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Chipotle Cuts the Wait, Cuts your Change

For many people who eat out for lunch daily, Chipotle is a staple restaurant with its quick moving lunch lines, relatively inexpensive food and high quality product. However new reports suggest that Chipotle may have been rounding up your check all along, and taking your penny’s with every order.

Chipotle locations across the country have been rounding our checks up or down depending on the dollar amount, to speed up their long lines. In Chipotle’s busiest markets in particular, New York and New Jersey, the registers rounded up or down depending on where the coin fell nearest to the nickel. The Star Ledger initially discovered this practice, and a Chipotle spokesperson has recently responded.

“The idea is simply to limit the possible combinations of change on cash transactions to keep the lines moving quickly in high volume areas,” spokesman Chris Arnold said. “It was never our intention to have a policy that was confusing or misleading.”

Apparently rounding to the nearest nickel helps to curb long lines and increase efficiency at many high volume Chipotle locations. Arnold also stresses that the company has not seen any kind of profit from this practice. In response, Chipotle locations in New Jersey will no longer round up to the nearest nickel, only down beginning on August 1st.

Knowing the way Chipotle operates, I find their change practice perfectly understandable. The restaurant chain has never struck me as being ‘cheap’, always offering to put more of any ingredient in a meal and complying with many customer demands. Chipotle is hardly the first business to round the change, local restaurants have even done it to the nearest dollar, and Canada did away with the penny in March. If I have to pay two cents a day to get in and out of Chipotle in under five minutes, I’ll consider it money well spent.

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Best of Jersey Vendy Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the Best of Jersey category in the upcoming 2011 Vendy Awards were recently announced. The three finalists are the Cinnamon Snail, Two Pitas in a Pod, and the Taco Truck.

The Cinnamon Snail is an organic vegan truck, offering breakfast and lunch and dessert pastries as well. The truck can usually be found in Hoboken, nearby the train station and has a special brunch menu available Thursday through Sunday. The Cinnamon Snail was chosen because of their unique, creative and ethical food. The owners of the truck are friendly and outgoing, and change their menu seasonally and often update with daily specials.

Two Pitas in a Pod serves Mediterranean food and fusion specials from around the world. The truck can be seen around Hoboken, Jersey City and Newark, and has received a lot of press recently as one of New Jersey’s most renowned food trucks. A lot of the truck’s popularity has stemmed from the friendly, humorous owners of the truck, who provide excellent, timely service. Of course the food is excellent as well, all the sauces are homemade, and the owners grind the meats themselves, taking a great deal of pride in their truck.

The last New Jersey finalist, the Taco Truck, also travels throughout Hoboken, Newark and Jersey City serving authentic Mexican street food. The Truck makes uses locally grown, organic products whenever possible, and constantly creates unique new tacos for its lunch and dinner menus. Their al pastor taco is a fan favorite, and they accept online orders as well. The Taco Truck takes sustainability very seriously as well, and composts and recycles all of their leftover food and packaging.

These three trucks will all be present alongside the finalists from other categories at this years Vendy Awards, September 24th at Governor’s Island.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com