Steve talks about the CSPI’s take on “fresh mex” chains.

I eat a fair number of burritos, but I’m not a huge fan of Chipolte — too much rice, not enough salsa variation. I generally opt for the chicken, because I’m aware of the fat content of the beef choices. I’ll bypass Chipolte or Baja Fresh in a heartbeat, however, if CalTor is a possibility — superior hot sauce selection, spunky staff, and the ability to order your burrito in a “small”, which is just right for lunch. So, basically, I agree with most of the stuff in the CSPI report, but there’s a particular piece of advice I want to quibble with:

Chipotle’s Chicken Burrito Bols—burritos without the 340-calorie flour tortillas—are CSPI’s only recommended “Better Bites” at Chipotle. A Bol with chicken, black beans, lettuce, and salsa [no rice, sour cream or cheese! - seb], has just 430 calories and four grams of saturated fat. Rice instead of lettuce adds about 200 calories.

Emphasis mine

Kids, the tortilla is the burrito. This low-carb-craze-fueled “naked burrito” movement is marketing crap, nothing more, nothing less. Your “Burrito Bol”? Dude, that’s a salad. Nothing wrong with having a salad for lunch; I do it myself from time to time. Just don’t try to fool yourself into thinking that you’re having something from the burrito family. Burritos come in tortillas.

Geez, now I’m all hungry.

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