Chipotle "Hidden Menu" Is an Urban Legend

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¡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.

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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.)

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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.

Location Info

Chipotle Mexican Grill-Clayton

1 N. Central Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Chipotle Mexican Grill

6316 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant


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6 comments
jerichothered
jerichothered

Chipotle is one of the few quick restaurants that have good ingredients and do their best to accommodate my families gluten intolerance...

quattro
quattro

That quesadilla looks nasty.  You should go to Qdoba, where they have all of these items on the menu.

Lauren Ashlee
Lauren Ashlee

I work at the chipotle in Stockton CA and we have made all those items, however for the "taco salad" we recommend a bag of our tortilla chips broken up and sprinkled over the salad. It's actually a really good dish. Get a bowl with all your favorite fixings, dressing on top, crunch up some chips, put on lid and shake! It's yummy:) We are able to accommodate most requests a long as we have the ingredients. We do have one customer who is allergic to cilantro, so we accommodate her with plain white rice, beans, plain tomatoes, avocado, sour cream cheese and lettuce. That's what I love about Chipotle. They do whatever they can to please the customer. Also a thought for a taco salad... Have them crisp the tortilla in the tortilla press. We also have a customer who requests this :)

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

If it doesn't come pre-made in a microwave friendly container they can't make it.

RM8
RM8

"The way our restaurants should work is they make anything they can with what they have."

And that, my friends, is customer service. I'm glad the response wasn't "our restaurants stick to our Chef-Tested, Tried-and-True Menu, and aren't allowed to be unique in any way".

The curse of chains is a lack of unique flair between stores - I'm glad that they have a bit of freedom there.

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