Monday, August 04, 2008

Fast Food with A Conscience – and Beer!

If you have never eaten at Chipotle, let me tell you that it is one of the few “fast food” restaurants where you can get a very tasty meal, maintain a healthy eating regimen and know you are not contributing to animal cruelty. And, you can even wash it down with an adult beverage.

In general, fast food is unhealthy (filled with trans fats, sodium and “fake” cheese, etc.) and it is widely known that the animals raised to supply many large chains are treated inhumanely. (I won’t go near KFC after hearing how cruelly the chickens were treated. Even if it has been corrected now, the fact that they let it happen once has turned me away for-e-ver.)

Chipotle takes a different approach, and its customers are responding favorably. Since 1993, it has opened more than 730 restaurants – with one of its newest in Culver City. That location is committed to serving pork and poultry from animals raised in a humane way, never given antibiotics or added hormones, and fed a pure vegetarian diet with no animal by-products. In June, Chipotle also announced a commitment to serving local produce whenever possible as part of its “Food With Integrity” pledge.

Another cool thing about Chipotle is that it allows grown-ups be free thinkers and enjoy a brew with their burrito. It also has some of the best prices in town! In L.A, Chipotle’s domestic beer is $2.75 and import (Pacifico & Corona) is $3.25. A casual dinner for two can be had for about $20. With everyone on a budget, these days, this is great news.

Yes, Chipotle was once owned by McDonald’s – but became independent in 2006. Still, I'd say it is the one with truly happy meals.

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