Chipotle is one of my favorite restaurants because you can get it pretty much any time after 11 a.m. and, as I learned this past week, you can even walk in with fake sandals on after a pedicure and you won’t be judged.
While Chipotle provides gluten-free folks with the ability to order healthy “fast-food” in a convenient manner, there are some things that you need to know when walking up to the counter. Below I have outlined the steps that you should take when ordering your gluten-free Chipotle Burrito Bowl so you can ensure that you don’t end up getting glutened due to miscommunication.
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Gluten Free at Chipotle
1. Immediately request that the employee changes their gloves – Can you please change your gloves? I am gluten free. – don’t be afraid, don’t feel annoying, simply ask the employee to change their gloves as soon as you walk up to the counter. Explain that you are gluten free and they should know the steps to follow (unless they’re a newbie). If they don’t seem to know what you are saying, explain that you need fresh gloves to carry your bowl down the line and request that they seek the guidance of another employee. My experience at Chipotle is that when I tell the first person in the line that I am gluten free, they notify all others down the line that they will be taking the bowl all the way. They will also switch out utensils to help reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
2. Keep an eye on all employees – I keep my eyes on my bowl like a hawk. If someone comes close to touching my meal with unchanged gloves that are covered in all sorts of gluten, I speak up. Don’t be afraid to be the “annoying person” that the employees talk about when they’re cleaning up the kitchen. When it comes to your own personal health and well-being, it’s better to be safe than sorry. The best part is, if you speak up once and the staff remembers you, the next time the employees see your gluten-free face, they’ll know that you mean business. It makes the process a lot less stressful!
3. Make sure Chipotle employees use the never-been-touched toppings – When it comes to the cheese and the lettuce that gets thrown atop your bowl, there are a lot of gloves that touch that biznass. Make sure the employees bring fresh ingredients from the back, or that they dip down below the counter to take the non-glutened toppings. It will only take an extra five seconds for the employee, but it can save you a lot of pain and suffering when it comes to the digestive woes you could possibly experience.
You’re in the clear once your burrito bowl makes it to the checkout counter. If you follow the steps above and keep your eye out for any gluten-intruding situations, you should be safe.
I live dangerously close to Chipotle, so my M.O. is to order my gluten-free burrito bowl and then scarf it down in the privacy of my own apartment.
Do you enjoy Chipotle as much as I do? What is your favorite burrito bowl combination? Let me know in the comments!