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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.

              1. It's actually open right now and giving away free burritos -- anything you like off the menu. Don't know how long this will last, though, so get there soon if you can!

                1. Better than Qdoba at least.

                  Poor Anna's and Boca Grande must be feeling the heat. These crappy suburbo-chains are spreading like the flu.

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                  1. re: tamerlanenj

                    I've stopped patronizing Anna's, but I've noticed that Boca seems to be coming up with new items over the past several months (at least compared to a few years ago, where everything was the same). They've got some kind of Thanksgiving Turkey burrito now and some other new choices, which I'm unfortunately forgetting right now. In any case, they're probably trying to up the ante to compete with some of the more unusual "burritos" available at Boloco/Qdoba/etc.

                    1. re: tamerlanenj

                      >Poor Anna's and Boca Grande must be feeling the heat. These crappy suburbo-chains are spreading like the flu.

                      The question I am thinking about in regards to Chipolte vs. Annas/Boca Grande is which is better local or in the case of Chipolte, serving naturally raised meats, a goal of striving for organic beans, etc...

                      1. re: ponyboy

                        I'd say local. I gather Chipotle is affiliated with McDonalds. That's enough for me to take my burrito bucks elsewhere. Speaking of burrito bucks, I had a horrible burrito from Boloco once and I complained to the manager, who -- to his credit -- was really open to feedback and who sent me a few coupons good for a burrito for a dollar to make it up to me. I went back a while later to get another burrito for cheap and it took the staff three different tries to get it right and then it was just meh. I haven't returned.

                        I'm an Anna's / Boca fan and will continue to carbo load there when the urge hits.

                        1. re: yumyum

                          FYI, Chipotle and McDonald's have been totally separated for a year:

                          http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.z...

                          McDonald's was an investor at one point, but I believe Chipotle has always had a pretty high degree of independence.

                          1. re: finlero

                            Thanks for the clarification. I think I might have even known that but once with Micky D's always tainted I guess.

                          2. re: yumyum

                            not any more - McD completely divested around 2006. Also looks like the mission statements are different as well. There is also the question of how much impact McD had - from the mission statement it doesn't look like much as far as practices go

                            As much as I love my local, a national chain that does the right thing (natural, organic, and local products - which it seems Chipotle does) trumps the rest (well except for the grilled pork at Tacos Lupitas. I just lie to myself about that)

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                            1. re: yumyum

                              Chipotle is pretty good. Qdoba is decent in a pinch. But Boloco is downright horrible. They're not even burritos, really.

                              1. re: tamerlanenj

                                I'm surprised at how many people dislike Boloco. I think most of their options are fairly good for a fast food sort of thing.

                                Of course, I don't use Mexican food as a comparison--Boloco is something else entirely, and aren't trying to be Mexican.

                                I've always been a huge fan of the Boloco Soy Smoothie as well.

                                1. re: Discoethan

                                  In Davis, Blue Shirt Cafe does both the wrap thing and the smoothie thing better then Boloco.

                                  1. re: DavisSquare

                                    Not consistently, in my experience. I've gotten crunchy rice, and Spanish rice with the seasonings all in a clump, at Blue Shirt. Not to mention a side of rudeness. Unless I'm craving a particular Blue Shirt flavor, I favor Boloco.

                                  2. re: Discoethan

                                    I haven't been to a Boloco recently, but looking at their menu, most of the good wraps they had in the days before they were renamed seem to be gone.

                                    1. re: dtremit

                                      ...thinking back to The Wrap.... yes, I think you're right. I seem to recall a Bangkok Duck wrap, for one thing. Their new carnitas pork is pretty tasty, though.

                            2. re: tamerlanenj

                              Given Boston's well-documented antipathy towards national chains -- so how'd that Boston expansion work out for ya, Krispy Kreme? -- I don't expect either Qdoba or Chipotle to squeeze out the local players.

                              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                *yawn* great, we have boloco, anna's and now chipolte. welcome to davis former hipster haven, now the burrito beltway

                                1. re: bernie71

                                  Is anyone ever in that Boloco? Do they do a big lunch business because when I go past in the evening or on the weekend, they're always empty, empty, empty. That location needs a restaurant customers will come out of their way for; it's not a good place for a casual eatery.

                                  1. re: DavisSquare

                                    i have had two tasteless burritos and both times noone was dining. anytime i walk by its empty

                                    1. re: DavisSquare

                                      I went there for dinner once and was the only one in there. I was underwhelmed with their summer burrito although their rice and guacamole weren't bad. I think I'd go to Anna's over Boloco again.

                                      1. re: DavisSquare

                                        I have to admit that I like the Bangkok tofu burrito at Boloco (the two times I've had it). But I guess I would pick Blue Shirt's Thai-seared tofu over Boloco because the burritos are pretty similar and I guess that Blue Shirt is more mom-and-pop (is it?). Now time for the Sox....

                                        1. re: digga

                                          i've met a bunch of the boloco guys... their chef apparently lives in Somerville. they seem to be pretty local.

                                      2. re: bernie71

                                        Actually, the chain Burrito Beltway appears to extend all the way to Harvard, since we've got Qdoba, Boca Grande, and Anna's in Porter and Felipe's, Boloco, and now Chipotle in Harvard (yes, I just saw the coming soon sign yesterday over by the EMS). Either these folks aren't doing their market research or there's a great unfulfilled hunger for burrito-ish things in the Cambridge/Somerville area.

                                  2. maybe the burritos are still free, couldn't believe the line literally out the door tonight thurs 10/18/07 at 8pm. Went to Anna's instead (watery steak burrito was meh), will check it out when the hype dies down as I've never had anything from Chipotle.

                                    1. So we went in tonight and although it wasn't a very enjoyable dinner, there were glimmers of hope and I'll be back at least one more time. The big problem is that our burritos were ice cold; I don't think the counter staff have gotten the hang of the burrito warming doodad yet. By the time I went back to complain, the line was out the door and they didn't have time for me. On the plus side, there was some heat in the "hot" salsa, maybe 3/5, but more than you can get out of Anna's or Boca Grande. I can't comment too much on the other flavors since it was cold. I'll give them at least a few weeks to work out the kinks and then try again. Oh, and their soft tacos are really just mini-burritos: flour tortilla shell and the same ingredient options as a burrito; not a bad choice if you want to sample more than one thing.

                                      p.s. Boloco is terrible.

                                      1. I went this evening. We sat outside- was very pleasant seating. It helped that it was 70 degrees out, as long as you didn't lose your appetite worrying about global warming.

                                        I ordered soft tacos; 2 with barbacoa (a moist, brisket-like beef, semi-spicy) and one with beans, rice, cheese, guacamole and salsa. I had the roasted chili corn salsa on one of the beef tacos and the tomatillo green-chili salsa on the other beef taco.

                                        The tacos were pretty yummy, except that the tortillas were COLD! That said, the corn salsa was quite good, but you need to like sweet salsa. The beef was tasty, had a mild spice and a nice texture. The rice is flavorful too.

                                        I will definitely go back, and you can be sure I will check to see if my tortillas are warm.

                                        Here's hoping...

                                        1. wow it is getting quite heated in this post. i wish the food at chipolte was this spicy!
                                          i went for lunch. meh. i was pretty bored with the place, the food and the whole set up. i got a chicken burrito with med salsa and pinto beans. it was oookk. i did feel like it was burritos for dummies. the vibe is remniscent of a mall or a good airport. i would rather give my dollars to a local average place like taco loco or lupitas. when in davis ill probably go back to annas if burrito needed.