Biking team Slipstream-Chipotle is powered by the Zone. Sherlock Zone, however, had a burning question to ask. Chipotle is a name of a Mexican restaurant. So, he wondered, if Slipstream is powered by the Zone, is the team also powered by unfavorable tacos, enchiladas and tamales? Sherlock, our tireless detective who decodes menus that leave Zoners clueless, decided to investigate.
After holding his magnifying glass up to a menu, Sherlock was happy to report that it’s easy to construct a balanced Zone meal at Chipotle.
Case in point is the Burrito Bowl with romaine lettuce. You can order a fajita or burrito, and they are served in a bowl with no tortilla.
For the Burrito, say no to the rice and choose black beans. Other ingredients are meat, salsa and cheese. Go easy on the sour cream.
The fajita is just like the burrito but comes with sautéed peppers and onions instead of beans.
Diners needing more carbs can order some salsa. One-half cup of salsa equals a block. Choose fresh tomato, tomatillo-green chili, and tomatillo-red chili. The roasted chili-corn salsa is less favorable.
Also enjoy some guacamole.
There are also Zoneful salads. The salad base is romaine lettuce with a choice of beans, meat, salsa and cheese. Ask for olive oil and vinegar instead of the chipotle-honey vinaigrette. The meat choices include chicken and steak. There is also naturally raised pork seasoned with thyme, bay leaves, juniper berries and black peppers; and shredded beef braised with chipotle adobo, cumin, cloves, garlic and oregano. There’s also a vegetarian salad with guacamole, vegetarian black beans, peppers and onions.
And so, Sherlock concluded, case closed. As long as diners stay away from chips and margaritas, they can find a good Zone Meal at Chipotle Mexican Grill.