Best Bite for Your Buck: Chipotle

Mariana Alfaro, Assistant Campus Editor

Chipotle Mexican Grill is as good as fast food gets in Evanston. For less than $10 you can get a meal big enough to keep you full for the rest of the day. Drinks are also in a reasonable price range, and (if you’re over 21), margaritas are also available. If you want to treat yo ‘self, you can always add guacamole (swoon) for $1.95.

As a Mexican, I recognize Chipotle is far from authentic Mexican food. However, I’ll take a chicken burrito with brown rice and black beans any day, because Chipotle is so much more than your regular Mexican-American food joint (I’m looking at you, Taco Bell.) Calories are listed for every meal, and if you want to cut carbs you can easily make your burrito a salad. That’s beautiful. Evanston’s Chipotle is always buzzing with students and community members diving into burrito bowls, salads and the occasional quesadilla. Its new sofritas menu is actually pretty tasty and it opens up fast-food dining options for vegetarian and vegan customers. Also, carnitas, the crowd-favorite that went missing early January this year, are back! Chipotle is also known for its “Food With Integrity” commitment, and it promises its ingredients are raised sustainably and that the franchise supports the farmers who grow the food.

So whether you’re on a budget, in a rush, on a break from your diet, environmentally friendly or just simply hungry, Chipotle is definitely the best option in Evanston for you.

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