***Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Anyway, when seasonal changes begin, it usually makes me sick. Literally. Flip-flopping between nicer days and frigid days truly messes with my system. Not to mention, all of the spring pollens, rainstorms, and other things that cause my defective sinuses to go haywire. So this time of year, there are definitely days that the last thing I want to do is head to the kitchen to prepare a meal for my family. This is saying a lot, since I absolutely love cooking!
Yesterday was especially rough on me. I was sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and basically felt like a semi-truck ran me over...twice. I totally blame the weather. Anyway, around 4:30, everyone in our house was starving. Since the hubby and the kids claim to be completely helpless and don't know their way around the kitchen, that left feeding everyone up to me. As usual. Obviously, I didn't feel like cooking, so I started looking for a solution that satisfied everyone's hunger but didn't leave me riddled with "Mommy Guilt."
That's why I was SO incredibly thrilled when a brand new Chipotle opened up here in town. It was actually a HUGE deal in my city. You see, we have a shopping area, Portage Crossing, that has been in the process of being developed for years now. Every time you drove by, all that could be seen was construction. (This really annoyed residents, by the way. I could sit down with a bowl of popcorn and entertain myself for hours by reading related threads in our local Facebook groups.) Finally, over the past few months, businesses have been opening their doors, and our community has some wonderful new shops and restaurants to enjoy. One of which just happens to be my favorite, Chipotle! Hooray!
Did you know that the folks at Chipotle actually care about what they're feeding their customers? That's right! Chipotle is committed to quality. Here are some quick facts about Chipotle that you may not have known:
- Chipotle believes in using sustainable ingredients. They support smaller, family farms and respect the land and animals in their care.
- Chipotle uses meat from animals that have been raised without any added hormones or antibiotics whenever possible. Animals who are raised as naturally as possible provide the protein that Chipotle uses in their meals.
- Chipotle often uses organic, local produce. (When practical, of course, as produce isn't always in season!)
- The dairy products used by Chipotle come from cows raised without any synthetic hormones.
- Don't eat meat? Chipotle has you covered, too! They have recently begun serving Braised Tofu Sofritas, which are sure to delight all of those Vegans and Vegetarians out there!
So naturally, for these reasons, I don't view Chipotle as your typical "fast food" joint. I like to think of them as real food, really fast. They are literally one of the only places I can take my kids without worrying about whether or not I am unknowingly feeding them something toxic. I wish more restaurants would follow Chipotle's good example!
Recently, I learned about Chipotle's Picky Eater Challenge, and I couldn't wait to see how MY picky eaters would fare. All 3 of my kids have their "food quirks", and it's often hard to make them all happy while eating out. I was pretty confident that everyone would be able to find something to suit their tastes at Chipotle, so we headed on over to find out.
Ordering online was super-easy, and was a fun, family affair. Chipotle's menu may look small, but looks are definitely deceiving in this case. While the main players are Burritos, Tacos, Burrito Bowls, and Salads, these dishes are completely customizable. You get to choose which ingredients you want, and the possibilities are endless. Oh, they also offer kids meals, too!
So what did we order?
I chose to try an order of the hard tacos. This is the only thing that I hadn't tried before, and I was just in a taco mood. I got black beans, lime cilantro white rice with extra cilantro, chicken, and some of their awesome steak. I did order cheese, but somehow, this was left off. My salsa was left off as well. I pouted a little, since I absolutely love cheese above all other foods in the universe, and then headed to the fridge and added my own. Problem solved. These tacos were absolutely delicious, and a definite step up in flavor from that taco place that shall not be named.
My husband chose to get the spicy Barboaca filling with rice, black beans, and hot tomatillo red chili salsa. He likes things spicy enough to "make his eyebrows sweat", and this definitely did the trick! He ate the whole massive burrito in about 4 minutes. I guess he was super hungry! Or maybe the food was just that darn good.
My 15 year old, Kyle, isn't a fan of heat. He got a chicken burrito and loaded it up with romaine lettuce, black beans, rice, and guacamole. Now if you've never had Chipotle, let me tell you, their burritos are very large. Very. My teen devoured his, and then begged us for any leftovers we may have. He raved about how good it was!
Yes, they forgot the cheese on most of our items, but it seemed to be a very busy afternoon, and like I said, It's a brand new location, and I totally understand that it takes time to get things to run perfectly smoothly all the time. I forgive them, and I will absolutely be back.
I am so happy to have a faster food option that I can feel good about. From their sustainable, eco-friendly practices to the high quality ingredients, Chipotle is one place that is definitely doing it right. And the lack of "Mommy Guilt" is definitely an added bonus, too.