Chipotle Mexican Grill: An Eating Pleasure
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Grady, Ralph and I had a day of errands yesterday.  Neither of us really enjoy taking trips to town, so we decided to make the best of it and give ourselves a treat.  For lunch we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Chipotle Mexican Grill.  The food at Chipotle, plus Split Banana ice cream, were the only foods I craved while I was expecting Ralph.  🙂

Now, if you have never eaten at a Chipotle’s Mexican Grill, I strongly recommend it as your next meal out.  I really like Mexican food, but that is not the only reason I love the food there.  They are commitment to provide “Food with Integrity.”  Going to great lengths to procure ingredients that were raised and grown with respect and care is evident when you take a bite from of any of their entrees.  The simplicity of the menu is another thing that I enjoy.  While you can ask for a wide range of combinations, the ingredients consist of: tortillas, meat (beef, pork, chicken), beans (black, pinto), salsa (corn, hot, mild), dairy (sour cream, cheese), and veggies (lettuce, peppers, guacamole).  The food is laid out in front of you “deli style” so you can see everything as it goes into your meal and the servers have always been excellent in my experiences!

Another great fact, they have facts all over the place.  They want their customers to be aware and make responsible, informed choices.   They have restaurants all over the States, and if Grady and I are planning a drive cross country, we find all the Chipotle locations along the way for meal stops.  All in all I have been pleased every time I’ve eaten at one of their establishments.

Do you have a favorite “guilt free” restaurant?

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About Erin Phelan

Born and raised in western Michigan, Erin came to Polyface first as an intern in the summer of 2009. While here she met and got to know Grady Phelan, an apprentice at the time. The next spring they were married and after a couple years in Oklahoma they are back, working as sub-contractors for Polyface. Erin keeps herself busy with the jobs of a wife and mother, as well as helping with the animals, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, knitting and reading.
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12 Responses to Chipotle Mexican Grill: An Eating Pleasure

  1. Sue McKown says:

    My favorite place in Harrisonburg is the Little Grill. I am also very much in lust over Split Banana too, their Cocoa Ancho is the stuff dreams are made of!!

  2. I used to think that Chipotle was a healthy option too until I read this investigation completed by Food Babe on Lisa Leake’s blog called 100 Days of Real Food http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/08/14/food-babe-investigates-chipotle-vs-moes/#more-2918
    I don’t mean to burst anyone’s bubble if you happen to like eating at Chipotle, but people need to know the truth. Polyface farms is the epitome of Food with Integrity, so if people see Chipotle being endorsed then they might not take the time to invetigate Chipotle’s claims because of their trust in Polyface.

  3. Catherine says:

    Just a few weeks ago I read this post from the Food Babe about Chipotle http://foodbabe.com/2012/08/28/whats-in-chipotles-food-they-still-wont-tell-us/
    While I think eating at a restaurant that claims to care about the quality of ingrediants they use is better than eating at a restaurant that doesn’t make this claim – do you have any inside information to help them back up their claims? Thanks!

    • Erin Phelan says:

      The only “inside” info that I have is that Polyface supplies the pork for the ones closest to us… and it sounds like, from reading the post you linked to, that they all do what they can to get good ingredients. Sometimes it takes awhile for the demand for the best to make it’s mark on something as big as an organization. I’m not condoning their unwillingness to give out a list of ingredients that they use, but there is always two sides to the picture.

      • Erin,

        The link I shared is different but similar to Catherine’s. Food Babe was a guest writer on the blog 100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake. The post Catherine shared is from Food Babe’s blog and is not the exact same information that was shared on Lisa Leake’s blog. It is important to note that though Chipotle is offering good meats, they are using tortillas and oils that come from GMO sources which means that good meat is no longer clean food after Chipotle is done preparing it. GMOs not only go against the laws of nature, they also cause great harm to all life on Earth from the bacteria in the soil surrounding transgenic crops to the intestines that digest and metabolize the crops.

  4. I agree with you about Chipotle! We stopped on a trip once somewhere in Kentucky and they had a Chipotle – it was great! I had two meals out of the gigantic burrito and I was very happy to see that they locally sourced their dairy and whatever else they could get. Yummy!! It’s really hard for me to eat out because I really hate eating gross food, but Chipotle has standards that I can deal with and because of their commitment to eating and sourcing locally, I am happy to support them.

  5. cyndi lewis says:

    We are loyal Chipotle eaters. We feel we are eating healthy fast food when we go.

  6. Leilani says:

    Our closest is a couple of towns over, keep meaning to try them. Need to make it a priority next time we are over that way.

  7. I like that lengthy description in the Signage. It has Joel Salatin DNA Fingerprints all over it.
    I did a post last Friday on Swedish Friday Night Tacos. I’m going to do one every Friday. They are crazy here on Mexican Food. Chipolte sounds like my next winner. I’ve made the mole before and it came out great.

    Nice story here BTW.