People are breaking Chipotle records we didn't even know existed
Chipotle is delicious, there’s no denying that. This might be a bold statement, but their tortilla chips are the best tortilla chips in the history of tortilla chips. And their burritos are what burrito dreams are made of. But is Chipotle delicious enough to eat every single day for 100+ days? For two total strangers it definitely is.
Mark Rantal, a graphic artist and improv comedian based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has eaten Chipotle every day for the last 106 days — that’s three and a half months, you guys. If he chooses to continue the Chipotle streak (which we are pretty sure he will), today will be his 107th day of eating Chipotle for lunch.
Then there’s Andrew Hawryluk, he’s an animator in Los Angeles, and he’s on day 154 in his quest to eat Chipotle for as many days as possible. He has even documented his Chipotle progress on his blog Chipotlife.
So if you’re keeping track, that’s two complete strangers eating Chipotle for over 100 days. Super weird! You would think that eating Chipotle for so many days would be a calculated move — for some sort of experiment or to beat a record or to win a contest — but for Rantal, it happened by accident.
“The whole thing was totally an accident. On Monday I decided to get Chipotle and on Tuesday I made the same decision, then got lunch with my friend there on Wednesday,” Rantal explained to ABC News. “We laughed about it at lunch, and he asked how long I thought I could go. And that began the thought.”
Rantal also orders the same exact meal every day: A burrito bowl with white rice, pinto beans, fajitas, sofritas, mild salsa, corn, medium salsa, cheese, and lettuce. He is totally fine eating the same thing every day, because the convenience outweighs the repetitiveness. “For me food is one of those things as fuel instead of celebration,” Rantal said. “I’ve just never really gotten so into it. It becomes so convenient if you know where you’re going, you know the friendly faces of the staff, you know you enjoy the meal and you know you’re going to get the calories.”
The calories are something Hawryluk doesn’t worry about. He posted a photo on his website of his chiseled abs to prove that he hasn’t gained any weight from his daily Chipotle consumption (we imagine he probably works out a bit, too). We’ll just leave that ab-shot link right here.
“Chipotle is objectively the best restaurant,” Hawryluk wrote on his blog. “I believe the main factors that determine the quality of a restaurant are cost, taste, speed, decor, consistency, ingredients, portion size, and transparency. If you know of a restaurant that dominates any or all of these categories as thoroughly as Chipotle does, please let me know.”
But how long will this go on? The novelty has to wear off at some point, right? Maybe. But also maybe not. “It’s fun. Right now it’s convenient and it’s a habit, so I don’t see a reason [to stop],” Rantal said. “The [one-year] milestone isn’t appealing enough to have to put in the effort, but there is a tiny wistful part of me that just thinks, ‘Wouldn’t it be hilarious to be the guy who ate Chipotle for a year?’ But I don’t know if I want to be that guy.”
Guess what we’re going to eat for lunch today? Taco Bell! Just kidding. Definitely Chipotle.
[Images via Facebook and Chipotlife.]