on an off time, make sure it is at the end of a rush so that you get fresh ingredients because if you go on a real off time you can get dry rice or meat or browning guacamole. There are usually menus for you near the front of the store so that if there is a lot of people you can easily look at the menu on paper so there is no need to strain your eyes.

BUDGET: $

Complaints: I think that the only thing is when people are asking for more when they have enough on their bowl or burrito. I headed to Chipotle around 9:20 PM and they closed at 10 PM, doors were closed and people were still eating. Not cool. Apparently they are also a part of a lot of controversy.

Chipotle doesn’t use caged animals but I did read one time that they had to due to high demands in their food but they let the public know on their doors, which I appreciate.

Hope that this didn’t scare you! Chipotle is so good!!

-The Mermaid Chef

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