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This all raises an interesting point, why do I love fish tacos (when done properly, usually by me)...but the idea of a fish burrito sounds disgusting...despite there being very little difference overall?  

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1 minute ago, Lobo said:

This all raises an interesting point, why do I love fish tacos (when done properly, usually by me)...but the idea of a fish burrito sounds disgusting...despite there being very little difference overall?  

I feel like it is partly an appearance thing.  With a taco, the ingredients pretty much stay separated.  You feel like each bite is composed of several individual components.  The fish as the base, a little slaw on top of that, topped off with an avocado and some salsa.  All of the lines get blurred on a burrito.  I would think the fish, if fried, would lose a little crispiness, and when that occurs it’s going to fall/flake apart.  Do not want.

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3 hours ago, Al_4_ISU said:

Chipotle is the classic example of a solid chain.  A lot of places have a local version that is probably better, but if you don't know the local version, or there isn't a local version, it's going to get the job done.

I live in a place way too small and white to have anything remotely like it.  I was in Rochester, MN recently and got Chipotle because they don't have a local version that's any better, and I was craving a burrito.  Good enough.

I'll stand by McDonald's analogy.  If I'm on the road, I don't have the time to pull off and find the best burger in _______.  I'd never call McDonald's the best of anything, but I know what I'm getting, and I know it will taste fine, and it doesn't matter where the hell I am.  Same for Chipotle.

I disagree. Bowls from Chipotle aren't as good as top local places generally, but they're a hell of a lot closer than a McDonald's burger is to ANY established burger restaurant in the US. However if you're just in the mood for some fries then McDonald's can scratch that itch.

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Just now, SimonBolivar said:

I disagree. Bowls from Chipotle aren't as good as top local places generally, but they're a hell of a lot closer than a McDonald's burger is to ANY established burger restaurant in the US. However if you're just in the mood for some fries then McDonald's can scratch that itch.

I guess I wouldn't argue with that, in terms of quality.  What McDonald's does is consistency among locations, and in my experience Chipotle matches that consistency.  Chipotle is definitely closer to a local joint than McDonald's in terms of quality, but like McDonald's is almost always going to be lesser than the local option if a local option exists.  But if you don't know the area, you know what you're going to get at Chipotle, and it's going to be fine.

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11 minutes ago, SimonBolivar said:

However if you're just in the mood for some fries then McDonald's can scratch that itch.

McDonald’s does deal for a double cheeseburger and a small fries for $3.  I rarely ever will eat at McDonald’s for an actual meal—it’s probably been years—but I’ve found it very difficult to not crush a double and fries if I’m driving by and there’s no line in the drive-thru.  if the fries are fresh they’re still delicious. 

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Just now, CooterBrown said:


IIRC, it was indie and McD’s bought them.

Maybe, just remember them spinning it off back in the day.

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i interviewed for a marketing job with chipotle in like 2004 and throughout the whole process they kept trying to distance themselves from McD's.  it was pretty comical.

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On 9/9/2020 at 3:06 PM, Murfdogg21 said:

I enjoy Taco Cabana far more than Torchys. Not sure if this is an unpopular opinion or just common sense. 

2000 era TC? Yes

2020 era TC? No

 

Cabana has gone way down hill

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8 hours ago, NeverMarryAStripper said:

I have never been able to eat fish tacos.  I just can't relate to the term with regard to food.  I've never really thought about the term fish burrito though.

Had the same general aversion to the thought of fish tacos, fish burritos, etc., before moving to SoCal, where fish taco places are plentiful.  I now love them.  Done right, a good fish burrito definitely goes hard in the paint.  Dammit, now I'm hungry . . .  

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7 hours ago, CooterBrown said:


IIRC, it was indie and McD’s bought them.

 

7 hours ago, conVINCEd said:

Maybe, just remember them spinning it off back in the day.

You’re both correct. 
https://www.businessinsider.com/the-ridiculous-reason-mcdonalds-sold-chipotle-2015-5

Chipotle was independent. McDonalds bought 90% stake. Later McDonalds divested their stake to focus on their core brand. Chipotle wanted out because they had different cultures. 

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7 minutes ago, Neonmoon said:

 

You’re both correct. 
https://www.businessinsider.com/the-ridiculous-reason-mcdonalds-sold-chipotle-2015-5

Chipotle was independent. McDonalds bought 90% stake. Later McDonalds divested their stake to focus on their core brand. Chipotle wanted out because they had different cultures. 

One wanted to burn people with coffee, the other wanted to poison their customers with E. Coli. Such is the corporate world.

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Plus, a lot of times I don't finish my burrito in one sitting, and I'm not exactly a small guy.  I would assume this is true for a lot of folks.  And there are few things as uncouth as left over fish.

Not uh, not computing here Al.

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12 minutes ago, billfromlaketravis said:

I just ate the worst calzone of my entire life.

that's on you. 

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10 hours ago, Lobo said:

This all raises an interesting point, why do I love fish tacos (when done properly, usually by me)...but the idea of a fish burrito sounds disgusting...despite there being very little difference overall?  

I prefer a fried fish taco, so a burrito would ensoggen the crispy fish, making it less than desirable.  Tacos let it breathe, man.

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3 hours ago, T’Boo Ted Marshall said:


Not uh, not computing here Al.

Is it the not finishing the burrito part or the reheated fish part?

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14 hours ago, Hornbeliever said:

Unpopular is I hate resting meat.  Cut that shit and serve it warm to me as opposed to cool and "juicy."  

YES

It’s somehow comforting to know I’m not the only one. Resting meat is so overrated...hot steak is not 

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2 hours ago, Llewelyn Moss said:

YES

It’s somehow comforting to know I’m not the only one. Resting meat is so overrated...hot steak is not 

Then you’re doing it wrong. 

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6 hours ago, After irth said:

Then you’re doing it wrong. 

Yes, that must be it.  Definitely not preference of temperature over juice, it's you and how wrong you are.

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On 9/12/2020 at 3:28 PM, Hornbeliever said:

Unpopular is I hate resting meat.  Cut that shit and serve it warm to me as opposed to cool and "juicy."  

If you use a sous vide, no resting required.

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16 minutes ago, Longhornmaniac8 said:

If you use a sous vide, no resting required.

Good point.  I have a smoker, a Blackstone griddle, and a natural stone bbq pit for real flames but for some reason, I can't seem to get the motivation to get a sous vide. I go to the sous vide thread and constantly get jealous though.

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On 9/10/2020 at 10:14 PM, billfromlaketravis said:

Not a terrible idea.
 

Torchy’s  wisely expanded to Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado. That’s tap water in a Tex Mex desert. 

I live in Pennsylvania. I’d murder someone for some hillbilly queso and a trailer park/green chile pork tacos tonight. 

Edited by The Ace of Aces

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13 hours ago, Llewelyn Moss said:

YES

It’s somehow comforting to know I’m not the only one. Resting meat is so overrated...hot steak is not 

So y’all serve steaks at home immediately after cooking? Not for me. 

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17 hours ago, After irth said:

Then you’re doing it wrong. 

This. "cool and juicy" is not a properly rested steak.

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10 hours ago, billfromlaketravis said:

So y’all serve steaks at home immediately after cooking? Not for me. 

i mean u gotta carve some time to photograph it for social media

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