Moe’s Southwest Grill
Southwest Grill, I think not. This is the standard format $6.00 burrito joint. Think Chipotle, Qdoba, the list goes on. My favorite is still Chipotle and it all comes down to the taste of the meat, I just like it the best. Although, I am a fan of the queso from Qdoba and their killer breakfast burritos.
Moe’s is owned by Focus Brands, the same people that bring you Seattle’s Best Coffee, Schlotzsky’s Deli and Cinnabon. Not convinced that coffee people can make a good burrito, but…
What I ate: Joey Bag of Doughnuts ($5.85 or somewhere around there)
Meat, Beans, Rice, Cheese, Pico de Gallo
As I understand it, they name their food after “Friends” the TV show. Honestly, that is ridiculous. Whoever thought that it would be a good idea to name a burrito after a 90’s TV reference is a moron.
Since I am trying to shave a few calories, I decided to get this in a burrito bowl format. Meat options are pork, beef, chicken and tofu. Yes, tofu. You have to be one crazy hippie to order a tofu burrito. I went with the pork.
You walk down the line and they ask you if you want black beans, pinto, etc. Then I asked for them to add veggies (grilled onions and peppers), so they did. It is free at Chipotle, but Moe’s adds 79¢ for veggies and that was total horse shiznit.
As far as taste it is pretty much what I expected. It was an honest portion, but the Kraft style Mexican cheese mix was bland, the quality/taste of the meat was below the competitors, lame iceberg lettuce and the salsa had to be out of a bag. The pork was a little sweet. I have been to Moe’s a few times and I actually like their pork the best.
Moe’s also has a salsa bar and they give you free chips with your order. The salsas again seemed bagged and just emptied into the bowls. They were not offensive, just boring and bland.
Would I Buy It Again? Probably not. I had a BOGO coupon and I got a ton of food for about $6.50. If I had to pay full price, I would choose Qdoba or Chipotle over Moe’s. It is not horrible, but compared to the many taco joints in this town making wonderful fresh authentic Mexican food or even similar chains that just seem to be better. Moe’s lacks a market niche…except for the ridiculous names they call their food.