February 23, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 10

Chipotle making new menu options for Lent

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During Lent, which began Feb. 17 and lasts through April 2 (Good Friday), many will abstain from eating meat on Fridays. For restaurants with protein-laden menus, the absence of meat on Fridays can be a challenge, particularly when it comes to offering a variety. For diners, the Fridays of Lent have become days of culinary sacrifice - alternating between the eating of perch, pizza, pasta and pierogies.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is keyed up about the increasing popularity of its vegetarian list of options at this time of year. "While typically known for our steak, chicken and carnitas, those observing Lent's meatless Fridays will be delighted to know they don't have to swear off Chipotle at this time of year," says Steve Ells, Chipotle founder and CEO. "In fact, it's the perfect time to try those often neglected foods like guacamole, vegetarian burritos and tacos."

Chipotle says, the desire for Lent's customary no-no - a mouth-watering chicken, steak or carnitas burrito - will vanish like snow on a sunny Easter morning. For example, a warm, fresh tortilla filled with cilantro-lime rice (made hourly), grilled vegetables and black beans (slow cooked with herbs and chipotle peppers) topped with romaine lettuce, shredded cheese or sour cream can be just as good. Add roasted corn-poblano, fresh tomato or spicy green tomatillo salsas with a side of creamy freshly made guacamole and crispy lime seasoned chips and you have a tasty Friday feast. (It is important to note that Chipotle's pinto beans are seasoned with bacon and are not vegetarian). There's even the bowl selection, without the tortilla, for those carb-conscious folks.

All the above selections are available for around $6. Because customers select each ingredient and watch as their meal is prepared, no unintended items can make it into a burrito, tacos, salad or bowl. The managers at each restaurant are trained to be able to identify all ingredients and answer any customer questions.

Whether you're giving meat up as part of the practice of Lent or just looking to cut down on your consumption of animal protein, Chipotle offers an alternative to the old Lenten standbys.

Buffalo Chipotle is located at: 1643 Niagara Falls Blvd., Suite 44C Amherst


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