Man I LOVE Chipotle,
or more correctly called, Chipotle Mexican Grill. I've been a fan since '95 back in Denver. Many of my friends were the architects for the original restaurants, but when you get down to it, I love the Colorado / Mexican style burrito and the ability to have a beer at a fast food restaurant. Zteca was always a big competitor for me as they had a full bar, and we would hit it in the evening.
The servings are huge for the day you are famished, I used to eat half and save the other half for later as it's to much for one meal.
The best is a Chicken Fajita Burrito with black beans, mild salsea, sour cream and cheese. All for $6.50.
I've never had a bad experience at a Chipotle, until last week, the cashier was in the back for 5 min while we were waiting to pay. Not a deal breaker, but until then, they had a perfect record for me. I left full, but sullen. Never Fear, I had, as always, put my card in the fishbowl, and won a free lunch for myself and 4 friends the next week. I guess the Chipotle gods had a visit from the Karmic Burrito.
I never thought they could improve their burritos, but 5 free burritos for me and select coworkers made me positively giddy!
The duce is a great place to grab a bite to eaton in downtownPhoenix.
A very eclectic joint that includes among other things; a workout area, stadium seating with a projector showing older cartoons for the kids, alieza full line of clothing with custom embroidery, soda pop bar, and the kitchen is outside in a refurbished airstream trailer.
I am excited to catch the night life, as we can let the kid watch some toons on the big screen and play with friends.
It is a Dali esque rendition inspired by the current financial fallout. I appreciated the faceless bankers, with their top hats, and indifference to the world. My favorite was several faceless bankers around a desert campfire, in an all jug band. They all had a certain stiffness you would see of a BP CEO trying to show himself as a common man.
Danielle D'Aleo in the west room provided "We could be dangerous" an on the wall, vinyl stencil that was fun. A bit Aeon Flux and Dr Suess.
In the east room Kristin Bauer was showing her collection "White Noise".
Which at first seemed mildly interesting, faded shades of white stenciled letters and words. But Kristin was on hand to answer questions, and not letting on that she was the artist, explained a few of the works in both rooms.
After discovering she was the artist, and most of the painting were about "interviews" with people where she collected the "background noise of their subconscious" and then placed it on the canvas as such, the works took on a much deeper meaning. Especially one where the words stood out "If you can hit it every time, you can make it!" I still wonder who this cognitive portrait was extracted from.
Through the heat and the driving, not to mention getting the whole family together that morning, we were all ready for food, Amy Young from had told us about a great new local scene, "The Duce" Which is next.