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What do you guys think of chipotle? Do you like them? Hate them? Fresh? Not Fresh? Clean...so on a so forth.

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  1. Chipotle's is extremely clean here in Woburn where I go.

    I can't eat them all the time, but I do love their chicken burrito's. They are a great value and huge, so I go for dinner when I go. And yes, there is a high turnover, so everything is really fresh.

    I am not crazy about their guac tho.

    1. For fast, cheap, fresh, healthy, customizeable burritos, they can't be beat. I think that the one in Tucson (on Campbell) is slightly better than the others I've been to (in CA: Sunnyvale, Cupertino) but I haven't tried them all. That said, their burritos aren't as good as the ones at Chavez Market (in the SF Bay Area): their tongue, al pastor, carnitas, and barbacoa ones can't be beat.

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      1. re: Claudette

        Healthy? Have you seen the nutritional facts on their stuff? I do enjoy it on occasion but never thinking I'm getting anything along the lines of a healthy meal.

          1. re: RobynS

            Again, it's as healthy as you make it. Chipotle is far more conducive to healty eating because it's an additive process - you don't have to dissect their offerings to make it healthy, you simply add what you want.

            A burrito bowl (no tortilla) with rice, black beans, grilled veggies, chicken, salsa and lettuce is under 500 calories.

        1. White Rice. No Dice.

          The 2nd, & last, Chipotle burrito I had was >1/2 white rice. What are they thinking?... Oh, right--- Profit$.
          This was a couple yrs ago, so please correct me if they've changed the rice.

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          1. re: ilikefood

            I don't get posts like these. Chipotle's assembly-line process is completely transparent (unlike a lot of other fast food places). They add the ingredients right in front of you. If you believe you're being shortchanged somehow it's going to be very apparent - and if you don't think it's a product worth paying for then tell them so.

            1. re: ferret

              What a coincidence, I don't get posts like yours. Do you think that if I had spoken up, they would've made some Spanish rice for my burrito and then would've switched from white to Spanish in all their restos ? No, they probably would've given me my money back, still (evidently) be using white rice, and I still would've made my appropriate comment on this topic. White rice was the deal breaker for me-no going back. The abundance was adding insult to injury. I do agree, when not satisfied- SPEAK UP, and I will admit to failing at that sometimes.

              1. re: ilikefood

                But you control the amount of rice in your burrito by telling them no rice or less rice.

                1. re: viperlush

                  Don't bother. His Chipotle apparently doesn't take directions from customers.

                  1. re: ferret

                    Since I chow downed on my 1st burrito I have tried to be true to the philosophy : Nothing bland should go in a burrito. Thank-you for suggesting ordering w/ no rice, but then it wouldn't be any more a burrito to me than 1 w/ white rice. The seasoned rice adds a component of flavors and texture that makes the burrito eating exp greater than the sum of its parts.

                    I should have mentioned, I live in the Los Angeles area with a pretty vast array of burritos available. I don't think I'm going out on a limb in writing: The majority by far w/ Mexican rice. My sympathies to those in burrito deficient areas where Chipotle may seem a decent choice. The other reason I have no use for Chipotle:

                    My take on Cipotle using white rice is basically: Rip Off ! Foisting an inferior product on the public for 1 reason- to save them money.

                    I need to correct my referring to authentic rice in a burrito as Spanish. Because of your responses I learned there's a difference between Spanish and Mexican rice:
                    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/ind...

                    More Burrito education at:
                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrito

                    1. re: ilikefood

                      “My take on Cipotle using white rice is basically.”

                      First of all Chipotle’s rice is seasoned, it is cilantro lime rice – this flavoring adds more depth to the burrito.

                      #2 Mexican rice is WHITE rice that is seasoned primarily with tomatoes, dumping Mexican rice inside a wrap style burrito only to add a tomato salsa to it is nonsensical. Why double up on the tomato product???

                      As you said:

                      “The seasoned rice adds a component of flavors and texture that makes the burrito eating exp greater than the sum of its parts.”

                      I agree I like the added depth of the lime and cilantro to my burrito rather then lots of tomatoes.

                      Cheers

                      PS I lived and owned 5 restaurants in LA for over 30 years one of them was South-west/mex theme. Chipotles is not the best, but for a national chain they do a great job. Can you think of a better national chain in this category?

                      It also depends upon what you like – for a Burrito style wrap Chipotles offers a very good product, they are not a traditional burrito nor do they try to be, but I know that I can get a custom made wrap that is pretty darn good with hormone free meat and that’s a plus in my book.

            2. re: ilikefood

              I've been to a lot of mom and pop Mexican places that serve white rice so I don't understand the big deal. Chipotle is a place that you see and can control what you get from their offerings. I don't go because I have great local family owned places but the rice is not a deal breaker.