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Chipotle Grill [Moved from Pennsylvania Board]

I saw this was under construction at Plymouth Meeting Mall and the web site indicates it has opened. Can anyone provide info on this restaurant? Is it like Qdoba or Baja Fresh or is it a sit-down service place? Portion size, reviews, etc.

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  1. I use to eat at Chipotle twice a week when I lived in Arizona. The burrito's and soft taco's are very addicting. You order by way of an assembly line i.e you choose if you want a burrito, taco, rice bowl, etc, then you choose if you want rice, what type of beans or fajita style, then the meat, then lettuce, cheese, and finally the temperature of salsa you want. It is very good/efficient and the burrito's are so big that they look like a mini football. The one drawback is that they are not very healthy. If I remember correctly the official website does not publish the nutrition information, but there a few websites devoted to these statistics. Basically, definitely give them a try, you will not be dissapointed.

    1. Yes, it has opened at Plymouth Meeting. It is like Baja Fresh and Qdoba - only better in my opinion. Chipotle Grill is owned by McDonald's and Baja Fresh is owned by Wendy's by the way. Instead of waiting at a table and then called when your order is ready as you do in Baja Fresh, you order to your liking and it's made in front of your eyes. In that way, it's like Qdoba.
      The portions are large. I enjoy Chipotle Grill.

      1. McDonald's divested it's share of Chipotle in 2006. They're no longer connected (in case that would keep you from eating there). It's one of the better fast food options I think. They are making an attempt to buy organic beans and the pork is sourced from Niman Ranch. And it's tasty.

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        1. re: allisen

          I was just going to post that info regarding McDonald's and also mention Wendy's sold Baja Fresh in 2006.

          1. re: crazyspice

            I stand corrected on both counts. I do agree that Chipotle is a better fast food option. Sorry for the old information.

        2. Chipotle Grill is assembly line set-up but the ingredients are very fresh and tasty, much better that Baja imo. Portions are pretty big, the burritos weigh a ton after they wrap it up. My fave meat is the carnitas but my guy pals tend to favor the steak, the grilled chicken is supposedly Bell & Evans and very good too...love the corn salsa and guacamole.

          All in all, I can't find one negative of Chipotle. Wait, the crispy tacos don't travel well, try to make your first meal there a sit-down one to get the best results.

          1. I'm a fan of Chipotle. As chains go, the food is simple and fresh and tasty. And quick.

            I have started getting the "burrito bowl" which is all the same ingredients, but in a bowl instead of a tortilla - Saves about 300 calories that way and it's much less bulk, so you don't feel like you have to roll out of there. I also tell them to go easy on the rice. I like their rice but they use a ton of it; it's cheap filler. About half their normal serving is plenty.

            1. They are about to premier a Chipotle near me, in Westwood Village. I've never tried one, and I go to a lot of the local independent taco joints here in SoCal. I see that the prices for their burritos range around the middle $5-6 range, depending on the choice of meat. Same for three tacos or a taco/burrito salad. I'm sure I'll try one -- want to see if the meat is freshly grilled carne asada or long-cooked succulent carnitas or pale chain rewarmed fakes. Also wonder whether their hot salsa will be tasty and spicy.

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              1. re: nosh

                I didn't know they were opening one in Westwood! Where? I like Chipotle but typically get the veggie burrito so don't have a lot of feedback on the meat options. I also love their Chipotle Tabasco and think the guac is the best I've had from a fast food chain. As another poster mentioned, they source their pork from Niman Ranch and are attempting to move toward sourcing their other meats from free range producers. They steam their tortillas, which most burrito traditionalists hate, but it's about the closest you can get to a Mission style burrito in the southland.

                1. re: mollyomormon

                  The Chipotle in Westwood Village is on the south end of Broxton, and according to the big sign over the door is due to open on Friday, Feb. 29.

                2. re: nosh

                  At least in Chicago, Chipotle cannot even come close the quality of the local family run taco joints.

                  Based on raves from co-workers(who I now never trust for a recommendation regarding food) I went to Chipotle, and had the worst attempt at a chicken burrito I have ever eaten.

                3. It is best known for serving California-style flour-tortilla burritos the size of two fists. A 13-inch barbacoa with standard fillings of rice, pinto or black beans, tomato salsa, guacamole, sour cream, lettuce and cheese (sounds like a lot, but it's really a fairly typical order around Alexandria, VA, which is the one I've frequented most often) = 1615 total calories, 682 fat calories. YMMV.

                  Obviously you can order less stuff, but you'll also have less taste. I don't add rice or cheese and it's still pretty fattening.

                  I like that Chipotle uses Niman Farms, but the burritos are just too danged big and don't keep very well if you want to save half for later. IMO, Baja Fresh has much better salsas and for a chain, pretty good tacos - better tacos than Chipotle.

                  1. i've only had chipotle once because they're not available in canada... but i adore their style and often attempt to make something similar at home.

                    i like that their service is quick and very efficient. as everyone else says, they're gigantic and i've tried to wolf it all down in one sitting but my suggestion would be to share one with someone you wouldn't mind double dipping with. my impression was that they were always organic, but then again i only had my real introduction to them in the past year or year and a half.

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                    1. re: pinstripeprincess

                      I'm with thedoorchick - as she stated above, getting the burrito in a bowl seems to make it a little more manageable from the volume perspective. It's also much better reheated the next day if it's not in the tortilla.