November 23, 2011
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." - Chipotle.com
I made sure to try it when we were in Santana Row in San Jose. Here is my Chipotle experience...
Chipotle is a Mexican Grill that serves gourmet burritos and Mexican food in a modern, healthy, and fast food chain format.
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.
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.
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
Live an Awesome Life,
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!