By BRENNA GRITEMAN
When Bruce Wayne is really hungry, he orders double steak in his Chipotle burrito bowl.
On afternoons he’s eating a quick dinner before a Batman gig, he sticks to just a couple tacos because, as he’s learned the hard way, “Leather isn’t very forgiving, in terms of allowing one to breathe.”
The 46-year-old Tiffin man with a love for superheroes and clean eating is on a quest to break the record for consecutive days eating at Chipotle. It’s made him a celebrity at the Tiffin location where, no matter what time of day he visits, he’s greeted by the staff with a resounding, “Yo Bruce! What’s up!?”
(Bruce Wayne is, by the way, his real name. You can check his driver’s license.)
The record is 425 days, and Wayne is eagerly eying that day with no solid plans to stop on Day 426.
“It’s not even tomorrow and I’m already excited about going back,” he says over a heaping bowl of rice, steak and salsa.
Where it all started
This reporter caught up with Wayne on Day 151, about one-third of the way through his quest — pen and notebook in hand, chips and guac at the ready, and too many questions to know where to start.
We met at the Findlay location, where his personal challenge started. The Tiffin store had not yet opened and, to make it even more memorable, Wayne was dressed in his batsuit. (Chipotle famously offers its annual “Boorito” Halloween deal — a $3 burrito, bowl, salad or taco order — to anyone who shows up in their Halloween costume.)
He may not know when, but he does know, “That’s how I’m gonna finish this.” Dressed as Batman, that is.
Sitting down at the table, Wayne immediately got to work photographing his meal and posting it to Instagram (@gothamsgreatestdetective) and Twitter (@Darknighttiffin). He then slipped the day’s receipt into an envelope tucked safely inside a Ziploc bag. He’s ready for the naysayers, reasoning, “Anybody who’s reasonably inquisitive is going to say ‘prove it.'”
Wayne’s epic Chipotle challenge started simply enough. He wanted to learn more about organic eating and, as the internet is known to do, one search led to another, which led to another … which landed Wayne on a Chipotle blog/fan page. He learned more about the chain’s nutrition values, its commitment to using organic products and, of course, the current record for consecutive days eating there.
“I said, ‘That’s me,'” Wayne recalls. “I knew instantly that I would beat that (record). And I knew before I started that I was too committed to quit.”
The restaurant closes just four days a year so as a work-around, he buys two meals on, say, Christmas Eve. Other than that, though, it’s a ritual that’s built into every day.
Wayne volunteers regularly as Batman for Buffalo Wild Wings’ kids’ nights in Tiffin. For his day job, he works with adult males at the Tiffin Developmental Center, helping with tasks like dressing, using the restroom and managing finances. He usually arrives at the Tiffin Chipotle mid-afternoon, after his shift.
Customers there have come to know him, too, and might ask playfully, “What does Batman get?” Twice last month, Wayne arrived at the restaurant to find $10 gift cards donated by fellow diners.
In sharing this news, Wayne makes the universal gesture for “Mind.Blown.,” then adds, “I’ll find a way to pay it forward. I always do.”
Despite what one might think, Wayne has actually lost weight — just shy of 10 pounds so far — since this whole thing started. He’s also saved money because the meals are so filling that he doesn’t need to buy many groceries to supplement his daily outings.
And while most people might get tired of eating Mexican food day in and day out, Wayne says there are plenty of options to keep him interested. Even after so many consecutive meals, he still hasn’t gotten around to trying the salad or the burrito. More often than not, he opts for the burrito bowl.
“Now, the place I really mix it up is the toppings,” Wayne says. “Lord, there’s so many homerun combinations.”
First, he recommends ordering a burrito bowl with steak, rice and fajita veggies, then topping it with the chipotle-honey vinaigrette that goes on the salad. Wayne also suggests ordering chicken quesadillas and asking the staff to mix the salsa of your choice with sour cream and add it to the dish.
“Good combo, right there,” he says, adding he prefers the hottest-available tomatillo red-chili salsa.
When he started this mission, Wayne contacted Chipotle which sent some coupons and shared nutrition tips. The company doesn’t officially recognize the challenge, but Wayne is not deterred.
“It just basically amounts to bragging rights,” he says. “Which I will own.”
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