Monday, February 2, 2009

Giddy Like A School Girl

Things always seem to take longer to come to fruition in Santa Ana–Chipotle is no exception. About 11 months ago, I posted this article about a new Chipotle coming to a nearby shopping center.

Well, the wait is almost over. This Friday, February 6th, Seventeenth Street becomes all the more delicious as Chipotle opens their doors to the public.

If Chipotle isn't your thang because you're one of those types who feel that Chipotle is blasphemous, don't fret–there will be other restaurants joining Chipotle at the Homeplace Center including Shabu, Wings, Hawaiian and more!


Kawika said...

I approve! Hawaiian place sounds good too. Anyone know the nutritional info on Chipotle burritos? Currently its a guilty pleasure.

Gustavo Arellano said...

The problem with Chipotle isn't that it's inauthentic or any other such stupid arguments; it's just that it's BAD. However, out of respect to you, I'll give it one more shot at this new one this weekend...

Ben Dayhoe said...

Gustavo! I was wondering when you'd chime in. Tell you what–join me this Friday night and the burrito is on me.

That way, if you still hate Chipotle (which I highly doubt), at least this meal won't be on your dime.

Battle of the Burritos, you say?

cook said...

free food now, until 8pm tonight.

Wednesday is training day and no charge for the food.

just eat me a huge burrito with a soda. FREE FREE FREE until 8pm

sorry for the late notice

ChristianZ said...

The problem with Chipotle is that people put too much weight on it. Maybe it isn't even Chipotle's fault. I think they're okay but basically it's a burrito with a couple fillings in it but people go absolutely nuts over it. It's not that people like Chipotle; I just don't understand where the undying devotion comes from. I considered going earlier today but ended up at another Mexican restaurant instead.

Ben Dayhoe said...

Cook, thank you very much for the heads up.

Gustavo, I'm anxiously awaiting your review from Friday night.

Welcome to the party! :D
Chipotle is great food, but by no means the best Mexican food out there.

I personally like the fact that my stomach doesn't turn inside-out when I eat there–can't say the same for more authentic (greasier) joints.

By the way readers, check out ChristianZ's awesome food blogs–Excellent Chipotle coverage :P

Santa Ana Slim said...

I think this is where everyone get's confused. Chipotle isn't Mexican food. As far as I'm concerned it's an American Burrito. If I want Mexican food, I'll go to a Mexican restaurant and order Mexican food, Chipotle is not Mexican, but that doesn't make it bad. I go to Chipotle to get Chipotle. I think the same can be said for Taco Bell. No one calls Taco Bell Mexican food. It's in a class of it's own, but I still like Taco Bell. Chipotle has it's fan boys like any other business (i.e. Apple), There will be the people that worship Chipotle and there will be the haters. Taste is a funny thing, who can tell someone else what is or isn't good.

ChristianZ said...

"There will be the people that worship Chipotle and there will be the haters."

I'm somewhere inbetween.

"Chipotle isn't Mexican food."

Having talked with several experts on the subject (including Gustavo) I have found it is very hard to say what is or is not authentic Mexican food. If it even claims to be Mexican (as Chipotle does) I'll give them at least a little credit; Taco Bell only claims to be "Mexican-inspired" so there's no need in my mind to excoriate them for not being authentic. Both of them are way more Mexican than Panda Express is so I have a hard time branding them as not Mexican at all. I don't want to get into the authenticity discussion too much here but two more quick points:

1. Authentic Mexican food doesn't have to be greasy.

2. Whether or not something is "authentic" is a different matter from whether or not you like it.

Thanks for mentioning my blogs. For those who don't know, the OC one is already linked to in the Santiago Streets Loft blog roll. There is also an L.A. one here and my blossoming U.S. page here.

Cyrus said...

It's so nice to just say I feel like having Chipotle and take a two minute walk there, its about the only good thing that came out of moving to the MV's.

Just Spotted said...

yum! i love chipotle. and who wouldn't want free burritos for a year?!

xoxo, K