Part of what started this battle of the burritos was a friend of mine that persuaded me to give Chipolte a second chance. I want to say before I did this that I did my best to go into it with an open mind, to try to be fair and give them a fair review. This was not an easy thing to do either. Well I did the best I could and here are the results:
My Burrito Blueprint:
Cilantro Lime rice
Pico de gallo
Some of my initial comments: while it's nice they have different chips and sauces, and that you can get a beer or a margarita here, and get your burrito in a bowl, there weren't many choices with regards to the burritos. No choice of tortilla, no refried beans, and no choice of rice. This right away makes me feel less than impressed. Now for the actual burrito.
First of all there was too much rice in the burrito, and on top of it the rice was cold. While the meat was warm, not very much seasoning, and it should have been hotter. The sour cream and guacamole were quite fresh--in fact the guacamole was bright green. They were generous with it but charged $1.75 for a shot of it versus $1.00 at Mission or Freebirds. There was not much seasoning in the meat, rice or salsas.
Also the ingredients not well distributed--i hit a massive pack of salsa at the bottom of it but the burrito would have tasted better had it been more evenly distributed. Furthermore, the burrito started to leak and it fell apart about halfway through.
One other personal complaint: only sugar and sweet n low were available for iced tea--no equal or splenda which are my preferred iced tea sweeteners
As a professor I grade it a C-Minus. The burrito is better than Taco Bell but not by much. I expect more choices and better food for $10.68!
Bottom line is I may come back once a year if no other choice but to go with a certain group. Overall not angry but not satisfied either. Not at all impressed.