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Chipotle's Mexican Grill

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I didn't see a thread on CMG , so I though Id start one.

 

Im a big fan of Carnitas Burritos.

 

we all know about CMG's various issues over the last few years.

 

there is one not far from me , so I was out and about and decided to take a CMG carnitas burrito home.

 

hopefully I won't be taking a few hits for the team later.

 

Ice cold Tecate at home  you see.

 

I added a bit of everything to the burrito.  including guacamole. the didn't add very much , but its part of the burrito I enjoy at Mex-Tex places I know

 

there is one of those that makes a great carnita burrito near me, with pork that's been crisped up before filling the burrito.

 

CMG  is a fast food sort of place as you work you way along the counter pointing to what you want added to your dish.  the carnitas is soft , and their business model

 

would not support crispin up that pork.

 

the food was very good. considering this is a chain and not a hole in the wall.

 

Ill go again.  is was 8 bucks for the burrito , and then 2 bucks for the not very much guacamole.  that guac must be their gold mine.

 

it was a substantial amount of food.  tasty food.

 

so if you are out and about , and only see various chains and are in a hurry.

 

consider CMG

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My usual is a barbacoa burrito, black beans (well drained), brown rice, corn salsa, lettuce, cheese, and just a touch of sour cream. I never saw the sense of adding guac when you have sour cream, as their role seems pretty similar.

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We've never been a lover of Chipotle's, try them a few times when they first opened but have not been back. We have too many other local Tex-Mex places around as well as some very authentic ones that have better food at cheaper prices. Of course all the issues they had with salmonella etc. over the last few years hasn't helped our view of the place either.

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Haven't been in a couple of years. No particular reason. I go for the carnitas bowl with black beans and I don't remember what else. For us it is a change-of-pace place. Don't hate  - don't love it.

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@MSRadell,

 

That is my view on Chipotle's chain, too. I can go to my choice of sit down restaurants of either the Tex Mex variety or authentic taquerias and Mexican or Salvadoran restaurants around here cheaper. Gorditas (no, not like Taco Bell's misnomer), sopes, huaraches, pupusas and complimentary salsa bar, anyone?

 

I won't say the food is better, because the only time i darkened the door of our local outlet, my husband and I looked at the line, looked at the prices, and walked out to go visit a more welcoming place. If I have to stand in line and pay a la carte for every little nickel and dime addition, it better be at a discount, not a premium.

 

I do respect their philosophy of purchasing better raised ingredients, and wish them much success. The more mainstream demand for better products, the more the costs of supplying them will be brought down for all of us.

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CMG is fine I guess, I usually only hit them up when I have a 2/1 coupon and then I can get 2400 middle of the road Mexican tasting calories for my $9 purchase. 

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Too bad they don't have drive-thru's! But they an eco-minded company and drive-thru's are an "eco-no-no" for them. 

So I wave at the Chipotle while driving thru the nearby In & Out restaurant.:B xD

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They're everywhere here in Manhattan...  I have 2, each within 2 blocks of my apartment (although 4 blocks apart from each other).  While we have some new, good quality mexican places that are more authentic than Chipotle, Chipotle is cheaper - unless you want to go to the outer boroughs like parts of the Bronx, far away in Brooklyn.... then those Mexican places are really good, and cheap... but here in Manhattan, good and cheap are almost always mutually exclusive...

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for a National Chain , in spite of their Troubles

 

they are doing a fine National Job.

 

hole in the wall Mex-Tex probably always better  ..........

 

@Toliver 

 

probably in Bakersfield their are many M-T's hole in the walls.

 

kudos your way for that 

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Oy!

"Chipotle Is Finally Adding Drive-Thrus, but You Can't Order From Them"

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Chipotle is trying to move us into the future by adding drive-thrus to its existing locations, but the twist is that you won't be able to order at them. They'll be used to furnish burritos ordered online or via its app.

I understood they were originally against drive-thru's because drive-thru's are bad for the planet, overall. Wasted gas while waiting in the drive-thru, exhaust fumes, yada, yada, yada.

And now?...so much for "Save the Planet". ¬¬

Now they've given in and they're going to finally have drive-thru's...that you can't order from!

Maroons! [/Bugs Bunny] >:(

 

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