Colorado is the home of the Rocky Mountains, but it is also the home of one of the best-known fast food chains America has ever seen.
When you set foot inside a Chipotle, you’re eating Colorado goodness, literally. On July 13, 1993, a man named Steve Ells founded what would become known today as Chipotle Mexican Grill. Ells was attracted to the prospect of taquerias while working as a line cook in San Francisco.
Looking to create a chain of taquerias, Ells moved to Denver and opened the first Chipotle on East Evans Avenue. Ells wouldn’t know just how big his concept would get.
While Chipotle is now on nearly every corner in America, you can definitely tell that this fast-food chain has roots in Colorado. From its modern decor to its diversified menu of delicious (and gas-inducing) burritos, the taste of Colorado is ever present in its entire menu.
Of course, Colorado has other fast food chains. In fact, according to Thrillist, the state has the eighth-best fast food culture in America, with no shortage of chains to satisfy the state’s fast-food crazed residents. Also getting its start in Denver is one of the Chipotle main rivals, Qdoba, which is solid in its own right, but when it’s time to name the chain the state has close ties to, Chipotle takes the title.