Saturday, February 2, 2013
Mr. Dave Is No Longer a Chipotle Virgin
Somehow I made the journey into adulthood without having ever tried some fairly common food stuffs. In the past I have shared losing my bologna virginity (that is a strange turn of phrase...) as well as my Big Mac virginity. Even though Chipotle restaurants have not been around forever the place seems to have become a ubiquitous presence in the discussion of casual restaurant dining. I don't know if I have gone more than a couple of days without hearing someone squawk about the place. So today I was in the general area of StuyPlazistan in Guilderland and I decided to lose my Chipotle virginity.
I went at around 11:00 AM and the Stuyvesant Plaza location was empty. This surprised me as part of the reason I have avoided going to Chipotle is due to the enormous lines I have witnessed. Luckily the menu is not overly expansive as I am bad at decisions and these sorts of places where you have to pick everything on command often throw me into an indecisive crisis.
Having recently ended my severely carbohydrate restricted diet (mid-30's male vanity crisis induced) I decided to fall off the carb. wagon hard with one of the "bowls." I got brown rice, pinto beans, vegetables, pork (about which I have heard good things), hot salsa, sour cream, and cheese.
Digging in the pork looked all good and porky. "Fresh" is part of Chipotle's hip cache and I will admit that you could actually tell that most of the ingredients were minimally processed.
I can see why people like the place. That is not to say that I liked the place over much, but I can see why people do. The ingredients are leaps and bounds better than you find at pretty much any other mass market chain restaurant. The cheese tastes like real cheese, the sour cream tastes like real sour cream, etc... I am just not a huge fan of this particular brand of pseudo-Mexican with the oversized burritos and what not. If I am away from home and need a healthful meal then Chipotle would be a viable option, but it is not the sort of food that I would crave or go out of my way to obtain. I can take or leave Moe's, Hot Harry's, and the rest of the genre. As an aside, should one of them put a chile relleno burrito of the type I fell in love with while living in southern Arizona on their menu, I might change my tune.
In any event, there you have it. I have tried Chipotle. It was pretty good. I don't think I will ever have to go there again.