Monday, January 28, 2013

Chipotle "Hidden Menu" Is an Urban Legend

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

¡Yo quiero Chipotle Bell!
  • ¡Yo quiero Chipotle Bell!

For a while now, word has been circulating about a "hidden menu" at Chipotle Mexican Grill. According to a few (dubious) (online) sources, if there's a dish you want and Chipotle has the ingredients, they'll make it for ya.

Gut Check is here to tell you that this less a matter of what Chipotle can do, and more about what they will do.

See Also: - "Is Taco Bell Eating Chipotle's Lunch?"

Armed with our internet rumors and the full $27 weekly allotment of the Gut Check expense account, we sallied forth to the University City and Clayton Chipotles (OK, the former is 127 steps from Gut Check International Headquarters, so it wasn't much of a sally) and attempted to order a taco salad, nachos, quesadillas and a quesorito (a quesadilla-burrito hybrid) -- all items said to be on the hidden menu.

Both restaurants were happy to adapt any burrito order into a quesadilla (for the same price), but neither would attempt any of the other purported items. Employees claimed they had no implement that would deep-fry a tortilla into a bowl shape for a taco salad, no way to melt cheese over tortilla chips for nachos and no freaking idea what a quesorito is. (To be perfectly honest, we're not entirely sure, either.)

A "quesadilla" off Chipotle's hidden menu. - KAITLIN STEINBERG
  • Kaitlin Steinberg
  • A "quesadilla" off Chipotle's hidden menu.

Setting aside the quesadilla -- which, let's face it, is a disappointment to a fast-food-loving blog correspondent with $27 burning a hole in our pocket -- Gut Check's mission was not entirely in vain.

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