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  • Two big thumbs up for Chipotle!



    I have good news, and better news!


    The good news is (this is probably old news to long time PB'ers), Chipotle is a great semi-fast food option when you're in a bind and don't have anything on hand. I had the Burrito Bowl with chicken, fajita vegetables, lettuce, tomato salsa, guacamole, and cheese. It was tasty, filling, and most importantly, Primal!


    The better news: as I was having them make my bowl, I was telling the guy to skip the rice and beans, and explained I was trying to improve my diet. He told me, as a side note, that all of Chipotle's ingredients are fresh and organic, and the animals are free range, hormone-free (as is the cheese), and I'm pretty sure he said the animals were grass-fed. The guy told me they try to buy locally as much as possible, too.


    I just gained a lot of respect for Chipotle! Definitely will be eating here more often.


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    I just polished off a carnitas bowl for lunch Aside from the salt, their food is really good and a good option (I think) for primal eating when compared to other restaurants out there.


    Their "Food with Integrity" philosophy incorporates respect for the farmers producing the food, as well as respect for the animals. http://www.chipotle.com/#/flash/fwi_story


    Our Chipotle is VERY conveniently located next to our Whole Foods where we pick up our CSA orders...which is what DH did today, hence the Chipotle bowl for lunch


    eta: I'll be interested to read other's thoughts and whether Chipotle is as primal as I think it is (my bowl was meat + lettuce + tomato salsa + guac...giving up their corn salsa *was* a little bit difficult, I must admit)

    Heather and the hounds - Make a Fast Friend, Adopt a Greyhound!

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      I love chipotle!! That is my go to spot for fast food..I had heard that they are organic...can't believe they were started by the people who made McDonalds but hey...I love it anyways!

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        Burger Lounge is another great choice. I had their basil turkey patty on top of their veggie salad with avocado ranch dressing (super fatty and low carb). It was super filling, but so good i wanted to order another one! A bit pricey tho, but its the only place by my school :-/

        Natural Selection: http://ichoosenaturalselection.wordpress.com

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          [quote]

          can't believe they were started by the people who made McDonalds but hey...I love it anyways!
          </blockquote>


          Not exactly accurate. They were started as a small business...as they grew, for a short while McDonald&#39;s Corp owned a majority interest in the business, but they have since sold off their interest.

          Heather and the hounds - Make a Fast Friend, Adopt a Greyhound!

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            very impressive! thanks for posting!

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              While I love Chipotle, not true re: organic (at least in 2007, might&#39;ve changed): http://www.businessweek.com/innovate...n_id=rss_daily It appears that only some of their beans are organic: http://www.chipotle.com/html/fwi.aspx


              By that logic, I doubt their meat is grass-fed.


              Otherwise, impressive!

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                Brian: on that same page:
                [quote]


                The supply for this better chicken is scarce, so we started small, buying naturally raised chicken only for a few markets at first. That amount has grown over time as demand for naturally raised chicken has grown, and today all of the chicken we serve in the US is naturally raised.


                To meet our naturally raised standard, chicken must:

                Never be given antibiotics.

                Have more room to move about than in conventional chicken

                operations.

                Be vegetarian fed, never given animal by-products.
                </blockquote>


                So at least the chickens are free range to some extent, and aren&#39;t given antibiotics, and they&#39;re vegetarian fed. Not sure what they feed them, though. Still, this is way better than most fast food places!

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                  CSJ - not sure what you&#39;re pointing out to me... (sorry if I&#39;m being dense).

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                    My cheat meal involved Chipotle last week and yes, I indulged in the tortilla.

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                      Yeah, they started doing humanely raised, no antibiotic pork maybe six years ago.


                      Creds where/when due!

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                        OTB - and even more impressive, Smithfield, the massive hog producer, changed some of their stall practices after being inspired by Chipotle. Pretty friggin&#39; cool.

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                          Hiya, I&#39;m new to the forum-(this day 8 of doing PB for me)- but I had to reply to this topic- (I&#39;ve been planning to join for a while now, so this isn&#39;t the only reason I registered.


                          I hear alot of people bash Chipotle for one reason or another, but I happen to think they&#39;re awesome.


                          Like others have said, if I&#39;m out and about, and need a place I can reliably get better quality food from Chipotle&#39;s definitely a top choice.


                          I get the salad with double steak, guacamole, and just veggies- Not sure of the primalness of Tabasco, but I also don&#39;t give a damn, it&#39;s too tasty.


                          I&#39;ve been going there since before I heard of PB, and was just trying to do a "healthier" higher protein/lower carbs style of eating (with limited success) I&#39;ve heard lots of people complain that they&#39;re not &#39;mexican enough&#39;, but the food is tasty, and I see mexicans behind the counter, and working in the kitchen, so... meh.


                          As to the whole organic/not/mickey dees thing- I was at one of their locations when a group of management style bigwigs had showed up to check something out, and as I was waiting I took one of them aside and asked about the whole organic/grass fed issue, because they don&#39;t list their meat as "grass fed" anymore. This is totally anecdotal, and so has limited meaning for anyone who isn&#39;t me, but- What the guy told me was that they don&#39;t advertise themselves as using 100% organic local foods, or grass fed meats, because they can&#39;t get reliably sourced foods on a 100% basis, but that they try as much as they can to buy that way, and that for the most part their meats are pasture fed, and finished. For whatever that&#39;s worth.


                          anyway, be seeing you.

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                            Brian: Oh nothing too special, just pointing out the obvious, which I excel at. Antibiotic free is a big deal in chickens. But you&#39;re right, I didn&#39;t see anything about grass-fed for the cows. "Vegetarian fed" doesn&#39;t give me a lot of hope. That could just as easily be GM corn for all we know.

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                              [EDIT] CSJ, gotcha - we posted at the same time - what&#39;s below is what I posted the same time as you...


                              CSJ, if you mean to say that "naturally raised" = "free range to some extent," I&#39;m not sure I&#39;d agree. If it was free-range chicken, I&#39;m sure they&#39;d say so (like they do with respect to their pork). Chipotle coined the phrase "naturally raised" to explain their own thing, not to mean free-range.


                              Of course, this is an academic point given how far ahead Chipotle is than the rest of the curve, as you astutely pointed out in your original post.

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