A bowl? What the hell is that? Oh, you mean a *burrito bowl*. This is a concept that I was unfamiliar with until 2010. I used to think, well, wouldn’t it not be a burrito if it was in a bowl, because it would be missing its tortilla? Surprisingly enough, this is not necessarily the case.
The first time I ever went to Qdoba Mexican Grill was back in 2001. I went there on a date, and my memory is that their rice tasted like soap. So the next time I had Qdoba after that was 2008, but I haven’t had their rice since.
The first time I went to Chipotle was in 2010 with Mr. Fox. I had always heard they were good, and people raved about their cilantro lime rice. The first time we went however, it was…not the greatest. We went to the one over on 86th St. in Indianapolis, and on a not-so-busy night. The food wasn’t all that fresh, and it tasted like they soaked their chicken and steak in something god-awfully hot, because I could barely eat it. And this is coming from the one who normally doused her Qdoba “naked burrito” (in a bowl, so same concept) in Cholula hot sauce. Regardless of this fact, it was then that I decided I didn’t like Chipotle.
So fast forward a couple years, and I am faced with eating at Chipotle again, because that’s what’s there. Whenever I go to either place, I usually get the same things, because I generally have no variety haha. Extra chicken, no beans, mild pico de gallo salsa, cheese, sour cream, and extra lettuce. This time however, I decided to finally breakdown and try it with the rice.
Wow, what a difference!
Qdoba may have their three-cheese queso, but honestly, it doesn’t make or break the burrito. Chipotle’s rice is where it’s at. That, and their bowls are ginormous, especially when you get extra chicken. It tastes better, just in general.
But I digress.
Which do you prefer? Qdoba or Chipotle? Or is there some other place similar that you like better?