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Santee Chipotle Grand Opening on Thursday, Win a Pass to the Pre-Opening Event

The new Mexican Grill opens officially on Thursday, but beat the rush and get some free food by telling us why you're a fan of Chipotle.

These readers win a free lunch at Wednesday's pre-opening!

A new Mexican food restaurant is at in Santee. is having its grand opening at 11 a.m. Thursday.

And, if you want to beat the grand opening rush and get some free food, leave a comment below telling us why you love Chipotle, and you might win a pass to the pre-opening event on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The best five comments, chosen by the editor, will win the pass!

Along with getting to know the 28 full time employees and seeing the new restaurant, you'll be privvy to one free burrito, bowl, order of tacos or salad, and hang out with the Santee Patch editor.

Leave your comment by Tuesday at 5 p.m. to win. You will be contacted by email if your comment is chosen.

the Lady from Santee June 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Well, I simple can't tell you why I love Chipolte, because I have yet to try it. This restaurant seems to have a stand up repuation, and now that I have one in my own back yard, I will be curiously awaiting for the doors to open to check it out myself.
Mallory Jesperson June 26, 2012 at 01:34 AM
I am beyond excited for the Santee chipotle grad opening! I am an avid customer of the la Mesa chipotle (so much so that most of the workers know me and my usual order!). Being a college student I know how important it is to make healthy choices, and budget conscious purchases and chipotle has always helped me in both areas! And, after a 4 hour Tuesday night class it was always the promise of chipotle after my release that got me through! I love chipotle and I can't wait to become a regular at the Santee chipotle!!!
cassandra randall June 26, 2012 at 01:37 AM
My husband and I had loved chipolte food, our favorite is the burritos. We normally traveled to La Mesa , where the only chipotle located in east county which is closer to our home in santee. Ordering the burrito was very conidevence for us since we are both deaf, we can just point which food we like on our burritos thur the glass server window. And also, its very affordable, clean, friendly environment and healthier food. Now, since we saw that you had bulit a new chipotle in our home area of santee, it would makes our traveling easier to short commute. Thank you adding this great food place here in santee. Business are booming around here which is great for families to go eat and shop. We had recommemd to our family and friends. They loved the food as well. Thumbs up!!!! : )
Christine Hernandez June 26, 2012 at 04:39 AM
OMG! I am so E.X.C.I.T.E.D I can't even type. I LOVE CHIPOTLE!!!! I eat there at least once a week. I Know where are the Chipotle's are in the great San Diego area. I am so glad that Chipotle is opening a restaurant here in Santee. Saves my husband the 20-25 minute drive to La Mesa. I have been asking the Powers-that-be everytime we make the drive to "Please open a Chipotle in Santee" and my prayers have been answered! WoooHooo! I'm really excited! Can't wait......Counting down the minutes. I'm sure I'll make my husband drive me to La Mesa before then or I might go tomorrow at lunch just so I can't contain my excitement. [breathe].........
Christine Hernandez June 26, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Sorry in my excitement I forgot to say why I Love Choipotle. Ok, so I Love Chipotle, well simply because it makes me happy. Really. Sometimes at work when I'm having a bad day I say "It's a Chipotle Day". Everyday really is but some days I just need it...to make me happy. So I go there (I work downtown so I usually go to Hillcrest because the one by Horton Plaza has no parking) I order the barbacoa tacos and by the first or second bite I'm feeling so much better. Ok, and I'll tell you another secret. This is true. Sometimes I get sinus headaches and after just one bite of that deliciousness and a few sips of soda, my headache is gone. Just like that. I call it the "miracle". I do. I LOVE CHIPOTLE! (As you can see I have calmed down a little bit from my earlier post and can type now )
rhawniem June 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Love Chipotle because I get my Mexican food fix with out feeling greasy and heavy afterwards. Which is a big when you are pregnant! Also I know my little baby is getting good natural foods too to help his little body grow!!
JOYCE HOWARD June 26, 2012 at 01:42 PM
WOW!!! I can't wait. Chipotle is close to my work in Old Town. Great food and varitey. Meat is so fresh and service is quick. I ride the green line from Santee each morning to wrk. This will be great to come home on the trolley and have a great place to grab dinner!!!
Patrick Chambers June 26, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I am so glad to have Chipolte in Santee :-) I enjoy the food and the stores in general, fun place to have lunch, and besides that my clients have made a ton of money with the stock!! So from a happy share holder, Go Chipolte!
Tom Vyse June 26, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I love the Chipotle flavor, pure and simple.
Travis June 26, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Burritos are tasty, I know I don't really need to say so with fillings so tasty I am rather hasty to eat one... won't you let me go?
Adam Armstead June 26, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I am unbelievably excited that we're finally getting a Chipotle in Santee. I can't overstate my enthusiasm for Chipotle, with it's delicious food made from ethically-sourced ingredients. I spent a few years in Connecticut when there were no Chipotle restaurants in the state. In addition to contacting the company to ask when they were opening restaurants in CT, I would go out of my way on trips to Rhode Island just so I could stop at Chipotle and once ate there 2 days in a row on a business trip to New York City! If I don't get into the pre-opening event, I'll definitely be there on Thursday!
shirley June 26, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I am so excited that we are finally getting an upscale quick dining restaurant like Chipotle. We experienced Chipotle in Denver when they first came out over a decade ago and have been going to the one in La Mesa on a weekly basis since we moved here! It is the best! Can't wait to dine in our own Chipotle in Santee. They really have the best ingredients and you can design your meal to your hearts delight!
Jay June 26, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I love Chipotle because Chipotle loves me. Want proof? Look at the size of those things! It's like a hot midget wrapped up in a sexy tortilla. Chipotle knows I love sexy midgets and that's why they make their burritos JUST FOR ME!
Lindsey N June 26, 2012 at 07:29 PM
We love Chipotle....Yay for opening another out here in East County...My son loves it because he thinks he is making his own burrito...I love it for the yumminess!
Heather Schoeneman June 26, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Chipotle is AMAZING!!!. Best burritos ever. So happy that there is going to be one closer to me. AWESOME!!!!
E. Walker June 26, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Finally we have a Chipotle in Santee! They have great food that is high quality.
Brianne Austin June 26, 2012 at 11:10 PM
I love that Chipotle is fast, fresh, and delicious. With choices like a salad, bowl, or tacos, and multiple protein choices, they have sonething to please everyone. And sustainable to boot!
Wendy Marquis June 26, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I love it because I can feel good about bringing my family there to eat. The choices are healthy and concsious of the environment and animals. We all love eating there. You seriosuly have the best chips and guacamole. My kids love the quesadillas, I love the salads and my hubby loves the burritos. Did I mention the chips and guacamole?! They ROCK!!! We can't wait for the Santee Chipotle to open!!! :0)
Nancy Lones June 27, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Not just good food, but good-for-you food. Actually, Chipotle offers up GREAT food, and delicious options - The *healthy* fast food draught is finally over in Santee... YAY!!!
Genny June 27, 2012 at 01:05 AM
CHIPOTLE IS A 4-star YUM in my stomach! Fresh ingredients: YUM. Healthy ingredients: YUM. Delicious taste: YUM. Did I say Delious? YUM! So glad there's a CHIPOTLE in Santee
Steven Bartholow (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Love the reply Justin- you're a winner! You should receive an email about it soon.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Your reward for many nights of study is a free lunch at Chipotle! Expect an email soon.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 01:19 AM
I can't deny that comment from winning! We need more poetry on Santee Patch though. So, free lunch for you tomorrow, as long as you post at least one poetry comment a month, ha : ) Expect an email soon
Steven Bartholow (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I am stoked to come across someone who takes the trolley to work from Santee. In all my Santee hijinks I don't remember encountering someone awesome enough to do that! Are there many people that ride to work from Santee each morning?
Steven Bartholow (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Two comments about an hour apart- you must have sustained that excitement for a while! Enough to win anyways. Expect an email soon.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Two free meals for the price of one! Get yourself down to Chipotle for lunch tomorrow- expect an email soon.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 02:05 AM
If you won and haven't received an email from me with details on claiming the free lunch, reach out at steven.bartholow@patch.com Thanks for all the comments! I never knew there were so many reasons to love Chipotle. I hope to do more of these contests on Santee Patch. Email me if you have any good ideas or can facilitate a contest prize.
Dennis Jones June 27, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Years ago, I first discovered the concept of a build-it-yourself mexican food restaurant while visiting San Franscisco. I came back to SD and told many of my friends about it, touting it as a 'Mexican food Subway'. A year or so later, a Chipotle opened up around here, and when I found out what it was, I was excited to try it. Although not quite the same as the mom-and-pop versions in the Bay Area, I find Chipotle to be a great alternative! Their salsas are unique and delicious, and now that they've added carne asada to their list of meats, they make a mean carne asada burrito! For those on a low-carb diet, they do bowls instead of burritos or tacos (they still give you the tortilla, but if you have strong will you can toss it in the trash on the way to your seat!), and even have vegetarian selections. I've never once left a Chipotle still hungry since their portion sizes are more than ample, and look forward to enjoying the new Chipotle in my hometown. I consider myself a huge Chipotle fan and would love the opportunity to visit the pre-opening and afterwards tell everyone about the experience! Oh yeah, and for those wondering-- It's pronounced "Chih-poht-lay". :) -Dennis Jones
Steven Bartholow (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Photos from the pre-opening- http://santee.patch.com/articles/pre-opening-for-chipotle#photo-10470219
Kathy Roberts June 30, 2012 at 03:55 AM
My retired friends and I are always looking for a new good restaurant to go to in Santee and chipotle's sounds like our cup of tea! We'll be waiting in line for the opening. The fresh veggi choices sound so yummy. Welcome to Santee! Kathy Roberts

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