Driving to Buffalo

Chipotle bowl

Today we left Western Pennsylvania. It is remarkably beautiful, but fairly thin on vegan options, apart from the occasional surprise. Our hopes were higher for Buffalo.

We drove the 4 hours from Connellsville to Buffalo via Erie, where we planned to stop for lunch. We didn’t know our way round, and the Happy Cow app had drawn a blank, so we pulled off the highway into a vast plaza full of food chains of various kinds. We had never heard of most of them. I chose Bob Evans. Wrong.

I’m fairly optimistic about being able to pull together a vegan meal in the most unpromising circumstances, but here I met my match. I think we may have stumbled across the most vegan unfriendly chain restaurant ever. EVERY dish with meat, dairy or eggs. Every one of them.

In addition, it was possibly the most creepily cheerful, super clean, plastic place I have ever been in. So. Not. Me.
We settled for coffee and then left, desperate to get some food.

We had remembered that Chipotle had been talked about in some Facebook groups and found one just a mile or two down the road. I have never been so happy to eat in a chain restaurant! The staff were helpful, the food was actually fresh, delicious and vegan. You get to choose what you want in your bowl or wrap. There a lots of choices: beans, salads, sauces, guacamole and sautéed veg.

We hit the road onwards to Buffalo, happy and FULL. 🙂

Chipotle Mexican Grill
6611 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509

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2 comments

  1. And I bet the Bob Evans coffee wasn’t pleasant either! I love that Chipotle ad with the scarecrow and the factory farm that was doing the rounds on social media a few months ago. Glad to hear their food lives up to the hype.

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