My first taste of Chipotle was in Seattle mid this year and I was hooked! I dream of it... Fast food Mexican style - it's healthy too if you skip the sour cream, chips and cheese. Anyways, when I heard that it was coming to Vancouver mid this year, I was over the moon and was disappointed when they postponed their opening ... but finally now they are open!!!
Even though we just got back from San Diego and LA and had Mexican food for almost a week, we checked Chipotle out today and at 1145am, the queue was already at the door and by the time we left at 12ish, the queue was out the door. Don't get put off by the queue, even though it looked long, it moved pretty quickly. There is plenty of space to sit and eat and even though the queue was long, the seating never really filled up.
I went with the buritto bowl and D had the buritto. First off, you get to choose between cilantro lime rice(there is a white rice version and a healthier version), we both choose the white rice one and we both went with Carnitas (Mexican version of pulled pork). You can choose from chicken, steak, barbacoa and a vegetarian version too. You also get a choice of pinto or black beans and the various salsas, cheese and sour cream. It was exactly as I remembered. A bit tangy, a bit salty, pork that just melts in your mouth. All D said was "YUMMM" and promptly devoured his burrito.
My only thought was the portion size was not as generous as in the US....perhaps they were trying to make the food last as one of the managers said that they might run out of food due to the overwhelmingly positive response to the opening and they were actively sourcing for more. Chipotle has their own guidelines when sourcing for food so I guess they can't just go to Costco to get more.
Whatever it is, I still dream of Chipotle and I'm so happy that I don't have to drive down to Seattle to satisfy my cravings :)
If you want to recreate Carnitas at home, it's very simple, click here for the recipe.
p.s All the Chipotle outlets are company owned and I think that is how they keep their food so consistent.
818 Howe Street (next to Chapters)