Chipotle no longer offers vegan "meat" options. I contacted the company and received the following reply:
"...We did offer a "vegan meat" called the Garden Blend. Unfortunately, this offering was not nearly as popular as we had hoped, and originally anticipated, and because of this it was generating a great deal of food waste that was not sustainable in our restaurants. Due to this high level of waste we did decide to remove this test item. While I am unaware of any plans to introduce any other meat substitutes at this time, I will be happy to pass your vote of support on to the powers that be for further review and consideration..."
If you live in the Los Angeles area, you can now order vegan chicken at Chipotle.
This option is not available at all LA area Chipotle restaurants. In fact, it's only available at two of their stores:
- 244 South Beverly Dr. - Beverly Hills, CA 90212
- 121 N. La Cienega Blvd., #114 - Los Angeles, CA 90048 (right by the Beverly Center)
For some vegans, the idea of eating in an omnivore-oriented restaurant is not palatable (pardon the pun) because, by eating at this type of establishment you could be said to be supporting the unnecessary slaughtering of animals for food. But PeTA is urging you to try the vegan chicken at Chipotle, and we are too. The more people who ask for vegan fare, the fewer animals who are ultimately slaughtered. And, if we can get the fast food chains to start carrying vegan fare as part of their standard menu, then omnivores who don't have the slightest idea what "vegan" means might find themselves eating vegan. Of course, it's "fast food" so there's the whole issue of whether or not it's healthy food, but that's fodder for another post.
If you live in the Beverly Hills area, or if you'll be visiting, I urge you to go to either of these two Chipotles and order the vegan chicken burrito. This mock-meat burrito features Garden Blend: mock chicken strips marinated in chipotle adobo sauce and then grilled. The burrito also comes with black beans, rice, and toppings. Bring your friends. Bring your carnivore friends and offer them a taste. Let them see that they can eat well without having to eat meat. The only way that vegan food will become accepted into the mainstream food establishments is if the restaurants feel that enough people are willing to order the product.
So if you live in Los Angeles, or happen to be visiting, make sure to go to either of these two Chipolte restaurants and order the vegan chicken burrito.