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CHIPOTLE Mexican Grill Eatontown NJ

Tapas52 Mar 24, 2011 09:21 AM

We tried Chipotle in Eatontown last week after seeing it featured on Bobby Flay's new show American Restaurants on NBC.....I have to tell you it was wonderful...friendly service form the start.. they asked if we were first timers and we said yes, that followed by a full explanation of the menu by the manager which really helped our confusion. We ordered the Crispy Tacos one of each Grilled Steak, Pork, Barbacoa, with all the trimmings...the beef Barbacoa was delicious......my wife had a Spicy Beef Barbacoa Burrito And enjoy it so much, their cilantro-lime rice is heavenly...surprisingly when we got to the register to pay they said it was "On The House" because we were first timers!!!!!...afterwards we ordered two Salads to take home.....
Chopped romaine lettuce with choice of pinto or vegetarian black beans, meat (braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak) or guacamole, salsa and cheese, with freshly made chipotle-honey vinaigrette that was to die for..... ...oh yeah for lunch we also had the fresh Chips & Guac,......... Chips are made fresh every day, with a squeeze of real lime and kosher salt. Guacamole is made from perfectly ripe avocados, and hand mashed, up to three times a day. I will be back again and again......really nice to see casual fast Food up to these standards at a great price also. They have over 1000 locations & I can now see why......hope they make a few more in South Jersey also..


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    fourunder RE: Tapas52 Mar 24, 2011 09:28 AM

    Nice review......

    Off topic, but I have to go to Trenton next week for state business. Are Papas & Rossi's open for lunch? Besides the obvious of pizza(tomato pie) and a burger.....any other specific recommendations I should not miss?

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      jfedorko RE: fourunder Mar 24, 2011 09:59 AM

      Rossi's website says they're open for lunch 11:30-2:30 only, Mon thru Sat.


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        fourunder RE: jfedorko Mar 24, 2011 10:04 AM

        thank you for pointing out the limited hours.....does that mean the bar does not offer food after 2:30 until dinner service? TIA

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          jfedorko RE: fourunder Mar 24, 2011 10:17 AM

          Sorry, can't tell you for sure. We've made the hour trek for the great burgers a few times, we're not locals. I do seem to recall from past postings that they do literally close the kitchen between lunch and dinner.

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            fourunder RE: jfedorko Mar 24, 2011 10:49 AM

            Ahh...I guess Trenton hot spots all need to have their quirks.....last time in Trenton I made a trip to DeLorenzo's Hudson Street. I got their an hour before they opened, but had to wait until(4-4:30?) when they opened. First in and placed my order immediately. The place filled...they all got their pies before me.....90 minutes later my pies were ready.......

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        Tapas52 RE: fourunder Mar 24, 2011 03:46 PM

        Papa's opens at 4pm -8:30pm.....
        Rossi's is open for lunch 11:30-2:30pm...then close the dining room till 5pm-10pm for dinner again.



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          fourunder RE: Tapas52 Mar 24, 2011 06:26 PM


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        cantkick RE: Tapas52 Mar 24, 2011 09:59 AM

        Interesting that you went because of Bobby Flay's mentioning of it, since his burger joint is in the same structure. I don't think there is any relationship there though.

        It's hard to believe you've never encountered one before. As you discovered, they do a decent job, better than many full service Mexican restaurants. I like their fajita style with the peppers and onions. And I usually get the wrapperless burrito. Less messy and fewer carbs. (Like that'll make a difference with the rice there :) )

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          yCf RE: cantkick Mar 24, 2011 12:47 PM

          kind of related... I saw a Chipotle sign in the defuncted Quizno on Rt 537 in Freehold (across the road from Walmart, Sam's Club, Olive Garden). I will be very happy if they really open one in that location.

          Olive Garden
          83 Weston Ct, Wayne, NJ 07470

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            jsfein RE: yCf Mar 24, 2011 01:36 PM

            Chipotle followed by Yo Mon, yum. Need to get a Yo Mon thread going on CH. The place is constantly mobbed since opening and really is quite good.

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              Tapas52 RE: yCf Mar 24, 2011 03:48 PM

              The manager mentioned the new Freehold location opening soon also .

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                MarlboroMan RE: Tapas52 Apr 17, 2011 05:28 PM

                Sign in window as we passed by on Saturday:

                Grande Opening: Thursday, April 21st

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                  Tapas52 RE: MarlboroMan Apr 17, 2011 07:35 PM

                  MarlboroMan ....good news ! Chipotle in Freehold is scheduled to open April 21 in the Colonial Plaza Shopping Center on W Main St., across from the Walmart Plaza.

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                    yCf RE: Tapas52 Apr 18, 2011 07:09 AM

                    Yes!! I know where I am going for lunch on Friday.

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            joonjoon RE: Tapas52 Mar 24, 2011 01:24 PM

            I love Chipotle also, my go-to is Chicken burrito with rice, black beans, pico, hot salsa, corn salsa, lettuce and cheese. Can't beat it for 7 bucks!

            1. equal_Mark RE: Tapas52 Mar 25, 2011 06:58 AM

              It's my go-to place for quick crisp tacos (usually carnitas or barbacoa (Even though the barbacoa is beef instead of goat)). Tomatillo red chile salsa, guac and a splash of chipotle sauce.

              For soft tacos I still have to defer to NOTB or Acapulquenos...

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                Tapas52 RE: equal_Mark Mar 25, 2011 09:02 AM

                Hi Mark....

                I'm lovin' Chipotle for my on the run choice....that Tomatillo RED Salsa is awesome also!!!!
                Acapulqueno in LB is very good also..Havn't tried NOTB yet..;)....
                but my favorite for Soft Tacos is......

                Taqueria Madrigal
                105 Cedar Bridge Avenue,
                Lakewood, NJ 08701-4222
                (732) 534-7155 ‎

              2. aerynsun RE: Tapas52 Mar 26, 2011 11:39 AM

                The food at Chipotle Mexican Grill is disgusting. The quality of the meat isn't much better than Qdoba or Baha Fresh. Try La Esperanza in Lindenwold, NJ. The prices are reasonable and it was given a near perfect score for food in Zagat. I guarantee you will see a major difference in the quality and preparation of the food.

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                  tommy RE: aerynsun Mar 26, 2011 12:35 PM

                  I find the quality of Chiptole's animal proteins to be exceptional. What barometer are you using for this opinion?

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                    aerynsun RE: tommy Mar 26, 2011 01:36 PM

                    There is nothing "natural" about chicken that has been injected with sodium additives. Qdoba, Baha Fresh and Chipotle all suffer from this problem. If you bite into "real" chicken, the center of the chicken is not salty at all. Any salt you taste is actually on the outside of the meat and is achieved by being sprinkled with salt by the chef/cook. I'm sorry that you have trouble telling the difference between processed and real chicken. I'll give you some examples of chicken that has been "plumped": Tyson, Butterball and Perdue are all processed brands of chicken. An example of chicken without additives and preservatives is Bell and Evans. The difference in taste is astonishing.

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                      tommy RE: aerynsun Mar 26, 2011 02:02 PM

                      What leads you to believe that I have any trouble at all? LOL!

                      I guess you don't like kosher or brined birds.

                      Chipotle was using Bell and Evans chickens for some time, and I believe still are in my area.. LOL!

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                        fourunder RE: tommy Mar 26, 2011 02:10 PM

                        I don't know what's used for the marinade, but here's the skinny on the chicken...


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                          tommy RE: fourunder Mar 27, 2011 07:39 AM

                          Yuck. Sounds horrible.

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                          aerynsun RE: tommy Mar 26, 2011 02:37 PM

                          If by kosher you mean that the animals are being humanely killed then no, I prefer kosher meat actually. I have brined meat before and have no problem with that either. What I am talking about is a little different than brining. As far as I know, the location I tried shortly after it opened (Eatontown) was not using Bell and Evans chicken. But if you have a link saying otherwise (about the Eatontown location) then please post it. I'd be happy to eat my own words and give it another shot.

                  2. Quine RE: Tapas52 Mar 26, 2011 01:48 PM

                    Isn't the founder of Chipotle one of the judges/investors of the show? Do you think Flay will get one or more of his Chain places showcased as well? Hum...

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