Tuesday, December 15, 2009

First impressions of Chipotle


Long line at Chipotle
Originally uploaded by squidpants
On Sunday evening my buddy and I decided to check out the new Chipotle at 3113 14th Street NW. The first thing we noticed was the line. Apparently it's been packed since opening.

I counted and there were 43 people in line, but we decided to stick it out. It went fairly quickly, about 15 minutes from door to ordering. However, a couple people recommended ordering online and then picking it up, and there's also a free iPhone app for Chipotle.

Despite the long line, most folks were getting it to go, so we found a seat. As for taste, it was what we expected, solid Chipotle.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Seriously? Chipotle? This can't be the most exciting thing going on.

Anonymous said...

I went on Sunday before the crowds arrived and will say I was a little disappointed. For being there first thing, the food seemed a bit dried out, the portions were small and the woman working the cash register couldn't get the change dispenser to work properly. I know, kinks need to be worked out, but I was disappointed nonetheless.

Jamie said...

Isn't that a little like saying "First Impressions of McDonald's?"

Oh wait...

jackblack said...

i do not get this entire ga ga over chipolte thing that has been going on and on in local blogville. my god mass market mexican food. good yes but, they are a dime a dozen. why does chipolte get the big ok and all the other chains eact a huge communal whine?

Sam W said...

Forgive me if I missed an earlier post covering this, but is there something unique about this Chipotle? I mean, I like Chipotle, but I don't understand the excitement over a chain that has had like 6 other stores in the area already.

Anonymous said...

Why is everyone so offended by a post about Chipotle? It's good, cheap food and I for one am excited that it's now within walking distance from my house. I consider this blog-worthy, and I plan to fatten up for the winter with a giant burrito when I get the chance...

Remembering Social said...

I am shocked! There isn't anything "weird," "strange" or "odd" about this place? I mean this "Chipotle" might not have exotic things such as "cocktails" or furniture or pictures of people on the wall, but we are talking about potentially scary ethnic food here- just what are these things called "burritos?"

Burritomunch said...

I don't think anyone's offended, but this blog and The Heights Life have been covering this the way CNN covered the death of Michael Jackson. It is exactly like every other Chipotle in the city, in every imaginable way. It's nice to be able to get a fast food burrito without having to go too far, but that's about all you can say about it.

Andrew said...

That was kind of my point in the post I wrote last week. I'm not sure why, but Chipotle is very popular and people always retweet any posts I write about it. This one was basically to say it's super crowded, so beware or order online. I don't see much else to post about it, unless they give out free burritos or something.

The previous post: http://newcolumbiaheights.blogspot.com/2009/12/lot-of-excitement-for-chipotle.html

DCDave said...

It has always seemed odd to me when people complain about the contents of a particular blog. If it's not working for you, stop reading it.

Mike said...

I'm for it, more restaurants is never a bad thing people

Anonymous said...

I hope this shows the owners of Ellwood Thompson's that opening up the right business in this area is essentially a license to print money. The place has been mobbed since it opened...lines around the inside of the store.