It may not be the most authentic sources of Mexican cuisine, but there’s no doubt Chipotle is trending in the food world. Much of the restaurant’s popularity is owed to their focus on fresh ingredients, ethically-raised meat and random philanthropic acts that double as stupendous PR moves, such as Denver Chipotle’s recent $100,000 donation to California State Parks. But that’s not all they are known for. Customers are also attracted to Chipotle for a dining style that only recently blazed its way into our food lexicon: fast-casual.
Fast-casual combines the short wait time of fast food with elements of the sit-down restaurant experience, such as quality food and getting waited on, with prices usually somewhere in the middle. Chipotle’s ad-hoc, Subway-like burrito ordering line feels like fast food, while the oceans of freshness and devotion they pour into their food feels like a restaurant.
That said, which of these fresh ingredients do you get on your Chipotle burrito? Having worked at Chipotle, I know that chicken is by far the most popular meat, and hardly anyone skips the cheese and sour cream.* Do you get something other than chicken when you go? Do you ever skip any of the essential ingredients, like meat or cilantro rice? Do you prefer beans or fajita veggies? What kind of salsa? Construct your perfect Chipotle burrito below, and explain why you go for that order in the comments.