Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chipotle vs Moe's

This week, it was decided that we would go to Moe's Southwest Grill for W.I.N.G.S. on Wednesday.  I usually eat Chipotle for lunch on a Wednesday, so this made me a little uncomfortable.  Did I really want to eat almost identical foods for lunch and dinner?  I could have skipped my weekly Chipotle rice bowl for a week I suppose, but that's not really my way. Instead, I decided I would do a compare and contrast review of Chipotle vs Moe's.  For science.  Here are my findings.

Exhibit A - Chipotle Chicken Rice Bowl
For lunch, I ate my traditional rice bowl - rice, chicken, sour cream, and cheese.  Yes, I know I skipped all the nutritious stuff.  That's just how I roll.

Exhibit B - Moe's Chicken Nachos
I was going to get the exact same meal at both restaurants, but I chickened out at the last minute and got nachos at Moe's instead - tortilla chips, chicken, queso, sour cream, and cheese.

So right away you can see something that Moe's has in its favor - queso. Chipotle does not have queso (at least not as far as I know) and I love me some queso.  It was pretty good, flavorful without being too spicy - I have an extremely low spice tolerance.  Another plus at Moe's was the magical soda machine.  You may or may not have seen one of these before - basically it has about a million different beverages with a million different flavoring options.  I got lime coke because I am pretty boring, but I could have gotten any crazy thing I dreamed up.  I have been obsessed with these soda machines ever since I first saw one at Firehouse Subs last month, so that's a pretty big draw for me.

However, they only had brown rice from what I could see.  The chicken was fine, but a little bland for my taste (which is saying something because I love bland things).  The chicken at Chipotle is so amazing and flavorful, so this was a pretty big letdown.  Also, I know it is a minor complaint, but the cheese was a little thinner and stringier than I would have liked.  I like my cheese to be bold.  They did have a much larger menu, which was nice (if a little overwhelming at first).  Moe's has a lot more toppings and salsas to put on your food.  Unfortunately I hate almost every topping and I am not a big fan of most salsa, so this was lost on me.  I'm sure it's great for people who like flavors, though.  The free chips were a nice touch too. We may have abused this privilege a bit.

So what's my overall opinion?  If I want a basic, delicious rice bowl or burrito, I'll go to Chipotle.  If I'm looking for quesadillas or nachos or fajita (and a choose your own flavor beverage), I'll go to Moe's.

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