Erica C., University of Delaware
On Wednesday, Newark, Delaware got what it has been waiting for since October of this year- it’s own Chipotle. Long missed by New York, Maryland and New Jersey natives, the chain is more than the typical burrito joint. So I thought I’d take the time to give a bit of background on this Mexican hotspot in hopes of enlightening UD skeptics.
Chipotle was started by Steve Ells, CEO and founder and a chef by profession. The concept behind Chipotle is much different than that of other chain restaurants. All of their food is sustainably raised to benefit taste, nutrition and quality. They also use meat from animals raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones as much as possible.
To go deeper into their meat products, their pigs are raised by ranchers and fed a vegetarian diet without antibiotics. The company believes pigs raised this way are happier and tastier (as grim as that sounds). They also purchase naturally raised beef and use dairy from pasture- raised cows. While the company already uses chickens with growth hormones, their goal is also to avoid using antibiotics. When it comes to veggies, 40 percent of their beans are organic and they try to use locally grown produce whenever possible.
I’ve always been a big fan of locally grown produce, not only because its tastier and fresher, but because its a great way to avoid transportation pollution and stimulate local economies and farmers. But the bottom line is that none of these practices would be appreciated if the food Chipotle served wasn’t as delicious.
The menu is simple and short, but with enough options to make customers happy (prime customer being me). I always go for the chicken burrito with cilantro lime rice, guacamole and corn relish. Yum. They also have black beans, carnitas, steak, salsa, cheese and sour cream. Their soft tacos are equally good picks, delicious and fresh. And while I typically detest chain guacamole, theirs is fresh and hand-mashed—mashed being the best way to make guacamole.
So for those university students who may be a bit cautious about their fast food—try Chipotle. I assure you it’s different than what you’d expect.