Chipotle, at the top of the chain: Restaurant Review

This week’s restaurant review is a Bebe Meals first: a national restaurant chain. Normally reviewing a chain isn’t something I would consider because quite often it would defeat my purpose of helping parents find healthy ways to feed their bebes (and themselves). Yet recently I was contacted by a representative of Chipotle Mexican Grill, informing me that “they were the first national restaurant company to commit to serving naturally raised meat, local and organically grown produce, and the first to serve dairy (cheese and sour cream) made with milk from cows that are not treated with the synthetic hormone rBGH. …and Chipotle is introducing a kids menu as well!” Those are all things I like to hear so I decided that Dee, Bebe B and I would check it out.

We went to the Chipotle located on the East Side of Madison, Wisconsin one quiet Saturday afternoon. First of all we were pleased to see that in fact their meat, dairy and produce were sourced from organic and local sources as much as possible…this was even stated on their menu. The kid’s menu while basic was very well priced at $2.99 which included, rice, beans, chips and a drink. We choose the chicken and cheese quesadilla for Bebe B (anyone notice a quesadilla trend in Bebe B’s restaurant diet?) and an Organic Valley Chocolate Milk for a drink, they had Organic Valley 2% milk as well. It was the first time she had ever chocolate milk and she adored it! She gobbled up the rice but wasn’t too crazy about the beans. But then part of being an almost two year old is loving a food one day and hating it the next. She wasn’t too interested in the chips but I had fruit with me as well that she ate. The quesadilla went over well also and so I would absolutely count this as a successful lunch out. As for Dee and I we had veggie burritos which were very good although we could not finish them. Some other things of note, I love that they have recycling in their restaurants and that the little tray Bebe B’s meal came on was made of recycled paper. The location we went to was very clean as well as the restrooms, but it would have been nice if they had a changing station/ table.

I will admit when we go out, my first choice is not going to be a chain restaurant but sometimes it’s nice to have something affordable and fast that you can feel good about eating and feeding the little ones. I can honestly say Chipotle is going in my mental restaurant file as a good option for us when we want to go out to eat.

Footnote: This is a completely unbiased review, I received no compensation for this review. We paid for our meals ourselves.

Don’t forget to check out local mama Tara Verma’s Bebe Meals website for more restaurant reviews, Bebe Meals blog, and recipes!

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