Famous chefs reveal their favorite Chipotle orders
Whether you're a salad-for-lunch office nosher or a ravenous burrito fiend who has a distinct cilantro-lime musk, you've most likely eaten at Chipotle. There are a bunch of different types of people who dine at everyone's favorite fast-casual burrito joint, but who knew that professional chefs counted themselves among the Chipotle chosen?
To get a better sense of what these kitchen titans are considering when they're queued up in front of the sneeze guard, we asked them what their go-to orders are at Chipotle. There's an unusual amount of cilantro.
CHEF, DO OR DINE (address and info)
His order: “What amazes me about Chipotle is how willing they are to give away the farm. I shake them down for extra cilantro with the rice, always pork, and both beans for color. I am a big fan of that corn salsa -- load it up, with a healthy dash of the hot one. I don't do sour cream or guacamole... salsa is the only lube I need in this gut-busting machine. I always get a Coke, with extra limes to wash it down.”
EXECUTIVE PASTRY CHEF, DAVID BURKE GROUP (info)
His order: "I get the salad because I'm clearly a health nut. I add carnitas, fajita vegetables, and every kind of salsa they have because condiments are king. I also put on extra chili corn salsa because it's my favorite. No beans. I hate beans -- they ruin everything. Oh, and a side of chips, guacamole, and a margarita on the rocks. Because I'm a health nut..."
OWNER, UCHI (address and info) & UCHIKO (address and info)
His order: “I like the crispy tacos. The order comes in threes, and I get two pork, one chicken, all with corn salsa, rice, tomato, pico, and lettuce. I love the crunchy texture of the shell combined with the crisp freshness of the lettuce and the spice of the salsas. I haven't been in a while, but thinking about it makes me want to go back as soon as possible!”
EXECUTIVE CHEF, DAVID BURKE GROUP (info)
His order: “I just went there and picked up food for my family, which includes a hungry teenager, and they prefer the salads because they are silly. I get a carnitas burrito loaded with everything, and a side of guacamole.”
CHEF, LONGITUDE BAR & RESTAURANT (address and info)
Santa Monica, CA
His order: “I typically order a barbacoa burrito with cheese, sour cream, and hot salsa. Chipotle is great because they practice sustainable methods and source local ingredients.”
CHEF DE CUISINE, AVEC (address and info)
His order: A carnitas burrito. “My kid loves it, and, when traveling, we're all happy eating there. It's pretty tasty, and I feel good about supporting their environmental and ethical practices.”
EXECUTIVE CHEF/OWNER, QUI (address and info)
His order: "I get tacos or a burrito with carnitas, corn salsa, and cilantro rice. I always add avocado and cheese."
CHEF, UCHI (address and info)
His order: “I like to order the burrito bowl with black beans, rice, chicken, double corn salsa, guacamole, and a half-portion of cheese. I also order chips to eat with the bowl. The bowl is one of my favorite fast-food meals!”
CHEF, BLT PRIME DORAL (address and info)
His order: "I usually get a steak and chicken burrito with the cilantro-lime rice, black beans, corn salsa, cheese, guac, sour cream, and lettuce. I fill the thing up because, well... go big or go home."
EXECUTIVE CHEF, BLT STEAK (address and info)
His order: “I ALWAYS get a carnitas burrito with pinto beans, salsa rojo, add guac, and a Pacifico beer. This was my first order at the original Denver location. I was so satisfied that I have never felt the need to explore any other combination.”
EXECUTIVE CHEF, AI FIORI (address and info)
His order: "Chipotle! Really, it's the only fast food I do -- I grew up in Texas on the Mexican border so I'm sort of a purist. Burrito, steak, pinto beans, cilantro-lime rice, corn salsa, guacamole, extra chopped cilantro. Tastes like home."