Written by on March 30, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: It opened in the University District while I was living in Seattle. I tried it. I found out it was owned by McDonalds. I hadn’t returned…until now.


Type of cuisine: Tex Mex served right. “At Chipotle, we aim to do a few things but do them exceptionally well. When Chipotle first opened its doors in 1993, the goal was simple: to serve high quality, delicious food quickly with an experience that not only exceeded, but redefined the fast food experience. To that end, we focus on sourcing the best possible ingredients, serving the tastiest food, and growing the most capable team we can. Good food IS good business.”

Chipotle Menu Counter

Ambiance: Rustic exterior signage hangs above the expansive outdoor patio, with few seats taken on this cool evening. Floor to ceiling windows allow passerby to peek inside at the tall ceilings and wooden seats at tables with booths also available to its diners. The walkway from the door leads directly to the order counter, where you watch your food move along from behind the sneeze-guard window, as you choose your favorite toppings and additions to your bowl, burrito, or salad.

Chipotle Interior

What I ordered: A salad with half chicken ($6.45) and half steak ($6.85), filled with lettuce greens, a touch of cilantro-lime rice, black beans, salsa, cheese, sour cream and guacamole.

Chipotle Salad

What I loved: The chunky, fresh guacamole, the bite-sized chunks of seasoned chicken, and the plethora of greens in my basket!

Why I loved it: Simple food, prepared quickly, tasting fresh and fully seasoned.

Cost: Low ($6.45 – $6.85 per entree)

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