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Oct 16, 2007 02:31 PM

Chipolte in Davis?

Drove by the other day. Couldn't see if it was open yet. Anyone know anything?

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  1. Opens this Friday, the 19th.

    1. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who tries it - used to LOVE the one in Tucson, but I don't know if that was because there was little competition in restaurants out there (my palate started die while I lived there, I think...)

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      1. re: threedogs

        Well, I know Chipotle is very popular in CA, where Mexican pickings are not slim. I've only been once, and liked it but didn't love it great hole-in-the-wall Mexican.

        1. re: threedogs

          I like Chipotle a lot, but not for any shred of authenticity; rather, it has what I might dub "authentic fakeness". A meal there magically transports me to a suburban Arizona strip mall which, having grown up in Phoenix, is about as close to comfort chow as I can get around these here parts.

          For a fresh-Mex-style burrito, it's probably my favorite in the Boston area, appealing to me more than its national chain cousins Qdoba and Baja Fresh, and more than its local chain cousins Anna's and Boca Grande. I really like the way they season the chicken, the consistency and flavor of the black beans, and especially the green salsa, made with green chile as well as tomatillos. I also think it's cool that they aim for local, organic, and sustainable ingredients. And I continue to be maddened that they, along with every other burrito purveyor in town, is ok using steamed, gummy, flavorless flour tortillas.

          I'll go elsewhere if I want a mulita (Tacos Lupita), fish tacos (El Pelon), or green chile stew (Anna's Tacqeria or my own kitchen). But for fresh Mex, Chipotle is my go-to. Very pleased it has landed in my neighborhood.

          (Side note: for more authentic Arizonan fakeness, check out On the Border in Woburn.)

          1. re: finlero

            Further side note: what they serve at Anna's is pork chile verde, which is not what a transplanted New Mexican like myself would know as green chile stew. Didn't want to get anyone's hopes up there.

            As far as Chipotle goes, I've been exactly once, years ago, in Austin. It was adequate, but I don't see myself making special trips up to Davis Square for it.

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

              Side note to the further side note:

              BarmyFotheringayPhipps, I keep meaning to tell you I tried your recipe for Frontier-style huevos rancheros with green chile stew from the Home Cooking board, and it was awesome. Seldom in my life have I been happier to break out in a cold sweat at the dinner table.

        2. We occasionally frequent the one in Medford and there is a new one in RI near the family. Both are excellent! We love the burritos, burrito bowls, soft tacos...everything.

          1. I hope they do a better job than the one in Medford - because the burritos there are really horrible compared to my experiences at Chipotle in Denver and Chicago.

            1. I saw there was a Chipotle coming to Harvard Square in the building where EMS is in.