Lancaster Drive NE,
Salem (across from Lancaster Mall)
It’s been called the fast food equivalent of a Whole Foods Market. Their slogan is "Food with Integrity", things like unprocessed, seasonal, family-farmed, sustainable, nutritious, naturally raised, hormone free, organic, and artisanal. The interior architecture design is comprised of simple materials such as metal & wood put together creatively. The artwork on the walls is original workings from Bruce Gueswel a noted sculptor (http://www.mayatekinc.com/
) who also designed their unique chairs (http://www.mayatekinc.com/furniture.html). The music playing in the background is a stream of hand-picked eclectic tunes (http://www.chipotle.com/#/flash/restaurants_music) creating a hip, friendly, casual environment.They have a have a very focused menu. It’s so basic and to the point. You’ll never find yourself (or the patron in front of you) standing there scratching your head at the vast amount of choices and meal deals. http://www.chipotle.com/#/flash/food_menu
For lack of a better description I can only equate it with the same concept as a Subway restaurant. The food is assembled according to what and how you want it right in front of you just like Subway does. (http://www.chipotle.com/#/
flash/food_ingredients). Behind that counter you can see an open kitchen where someone is standing by to prepare fresh replacements for anything they may run out of on the front line. I arrived for lunch just after opening at 11 a.m. I ordered a burrito; made w/ a flour tortilla, some cilantro-lime rice, pinto beans (they also have vegetarian black beans), adobo marinated chicken (other meat choices include (braised carnitas (pork) or barbacoa (shredded beef), then I added some cheese, sour cream, and salsa. They also have romaine lettuce as a choice. I added fresh guacamole as well (which is an added charge).The vegetarian burrito includes guacamole, and they make their fresh guacamole 3 times a day. Salsa choices include; fresh tomato-mild, roasted chili-corn, medium, tomatillo-green chili medium, tomatillo-red chili- hot. Other menu choices include; a fajita burrito, burrito bowl, tacos-crispy or soft and salad. Extras available are; chips & guacamole, chips & salsa, side of guacamole or a side of chips. Drink choices are; margarita, specialty beer, domestic beer, bottled drinks, soda and iced tea (from a self serve fountain).Frankly I was very impressed with the overall experience. The food was fast, good, fresh and reasonably priced. The atmosphere was very clean, basic and unpretentious. The music was unobtrusive and last but certainly not least the employees were extremely friendly and efficient. I would definitely recommend this place to a friend and I will be returning in the future.