Reader: Starting With Chipotle, Fast Casual Is Bland, Upscale Fast Food

Biju's Little Curry House is unique...for now.
Biju's Little Curry House is unique...for now.
Danielle Lirette

Denver has given birth to many fast-casual efforts, from the giant Chipotle to Smashburger to the just-opened, one-of-a-kind Biju's Little Curry House. But after we rounded up the ten best new fast-casual spots in Denver last week, some readers made it clear they don't find the fast-casual concept very appetizing.

See also: Ten Best New Fast-Casual Eateries in Metro Denver in 2014

Says Steve:

This entire niche of the restaurant industry sucks balls. It's bland, "upscale" fast food. I have lived in Denver for 25 years and I never liked Chipotle or any of its imitators. Overpriced flavorless garbage -- the opposite of good, local family owned soul-food. You could have lived in Denver for sixty years, but if you are a regular at one of these white-bread establishments, you might as well be a tourist.

If you eat at one of Denver's fast-casual concepts, are you just a tourist in your home town? Or are some concepts okay? What about Chipotle, the biggest fast-casual success story to come out of this city?



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