Let us just make one thing clear: Chipotle is no Anna’s Taqueria. It’s a lot more expensive, for one, and their grilled vegetables can’t hold a candle to Anna’s. That being said, when we’re outside of Boston we eat the odd Chipotle burrito and, we must admit, we enjoy it. It’s got some pleasant heat and, although it’s owned by McDonald’s (turns out McDonald’s divested in 2006. Thanks to the eagle-eyed reader who brought this to our attention!), the meat is all naturally raised and the produce is grown in a sustainable matter. Although it probably wouldn’t be in our top three places to go for a quick Mexican fix, we certainly wouldn’t be sad if one opened in the Hub, especially in a neighborhood that is not currently well-served by Boston’s burrito blitz, like, say Downtown Crossing.
Well, looky here! Today’s Globe reports that not only is Target looking at four sites in Boston (which, incidentally, is AMAZING news), but Chipotle, which recently opened its first Massachusetts outpost in Medford, is looking to set up a branch in the D.C. Currently, Downtown Crossing’s has but one major burrito option: Qdoba Mexican Grill, which, as any worker in the area can attest, is always packed to the gills. A Chipotle would go a long way towards easing the congestion. In general, we’d prefer to see a locally owned business set up shop rather than a chain, but if it’s going to be a chain, we (and our tummy) is glad it’s Chipotle.