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Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
2004/01/23 10:24:16
Juat read where we're getting another "mexican" restaurant called "Chipolte's". They originated in Denver and have more than 300 locations throughout the US. No two restaurants look alike. Anyone ever eaten at one?
signman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/01/23 10:32:50
From my limited knowledge, Chipotle is owned by McDonalds. It seems to be a hit wherever they have opened. I have only eaten at one (Rosslyn, VA) but it was good and I would return. They serve a limited menu of burritos, with everything pretty much cooked and assembled right in front of you. They're big and good and cheap ($5-6). It's almost cafeteria style and then you find an available seat.

They are opening one here in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, which will be nice if you are a tourist, or work in the immediate vicinity. They have chosen a location with no parking. Well not really true, only that the cost to park nearby would cost more than your meal.

www.chipotle.com Site is too cute for it's own good
Maynerd
Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/01/23 10:34:56
I believe they are owned by McDonalds. Big burritos stuffed with rice, beans, choice of meat in a big flour tortilla. They have a few other menu items such as tacos too. Usually the decor is very modern-polished wood, metal, etc. You walk up and place your order, move down the line to to have them add rice, beans, etc. choices.

Food is pretty good, I don't go out of my way to have it though.
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/01/23 10:44:21
This one will be walking distance from work, right along with Burrito Brothers Taco Company(favorite)Tiquana Flats, you get the picture. I like the "move down the line" procedure, as I like "light lettuce", no rice, etc. I hate when they pile up so much lettuce that that's all you taste. Such as the case with Subway, if you don't pay attention and really specify how you'd like it made, it may as well be a veggie sub.
Looks like I may have something to look forward too!
signman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/01/23 10:46:47
Rusty, check out the link to their website, I just added it. Be prepared for a frustrating experience though.
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/01/23 10:47:49
Gaak! I cannot stand those Mission Burrito kind of places. The first time is "OK", but if you have to go back several times, well, I would just as soon go without.

Chain style pseudo "Mexican".
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/01/23 10:49:44
quote:
Originally posted by Lone Star

Gaak! I cannot stand those Mission Burrito kind of places. The first time is "OK", but if you have to go back several times, well, I would just as soon go without.

Chain style pseudo "Mexican".


I would rather have an "enchirito"
wanderingjew
Sirloin
RE: Chipolte's 2004/01/23 11:07:59
quote:
Originally posted by Lone Star

Gaak! I cannot stand those Mission Burrito kind of places. The first time is "OK", but if you have to go back several times, well, I would just as soon go without.

Chain style pseudo "Mexican".


Couldn't agree with you more Lone Star!
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/01/23 11:18:47
quote:
Originally posted by wanderingjew

quote:
Originally posted by Lone Star

Gaak! I cannot stand those Mission Burrito kind of places. The first time is "OK", but if you have to go back several times, well, I would just as soon go without.

Chain style pseudo "Mexican".


Couldn't agree with you more Lone Star!

Well bust my bubble! That's pretty much all we have here, only one authentic place, Las Margaritas, the best white cheese dip ever, and it's owned and operated by Mexicans. As far as I know it's not a chain.
kland01s
Filet Mignon
RE: Chipolte's 2004/01/23 11:22:44
I like Chipotle and yes they are owned by McD but I like the fact that everything is fresh, made right in front of you and mine has the option of skipping the tortilla and having everything put into a bowl. I think the meat is spiced nicely and I usually pick the hottest salsa.
Julia I
Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/01/25 02:10:42
Chipolte's arrived in Milwaukee a few years after a similar chain, Qdoba, arrived. Granted they are pseudo-Mexican, but they are a nice alternative where you can choose exactly what you get in your tortilla or your bowl. But I thought that Chipolte's was bland compared to Qdoba and I won't be going back. Funny how two such similar restaurants can seem so different to me.
autumneyez04
Hamburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/02/19 04:45:28
OH MY GOSH! I LOVE CHIPOTLE'S!!! I've been several times, each time a pleasant experience

Huge Burritos so big you gotta eat them with a fork or spoon. Tortillas are like 12 inches wide or more! Lime infused rice, spicy corn, nice chunks of spicy meat, several sauces from mild to extremely hot, along with lettuce and tomatoes, with sour cream and guacamole! I can hardly finish one burrito but refuse to throw it away it is so good. I can't wait to go back again.

Very laid back and cafateria style... go down the line and tell them what you want in your burrito...the sky is the limit!

ONLY 6 BUX!!!!
ap2autumneyez04
Junior Burger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/02/20 18:01:08
chipotles is awesome
Vince Macek
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/02/20 20:31:39
I ate at the one in my neighborhood - quite all right; as franchise fast food goes it's darn good...I'm just anxious that places like these can displace independent joints that did it first and better. I'm specifically thinking of the demise of Tortilla's on Ponce de Leon here in Atlanta.

At least I still have Raging Burrito in Decatur...and at least Chipotle's isn't aggressively 'cute' like Moe's!
blake76
Junior Burger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/02/20 23:00:35
In Colorado Springs, I stayed the heck away from Chipotle, and happily went to the very-small-but-loved-by-locals Taco Stand on South Academy--authentic, cheap, fresh Mexican food. What I would do for an order of their taquitos and fresh guac, right now, I don't know. However, here, in the middle of Missouri, I have a harder time finding authentic Mexican. So.....Chipotle ain't bad, temporarily. Once I discovered that you could just get veggies, meat, and cheese (instead of what seemed like that plus four cups of rice), I was pretty happy. And their music isn't all bad, either. My family pronounces the name as, "cheep-oaltay," instead of "cheep-oat-lay," which drives me a little nuts, but, then, I'm a gringo, too....
hatteras04
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/02/20 23:28:00
We have Chipotle's everywhere in Columbus. It's not bad. I think it's a little bland for Mexican but it does make for a filling lunch and they do a good job of getting you in and out quick. I would say that it is just a couple of notches above Taco Bell because of better ingredients. However, bottom line is that it is still a chain. And once you've eaten there a couple of times you've pretty much experienced all they have to offer. Like Lone Star said, it's ok at first but after a while I'd just rather skip it.
autumneyez04
Hamburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/02/21 15:31:07
quote:
Originally posted by blake76

In Colorado Springs, I stayed the heck away from Chipotle, and happily went to the very-small-but-loved-by-locals Taco Stand on South Academy--authentic, cheap, fresh Mexican food. What I would do for an order of their taquitos and fresh guac, right now, I don't know. However, here, in the middle of Missouri, I have a harder time finding authentic Mexican. So.....Chipotle ain't bad, temporarily. Once I discovered that you could just get veggies, meat, and cheese (instead of what seemed like that plus four cups of rice), I was pretty happy. And their music isn't all bad, either. My family pronounces the name as, "cheep-oaltay," instead of "cheep-oat-lay," which drives me a little nuts, but, then, I'm a gringo, too....


Oh goodness, no offense, I'm just shocked someone could compare Chipotle's to a Mexican stand. A friend of mine lives in Houston where the mexican stands are seen on every corner almost. They are referred to as a Roach Coach. Usually dirty I dont see how Chipote's could get old to anyone. There is 4 different kinds of meat to choose from and you can specify wether you want rice or not and how much! wierd. I guess I'm just a hardcore fan of the place. I've only had it 3 times and can't wait to frequent Houston again to visit the place.
blake76
Junior Burger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/02/21 17:14:28
Actually, Autumneyez, "Taco Stand" is just the restaurant's name; it's housed in what must formerly have been the world's smallest Pizza Hut. It's not a roach coach; I have yet to find one of those I'll actually buy food from, though I'm sure there are some that defy the stereotype.
autumneyez04
Hamburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/02/21 18:26:19
quote:
Originally posted by blake76

Actually, Autumneyez, "Taco Stand" is just the restaurant's name; it's housed in what must formerly have been the world's smallest Pizza Hut. It's not a roach coach; I have yet to find one of those I'll actually buy food from, though I'm sure there are some that defy the stereotype.


OH goodness I do apologize for thinking Taco Stand was what we call a roach coach, a small mobile trailer. Again, please accept my apologies.
blake76
Junior Burger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/02/22 00:43:28
No problem. You know what else I like about Chipotle? The local one, at least, is run by a guy who actually likes students (seeing as they're 95% of his business, I guess it makes sense): one day, as I was standing in line, watching my burrito bowl graduate from meat to toppings, the manager cried," Anyone got a paperclip?" We all stared at him. "For anyone in line who can produce a paperclip, lunch is on the house." Everyone in line tears through his bag, and ecstatically rips a paperclip off a term paper. (Ok, I took one off one of my students' papers.) Lunch was on the house for about twenty students. Either this is a guy who knows his clientele, or he's really hard up for office supplies. Love the Chipotle. Sorry for hogging this thread!
jm199
Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/02/28 12:13:41


CHIPOTLE ALERT: FREE FOOD!!!

If you eat at Chipotle's tomorrow, Sunday, FEBRUARY 29th, they are running a special promotion. Save your receipt from your burrito purchase on this day, and bring it back during next week (until Saturday March 6th). They will give you a FREE burrito!!! Not a bad deal. Details are at their website, www.chipotle.com

ENJOY!!!!
signman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/02/28 14:19:17
jm, Thanks for the heads up. I looked at their website, which is very clever, but absolutely sucks if you want to find information fast or easy. I couldn't find any information on the site. Can you post a link?? Thanks
jm199
Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/02/28 14:33:21

Signman, I received an email from Chipotle's this week with the promotion. I tossed it after reading it. It is good nationwide at ALL Chipotle's. By the way, the guy with the shaven head on the website is a fellow Pittsburgher, Joe Stupp!

Sign up for their email lists. They send out periodic updates for free burrito days which are held 4-6 times each year.

Sorry I couldn't be of more assistance.
marberthenad
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/02/28 17:39:28
Carnitas are what bring me into Mexican restaurants. Carnitas at Chipotles are OK, but small in portion, and not greasy enough.
signman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/02/29 01:28:00
Thanks jm, I signed up for their list. I like free food. I also took the opportunity to tell Joe what I thought of the website.
RE: Chipolte's 2004/03/20 18:52:08
quote:
Originally posted by Rusty246

quote:
Originally posted by wanderingjew

quote:
Originally posted by Lone Star

Gaak! I cannot stand those Mission Burrito kind of places. The first time is "OK", but if you have to go back several times, well, I would just as soon go without.

Chain style pseudo "Mexican".


Couldn't agree with you more Lone Star!

Well bust my bubble! That's pretty much all we have here, only one authentic place, Las Margaritas, the best white cheese dip ever, and it's owned and operated by Mexicans. As far as I know it's not a chain.


The authenticity isn't in who makes the food - it's in who EATS the food! (There are plenty of Mexicans working in Taco Bells all across this great nation of ours, remember?) They make what you buy - they starve otherwise. And just like with any other cuisine - you can't expect it to be authentic just because you like it.
Buen provecho,
Richard
Berkeley/SF, CA

P.S. Chipotle? I ate at one once to verify that it would be as lousy as I expected - & it didn't disappoint. The "flavor-lite" franchise mentality left me underwhelmed.
Wallyum
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/04/15 04:02:52
Authentic or not, I love Chipotle. It's one of the few places I can go and get a quick, consistent, tasty meal without taking out a loan. As an added bonus, my son also loves it, which makes it the perfect place to go for our occasional "boys night out".
josh123
Junior Burger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/07/07 17:24:15
When is Chipotle's expanding to Upstate New York. There are no chain Mexican Restaurants up here.
hungovergourmet
Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/07/07 18:28:14
We ate at one once in DC and were completely underwhelmed. Totally lacking in flavor, but you got plenty for your money.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: Chipolte's 2004/07/07 19:34:56
quote:

Oh goodness, no offense, I'm just shocked someone could compare Chipotle's to a Mexican stand. A friend of mine lives in Houston where the mexican stands are seen on every corner almost. They are referred to as a Roach Coach. Usually dirty I dont see how Chipote's could get old to anyone. There is 4 different kinds of meat to choose from and you can specify wether you want rice or not and how much! wierd. I guess I'm just a hardcore fan of the place. I've only had it 3 times and can't wait to frequent Houston again to visit the place.


Enjoy Chipotle's as long as you understand that it's a chain, cleaned up version of the "Mission-style" taquerias all over San Francisco, most of which are acceptably sanitary and offer not 4 but maybe 10 kinds of meat (including such things as brains and tripe I'm sure Chipotle's will never serve).

Now somebody else in this thread has already trashed the "Mission-style" burrito (as in San Francisco's Mission District) and I'll have to disagree. We all know they aren't "Mexican". But I still enjoy them and if you are a student or an artist or any other impecunious person looking to get your tummy filled up with something you can taste on the way down, they are a life (not to mention wallet) saver. Give 'em a break!
Jennifer_4
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/07/07 20:05:40
My husband's addicted to the place.. I'm not that impressed....tastes too "upscale" and the decor is uncomfortably sparse and cold. I miss our old "Taco Man" delivery place...
rigoleto
Junior Burger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/07/11 05:28:17
I rather eat in a Roach Coach joint, provided it's authentic Mexican, than in any inspid Mission-style burrito chain. It's all refashioned ketchup!
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: Chipolte's 2004/07/11 14:45:35
quote:
Originally posted by rigoleto

I rather eat in a Roach Coach joint, provided it's authentic Mexican, than in any inspid Mission-style burrito chain. It's all refashioned ketchup!


OK, I'll agree. But don't apply the same disdain to actual taquerias in San Francisco's Mission District where the "mission-style" burrito was invented. These places are what the chains are trying to copy. And like I've said, they put out a very tasty product that will fill you up for a couple of bucks--and they don't use ketchup. Nobody pretends it's MEXICAN. A large percentage of the people working there and eating there know that very well because they ARE Mexican (although, admittedly, quite a few are also Honduran, Salvadorean and Nicaraguan).
linus
Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/07/15 22:35:14
my teenage daughter would rather eat the chipotle's veggie burrito than any other fast food. considering it's made of squash, peppers, onions, tomatos, beans and rice, i can't knock it. she has one of the healthiest addictions around, when you think of other fast food. and the place is so clean too. compare that to the recent grossness of the extra valu meal comerical for taco bell. ugh. half pound burrito??? stuffed with what? i don't take my kids there.our taco bells are the worst around here. snotty staff, mystery meat, crowed unclean places. chipotle looks better and better
Kent Daniels
Junior Burger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/07/21 22:06:20
If you're getting a Chipotle's in your neighborhood, they always seem to have a "free food" trial run the day before the grand opening. All you do is show up around the lunch or dinner hour, and you get your choice of menu item (with a drink and chips on the side) absolutely free. They just put a tip jar out by the cash register.
They're good for "chain food" and if you're dieting the burrito bowl is a great option, but what I like most is their tomatillo/chili hot sauce. I use the leftover sauce to make Chinese Twice-cooked pork.
signman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/07/21 23:17:58
Kent, that is a great heads up. I just passed a long vacant Brueggers Bagels location near me that is being renovated into Chipotle's. The sign is already up, but the rest looks at least a month away. As stated at the beginning of this thread, I've only been to this chain once, but it was a positive experience. We'll see if it stands up.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Chipolte's 2004/07/22 00:08:25
I dunno, BPR.

Chipotle's has been in Cincinnati for several years now, and we do indeed have other similar but locally-owned burrito joints here as well, so I had visited them all and skipped Chipotle's.

Mind you, I never went to any of these more than once, as I was underwhelmed by the food.

That said, I went to Chipotle's today for the very first time, and I hate to admit it, but it was excellent. Really top notch. Had the steak, and was also given a sample on request of the pork and the chicken. I'll be back for both at some point.

I recommend that you go in and ask for a sample of the meat they use. It's steam tabled, and ready to go, and the fellow I asked handled this as if they have a "give a sample on request, without hesitation" type policy in place. Won't cost you anything but 2 minutes of your time (as long as you don;t go during lunch rush) and a very temporary suspension of your feelings about McD's.

Let me also say that I didn't see any McD's influence on the place. It is as if McD's is allowing this subsidiary to operate as it sees fit for the moment, which is a very good thing indeed.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: Chipolte's 2004/07/22 04:20:03
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

I dunno, BPR.

Chipotle's has been in Cincinnati for several years now, and we do indeed have other similar but locally-owned burrito joints here as well, so I had visited them all and skipped Chipotle's.

Mind you, I never went to any of these more than once, as I was underwhelmed by the food.

That said, I went to Chipotle's today for the very first time, and I hate to admit it, but it was excellent. Really top notch. Had the steak, and was also given a sample on request of the pork and the chicken. I'll be back for both at some point.

I recommend that you go in and ask for a sample of the meat they use. It's steam tabled, and ready to go, and the fellow I asked handled this as if they have a "give a sample on request, without hesitation" type policy in place. Won't cost you anything but 2 minutes of your time (as long as you don;t go during lunch rush) and a very temporary suspension of your feelings about McD's.

Let me also say that I didn't see any McD's influence on the place. It is as if McD's is allowing this subsidiary to operate as it sees fit for the moment, which is a very good thing indeed.


Well I have no plans to try it, but I have to say that the only outlet I'm familiar with is in the SF financial district and is really packed with stockbroker types at lunch even though there's several places I'd guess would have better burritos well within walking distance.

Maybe someday I'll put on a pinstripe suit, spread collar shirt and wing tips and join 'em just to try it. But not anytime soon. The serious question is how they get the burrito juice off their $100 neckties.
awatts
Junior Burger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/07/29 19:51:00
Chipotle is by far the WORST mexican food ever and the restaurant itself is an excercise in corporate weaselism. Here is why:

1- The food is cold, this is the second time I've eaten there. Figured maybe the first was just a fluke. The food was cold both times. Health lawsuit waiting to happen. ChiPtomiane anyone?

2. I ordered a Fajita Burrito. The Peppers, onions were not cooked. They were still "hard".

3. The tortilla was not cooked enough, it still smelled like uncooked dough

4. The assembly line way of rushing your order through is irritating. Its got all the charm of a prison cafeteria.

5. The restaurant decor is so metallic and glass that it is annnoying to eat there. Sounds bounce off the walls, making tinny noises and making it difficult to even understand the people on the burrito assembly line. Its screams "go away"!

6. The www.chipotle.com website is annoying too. Its trying too hard to be cute. Try finding anything useful.

7. The Burritos are "Mexican Death Meals" according to the diet and nutrition reports, some of them have more fat and calories than a McLardburger..of course think of the owners.

8. The chairs are uncomfortable - probably so you don't sit there very long...all part of the McDonalds corporate mentality "customers are cattle" Mooo! Herd em in, get em out!

9. The burrito looks like a big silver wrapped turd. Or maybe a Tylenol, either way its unappetizing.

10. In a nutshell: Chipotle Sucks!


Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Chipolte's 2004/07/29 20:22:16
So, you are not a Chipotle fan?
jlobough
Hamburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/07/29 21:08:17
That's what I love about these forums. Nobody's very shy in expressing themselves.

As for Chipotle, I think I just simply see it for what it is. It's a cheaper (and tastier) lunch option than most of what I can find here in the Chicago Loop. On the other side of the coin, I'm not going to pass up a more authentic choice for Mexican food in order to go to Chipotle. I think it's just a good option for the occasional lunch.
carlylynn88
Junior Burger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/18 02:35:58
I love Chipotle! I would ask for half the rice though on the burrito. Its great though. I actually wrote the guy and told him to build one in my college town. Everytime I come home its the one place I have to eat at! I will miss it when I go back to school!
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/18 23:07:06
quote:
Originally posted by jlobough

That's what I love about these forums. Nobody's very shy in expressing themselves.

As for Chipotle, I think I just simply see it for what it is. It's a cheaper (and tastier) lunch option than most of what I can find here in the Chicago Loop. On the other side of the coin, I'm not going to pass up a more authentic choice for Mexican food in order to go to Chipotle. I think it's just a good option for the occasional lunch.


You really think it's tastier than a wurst at the Berghoff?
Sasaku
Hamburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/21 21:01:27
awatt's is right about chipoltes, but if you dont mind if your food is only warm and dont care about health, then the place is great, I enjoyed all the burritos iv had there, and I never have to look long to find one there everywhere where I live.
santacruz
Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/24 11:44:08
I work in San Francisco's mission district, there are so many good taquerias that no one would think of going to Chipolte's. But I tried one in Foster City and one in Castro Valley Ca. both were BAD. I swear the worst mission place is heads above Chipolte's. I think the words that describe these Burrito's are Bland and Cold with no passion.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/24 12:12:42
quote:
Originally posted by axvawe

I work in San Francisco's mission district, there are so many good taquerias that no one would think of going to Chipolte's. But I tried one in Foster City and one in Castro Valley Ca. both were BAD. I swear the worst mission place is heads above Chipolte's. I think the words that describe these Burrito's are Bland and Cold with no passion.


I agree with you but found many non-believers in other threads. Now please do the world a favor by trying the Chipotle's on New Montgomery St. (I think--I get confused and it could be 2nd St.) between Mission and Howard and tell me why it's so crowded at lunch time. It's not that there aren't better alternatives like El Faro.

PS--I can't bring myself to eat there and explore this myself, but you admit you have tried other Chipotle's so please take one more for the team.
santacruz
Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/24 12:44:50
BT I will give it a shot when I'm in that part of town. El Faro is even better than Chipolte's
Maynerd
Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/24 13:07:30
Ok, I'm back in this thread...

I've been to Chipolte about once a week since they opened near work. I think it is a cut well above other FF joints. The service is quick and they customize your order to your liking right on the spot. The service has always been friendly and greeted me warmly.

The manager has bought me lunch twice, (after only a month of going there) just because I was a loyal customer. Name another FF joint or even restaurant that would do that.

The place is constantly being cleaned by staff or management.

They cook and make all the food right behind the counter for all to see.

The pork is from Nimin Ranch were the little piggies are "free range". They plan on using some organic ingredients in the future.

It's a bit more than regular FF$$, but I think it's well worth the additional cost due to the better ingredients.

Plus I'm addicted to the Carnitas Tacos!!! Help me!!!
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/24 13:09:33
Well I must say two things. #1 - I appreciate all the responses and comments, #2 - I'VE YET TO MAKE IT! Almost went last Friday but the group chose "Crispers" instead. Tell me this(those who have eaten there)I want a pinto bean burrito with lettuce(lite of course), peppers(jalapenos), onions, sour cream and cheese. I looked at the website, it doesn't say about these little extras. Will I get it? If not I'll go around the corner to Burrito Brothers.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/24 13:27:22
Hey axvawe! This is so far off topic I may get things thrown at me, but do you think the sun will ever shine through that fog on us and Chipotle's again? I'm getting really depressed. Losing my apetite even.
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/24 13:41:41
quote:
Originally posted by Rusty246

Tell me this(those who have eaten there)I want a pinto bean burrito with lettuce(lite of course), peppers(jalapenos), onions, sour cream and cheese. I looked at the website, it doesn't say about these little extras. Will I get it? If not I'll go around the corner to Burrito Brothers.


Yes, of course. Do you honestly think there's a burrito place out there that doesn't have pintos, lettuce, jalapenos, onions, sour cream and cheese?
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/24 13:53:16
quote:
Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

quote:
Originally posted by Rusty246

Tell me this(those who have eaten there)I want a pinto bean burrito with lettuce(lite of course), peppers(jalapenos), onions, sour cream and cheese. I looked at the website, it doesn't say about these little extras. Will I get it? If not I'll go around the corner to Burrito Brothers.


Yes, of course. Do you honestly think there's a burrito place out there that doesn't have pintos, lettuce, jalapenos, onions, sour cream and cheese?


I would honestly hope not!
santacruz
Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/24 14:18:20
BT as I speak the beautiful California sun is out and shineing, still a little overcast. But the sun shine on Chipolte's? No Way, Aint gonna happen. Usually when I look into these places they are empty or very lightly patronized. Maybe the one in the financial district is a different setting. I bet on weekends and after 4:00 p.m. they are pretty dead. Even home I can make a better Burrito with T.J.'s meat, my own salsa some guacamole, refrieds and whatever else I feel like.

And as you know over in the east bay there is some very good taquerias.

Chipolte's is another big chain trying to look like it isn't. Well it's time for me to go over to El Tepa for a little Chicken Mole.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/24 14:30:30
I keep trying to convince BT the best food in SF is in the east bay, but he won't believe me! The sun shines ...and there are yards with grass growing. Almost Andy Hardy-like....
Bill
joanie41
Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/24 14:35:15
Hubby and I went to the new Chipotle's near our house the other day. Interestingly, this restaurant is right across the street from Baja Fresh, which is similar, but has a larger menu, and, in my opinion, is less "stark" inside.

We thought our meal was OK. Food was fresh enough. They screwed up my order...the gal who took it thought I wanted one soft and 3 hard tacos, when in fact I only wanted 1 soft taco. But we brought the extra home and had it for dinner. There are at least 3 Mexican chains (DonPablos, Baja, Chipotles) within 1.5 miles of my house, and all are OK, if not exciting. But I'm not exactly a Mexican food gourmand. I'm getting sick of all the restaurant chains in Columbia. Would rather see some exceptional independant restaurants, but perhaps our very high real estate costs around here drive start-up businesses away. Bummer!
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/24 18:24:13
quote:
Originally posted by bill voss

in the east bay . . . . The sun shines ...and there are yards with grass growing. Almost Andy Hardy-like....
Bill


That must be where the famous "Berkeley Farms" cows are munching. Moooo!
santacruz
Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/24 18:37:53
Bill Voss,

Yea the East Bay is okay, but still miss that KC BBQ and Strouds, I didn't find to much great mexican style food in KC but some was pretty good. In the east Bay a lot of the Latino markets also have very good mexican style food at very good prices.

Here in the Bay area a lot like all area's but maybe more so because there are so many different cultures in the same area, the Bazaars and church/temple suppers and fairs offer great diverse foods, that are usally made by people who know what they are doing.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/24 19:03:08
I was just reading some college prof's thoughts about the best food in the Great Plains, and he called Kansas and KC's Mexican
Food Santa Fe Railroad Mexican, which actually makes perfect sense. The place we have eaten at since I was little was La Hacienda, at 3rd and Kansas Avenue, but all places in KC seem to serve the same style of Mexican food because I think all the waves of immigrants came from the same place, following the SFRR up the tracks. My friend back there told me about a combination Mex/Q place on rainbow that sounds intriguing, since it combines 2 major food groups. You are right, the diversity of cultures in the BA makes for some spectacular food, but good old American Home cooking was just about impossible to find. Sprouts and Kefir and kelp and stuff always seem to get in the way. And in spite of what folks there by the ocean will tell you, there is no great Q or fried chicken in the Whole of Northern California. (That should get this thread moving for another page or two)
Just had a friend passing thru KC stop at AB's, Stroud's, and LC's. I think it was a life changing experience for him. I wish I had a combination sandwich and fries right now.
Bill
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/25 03:32:12
quote:
Originally posted by bill voss

And in spite of what folks there by the ocean will tell you, there is no great Q or fried chicken in the Whole of Northern California. (That should get this thread moving for another page or two)


You are right about getting the thread moving and you may be right about the lack of great fried chicken NOW, but you wouldn't have been until recently. For most of the 22 years I've lived here, great fried chicken was to be found at Powell's Place on Hayes St. (Emmit Powell, the owner, being a professional musician of some repute apparently), but I was recently told the place had closed. I haven't yet made it by to check, but if so, it's a great loss. http://www.sfstation.com/restaurants/powells/

And I have yet to find great Q but I think that's only because I personally reject anything but NC-style pulled pork on white bread with slaw. The places I've tried around here, even the ones highly rated by people I respect, tend more toward the brisket/ribs/sausages/chicken style that just doesn't do it for me.
Wallyum
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Chipolte's 2004/08/25 04:03:11
quote:
Originally posted by Maynerd

Plus I'm addicted to the Carnitas Tacos!!! Help me!!!


Why? Can't you finish it on your own? Okay, pass some this way, but just this once.
My family is evenly split on the Chipotle debate. My wife and daughter don't care for it, while my son and I love it. Considering how the rest of my son's diet is, I welcome the chance to have him eat something that isn't deep fried.
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