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Roxxy Jun 9, 2008 11:35 AM

It looks like there is a new Mexican grill in Quincy across from the Stop & Shop. Has anyone been and have comments about it. ALso, what is the name, I am drawing a blank.

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    Pegmeister RE: Roxxy Jun 9, 2008 11:43 AM

    That would be the Chipotle Mexican Grill. Is it open already?

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      slade RE: Roxxy Jun 9, 2008 12:51 PM

      That is Chipotle Mexican Grill. It's a chain like Qdoba. They officially opened on June 5th. On June 4th, it was free burrito's all day 'till 8PM. The line was out the door and down Newport Av. so, I didn' bother.

      www.chipotle.com

      1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: Roxxy Jun 9, 2008 02:00 PM

        Dammit, I need to learn to stop getting my hopes up when I see the phrase "New Mexican" in post titles here. It never means what I want it to mean.

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          finlero RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jun 9, 2008 02:03 PM

          Hey BFP, if you're willing to travel about three hours to northwestern CT, I've got a possible tip:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/520388

          If I beat you to it, I'll let you know.

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            rebrivved RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jun 9, 2008 02:11 PM

            Too bad you can't get everything everywhere. = )
            Like green corn tamales from the Border Grill.

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              BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: rebrivved Jun 9, 2008 07:06 PM

              Ah, but if you know how to make your own, you don't *need* to get everything everywhere.

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              sally11 RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jun 10, 2008 04:18 PM

              I am with you I saw this thought great I am in the mood for good Mexican place bummer I don't like Qdoba.

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                uwebres RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jun 10, 2008 05:24 PM

                same problem here. I lived in N.M. for just a year, but it was long enough to be hooked. Most people don't get that its not the same as "Tex-mex"

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                  bostongal RE: uwebres Jun 16, 2008 01:44 PM

                  Went here for lunch the other day and ... ick. They are still training people on the art of creating a burrito...they guy looked at me at the end of the line and said "it ripped...is that ok"? I got a steak burrito and it was not good. In addition to being ripped, and consquently, a mess, it had lime rice in it which sounded good but was basically bland and dried out, no taste to the burrito, the beans were bland, nothing fresh about it...the steak was bits of chewy grisle. Give me Anna's any day. I got the guac and chips which I paid for as a side and the chips were oversalted, no flavor and a tiny portion of guac that did not match the portion of chips - which might have been a blessing in disguise.

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                    thekidd RE: bostongal Jun 16, 2008 06:39 PM

                    ahhh, bostongal really hit the nail on the head with that turn of phrase. . . the art of creating a burrito. indeed it is, and, indeed it is sorely lacking at chipotle. i was there wednesday night. it was a train wreck.

                    the beauty of a well constructed burrito is its total "portability" and overall neatness. if steamed just right, the tortilla will stretch and be pliant enough to hold all the fillings from start to finish. now, before even getting to the fillings, let's just start with the whole process. . .

                    granted, they just opened. granted, they are swamped with customers. but c'mon, 25 minutes in line for a second rate burrito?? weak. no one was holding a gun to my head i admit, i could have (and should have) walked out. 16 yr old north quincy high school kids putting together burritos?? get real, it's not going to fly. and to add insult to injury, they didn't have burritos for everyone that was in front of me, nor did they put up a sign stating something to that effect. as soon as i got to the head of the line to give my order, the emergency box of burrito size tortillas finally arrived (thank god or i may have committed a homicide). they put up a large sign notifying customers about the lack of tomotoes (b/c of the salmonella) but not the lack of burrito tortillas. very poor management.

                    there is a rhythmic, assembly line feel to a good takeout mexican/ taco stand type joint and chipotle doesn't have it. now i know it's a matter of preference and style, but steam the cheese along with the tortilla, keep the sour cream ice cold so that it's not liquid slop when applying to the food (the heat from the food will melt the sour cream as you eat it, c'mon chipotle, get with the program) and don't charge $1.75 for guacamole!!! one additional dollar, tops!!!!!

                    i seriously hope someone from chipotle reads this and makes improvements to the whole operation. otherwise chipotle is going to go the way of that (pretty decent) root beer stand, that is, out of business!!

                    oh mike kamio, where are you mike kamio?? come to quincy, you're our only hope. . . .

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                Pegmeister RE: Roxxy Jun 17, 2008 04:56 AM

                I notice also that they have a location at Braintree Plaza that looks like it's just about to open. Since it's close to my office I thought I would give it a try but given these reviews I don't know.

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                  chowciao RE: Pegmeister Jun 17, 2008 07:19 AM

                  I heard that Chipotle is owned by McDonald's, just to give you a frame of reference. I'd been to one a while back - just a mexican version of fast food, to be honest.

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                    finlero RE: chowciao Jun 17, 2008 08:04 AM

                    McDonald's had a stake in Chipotle, but has been fully divested for a few years now.

                    Personally, the "Fresh Mex" concept strikes me as a notch up from fast food, and for me Chipotle (sadly) beats out a number of the local burrito joints (Anna's except for the chile verde, Boca Grande period). Solid fresh salsas, very good chips, tasty guacamole, excellent pinto and especially black beans. Now if only more Boston places (including them) would stop steaming their tortillas, I'd be a happy guy. I can't say I fully love Villa Mexico, but they do grill their burritos, which makes a huge difference.

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