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With much excitement and many new customers, Chipotle opened its doors to Evansville residents on July 31. The chain began in Denver, Colo., in 1993. The Evansville location joins more than 900 other restaurants under the Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. name.

A chipotle (pronounced chi-poat-lay) is a smoked and usually dried jalapeno pepper. But you don’t have to make your meal spicy at Chipotle. The restaurant features large-sized burritos, though one can also order tacos, chips and guacamole, a salad, or a burrito bowl — also known as a burrito sans the tortilla. My favorite is the steak burrito with white rice, black beans, lettuce, sour cream, corn, cheese, and hot salsa for a little extra spice. However, one also can choose chicken or pork, in lieu of steak. The meat selection is a point of pride at Chipotle, which has a Food With Integrity policy. This means “that whenever possible, we use meat from animals raised without the use of antibiotics or added hormones. And it means that we source organic and local produce when practical.” The restaurant also uses dairy from cows that are raised without the use of synthetic hormones.

The Evansville chain is located on the corner of Green River Road and Virginia Street and is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. To date, the lines have been long as many Evansville residents experience Chipotle for the very first time.

For more information about Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., call 812-471-4973 or visit

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