My love affair with Chipotle began about 6 years ago when J had an internship with a company out in San Diego. I visited him quite a few times and and was introduced to Chipotle there. I marveled at the fresh taste of all the food; the light, crisp taco shells. The flavorful meats. But I was sad too because I knew that we had nothing even close to Chipotle in the Capital Region. J and I even wanted to start a franchise out here, we were that into it. So over the past 6 years, until Chipotle arrived in Wilton, I tried to eat it whenever I was near one, in D.C., NYC, anywhere I could my hands on it. And then Hallelujah! Chipotle finally came to Wilton and I am proud to say as of tonight, that I have eaten at every Chipotle in the Capital Region.
Our friends invited us to the soft opening of the new Chipotle in Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany. Of course, we headed right down there after work, Future Foodie in tow.
The decor is a bit more funky than other Chipotle I’ve been in and it was really cool. The restaurant was getting busier and busier and there must have been at least 6 people behind the counter, smiling, and ready to take my order.
I got carnitas tacos (hard shell) for myself, with pinto beans, mild and hot salsa, cheese, and lettuce. We got Future Foodie, the kid’s small cheese quesadilla with the cilantro rice and pinto beans. J got the biggest burrito I have ever laid eyes on and it was filled with carnitas, pinto beans, rice, mild and hot salsa, sour cream, cheese, and guacamole.
Everything was really good, like really tasty. The tacos were really crisp and fresh and the meat was perfectly flavored. I always like to squeeze some fresh lime or lemon juice in to give it an extra tang. What I really like about their tacos or burritos is that all of the ingredients really hold their own, it doesn’t just taste like one big mushy mess like a lot of subpar Mexican food does. The lettuce stays crisp, the tomatoes are firm, and the meat is tender. Future Foodie gobbled her cheese quesadilla down. As always, by the time I was on to my second taco (you get three), J was already done with his 2,000 calorie burrito.
I just had to take a momentary pause because a freaky looking bug landed right next to me and J valiantly squooshed it after I screamed a few times.
I’ll always, always pick Chipotle over Moe’s (which is a teeny step above Taco Bell in my opinion). I love Chipotle use of natural, free range meat and locally sourced food. Okay, I’m done gushing with adoration.