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Nov 30, 2006 04:45 PM

Chipotle Mexican Grill

What to you like and don't like at Chipotle Mexican Grill? How are their burritos?

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  1. I like their burrito bowls (burrito with no tortilla), with the chicken. With rice, black beans, corn salsa and lettuce. Healthy and good.

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      1. re: tamerlanenj

        chipotle does the bowl also... but they call it a Bol. who knows. That's what i do. nixing the tortilla saves 330 calories, and you still get a lot to eat.

    1. I think for a chain they are fine - I have never had a bad meal at one and I do enjoy their burritos - so I lump this in the category as a good consistent meal no matter where you are - a good reliable standby while travelling

      if you want authentic mexican I would look elsewhere -

      1. As one of the biggest, most unabashed & confrontational burrito-averse Mexican food snobs in the U.S... I find their Barbacoa Plate (no rice, extra black beans)... with a side of Guacamole & acceptable Roasted Tomatillo salsa to be a very decent Mexican meal... not unlike something I would actually eat in Mexico.

        If they offered a vegetable soup, corn tortillas made on the premises, and a cactus salad, it would be very comparable to eating at a casual neighborhood restaurant in Mexico City.

        For a chain... particularly one run by McCrap... I find Chipotle to be very respectable... in fact even as is, I would often choose it over what I refer to as Spanglish restaurants... places that offer authentic Mexican flavors & ingredients but with Tex-Mex like menus (which is were we typically are in the "Authentic Mexican" offering in California)

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        1. re: Eat_Nopal

          McDonalds is selling its remaining shares in Chipotle. It won't own it anymore come January.

          I also like the barbacoa. I wish they'd publish the nutritional information though. I imagine a fully loaded burrito with cheese, sour cream, and guacamole is pushing the daily recommended dose of fat, calories, and cholesterol. Yet people think that since it's mostly beans and rice it must be healthy.

          1. re: monkeyrotica

            It looks like Chipotle had already been spun off... which is good, probably a reason for the new chains success.

            My wife is an R.D... and has nutritional analysis software... when we ran it for typical burritos as described... we are talking about 800 calories... 50% calories from fat & lots of cholesterol.

            However, the simple excercise of removing the wheat flour tortilla, cheese & sour cream (which actually detract from the Barbacoa imho)... you arrive at one of the healthiest dishes offered by any eastiblishment... fast food or not.

            The meat is relatively lean & rich in bioavailable protein, vitamins & minerals.

            Beans & Guacamole are soluble fiber super foods & salsas pack a big punch of antioxidants and make a decent vitamin & mineral contribution.

            BTW... Soluble Fiber binds with fat before it makes its way to the colon, impairing its absorption but aiding intestinal health (which is why its considered a super food).

            Consider that soluble fiber is the main thrust of Oatmeal's heart healthy claims... but comparing the meager 3 grams of soluble fiber in Quacker oats with the 13 grams you would get in a typical serving of beans + guacamole... gives you a sense of its value. (Of course beans & guacamole don't have the monopoly profits to fund the research required to get the heart healthy label... but there is plenty of research out there that validates the concept)

            1. re: Eat_Nopal

              Eat, thank you for the info re the nutritional value re beans and guac!

            2. re: monkeyrotica

              Also here is a link to a free nutritional analysis engine... you can use to analyze most things (if you break them down to their basic components... 2 ounce flour tortilla, 4 ounces of slow cooked meat etc.,)


              1. re: monkeyrotica

                their 13" tortillas alone have about 350 calories.

                1. re: monkeyrotica

                  Here's a website that has a Chipotle nutrional info calculator. An average burrito runs 1000+ calories. I used to go to Chipotle a lot, but after coming across this site a couple years ago I stopped cold because I figured I'd rather just eat a real taqueria burrito if it was going to cost me the same calorically.
                  Silly me for thinking Chipotle was somehow, even just a little, easier on the gut in terms of cals.

                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                    Well, you can read Qdoba's site to get an idea of how bad those things are. Kind of frightening, actually. 1400 calories in a burrito!

                    1. re: Eat_Nopal

                      I've never eaten at either but Qdoba Mexican Grill is owned by Jack in the Box.

                    2. I get their chicken or vegetarian salad--like the bowl but with no rice--with the corn salsa.

                      1. I get the salad with Carnitas and black beans and everythign but the guacamole. And then a side of chips to keep it from being too healthy. Gotta scoop up the leftovers with something once the lettuce is gone, after all:-)