In what we can only assume is a bid to take a bigger share of the fast-casual dining market, Chipotle has announced a tentative new vegetarian entree option. Beginning February 12, the chain will begin testing tofu "sofritas" burritos in seven of its Bay Area restaurants. The organic, GMO-free tofu will come from Oakland's Hodo Soy Beanery and will be shredded and braised with chipotles, roasted poblanos and other spices for a filling the fast-casual chain hopes will appeal to both vegetarians and vegans. Sofritas will be available in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads.
Find it at the following Chipotle locations: 525 Market, 121 Fourth St., and 126 New Montgomery in San Francisco; 2019 Chess Drive and 251 East 3rd Ave. in San Mateo; 180 El Camino Real in Palo Alto; and 135 El Camino Real in Millbrae.
Or, don't find it and head to your corner taqueria for a Mexican fix instead, because mass-market "Mission-style" burritos are all well and good for markets without the real deal ... but we're certainly not lacking better options.