Chipotle Restaurant Review and Giveaway!!

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We recently had the opportunity to do a gluten-free menu tasting and restaurant review for one of my favorite “fast food” places. Chipotle is all about using the highest quality ingredients in their meals. From meat with no antibiotics or hormones who are raised humanely and in open fields to buying local, often organic produce from farmers and cutting it fresh in house everyday, Chipotle goes above and beyond to provide its customers with only the best ingredients. Their famous guacamole is so delicious in large part because they cut, scoop and mash every avocado in house daily to make their guacamole. Only lime juice and salt are added but boy, it is delicious! (I still remember from before I found out about my avocado allergy and my husband still raves about it. ;) Their corn chips are made from white, non-gmo corn tortillas and are cut and fried fresh daily in a dedicated gluten-free fryer. They also use sunflower oil in the fryers, as to avoid using one with soy. The monterey jack and white cheddar blend that they use is fresh and with no preservatives. Because of this, it only has a 2 day shelf life but you can rest assured knowing you are getting extremely fresh ingredients when ordering with Chipotle. They pride themselves in putting love, time and effort into all their ingredients as they prep them each day. For this reason, there are no microwaves or freezers. They also never charge extra for any toppings with the exception of meat and guacamole.

When a person comes into Chipotle and specifies that they must eat gluten-free the entire line stops while it is cleaned and all the spoons and utensils are changed to clean, sanitized ones. Then one person assists you from start to finish only after removing their old gloves, washing their hands and putting no new, clean gloves. The only thing that contains gluten in the entire establishment are the flour soft tortillas which they are mindful to keep away from the gluten-free corn ones. There are amazing dishes like tacos, nachos, salads and burrito bowls to choose from when dining gluten-free at Chipotle. Here is what we enjoyed and our thoughts.

Corn Chips & Guacamole: These are truly the BEST chips and guacamole my husband and I have ever had. I love that they are made in a dedicated fryer (as that is necessary with celiac disease) and that I can rest assured knowing my belly won’t be puffy after eating them due to gmo corn. Their white, non-gmo corn chips are delicious and perfectly crisp. The guacamole is creamy and rich in flavor with a slight tangy, salty bite that marries perfectly with the corn chip.

Chicken Burrito Bowl: The chicken is the spiciest meat in house and of course, I loved that! My two and four year old weren’t as happy about the spiciness level but for me the spice coupled with the cool, smooth sour cream and crisp veggies was amazing! The beans (we did a mix of both pinto and black) and rice gave the dish a hearty, filling aspect that definitely filled us up.

Steak Salad: I was very impressed at how tender and flavorful these strips of steak were. I am not usually the biggest steak eater but in this salad, it made it a meaty and filling. I liked the chipotle adobo flavors and nice sear from the grill.

Carnitas Tacos: The carnitas meat is our absolute favorite!! We love how tender and flavorful it is. It is spicy from black pepper but almost has a fruity after note from the berry they use when braising it. After hours of braising, it is fall of the bone tender and easily shredded. The non-gmo, white corn tortilla was the perfect vessel for this delicous meat and all the veggies, salsa, cheese and/or sour cream. These were the best tacos I have had before!

Our experience was a great one and Chipotle is a restaurant we will definitely go back to for a safe, healthy and delicious gluten-free meal!! Chipotle also caters gluten-free so you can enjoy them in the comfort of your home or at your next event.

Please remember that not all Chipotle restaurants are as educated as mine is. The manager, Devon, was so knowledgeable and sat down to discuss everything with us. She is very understanding of the need of those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten-sensitivity. Remember you are your own advocate and must work with your location if they aren’t doing these things to ensure that they can start implementing them.

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*I was provided with product for review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive feature. These are my opinions and my opinions alone.

Comments

  1. Danielle Fournier says:

    I would take my Husband & two sons :) I haven’t been there since before I started eating gf. I would love to eat somewhere where the staff goes out of their way for my food safety….I’m usually lucky to be able to eat at restaurants at all since lots don’t accommodate gf people. Ty for the contest & the info :)

  2. shauna price says:

    I would take my parents.

  3. Denise Fedor says:

    I would take my gluten free daughter. She is allergic to avocados too!

  4. My husband is who I would bring (or he might ‘bring’ me); Chipotle is a big date night favorite of his,

  5. I’d take my gluten free fiance! We love chipotle!

  6. I would take my coworker!

  7. my sister-in-law who is a fellow gluten free’er

  8. Susan Martin says:

    I take myself because it’s an easy way to get safe food! My location at 3rd street/Bell is awesome!

  9. Myself!

  10. My hubby. I am GF so it would be a great date night for us!

  11. I’d bring my husband! :)

  12. I would take my teenager – he could eat at Chipotle every single day!

  13. I will take my dad, who is eating gluten free

  14. I would have to take my boyfriend, he loves Chipotle as much as I do. :)

  15. Myself and a date!

  16. I would take my boyfriend, who is super supportive of my dietary needs :)

  17. YUMMM. This is my favorite place to eat!

  18. My youngest daughter and I could swing by on our way home to work on Christmas crafts.

  19. One of the few places both my son and I enjoy where I don’t have to worry about my food being cross contaminated. I cant help but eat the chips on my way home and love their bowls – makes it easy to not have the same thing all the time

  20. I would take my husband!

  21. Katy Austin says:

    I would take my Daughter Olivia!

  22. We eat at Chipotle often–love it and bring the whole family or bring it home for a quick take out meal! I so appreciate all they do to keep the meal GF. Even when we travel, we will check to see if there is a Chipotle in that location, because we know it’s a great place for a safe meal.

  23. Jeanne Klein Robertson says:

    My 11 year old son would be my date;-)

  24. I go to Chipotle on a weekly basis with my college roommates!

  25. I would take my dad for lunch. There’s a Chipotle right next to his work!

  26. It would be me, myself, and I! I need an excuse to be by myself…. After having a 4 month old and a 3 year old all day, everyday, a date night to myself would be AMAZING!

  27. I would take my hubby. He misses the spontaneity of stopping to pick something up. I wasn’t eating there because of the soy but they have made improvements! :)

  28. I would take my boyfriend, which would end up being a fun trip out of South Dakota since we don’t have any Chipoltes!

  29. Julie Dobson says:

    My hubby as my son and daughter go there all the time.

  30. I would take my husband to chipotle with me. We love going there!

  31. I would take my family, we love it there. They accommodate GF and Veg, not many places do that.

  32. My family! We all love their food!!

  33. i’d take my sister – she loves mexican food!

  34. My husband! Or I’d just eat for 2 :)

  35. My hubby and son! We go at least once a week, it is my son’s favorite place to go. He’s a black bean kid and loves making his own tacos! I am in total love with their guac!

  36. I would take my DH, he eats at Chipotle at least three times a week.

  37. I would take my friend, Carmen!

  38. Valerie Demetros says:

    We love Chipotle, one of the safest lunches around. I love that my daughter likes it since it’s pretty healthy too.

  39. kelly pizzarella says:

    I would take my youngest son Austin with me. He has celiac disease

  40. Sharalyn Anderson says:

    I would take my sweet hubby with me to Chipotle for a special little date.

  41. I would take my daughter to Chipotle.

  42. I just ate there tonight. One place I can go with friends from school without feeling like an outcast!

  43. I would take my mom and daughter, we love to eat here, but we usually only get to when we are travelling since we dont’; have one in our town so we make sure to stop when we find one!

  44. I would take my husband & twin sons.

  45. My cousin. She has to eat carefully too.

  46. Alexa Reghenzani says:

    I would take my friend Lauren with me!

  47. I would take my best friend Shannon to Chipotle, it’s our favorite place.

  48. Jennifer Spector says:

    I would take my co-worker Nicole. She is a HUGE Chipotle fan, just like me :)

  49. I would take my husband and daughter. She is the one who introduced us to Chipotle.

  50. I would take my husband. He’s never been to Chipotle!
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