I guess I've been on a Mexican kick lately, having eaten at El Veneno and La Sierra during the last week. Maybe it's because I have a cold and spicy food opens the sinuses.
My third visit was to Chipotle Mexican Grill on Ponce de Leon Avenue. This chain, which is "green" and uses "naturally raised" meats in its burritos, makes surprisingly good carnitas.
Just so you know, the picture above violates Chipotle's corporate policy. After I took this picture and another, a young man raced out of the kitchen and demanded that I stop taking pictures. "Why?" I asked.
"It is against corporate policy. Do not take pictures."
"Well," I said, "I've already taken two."
"Do not do it again," he said.
Sheesh. Chipotle's majority investor used to be McDonald's and I can't imagine Ronald MacDonald demanding that nobody take pictures.
Then I got in line and ordered my carnitas burrito. I asked for the tomatillo sauce and the line worker said: "Green or red?"
"Huh?" I replied. "I've never heard of a red tomatillo sauce."
"Red or green?" he repeated.
"I'm confused," I said.
"Sir, do you want the red tomatillo or the green tomatillo sauce? Both are written in plain English on the board behind me!"
Well, excuuuuuse me. Damn, do I miss Tortillas, where the Emory rock-star wannabes threw attitude with panache.
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