Initially, Jenn Wohletz thought that Taco Bell's new Cantina Bell menu might give Chipotle a run for its money. But when a reader wondered how the same dishes might taste when made by a stoned teenager, she ordered the new bowls at an actual Taco Bell outlet -- and she was not bowled over.
The dishes were sloppy and bore little resemblance to the demo bowl she'd enjoyed at a test dinner. And she should have known better, writes one reader.
How much were these salad bowls? I just finished a tasty (and large) salad bowl from Chipotle, with lots of fresh-cooked free-range chicken (literally, seared to a nice char on a flat-top while I was waiting in line), grilled peppers and onions, black beans, three kinds of salsa, cheese and cilantro, plus chipotle vinaigrette dressing, for a grand total of $6.50 including tax. If it's anything even approaching $5, you're getting a way better deal (and much more food) at Chipotle.
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