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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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