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janzy Apr 10, 2007 08:39 AM

I had a Burrito from Qdoba and was pleasantly suprised how good it was.
Anybody tried Qdoba yet?

  1. jsjs09812 Apr 10, 2007 08:50 AM

    I work in Back Bay and sometimes get a burrito craving so strong that nothing else will suffice. During those times I suck it up and go to Qdoba. My problem is never with the food, but the service. And I'm no service princess, here; I don't expect someone to wipe my mouth for me when I'm ordering in a food court. The trouble is with the specific thing I order. Observe the following, taken verbatim from my last visit:

    ME: Grilled vegetable burrito please.
    1ST PERSON ON ASSEMBLY LINE: Ok.
    2ND PERSON ON ASSEMBLY LINE: Vegetarian?
    ME: No, grilled vegetable please.
    2ND PERSON ON ASSEMBLY LINE TO 1ST PERSON ON ASSEMBLY LINE: Vegetarian?
    1ST PERSON ON ASSEMBLY LINE: Yes, vegetarian.
    ME: No, I would like GRILLED vegetable please.
    2ND PERSON ON ASSEMBLY LINE: Grilled?
    ME: Yes.
    1ST PERSON ON ASSEMBLY LINE: There is a difference, you know.
    ME: Yes, I know. I would like a grilled vegetable burrito.
    2ND PERSON ON ASSEMBLY LINE: You should have said that, then.

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    1. re: jsjs09812
      Bob Dobalina Apr 10, 2007 09:12 AM

      I don't understand - why didn't you just order the grilled vegetable burrito in the first place?

      ;) Hilarious!

      This may not be as funny as watching me do my "only just a few beans" interpretative dance in the Anna's Taqueria line, but it's close.

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        LStaff Apr 12, 2007 12:41 PM

        That's funny - I do a "extra salsa" interpretative dance at Anna's. Man, its like you are asking for their first born child to get extra salsa in the burrito, but they load it on without asking if you get a plate.

        I can't stand the lack of listening skills at anna's, its almost like a comedy routine to get steak and black beans instead of chicken with pinto beans. And if you really want some dirty looks shot your way, just ask for a little cilantro in your burrito.

        Heard Chipotle is coming to Davis sq., so hopefully they will be forced to pay a little more attention to their customers.

        1. re: LStaff
          Dax Apr 12, 2007 01:35 PM

          Do you mean extra pico de gallo or the hot sauce (picante)? I know my Spanish is even worse than my French, but wouldn't saying "muy pico de gallo/picante" work?

          I never had to do much explaining when I wanted certain ingredients in my burrito at Annas, but I do recall them being quite hurried in preparation.

          And I agree the steaming makes them mushy.

      2. re: jsjs09812
        MrsCheese Apr 10, 2007 01:10 PM

        Sounds like me at Boca! Solamente pollo y frijoles negros (I know, my Spanish is awful). No rice, no cheese, please no salsa, just hot sauce! I always feel like I'm yelling at them.

        1. re: MrsCheese
          Bob Dobalina Apr 10, 2007 01:24 PM

          I tried the simple "Menos beans" or "Menos frijoles" but just get quizzical looks and a full scoop.

      3. MaggieMuffin Apr 10, 2007 09:21 AM

        I work in Harvard Square and am a big burrito person. I have now been 2x to the new Qdoba there and to be honest, I think I am done. The portions are just ridiculous, and most of it is just rice. The second time around I asked for half rice, and still it was too much. Plus, with most of the burritos inching up towards $7 I thought was a bit overpriced. With a drink, my burritos come out to $9. I'll stick to bolocco - less authentic, but more variety and a great deal. Plus, the breakfast burritos are to die for...

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          brieonwheat Apr 10, 2007 09:27 AM

          I just moved to New England from Indianapolis - where there are several Qdoba. Like any chain, service and quality differ from store to store. In Indy - there was at least one great Qdoba. I recommend ordering both the mild and hot salsas on your burrito (the mild is really just chopped tomato and onion). Also ask for lettuce if you want it on your burrito - they'll give it to you for free.

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            DowntownChick Apr 10, 2007 02:25 PM

            I agree! I like Qdoba because I liek the cilantro rice. It's a chain, so it's not going to be perfect. I go to the one on Summer Street fairly regularly and the service is usually very efficient. And I always order two salsas - the tomato mild and the green spicier one and the lettuce and they are always very happy to oblige. I went to the new Chipotle in Everett and was VERY disappointed. The service was horribble and it was totally overstuffed with rice. They are chains - I think you can't expect greatness.

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            wontonton Apr 10, 2007 03:22 PM

            I'm sort of the opposite, not a huge burrito eater, but like Felipe's. It seems to be the only place I can finish a whole buttito and not feel sick afterward. Plus, they respond well to custom orders. I can get a super chicken with no cheese or beans and sub grilled vegetables with it, plus the usual rice and salsa. No screw ups yet. And they are pretty cheap, price-wise, even with a drink.

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              Truh Apr 11, 2007 07:50 AM

              I have to agree with MaggieMuffin on this one - far too much rice. I went to the Porter Square location shortly after it opened a few years ago, and decided I would never order another burrito from them based on their ratio of rice to price.

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              bizzy50 Apr 10, 2007 02:03 PM

              I work in the Back Bay and only have two burrito spots to choose from: Qdoba and Boloco. Qdoba is definitely good, better than passable, I think. The variety of burritos, sauces, rices, etc. is beyond standard and all of the ingredients seem fresh to me. My only complaint is the prices. $6 or $7 for a burrito is too much IMO.

              Boloco, on the other hand, is really not good if you are looking for a burrito even approaching "authentic." Their other wraps are good but their attempts at Tex-Mex just don't hold up.

              To answer MrsCheese, it is Chipotle that is owned by McDonald's, I think, and one just opened in Medford in Wellington Circle.

              Out of those three I think Qdoba is definitely the best.

              I just WISH Anna's would open a store on Newbury Street... hint, hint!

              1. The Chowhound Team Apr 10, 2007 02:36 PM

                Folks, please help us keep this board focused on the chow that's unique to the Boston area. Feedback on your experience with the service or quality of food at local outposts of Qdoba or other chains is fine here, but for general discussion of the menu, or whether or not you like Qdoba, please start a new thread on the Chains board (it's OK to post a "heads up" here so your local hounds can find the new thread.) It's also OK to discuss local alternatives to chain chow here, and we hope hounds will chims in with their local favorites.

                1. Dax Apr 10, 2007 02:47 PM

                  My one trip to the one downtown for a burrito was lame - it was bland and tasteless. I tended to order tacos at the more authentic taquerias in town (Lupita, the one in Union Sq, the ones in Waltham, even the various Annas), but if I wanted a burrito, I'd still seek out their versions before I ever returned to Qdoba.

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                    9lives Apr 10, 2007 03:54 PM

                    I was not at all impressed with the Summer St Qdoba.

                    I have had catered office lunches and they actually do a nice job with that..

                    My favorite downtown burritos are at Burrito Express..86 Bedford..near Good Life and sort of between the back of Macy's and Chinatown. Like the authentic tacquerias in East Boston..used to be related to Cancun Tacqeria in East Boston..I think the employees bought it.

                    It used to pain me to see long lines at Qdoba and no lines at BE..but BE's biz has picked up on my last few trips.

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                      mollyditty Apr 10, 2007 07:41 PM

                      i try
                      and i try
                      and i keep trying to like it,
                      alas, i cannot! i had a Qdoba burrito the other day and though i do agree about the Cilantro Rice being tasty....it just doesnt cut it. the sour cream isnt spread on it, the guac was just blobbed on... and with the exception of a few bites, each was was mushy without meat and real body.
                      time and again, Anna's makes me the happiest! though i know i need to try Tacos Lupitas! and also Grampy's on cambridge st.
                      anyhow, booooo Qdoba (sorry for those who love it! one of my roommates loves it and we always split ways in the Porter parking lot...)

                      1. re: mollyditty
                        ipsofatso Apr 11, 2007 08:07 AM

                        I tried to eat at the one that opened in Danvers (or Peabody?) on Rte 114 (andover St.) Walked in and the carload of peeps I was with waiting in the Sooby (Sirius radio will do that)for me to come back out with......drumroll please....takeout menus! Alas, I make my presence known (i guess if you are not in the cue to order, you just get ignored) and ask for the take-out menu and without a word, the food service worker pointed "there" and "there" was the "catering menu" and no replica of the standard items on the board behind the counter. My crew in the car was quite astonished; we bolted across the street to Tenessee's BBQ and a good take-out feast was had by all. Helps to have a menu, DOH!

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                          chompie Apr 11, 2007 04:10 PM

                          Maybe the burbs are less rude than the city, cuz I have had very good experiences at the Qdoba in Danvers. The first time I asked about vegetarian non-spicy stuff and they offered me samples of a bunch of it to see if it met my wants.. It ain't Mexico Lindo but for a place near work for good quick mexlunch its surprisingly good and fresh and lots of veggie choices. I hate Baja Fresh so am glad for this in the burbs. Nice to find actually 2 choices of decent vegetarian beans, and they will give you stuff thats not on the menu but should be, like a side order of beans. The cheese quesadilla is basicly a grilled cheese sandwich, but it works and the guac is even good and it all seems fresh. Can't comment on the meat. I like that you can actually get it not spicy. Hubby hates cilantro but the way they use theirs subtley, he even likes it there..

                  2. j
                    jtw Apr 12, 2007 07:11 AM

                    I actually prefer the Porter Sq Qdoba to the Davis Square Anna's (I don't know how these compare to the rest of the locations). Although I and probably everyone else prefer the atmosphere at Anna's.

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