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No I dont want to know if their food is good. But for those of you who do go there, do they seem to have a pretty consistent flow of customers?

I'll explain later.... :D

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The food is good and its not usually packed. Its a burrito place that is kind of like Subway Sandwiches. You pick the type of tortilla (burrito, soft tacos, hard tacos or none) then you select your meat and toppings.

The Chipotle chain is owned by McDonald's so the food is consistent and the restaurants are clean.

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In California...... (I had to put this caviate in there cause we are totally different then everywhere else)

They are very popular with the under 25 crowd (Colleges and High Schools) They offer free drinks to people with student IDs. I used to love and go in there when I needed something fast but was tired of the same old burger and fries.

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Well...OK I shouldn't have said packed. Sounds like the places are being overrun with customers. Let's see...do they appear to have consistent customers? That's probably a better way to word it.

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Well...OK I shouldn't have said packed. Sounds like the places are being overrun with customers. Let's see...do they appear to have consistent customers? That's probably a better way to word it.

I would say yes around here.... typical lunch and dinner crowd... competes with Baja Fresh and Rubios.... if they had drive thrus they might be more popular with soccer moms.

The stores in my area have been around for almost 10 years so I would say they have staying power.

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I've been there once, for a late lunch. There was a consistent amount of people in line (5-15).

Didn't care much for the food. Too much $$ and not enough burritto

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Go to Qdoba. They have 5 in California with more opening soon. They are Denver-based, and they are a little cheaper than Chipotle, they have better burritos (they actually put meat in them instead of Chipotle's tiny bit of meat and lots of rice and beans), Qdoba has more of a menu (salads, quesadillas, soup, etc), and the food is generally better, though it isn't as spicy as Chipotle's food. Check epinions.com as Qdoba kicks their butts at ratings. McDonald's is wanting to sell Chipotle because of slow sales and loss of money, whereas Jack In The Box is actually EXPANDING Qdoba all over the country. I have never heard someone say they liked Chipotle better than Qdoba. NEVER.

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yah we have an alternateive chain here in olney........ california tortilla- not bad about that same kinda of burritos but its not made like subway its more of a value menu thing

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Go to Qdoba.  They have 5 in California with more opening soon.  They are Denver-based, and they are a little cheaper than Chipotle, they have better burritos (they actually put meat in them instead of Chipotle's tiny bit of meat and lots of rice and beans), Qdoba has more of a menu (salads, quesadillas, soup, etc), and the food is generally better, though it isn't as spicy as Chipotle's food.  Check epinions.com as Qdoba kicks their butts at ratings.  McDonald's is wanting to sell Chipotle because of slow sales and loss of money, whereas Jack In The Box is actually EXPANDING Qdoba all over the country.  I have never heard someone say they liked Chipotle better than Qdoba.  NEVER.

Well....that would be nice if either of those things were true.

Heh and really, Im not looking for a place to eat dinner here.

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I had chipotle once a long time ago...Don't quite remember the experience, but I'm a Baja Fresh kinda guy. Love getting a steak baja burrito and some chips and guacamole. Also can't turn down a good Rubios fish taco.

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Well....that would be nice if either of those things were true.

Heh and really, Im not looking for a place to eat dinner here.

Actually, as of last summer they were true. I read in more than one article that McDonald's was looking to spin Chipotle off or sell it because they weren't making the money they wanted them to.

And to answer the original question, I have only been in one Chipotle that had a line. Every other time I have been there I was the only customer. Not too good...

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Chipotle, I'm sick of them already. They are good, but I'm so bored with the low buck interior, concrete floor, plywood chairs, cheap ass decor. Pathetic. A shame, considering how much coin they ask you to fork out. Unacceptable. Bottom feeder. The worst. Its always so loud in there. You can't even have a conversation. The place is always full and loaded with urban / yuppies / trendies and that crowd gets old. I like the food, and they are extremely popular. But I'm sick of it. I can go to a local Mexican deli and get much better takeout or sit down.

Qdoba- a cheesy Chipotle rip off. I think they suck.

They are opening Chipotles left and right here and they all do tremendous business and are always busy. I know several people who go there religiously, almost every day, to the point where the people behind the counter know what they want on their burritos.

I'll still go there because the food is cheap and filling and free from grease, but until they get rid of the 'GM beancounters' cheap ass loud ugly metal pipe / plywood / worthless chairs with bare light bulbs and concrete floor decor.....I ain't going there much.

that look is tired and old. its so five or six years ago.

If i could get the food without having to deal with the trashcan decor and abundance of urban yuppie trendy 'so cool' pricks, I'd be fine with it.

BTW i think Mc Donalds sold them awhile ago?.

I had baja fresh in denver once and it was good. Baja Sol here is pretty good but not altogether a huge improvement over Chipotle, but they do have a 'Salsa Bar'....huge points with me.

Pepitos here in the minneapolis area is the absolute best. Eat that and you'll think Chipotle is mediocre.

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Actually, as of last summer they were true.  I read in more than one article that McDonald's was looking to spin Chipotle off or sell it because they weren't making the money they wanted them to.

OK well...heh, yea...still not true though. Chipotle has posted steady gains the last 2 years. They are being spun off to generate even more money to pay off the revolving credit line they had with McD's and to fuel restaurant expansion, which ideally, would increase profit.

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Qdoba- a cheesy Chipotle rip off.  I think they suck.

Qdoba actually came first, back in 1996 when they were known as Zteca, before they lost a name infringement case in CA (which is why their expansion has been so slow in CA).

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OK well...heh, yea...still not true though. Chipotle has posted steady gains the last 2 years. They are being spun off to generate even more money to pay off the revolving credit line they had with McD's and to fuel restaurant expansion, which ideally, would increase profit.

OK...so, Yoda, what's the point of this thread?

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I've only ever seen one Chipotle, didn't see how many people were in it.

And the only good thing about Qdoba (in my experience) is the free WiFi and convenience, we have three so there is always one around. I'm not a big fan of the food.

Oh and real Mexican food kicks ass.

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:lol:  :lol:  :lol:

Obviously an elaborate scheme to bother you.  :rolleyes:

BUT...This is what I was referring to:

I'll explain later....  :D

So sue me, I'm impatient!

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The Chipotle chain is owned by McDonald's so the food is consistent and the restaurants are clean.

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:lol:

I'm sorry. I was just reminded of all the McDonalds jokes I've heard when I read that.

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Chipotle is eh. I think it's better than the other chain Mex restaurants (El Torito, Chevy's, On the Border). Every time I go to those places, the rest of the day is a "throw away."

If I'm looking for that $7 to $10 meal, I head straight to Daphne's, UHM UHM, though anyone outside CA/AZ/NV wouldn't know what it is?

My college friend in San Diego laughs his ass off...he says I am addicted to Bob's Big Boy and Daphne's and that those must be my concept of fine dining.

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