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Feb 25, 2011 02:54 PM

My first time at Chipotle.... or, what the hell was that bland beige lump I just ate?


I ordered the barbacoa burrito with medium spicy salsa, pinto beans, rice, cheese, lettuce.

BLAND. Awful, gummy, bland bland bland.

And get this... NO CHIPOTLE.

Are you kidding me? Chipotle en adobo MIGHT have made some strides to help this thing out, and they don't even serve it! Come on, man.

I'm totally baffled by the lines-out-the-door popularity of this place. Or did I just order the wrong thing? (But the menu, after all, is not complicated...)

Mr Taster

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  1. We just have better taste and appreciate good Mexican food. I order pretty much the same thing sans rice and lettuce. I don't go there on my own but, when I was working, someone in the office would go get for the 'in crowd'.

    1. I really want to like this place. Its clean inside, prices arent outrageous, the everything looks fresh and tasty.....but the food just isnt good. The meat is flavorless and the rice is the worst I have ever had, beyond awful. I dont know why they thought adding cilantro and lime to white rice is a good thing. (then again, I am one of those people who detest the flavor of cilantro)

      Too Bad

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      1. re: joe777cool

        Call me crazy, but why would "one of those people who detest the flavor of cilantro" eat cilantro rice, especially at a place that advertises that its rice has cilantro and lime in it? I like it. Cilantro will be present in most salsas too - why would you eat anything there if you hate cilantro?

        I think Chipotle is bland but worlds better than the garbage over at Qdoba. Although do both do similar rice? Either way, I like Chipotle's burritos as they are much closer to mission-style burritos than the abominations called burritos at the dozens of taquerias around here in Alabama.

        Their quacamole is also pretty good and not pre-packaged goop.

        1. re: Dax

          Trying it for the first time I was not aware of this fact and I do not eat salsa. a small amount of it wont bother me that much, regardless it jsut wasnt good.

          1. re: joe777cool

            And why would you go to a Mexican restaurant? Salsa is a key component to the food. Did you know that? do you go to a Texas BBQ joint and not expect the sauce?

            1. re: genoO

              Where are you eating Mexican food that salsa is a key ingredient? Certainly not in any of the Jalisco-style restaurants that serve our local Mexican population. I cannot eat cilantro and I choose not to eat sour cream, yet I can order nearly anything on those menus and as long as I remember to ask for "menos cilantro, menos crema." Many dishes do not have tomato, either, if that's a problem.

              Salsa is a condiment, not an ingredient. You can eat an excellent authentic Mexican meal without eating salsa.

              1. re: rockycat

       the very high end nuevo Mexican restaurant, Taco Maria in Costa Mesa, CA, certainly "sauces" accompany many dishes, but typical "salsas" are nowhere to be seen.

        2. re: joe777cool

          You can request rice sans cilantro. I do it every time. It's not an inconvenience and it doesn't hold up the line since they are continually making new batches.

          1. re: foodworthy

            The first and only time I went I requested and received the rice without cilantro. If anything, it was even worse. Talk about bland and tasteless. I could have been eating the paper wrapper and probably enjoyed it more. No second time for me and, oddly enough, no second time for the Chow Kitten who usually likes most fast food burritos.

            1. re: rockycat

              Why are there not more people talking about how bland the food is? If you google "Chipotle bland", it's this thread that comes up, and little else.

              Seriously. Baja Fresh hardly reaches the heights of faux-Mex, but at least their burritos have some actual flavor.

              Emperors new clothes, indeed.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster

                Perhaps because not everyone shares your opinion. I have no love for Chipotle, but it's not the worst option out there, and I don't find it to be bland. I can control what goes into it, and if I want more spice, that's certainly an option.

                1. re: ferret

                  You and I agree that it's not the worst option out there. It's inoffensive, at best- not actively disgusting in the way the Subway stink is actively disgusting.

                  The part that confuses me is that its overwhelming popularity would indicate that it's one of the *best* things out there.

                  That's the part that makes no sense.

                  Mr Taster

                  1. re: ferret

                    "Chipotle Mexican Grill, we're not the worst option out there". That should be on their signs. I like that. It's truth in advertising for a restaurant whose very name is misleading. No Chipotle. Not Mexican. Not grilled.

                    1. re: wickedsluggy

                      >> No Chipotle. Not Mexican. Not grilled.

                      That's brilliant. Can I use that? Thanks for this!

                      Mr Taster

          2. I hear ya Mr Taster. When my friend was trying a gluten-free diet this was one of the few fast places we could eat. The workers even switch their rubber gloves when you order gluten free. Sometimes we were just tired and hungry so this place met our needs. But Baja Fresh is just down the road and now that my friend is back to having some gluten in his diet our Baja Fresh location is pretty good for what we spend.

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            1. re: givemecarbs

              try asking for their old gloves, it's the BEST PART OF THE MEAL- something you can at least sink your teeth into. at one time ( i think) they were a bit better, the few times in the last year or so, it seemed that the entire filling was rice and very little anything else. please pass the glove!

              1. re: givemecarbs

                That's a crazy story. Gluten free Chipotle! I need to ask what state this story originated.

              2. I think the main reason people like it is because their food has so much SALT. It took me some tweaking, but the only thing I really like there are the bowls - this way, you don't have the gummy flour tort. And I only get the pork, I think it has a good flavor. Pork, rice, pinto beans, a mix of both the mild and hot salsas, lettuce and cheese. I think it's got pretty good flavor when you get the pork and beans together with the 2 salsas. But yeah, lots of salt.

                1. Chipotle to mexican food is like what these chain ricebowl joints are to fine Asian restaruants.

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                  1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                    Hell, it doesn't hold a candle to the cheap and simple grills serving polla asado, tacos and chile rellenos in the Mexican grocery stores at a fraction of the price.

                    1. re: wickedsluggy

                      You won't find any disagreement there, and if an alternative existed in close proximity then that would be nice, but for most of my visits it's been Chipotle or (Subway/Noodles & Co/Arbys/etc). When you're held captive in a business district and need something fast it's the lesser of evils. If you have leisure time and are looking for a good Mexican meal then I agree that it shouldn't be on anyone's radar.