Chipotle rates a slot on Gustavo Arellano's ten most important burritos in history

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Gustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican and a big fan of Den-Mex cuisine, has burritos on the brain these days, "and not just because of the whole pendejada involving Chipotle putting short stories by authors on its cups and bags...none of whom are Latinos," he says. "While America loves to gorge on the cylindrical gods, they seem to not care about its past, its history, its pioneers."

So he set out to rectify that with a list of the ten most important burritos in history.

See also:
Gustavo's Arellano's favorite Den-Mex joints

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And number six is a local hero -- none other than Chipotle. As Arellano writes:
As much as Chipotle is annoying me right now, I'm also not going to deny their pioneering status--they're the Rick Bayless of burritos. For it was Chipotle CEO Steve Ells getting "inspired" by San Francisco's Mission-style burrito that America has loved the most. It's Chipotle and its copycats that spread to college towns across America, hooking an entire generation on its foil-wrapped bombs. And illiteracy notwithstanding, Chipotle has done a great job in pushing for the use of non-GMO, non-hormone meats and veggies.

See the entire list of the ten most important burritos in history here.


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15 comments
Mike Wall
Mike Wall

@Jacob Edward At least Illegal Pete's has a bigger menu then chipotle, chipotle doesn't ever change shit up its the same shitty food all the time and who says you gotta get fish at Wahoos they have other stuff. Illegal Pete's is ten times better than chipotle anyday.

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

Wahoo's is the most god awful Mexican food I have ever experienced. Fish inside of a burrito? Blech. Cheese on fish tacos? Double blech. Illegal Pete's is okay, but nothing special. Chipotle all the way.

Geoff Stevenson
Geoff Stevenson

There is no way to Chipotle made any kind of list for burritos. Their burritos are all beans and rice 10 to 1. The place is garbage

Mike Wall
Mike Wall

Illegal Pete's is way better than chipotle. And so is wahoos! Every time I go to chipotle they can't roll a burrito and don't mix the stuff inside like illegal Pete's does. Chipotle sucks.

Sam Lang
Sam Lang

Chipotle is absolutely disgusting I have no idea how people eat that stuff regularly

Jame Koopman
Jame Koopman

I'd take an Original Chubby's on Lipan Street smothered beef & bean deluxe, hot over anything that Chipolle Chinese burrito has behind the glass counter.

Dialekt Demeo CavernDwellers
Dialekt Demeo CavernDwellers

i don't know why chipotle gets a bad rep in certain circles. I've always thought they had decent food, But i do absolutely agree with the two guys who commented below me,.

Zach Carsel
Zach Carsel

That is a very complex question. Not easy to answer.

Sean Dolan
Sean Dolan

The pic is not a burrito ...jus sayin'

Tom Welch
Tom Welch

I can't believe there has ever been an important burrito.

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