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Chipotle Mexican Grill, Midtown

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Midtown

L. Dirk is IN LOVE with Chipotle Grill

By Lynn Dirk, GLOB Content Editor

ChipotleSFuniIt's all GOOD here – literally.  Chipotle Mexican Grill was started in Denver by a man named Steve Ells in 1993. This is a man – and restaurant -- after my own heart in two BIG ways:

"Advertising isn't believable." This was his response to a question about why Chipotle spends very little advertising. Wow – imagine: A product that sells itself simply because it is good.

> He is working hard to serve food with integrity – Chipotle serves more naturally raised meat than any other restaurant. When you eat the food, you can tell the quality is better. Part of that is due to has decision to keep the menu simple so that the food is done right: "If you just do a few things, you can ensure that you do them better than anybody else."

The above quotes and information are from a brief interview of Ells by Business Week magazine in 2007.

So it all SOUNDS good but does it taste good? YES!!! And it LOOKS good too, which is important because, as my mother used to say, "We eat with our eyes."



SO, with Chipotle as with many restaurants these days (I think Chipotle started this trend!?), you walk along a food line and tell servers at sequential stations what you want. You start with the carb – taco shells, a flour tortilla warmed in a press, which starts off a burrito,or rice that has fresh cilantro and lime mixed into it. Fantastic!!!  This starts off the burrito bowl, which is what I always get.  There is also a salad bowl, which does not include a carb.

Then you choose a meat or bean item for your lunch. All the meats look wonderfully grilled and spiced. PLUS, in 2007 (again from Business Week): 100% of the pork is humanely raised and 85% of the beef.

There are also grilled onions and peppers, which they call fajita vegetables and I think are intended to go with the meats but  I always ask for them when I get beans and the servers are always nicely accommodating -- and generous!

Black beans or pinto beans are available and they always let you know the pinto beans have pork in them. Then on to the salsas: roasted corn, fresh tomato (mild) and two types of tomatillo that are medium hot or hot. I always get all the salsas.

Then you can add sour cream, grated cheese, lettuce, and guacamole – there is am extra charge unless you get a vegetarian order.

This is a LOT of food and when I sit down to mix it all together, there's nothing better. It is enough for two meals if I can get myself to stop eating.



Chipotle is famous for HUGE burritos, but you can order three hard shell or soft shell tacos if a giant burrito is not your lunch out choice.

Can you tell that this is one of my favorite restaurants even though it is a cafeteria/fast food venue?I previously commented that Chipotle is a McDonald's restaurant. Not so. Apparently McDonald's owned a large part of the stock from 98 to 06, but none at all now.


CHIPOTLErelishI LOVE the the cilantro-lime rice. I LOVE that they spell 'bowl' with a w instead of as 'bol.'  I LOVE the grilled onions and peppers. I LOVE the different salsas and the veggies - the food here is healthy . . . except it is very easy to eat too much! Especially if you get beans AND meat. Also I LOVE that most of their meat comes from humanely treated animals. Maybe that will be true for ALL animals soon, and ironically, I hope I am a vegetarian by then.  I LOVE that they have outdoor seating and there are big beautiful trees that shade the tables and I can look across the street at the historic buildings on UF's campus.

I LOVE Chipotle!!!  Apparently a lot of other people do to.  There are always people here and sometimes there can be quite a line.

The Pluses and Minusesof Chipotle Grill:

Chipotle Grill + Indicators: I LOVE everything!!.

Chipotle Grill – Indicators: Nothing!!


'It's all' good when this GLOBer does Chipotle

Chipotle3VEGGIETACOI have to give myself credit – I really know how to pick them!! As highlighted in the GLOB recently, the Wall Street Journal gave Steve Ells, the founder and owner of Chipotle, a 2011 Innovator Award and stated, "There is no more important person in the food industry." Check out this compelling WSJ video on Ells.   On a recent visit, the food was as good as ever. As always I order a bowl to go – even if I eat in, I order to go, because there is so much food I SHOULDN'T finish it in one sitting. This time the bowl was filled with cilantro-lime rice – my required bowl base, grilled peppers and onions, pinto beans, grilled chicken, corn salsa, sour cream that is actually more like sauce -- it is ladled on top, grated cheese, and a little of all three tomato salsas – fresh, mild, and hot. The GLOB Master ordered a hard shell taco trio: peppers, corn relish, and black beans. We also had guacamole and chips. To repeat myself – it's ALL GOOD here!!!  -- Lynn Dirk

Offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about Chipolte Mexican Grill.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS!

Last modified onMonday, 26 November 2018 05:10

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 372-5330
  • Address: 1432 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: Midtown
  • Latitude: 29.652358
  • Longitude: -82.341471


  • Ken
    Ken Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:32 Comment Link

    A whole new bunch of flavors and a giant step for "fast food". I love the food here. For a quick take out meal you can bank on Chipotle is hard to beat. This is such a marked change from the usual burgers and chicken, if I didn't know better I'd think it was a local place. KEEP IT UP!!!!

  • Angie
    Angie Wednesday, 18 May 2011 21:03 Comment Link

    I must agree with Lynn on this one, WOW, Chipotle is a a very big favorite of mine as well!!! I got hooked on Chipotle after the first visit and do not hesitate to go to the location on University or Archer Road when ever I am near either one. It is actually hard not to find myself driving across town just to go to Chipotle for their extremely tasty Mexican fare, especially when I'm craving Mexican. Nothing fancy about them, just darn good! I have this little weakness for rice. My favorite Chipotle dish is the Burrito Bowl, with all that fluffy rice and cilantro. I'm salivating as I type thinking about it, literally. Anyway, I like my bowl with the shredded pork, black beans, fresh corn, the spicy and fresh salsa, a little cheese and, of course, gotta have some of their guac with chips and salsa on the side. Simple, good, and full of flavor...that's how they do it at Chipotle!!!

  • Bob Schwartz
    Bob Schwartz Wednesday, 18 May 2011 16:28 Comment Link

    Sounds good,I like the idea of the natural meats. This one goes on my list of places to try

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