Chipotle Mexican Grill® Now Offering Brown Cilantro-Lime Rice in All Locations and Testing a Vegan Garden Blend™ at Select Locations
By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director
As of late 2011, Chipotle Mexican Grill® is offering a brown cilantro-lime rice option at all of its restaurant locations. The VRG was informed by a Chipotle® customer service representative that the brown rice is a "vegan friendly option as it does not contain animal-based ingredients."
We also received confirmation that select Chipotle® restaurants are testing a new product called Garden Blend™. A senior staff member at Chipotle® told us that Garden Blend™ is "a vegan offering… the recipe was worked over between us and the folks at Gardein™." According to the Gardein™ website, Garden Blend™ is a "vegan blend of plant proteins, grains and vegetables marinated in our chipotle adobo, then grilled."
As of February 2012, Garden Blend™ is available at four Chipotle® locations:
- Chelsea West in New York City
- DuPont Circle in Washington, DC
- Alameda and Logan in Denver
- 9th and Pearl in Boulder, CO.
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