Phoenix >Food & Dining > Chipotle Mexican Grill
4423 E Thomas Rd Ste B, Phoenix, AZ | Directions 8501833.479794 -111.985983
Mon. - Sun. 11am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Camelback East
Tacos and burritos are custom-made with fresh ingredients at this industrial-chic Mexican chain. – In Short
Boasting a sleek decor of blond wood, raw steel and exposed pipes, this taqueria hums with conversation and an eclectic mix of piped-in salsa, rock and reggae. Patrons--mostly on-the-go professionals and parents with kids in tow--line up at an assembly-line style counter for hard and soft tacos or burritos (regular, fajita-style or without the tortilla) made with fillings like grilled chicken or steak, free-range pork or shredded beef.
A Treat – This location is always busy - but is able to get everyone through pretty quick. I like to save myself a trip every week or so to treat myself to their great food and flavor. Everyone I know is either a die hard Baja Fresh fan or a Chipolte fan and I think Chipotle is by far the best and most flavorful. I really enjoy the interior design of their stores also. If I meet someone who has never been, I take them and they are always surprised how much they like it.
I was Disappointed – An $8.00 rice and bean burrito is not what I consider a great deal, on top of that there was no real taste treat. They tout gourmet food, Ha hardly, They had some nice salsas but the food was without excitement and very overpriced. If you consider a big scoop of rice,beans and a few small pieces of meat in a tortilla waiting for your choice of salsa (which is the only thing with any flavor) to be a Gourmet Burrito then this is the place for you. I'll pass, happy hunting.
Average Food – This Restaurant has the right path, but is not on it yet. Customer Service should be a first but wasn't on my visit. The Burrito was ok, but they didn't add what I asked for. I faxed ahead my order 30 min b4, got there and had to wait until they were done with the customers that were there already, I was late to get back from lunch. Not a place to count on orders being ready ahead of time, nice place though.
Good food, low cost – Excellent Mexican Grill -- not quite true Mexican food, but rather a Mexican influence on excellent food. The food is sit-down restaurant quality without a wait staff, meaning quicker and lower prices. The decor is iconic and you either like it or don't -- I find the music is frequently too loud and the A/C too cool, but that's just me.
The burrito bowl is excellent and if one starts with lettuce instead of rice and beans, it can become a low cal, lo-fat (and lo-carb for the people destroing their health with Atkins) meal -- but skip or go easy on the cheese and sour cream.
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