Not that we need another reason to love Boloco, but besides the killer burritos, we've been getting good vibes from the people who work there. It strikes me everytime we eat there that they've hit on a good formula-besides embracing the eco-friendly, health conscious approach to food (i.e., all natural and minimally processed, with compostable corn cups-you cant' beat that), the food is tasty, reasonably priced, served up promptly and in a hip, clean, and family friendly environment. It reminds me of the Panera model.
In a way, they may very well suffer a little from their success, only in the sense that the place gets packed and can draw a crowd of people looking for wireless internet and clean bathrooms, but they're tolerant of it all. I've noticed that besides groups of hungry college students, the two groups that gravitate to there are high school students looking for a place to hang out, and their biggest nightmare-families with young kids, of which we are one, though I like to think (delude?) that we clean up after ourselves.
Unfortunately, some of these families leave the place a mess, and I've seen that sometimes, not always, the families that seem to have the most affluence leave their tables in the worst shape, and I feel bad for the people who work there and have to clean up. Despite all that, they're patient and friendly, and never complain when people glare down at them while they're making the food, which can't be easy.
We go in about once a week, and everyone looks forward to it. My ideal day goes something like this-do a couple hours of skiing (preferably with the kids) in the AM, followed by lunch at home, then off to the library and the Coop, then dinner at Boloco. By the time we sit down to eat, we're all pretty excited to dig into our burritos, and it's one of the warm fuzzy feelings in life when you get that first taste of your classic w/carnitas or the summer w/tofu. We connected with one of the guys who works there, and I regret not getting his name, but there's always next week.
Good food, good vibes in warm and friendly atmosphere, you can't beat that. Just try to get there before the 6:00 PM rush, and you'll be just fine.
Until the next time, thanks for reading.