Atlanta >Food & Dining > Chipotle Mexican Grill
3424 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030533.848059 -84.374302
Mon - Thu, 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat, 11am - 10pm; Sun, noon - 8pm
Neighborhoods: Buckhead Triangle (Buckhead Forest), Northside, Northside, Buckhead Triangle
Tacos and burritos are custom-made with fresh ingredients at this industrial-chic Mexican chain. – In Short
Boasting a sleek decor of blond wood, raw steel and exposed pipes, this taqueria hums with conversation and an eclectic mix of piped-in salsa, rock and reggae. Patrons--mostly on-the-go professionals and parents with kids in tow--line up at an assembly-line style counter for hard and soft tacos or burritos (regular, fajita-style or without the tortilla) made with fillings like grilled chicken or steak, free-range pork or shredded beef.
Taco Beetle; Menacing Manager – My close friend is a manager at Chipotle. He holds a great deal of pride in his work, in his company. Recalling this while finding myself hungry and stuck in 5 o'clock traffic on Piedmont Road, I slid off the grid and walked in for my first visit to this fast food Mexican restaurant. I ordered three chicken tacos and a Dos Equis. They were delicious. I gobbled them heartily until my pace slowed by the third one, which was a godsend. From layers of rice, cheese and lettuce crawled a healthy, happy beetle about as long as my little toe. It was difficult to explain the situation to a wayward staff member walking by my table as he spoke no English. Apparently, the only person in the restaurant with such a rare linguistic skill in America as English-speaking was the manager. All I could make of her from behind was her blond ponytail as she vehemently explained to the Spanish-speaking horde around her behind the counter: "You better tell her that we will NOT refund the beer." Alarmed that after finding a live insect in my food anyone in a restaurant managerial capacity would select word choices that described what would NOT be done for the customer, I decided to speak up. "I don't need anyone to tell me what will NOT be done today. When I find a beetle in my food, a refund is the only thing I want to hear about." Twenty-year-olds with managerial powers do not appreciate being taught about tactful management by beetle-wary customers. So this wet-eared quota-satisfier one-upped me by telling me that my tone was way out of line and that there was no need for profanity. When did "beetle" become a four-letter word? What indeed is happening with the English language and popular refusal to consume insects in America? I advise Mexican food lovers in a hurry to take their profane rights to refuse beetle consumption anywhere but Chipotle.
Upscale Taco Bell – Chipolte....with a name like that you would think they knew what they were doing. My first visit , I got the chicken burrito which began with a huge scoop of WHITE rice and a small rationing of the remaining fillings. I should have stopped them at the rice. My thoughts.... never again! Then I went to get a burrito for someone else and saw that corn was a filling option, so I gave it a second chance. Lesson learned.....never deviate from my first mind . Got a burrito bowl with no tortilla, no tortilla? Had to pay for chips (what?) . Moe's is even better although their meat is dry and chips are stale. Willy's is REAL MEXICAN FOOD, with chips and tortilla included in the price of the burrito + a salsa bar . My advice , save your money or go to Taco bell if you want a comparable experience.
It's a good burrito on the go. – I like Chipotle Grill's burritos. Chicken burritos that is. I have tried the steak burritos and for those of you who don't like to see pink in your beef, stay away from the steak. In fact, the two times I have tried the steak it had a "flesh" taste to them. Ugh. Now, the chicken is good. I still can't believe that they made the #1 pick for burritos. They are good, but not for #1 in my opinion. If you want some rockin' fresh unique burritos try Raging Burrito.
Moe and Willy should be scared silly – Good to see the best burritos in America making it to Atlanta! The barbacoa and carnitas are first class. The tomatillo green is a great salsa for flavor; and the tomatillo red is finally something spicy in Hotlanta. Guac rocks too!
McMexican – This is McDonald's attempt at fresh-mex. If you don't see the irony in this, then you will probably enjoy this mass-produced chain food. Think the McDLT in a hip environment.
From the time you enter, everything is wrong. The menu reads from right to left - great for an Asian concept restaurant, but confusing to Western diners. The rice was more of a jasmine rice than Mexican and the salsa choices were runny and bland.
Save your money and stick to the McNuggets. Now with more chicken!
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