Food StuffFirst off, an update on the Schlotzsky's post last week--at least, the part where I mentioned Chipotle. This is from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous:
Just a side clarification from someone who was living in Denver at the time.
Chipotle wasn't started inside McDonalds. It was started in 1993 in Denver by a chef(Steve Ells) who is still CEO of Chipotle. AFter it had quite a few restaurants in Colorado (16 according to Wikipedia,) McDonalds became a minor investor in 1998 and a major one by 2001. This investment helped Chipotle expand into other states. In 2006 the IPO happened and shortly thereafter in late 2006, McDonalds divested itself from Chipotle as part of an effort to get rid of non-core businesses.
Also in regards to Chipotle--where I had dinner last night--sofritas are now available more widely. Here's the description (from Chipotle's website):
We start with organic tofu from Hodo Soy that we shred and then braise with chipotle chilis, roasted poblanos, and a blend of aromatic spices.
Why would you eat this? Well, the saturated fat content is very low, so it's healthier. Plus, it's a pretty convincing imitation of "Chipotle meat", that particular seasoned flavor common to every meat/chicken option. Very spicy, nice flavor, and once it was in a taco, I never noticed that it wasn't meat. It's vegan, too, in case that's important to you.
We went to a new pizza place on the way back from a practice last week. It's called Pieology, and--conveniently enough--it's the Chipotle Grill format with pizza. You stand in line, choose the ingredients/sauce for your pizza, and they put it in the oven.
It's ready in four minutes, which is pretty remarkable.
The pizza tasted great, too.
This is mostly a California franchise (only one in Texas), but if you're near one, it's tasty and not expensive.