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Frangas non Flectes
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Like any chain, your experience is largely up to the franchise you visit. Some are good, some are garbage. From there, it’s down to the person on the line putting together your meal, and how generous they’re feeling that day. Some will load you up on the meats and go easy on the rice and others, the opposite.

My wife liked the local place where we lived nearly ten years ago, so we went fairly often and got to know the staff a bit and got treated well. When the staff cycled over and the rice ratio climbed and the food started consistently giving me the shits, we swore it off.


Yeah, its fast-food Mexican for hipsters, but sometimes it’s alright. If you can do better with a legit Mexican burrito place, of course, do that. We have an Aceituno’s nearby and they get our business at least once a month when the need arises.
 
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The food they make at the one near me, in Sharonville, Ohio is actually pretty good. I get the Chicken bowl with brown rice, salsa, corn and cheese. The cost with a bag of chips is $8.30.

it is not something I have to have, but I do enjoy it once or twice a month.


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I like it well enough, but I actually like rice. It's the beans and salsa I have no interest in. I get a bowl of rice & chicken with a little lettuce and cheese and drown it in Tobasco. And the chips are pretty good too. I can get out for <$10.


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Just remember to pick up a bottle of Chipotlaway...




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Just remember to pick up a bottle of Chipotlaway...


Thankfully, I have never needed this. My Son on the other hand. Smile


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I live in New Mexico. Fuck Chipotle. And Taco Bell.


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Garbage. They poison their customers at least once a month. The only time I ate there I had hair in my food. Garbage.


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Haha, thanks. I hadn’t noticed. Seems like a bit of a waste to spend it on this topic. Oh well. Smile

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I live in New Mexico. Fuck Chipotle. And Taco Bell.



For what it’s worth, I’m from El Paso. I grew up with the quality you’re used to, and I revere my Hatch peppers when I can get them. For all that, I can’t get on board the cork-sniffer wagon. I draw the line at corn added to stuff that shouldn’t have it, but beyond that, it starts at “hey, at least you tried.” If I know I need a power-flush, I’ll get something at Taco Hell. Those are my qualifiers. Maybe it’s because I had to leave and live all around the country and search for the same Mexican food flavors I grew up with that broadened my tolerance, but being spoiled is being spoiled and, I suspect you and I were spoiled living where we did. I’m lucky enough in one way that there’s a ton of wet Mexicans living where I am now that can run restaurants. Tastes like what I grew up eating on the border.
 
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For what it’s worth, I’m from El Paso.


Small world. I lived there for 3.5 years, daughter was born on the west side.

My go to spot there for Mexican was L&J Cafe. For steak it was Cattleman's out in Fabens.


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For what it’s worth, I’m from El Paso.


Small world. I lived there for 3.5 years, daughter was born on the west side.

My go to spot there for Mexican was L&J Cafe. For steak it was Cattleman's out in Fabens.


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No way. That place sucks. If I want good Mexican food I go to one of our plethora of authentic mom and pop Mexican restaurants or one of the roach coaches/gut trucks. Good stuff.
 
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Yuck. We went once for a school fundraiser. Awful. Taco Bell was waaay better, and that’s saying something (but nothing beats Taco Johns potato óles on the way home after the college hockey games).


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Freebirds > Chipotle
IMO


Freebirds essentially copied Chipotle but made every single thing slightly better.

Better rice (cilantro lime)
Better tortilla (flavor and sizes)
More salsa options
Better cheese
Etc.

I still hate the fact that, at either restaurant, the burrito is cold by the time you get through the line ant to your table.
 
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Originally posted by P250UA5:
Freebirds > Chipotle
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Freebirds essentially copied Chipotle but made every single thing slightly better.

Better rice (cilantro lime)
Better tortilla (flavor and sizes)
More salsa options
Better cheese
Etc.

I still hate the fact that, at either restaurant, the burrito is cold by the time you get through the line and to your table.
 
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I live in New Mexico. Fuck Chipotle. And Taco Bell.


I've been to both of these restaurants once, because someone else wanted to go. Huge meh.

People eat a lot of garbage.


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Eat there once in a while - a lot worse places.
Always get the steak burrito, no complaints, no accolades.
 
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Why don't you guys simply ask for less or no rice?
I always get their steak soft tacos with the green chili salsa.


I've actually tried this technique, it does work. I ask for extremely light rice, if they put too much on, I simply as them to remove some. So far 100% effective.

It's food that's about all I got to say about it. I don't love it, but I'll eat it.



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Ate the once. The sever grabbed a tortilla, loaded it with rice and a few other things. Turned out the tortilla was ice cold! Never went back

As for El Paso, I was assigned there in the 1970s, then back for classes at USASMA. I was always glad to see the place in my back window.
However, my all time favorite restaurant was a true German one in the valley. Wonderful food.



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Chipotle is underwhelming and way overpriced. For fake Mexican, Moe's tastes better and is a way better value. Even Taco Bell is better. We are fortunate to have a large number of authentic Mexican restaurants and food trucks in our area, so I rarely end up eating at any of the chain places anyway.
 
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