How Skyrocketing Prices Made Me Swap Chipotle for Local Flavors

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Alright, let’s get real for a moment. I used to be on a first-name basis with Chipotle. Yeah, that was my spot. If the kitchen at home looked bare or I was just out and about, Chipotle was where I’d end up. It was so bad—or good, depending on how you look at it—that my colleagues would tease me about how our raises seemed perfectly calculated to cover my Chipotle expeditions. Funny, right?

But here’s the twist: things changed. Chipotle decided to hike their prices to the moon. Suddenly, my favorite burrito bowl felt like it was asking for a chunk of my soul at checkout. And if you think that’s bad, let’s talk about the rollercoaster of what you’d actually get for that price. The quality and service took a nosedive. One day, you’re getting a feast; the next, it’s like they forgot you said “extra chicken.” And don’t get me started on online orders—playing food roulette there.

So, I pivoted. I started checking out local Mexican spots instead. And wow, did that open my eyes? Not only was I getting more food for my money, but I was also getting the real deal—authentic flavors that Chipotle couldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole. Plus, there’s something about the way these local places treat you. They’re not just happy to see you; they’re grateful. Every visit feels like you’re genuinely supporting their dream, not just padding the pockets of some faceless corporation.

And here’s where I’m coming from: I think you should give it a try, too. Maybe if enough of us make the shift, it’ll send a message. Between you and me, I’m not holding my breath for any big changes. But this isn’t about them—it’s about us. Supporting local businesses feels right. It’s about building and being part of a community that thrives together.

So, what do you say? Next time you’re about to hit up your usual, why not try that local spot you’ve been curious about? It’s more than just a meal; it’s a way to make a small but meaningful difference. And who knows? You might just find your new favorite spot. Let’s make our choices count, not just for our taste buds but for our communities, too.

Author: Jim Lunsford

Jim Lunsford is a dedicated family man, community servant, and advocate for resilience. With a career in criminal justice and roles as a certified life coach, fitness trainer, and diet and nutrition coach, Jim empowers others to overcome adversity through discipline and unwavering strength.