Chipotle is an American fast-food chain (stay with me here) that serves fresh Mexican tacos and burritos. Started in 1993, it’s modeled after the taquerias of San Francisco. The end result is not completely authentic, but still quite delicious.

McDonald’s used to own almost 90 per cent of Chipotle before it divested itself of the chain a few years ago. But Chipotle has very unchain-like policies. It uses only chicken, pork and beef raised without antibiotics. Its sour cream comes from cows that haven’t been treated with bovine growth hormones.

Chipotle, San Francisco

Any chance I can get in the U.S., I try to stop by Chipotle. My favourite is their barbacoa, shredded beef braised in chipotle adobo, cumin, cloves, garlic and oregano, in crispy tacos with their fantastic guacamole.

Chipotle, San FranciscoJason is partial to the burrito bowl ($6.25), which has everything in a burrito except the tortilla. The smoky (organically grown) pinto beans are particularly good.

All their meats are quite juicy and tender. The carnitas (pork), for example, is seasoned with thyme, bay leaves and juniper berries, and then braised for hours before it’s shredded.

Chipotle is also a pretty good value. You get three tacos, or one huge burrito, in each order that runs an average of $6.25.

Suck it, Taco Del Mar.

The rumours that Chipotle is coming to Canada are true! Toronto gets the first Canadian location, but we can only hope that Calgary isn’t far behind.

Chipotle, more than 450 locations in the U.S. Click here for website.