Let’s just say, if it wasn’t a miracle that Illegal Pete’s opened around the same time as Chipotle’s closing, then I don’t know what is. Us college students crave the heavy eats of Chipotle’s basket-filled, burrito-stuffed, crunchy taco and savory salad goodness. So much, that if Illegal Pete’s had not opened, we would probably all be eating E-coli infested food until it’s official closing.
Chipotle is infamous for its circulating lines from the soda machines to the cashier. However, you’ll now notice that the line has changed locations to the other side of University Boulevard. Not only is Illegal Pete’s designed similar to Chipotle with its buffet style line and Mexican cuisine, the menu is way more extensive, cost efficient and delicious.
There are more servers behind the counter at Illegal Pete’s than Chipotle has ever had, making the long line move exceptionally faster. The variety of toppings and sauces allow for a less basic bowl. I mean come on, they have QUESO! You can even see behind the counter where they are freshly cooking the meat. Did I forget to mention the personal bag of chips or tortilla being free with your bowl? Now you never have to question if you want to spend those few extra bucks.
Not only are the lines faster and the foods tastier, there is a full bar! It has become a great place for (of course) those 21-year-olds and up to go for a drink and kick back with friends while watching live sports games in either the upstairs or downstairs dining area.
Let’s just say, it’s the full package. Guacamole may still be 50 cents extra, but we’re willing to pay.