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My Chipotle Experience

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Chipotle is named after the Mexican seasoning made from smoked Red Jalapeno peppers. I've always wondered why foodies keep raving about Chipotle and why it inspired Ristras, Chihuahua and Faburrito here in Manila.

It's been said that it changed the way people look at a burrito -- "It's not just a burrito. It's a foil-wrapped, hand-crafted, local farm supporting, food culture changing cylinder of deliciousness."

I made sure to try it when we were in Santana Row in San Jose. Here is my Chipotle experience...

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Chipotle is a Mexican Grill that serves gourmet burritos and Mexican food in a modern, healthy, and fast food chain format.

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The dining layout is arranged in such a way that people can efficiently line up at the open kitchen as the burritos are prepared.

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The restaurant supports naturally raised livestock and uses organic vegetables and beans whenever possible.

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The assembly line set-up is designed to serve your order in just a few minutes.

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What I like about Chipotle is that the nutritional calorie information is provided in the menu. There's even a detailed flyer on the nutritional information of each ingredient.

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Step 1 is to choose if you want your order in a Burrito, Bowl, Taco or Salad Form.

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Step 2 is to decide which meat to add: Chicken, Steak, Carnitas, Barbacoa or Vegetarian. The price depends on the meat you choose.

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Step 3 is to customize your order. You can choose to add Cilantro Lime Rice, Black or Pinto Beans, Salsa, Cheese or Sour Cream, and Guacamole.

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Steak Burrito Salad ($6.50)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.

I prefer the salad form because it is a healthier alternative versus the heavy rice. Add a touch of lemon and everything will be perfect. :) It is quite a big serving that can be shared.

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Chicken Burrito ($6.50) Flour tortilla, choice of cilantro-lime rice, pinto or vegetarian black beans, meat (braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak) or guacamole, salsa and cheese or sour cream.

This is one of the biggest burritos I've ever eaten! It is compact, fat and wider than the average burrito. I like the cilantro lime rice that they use and the full flavor of the steak. It is also cheaper than the food truck burritos, which start at $8 or more.

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Now, I can finally say that I've tried Chipotle and I understand why foodies love it so much. The quality is ensured in every ingredient, large satisfying portions are provided, the nutritional value of the products are communicated, and wonderful Mexican flavors are experienced in every Chipotle bite.

(I also like the secret Chipotle sauce that came with my order. A must try for spicy food addicts!)

What's your Chipotle favorite? I sincerely hope they branch out to Manila soon. :)

Chipotle Mexican Grill
Santana Row, San Jose, California


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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals. We are not connected with the owners or any organization promoting Chipotle.

P.S. Thanks to Brobo for treating me to Chipotle and showing me how to order!

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Try Costa Vida next time!

this is what i eat when i feel like eating 'karpintero' meal.. i feel stuffed after eating one burrito.. :D

Hello Anton! Did you guys go to Chipotle in San Jose, CA right across Santana Row? Try Iguanas Taqueria next time and their famous 18-inch's located 10 mins away from Chipotle.

American sized servings :D !

After trying this place a few years ago, yes it was pretty ok. Although here in Manila, I believe Orale Tacqueria Mexicana and Hermanos Taco Shop can hold their own when it comes to taste.

My wife and I love Chipotle. I don't think that's the Palo Alto location but rather by the Santana row location, No?

Yes you are right.... thanks for that correction!

Wow,Santana Row is just a few blocks where I work, puedeng walking distance and a few minutes drive from where I now live Anton.
My bad, SF is not really my hood, I could've have shown you cool places to eat at in the East Bay where I kinda grew up or and finding new places here in my new city (South Bay Area). I guess not enough time, maybe next time pasyal ka namin ni Riza hehehe.

Anton!! I love Chipotle too!! I can eat this every day.
Did you know that chipotle is owned by McDonald's??
And, you're right, all of their ingredients is supposedly organic!!
And their website is user-friendly! They allow you to order on the web for pick up so you can skip the long lines!! I love this place!

Glad you had fun!


Now this is one food concept that should be franchised here in Manila. Great food at reasonable prices!

very mouth-watering!!! I got hungry by just looking at the pictures! I want to try it, hope there's one here in the Philippines. :)

i love the nutritional calorie information provided for every that,i can easily know what meal is good for me. hope there will be one here in the Philippines too!

i love the burrito bowl!

Chipotle is owned by Steve is corporate , is not owned by McDonald's .

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