Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle Mexican Grill is a chain of fast style Mexican restaurants that specialize in customized burritos and fresh high quality ingredients. Chipotle opened up its first Vancouver location on Howe Street downtown at the end of last year. Even though it has been open for a while, people still line up out the door during the lunch time rush.

I’ve been to Chipotle in the States before and enjoyed it, so I was excited when it opened up here. I tried to go a few different times, but for one reason or another, it never worked out and I only made it there a couple of weeks ago.

Carnitas Burrito Bowl

I’m not a big burrito fan, so I opted for a burrito bowl instead. With the bowls you can still choose all of your toppings, it just comes without the tortilla.

I chose carnitas for my meat because pork is always a good option. The meat was flavourful and moist.

I asked for half black beans and half pinto beans. I liked having the variety of both types, but I prefer the black beans slightly more.

For my toppings, I got the corn salsa and the green salsa. I like the corn salsa because the chunky corn adds some more veggies and substance to the dish. The green salsa is mild in spice and fresh tasting.

While everything here was fresh tasting and good, I felt it was pricy when compared to the American locations. It was over $12 for the bowl and a small fountain drink, which is expensive for a fast food type meal. At that price point, I would probably rather go to a different restaurant. That being said, it is a quick and healthier option if you are looking for a convenient meal downtown.


Yes, for a decent healthy lunch downtown.

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Categories: $$ ($10-$15), Downtown, Fast Food, Mexican, Vancouver


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