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Qdoba, Moe's or Chipotle

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by bagelchick, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. Satchel Pooch

    Satchel Pooch Member

    baja fresh has the best of the semi-fast food mexi places, but chipotle is the best overall.
  2. Pancamo

    Pancamo Active Member

    1. Moes
    2. Chipolte
    3. Baja

    Never have had the other one.
  3. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Not a fan of either.
  4. bagelchick

    bagelchick Active Member

    All very interesting responses. The 3 Baja Fresh's that were here all closed. I thought they were okay and definitely had the most menu choices. Also had very authentic employees.
  5. devils_claw

    devils_claw Member

    Bleh, all three are gross. I will never understand the hype over Chipotle. Baja Fresh is passable.
    The best quasi-authentic burrito comes from Freebirds in Santa Barbara, CA, but nothing will beat REAL, non-chain Mexican food.
  6. cougargirl

    cougargirl Active Member

    If I only had the luxury of being near REAL mexican food again. That's what I get for leaving the West.
  7. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

  8. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    I think I ranked these in another thread, but here you go.

    1. Baja Fresh. Get the Burrito Dos Manos enchilada style. It's enough for two meals even for my fat ass. They also have Pepsi, whereas everyone else has Coke. And they also have a good chicken chipotle tossed salad with pineapple and corn and avocado and those flauta things. Haven't gone wrong there yet.

    2. Qdoba. Gets a slight edge over Moe's for the No. 2 seed because they have more specialty burritos. I'm a fan of the chicken queso burrito with corn-chile salsa myself. No free chips is a bummer, though.

    3. Moe's. Inoffensive; they don't really offer anything that you can't get elsewhere, but it usually fills you up. I do like their queso, though, and you get a thing of chips with your burrito, which Qdoba and Chipotle does not offer gratis.

    4. Salsarita's. Extra credit for offering shrimp in their tacos/burritos/quesadillas, as well as the flavored sour cream, but they really manage to fuck up the chips by overseasoning to ridiculous extremes.

    5. Chipotle.
    Surprised at the reviews it's getting here, because I've been pretty disappointed the times I've been. The rice is too sticky and sweet, almost a jasmine-like rice that doesn't go well with burrito eating. Decent corn salsa, and there's more of them here than the other chains, so occasionally I'll go there in a pinch. But I'd rather be at Baja Fresh. Also: Drop a card in their bowl; I won a burrito lunch for 10 a week after doing so.

    6. California Tortilla. Serious letdown. About the only thing I can point out in their favor is the myriad of sauces like Ass in Antartica and Dave's Gourmet Insanity Sauce and about 200 others that you'll see at your Le Gourmet Chefs and the like. But their burritos don't live up to their billing (the Jamaican jerk burrito was more punchless than a bad Family Guy episode), and the queso is store-brand quality.

    Bonus observation -- Habanero. A independent restaurant in the Clifton section of Cincinnati, a city I've been to twice in my life. Ate there both times. This was my introduction to the massive burrito concept in 2000. Both times got the same thing, a monstrous chicken burrito with black beans and, for 50 well-earned cents extra, an etherial green apple/green chile salsa that hasn't been touched. Came with the best chips I've had by a factor of seven.

    EDIT: And don't forget to drop a lime slice or two in your cola at any of these places.
  9. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    Qdoba kicks ass, although I had to eliminate burritos from the diet.

    Did make an exception at Xmas, though.
  10. n8wilk

    n8wilk Guest

    I've never had Qdoba, but Chipotle beats the rice out of Moe's.
  11. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    I'm sorry, but a burrito from a place named after every senior class song since 1974 in a yuppie coastal city doesn't count as "real" Mexican food.

    Find me a half-condemned shack in El Paso with no place to sit but a line out the door, where they don't accept checks and the refritos are still cooked with a scoop of lard.
  12. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    The best semi-fast food burritos I've had lately come from a place called Taco del Sol in Missoula, Mont. No checks accepted, and everything is fried in lard. Actually, I would willing kill for one if the bean burrito cost more than $2.50.
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