Chipotle Mexican Grill (Lynnwood, WA)

Just like no trip to Seattle is complete without stopping at the Seattle Premium Outlets, nor is it complete without hittin’ up at least one (or two, or three) Chipotles.

If you’ve ever watched the documentary Food Inc. then you’re probably a little more than freaked out about the plight of the American food system. However, one fast-food joint that I can actually feel good about eating is Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Chipotle is not your typical chain restaurant — for many reasons. It is the only restaurant of its kind to offer 100% naturally raised (animals are not given hormones, and are fed vegetarian diets, etc.) pork and chicken. Also, way back in 2004, they were ahead of their times by using zero trans fat oil. Sustainability is another factor important to Chipotle as they use organic, local, and family farmed products whenever possible.

“It’s all fun and games until someone wrecks a planet.”

A company that cares for its people, animals and the environment? That’s impressive. I know people who claim “Chipotle is like McDonald’s”…probably because McDonald’s had previously invested in the company — but have since severed all their ties. But does McDonald’s care at all about sustainability? Heck-no. They’re still using rainforest destroying and animal endangering palm oil (google it – palm oil is terrible, and is in just about everything).

Anyways, back to this particular Chipotle location in Lynnwood.  Regardless of whether you care about what where you food comes from, I know we can all agree upon tasty food. And this location is no exception. It is the location we’ve been to the most because it is the closest Chipotle to the US-Canadian border. The restaurant is consistently super clean, employees are always incredible friendly and helpful, recyclable bowls and papers are used, and best of all the food is darn delicious.

We ordered Soft Tacos (which are served in threes) with braised carnitas, romaine lettuce, salsa, and cheese. We also ordered their guacamole and fresh tomato salsa, and are both exceptional. So fresh and flavorful, and they always include high quality produce. Perfectly rich, creamy and ripe, hand-mashed Hass avocados, mixed with freshly chopped cilantro, purple onions, jalapeño peppers, and a little hint of lime to cut the richness of the chunky guac. Diced red, ripe sweet tomatoes as tossed with red onions, jalapeños and freshly chopped cilantro for a mildly tangy, refreshing tasting salsa. You can tell from the chopped pieces of tomatoes that the salsa was made fresh, and had not been sitting around for days. Their chips served with the salsa and guac are made fresh every day, with a squeeze of real lime and kosher salt.

Generous portions, delicious, fresh ingredients, excellent service, enviro-conscious company – what more could you ask for? Have you ever been to a Chipotle?

(When you’re in Seattle, check out Sweet Iron Waffles for breakfast, The Crab Pot for dinner, and Carl’s Jr. when you’re craving fast-food).

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Gary and Taya Ng are the Founders of Eating In Vancouver & the World. This husband and wife team search for the best dining experiences - including restaurant launches, new menu tastings and culinary events. Learn more about the couple here and connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.

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