Review: A brilliant burrito bowl


My brain is smiling back at me. It says, “Yeah! Time for one of your favorite food items in the whole entire world! Please, step up to the line as wished for, waiting and holding out on the moment when you first bite into that Chipotle burrito bowl.”

Chipotle is truly one of the best wonders and immediately takes your breath away, literally, especially when you accidentally inhale spice from all of the food items in your burrito bowl. I have come to notice that I go there quite often, and the food is absolutely some of the best I have tasted in my entire life and for sure a place where happiness is spread throughout the soul and stomach alike.

My brain is smiling back at me yet again.

The close-knit, family centered, quiet yet noisy, calm yet rambunctious, and low-key restaurant takes pride in serving its customers since opening in 1993. The casual outlook of the new buildings feel kind of romantic with ambiance because of the low lighting, soft colored wood, and a freshly modern take on the glass windows as well as the buffet-style/subway style line.

A Chipotle burrito bowl is something of a “morsel of perfection” in my mind and can be in yours too! One of the best things about this restaurant is that they cater to any and all types of people, including vegetarians and food allergies as well! One of my favorite items to get at Chipotle is the burrito bowl. My order consists of extra white rice, pinto beans, chicken, mild salsa, corn, sour cream, cheese, and guacamole.

At first glance, the burrito bowl might be intimidating because of its size as well as the overall look (a pile/mix-mash of Mexican toppings), but each individual layer of the bowl represents the effects of mixing as a whole and provides separation of the flavors.

The very colorful combination of all the toppings include: gray for the bowl, silver/aluminum for bowl cover, black plastic for fork, brown cardboard color for the paper napkin, white and green for rice, brown for pinto beans, brown/black glazed color for chicken, red, orange, and green for mild salsa/tomato mix (medley), white/light yellow for cheese, yellow and green for corn, white for sour cream, and finally, green and specs of red and purple for the guacamole.

Chipotle is a modern themed, fast and efficient restaurant that embodies the truest example and sense of “having a good time” and just relaxing while enjoying life. All of the shiny metal and soft, warm feeling of the lightly lit wood develops and portrays an industrial yet modern feel. I believe that Chipotle is trying to convey to the world that it is a healthy, go-to option for everybody to share the value of/in.

At times being both crunchy and soft, the infamous burrito bowl leaves a gentle spice in the mouth while a satisfying, velvety feel of the combined avocado, cheese, and sour cream touches the tips of the tongue. The balance of exquisite flavors takes one by surprise as swallowing the first, second, third … and many more bites. It perfectly meets all of my expectations, particularly the ones I had quite some time ago when first trying this amazing burrito bowl.

As far as portion sizes go and if you are terribly concerned about this, please just don’t be at all. No need to worry, because the portion size is so large that my advice to you would be to NEVER EAT before a big sports game or event. Thus this food does take a long time to digest as a result. I can assure you that the results will not be promising and warning: could cause unfortunate embarrassing circumstances.

I think that the price of one burrito bowl, about $9.78, is a perfect price for an item of that size and fresh embodied flavor. The quality of the ingredients are always fresh and cooked prior, newly seasoned and hot to the touch.

One’s health value might vary based upon what one chooses to eat, but there is definitely the option of ordering a salad versus a tortilla wrapped burrito. Although the comfort value is not that of traditional southern food, it is by far the best Mexican comfort food I have ever tasted.

My overall assessment of the Chipotle burrito bowl is a 12/10 as the bare minimum. The feelings after eating one of these is complete euphoria, extreme fullness, content, and pure happiness with your brain again smiling back at you (but might not be when digesting the food). I would absolutely order this again and would definitely recommend to a friend.

Chipotle has locations in West Hartford, Glastonbury, Newington, and Canton. It is open from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m.