I needed to so some slow carb loading so Chipotle was on my radar. If you haven't been to Chipotle yet I can only ask why?
Chipotles all look similar with minimalist decor, bare plywood calls and a minimalist menu.
The first thing you need to know is that they don't take 100 dollar bills. So you only have a hundred, make sure you bring plastic.
No 100s at Chipotle
The experience starts at the cafeteria style counter. If you order a burrito they warm one up in the tortilla warmer. Most people just get a bowl, you tell them to go and they give you an aluminum cover. I always order To Go in case I don't finish the whole thing.
Chipotle Service Area
They push your dish down the line and you tell them what you want. My order: No Rice, both beans, Chicken, Veggies, Fresh Salsa, a "little" cheese and sour cream, and Lettuce.
Beverages are self serve.
Chipotle Beverage Station
They have fresh lemon but no splenda and no regular sugar. With a choice of raw sugar or pink, I go with the Sugar.
There's not much to say about the food. It's a bowl of stuff. Rice makes for a more hearty meal, but also adds a LOT of high glycemic calories.
Chipotle Burrito Bowl
This was a purpose meal. I always get the same thing. Chipotle is a lot like coffee; no two people like it exactly the same. I decided to eat-in after I paid so I paid for the Iced Tea separately.
Chipotle Burrito Bowl
You can't go wrong for the price. $6.89 for the bowl and $1.91 for Iced Tea. >
Another day, another Chipotle opening. Three years ago, I had to drive up the Stirling and 95 to check it out. I didn't know anything about it at the time, and I wasn't all that impressed.
I've since learned that if you've seen one, you've seen them all. The all have the same, purposely cheap looking interior, half-finished looking plywood walls, and a steam tray with just a few choices to fill your burrito or bowl.
One difference is that this location looks forced, the plywood doesn't really work. In the other locations it just looks like the place isn't finished yet, but this one is a bit contrived.
No matter, it's all the same stuff. One thing I have figured out is how to order a big bowl of slow carbs and protein; Chicken, black beans, salsa, veggies, lettuce with just a little sour cream and cheese.
It's not really very good. But it's not bad. It's Chipotle.