Talk to any DU student about their favorite food establishment on Evans Avenue and you’re likely to get a heated response. The greatest debate? Chipotle vs. Illegal Pete’s.
Both places serve burritos, tacos, chips, and guac; each with a few varying perks, but students really tend to pick a favorite. Chipotle’s menu is a bit more straightforward—burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads. This location is small and the staff likes to move you through quick making it a great stop for those in a hurry.
Pete’s ups the ante with a few more options like nachos, potatoes burritos, and their infamous queso. Plus, you can start your day off with one of their amazing breakfast burritos! They mix up the ingredients before they roll your burrito—which wins me over every time. Illegal Pete’s also serves adult beverages, making it an even bigger hit with upper classmen.
Who came first?
The first Chipotle opened its doors in 1993 on Evans Avenue, just a few blocks from our campus. This location still stands and is a common fun fact thrown out on campus tours. With over 900 restaurants nationwide Chipotle has expanded to say the least.
Pete’s came onto the scene in Boulder in 1995 and has decided to stay local with their 5 Colorado locations. Seems to me like they’re both going to be a part of the DU community for a while still!