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Moe's Southwest Grill

duckdown Nov 15, 2007 02:08 PM

Hi folks.. Was heading out to Montfort's in Mississauga today, at Hurontario and Bristol, and noticed that a new place was just about to open (Sign in window said opening today) .. It's called Moe's Southwest Grill and is supposedly a popular franchise in the USA.

Looks like they serve a wide arraingement of mexican-style food, similar to a Mucho Burrito or Burrito Boyz.. People from another food forum I visit say they absolutely LOVE Moe's in the USA, so we'll see how it stacks up here.

Their website I think is www.moes.com , they're opening a few stores across the GTA (I've heard of one opening on Yonge, and I've seen the one in Mississauga


Gonna head over there in a few minutes for some dinner -- I'll let ya know what I think

Anyone else tried this and reccomend anything? Cheers

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    Yongeman RE: duckdown Nov 15, 2007 02:16 PM

    Great--can't wait to hear your review, dd, because there's one opening in my area too--on Eglinton, just east of Yonge. I think it's going in where the Dairy Queen was--a pretty small space.

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      duckdown RE: Yongeman Nov 15, 2007 08:45 PM

      So I get there around 7PM tonight, after picking up a bottle of Stolichnaya from the LCBO, and am amazed to see there is a lineup well out the door and into the parking lot. I immediately said "it's way too cold to be doing this" but figured hey, if there was this kind of lineup, it must be half decent.

      My order was a "Homewrecker" burrito, which is their burrito with all the toppings plus guacamole and sour cream.. I also picked up their chicken quesadilla (it had some ridiculous name I don't remember)...

      For the burrito I went with steak, and for the quesadilla I went with chicken... I should note, each item on the menu comes with freshly made nacho's, but the nacho's were so oversalted they were literally inedible. I like my food salty but even this made my lips completely pucker. Inedible.

      The homewrecker wasn't too bad but their "pico de gallo" completely ruined it for me with an overpowering taste of raw onion. It was just too much onion for me so I did not finish it. The steak was pretty decent and wasn't overly chewy, but they were very stingy with the amount of meat that goes into them. They have a "scoop" they use to give a very precise amount of meat each time which they measure out right in front of you, and any extra they will pull out of the scoop implying you aren't getting any type of bargain here. Not the kind of thing you want to see the guy making your burrito do; basically weighing out your portions and no way he's gonna give you any extra. I asked for no black beans (because it looked like liquified black goo) and asked if I could have extra rice instead; no deal. A perfectly portioned out "scoop" of rice accomodated my perfectly portioned scoop of "meat" and then I added the usual toppings.. As I said above, the taste wasn't bad, but they sure weren't giving you any deal for a $7 burrito.

      The quesadilla wasn't bad, but it too was lacking chicken and personally I thought they were using TOO sharp of a cheddar cheese. It was very overpowering and I still have no idea what the chicken tastes like because the incredibly pungent cheddar was all I could taste. It wasn't bad but as I said I would MUCH prefer a higher meat/cheese ratio because I still can't give a valid opinion on this one. Oh, it was not very big either. Definitely not a meal in its own unless you eat like a bird..

      Nacho's were completely inedible and oversalted as I said above, so this $15 or whatever I spent I would have to say is NOT worth it. I am going to give them another shot, maybe next time with chicken in the burrito instead, but not a very flattering first experience for me personally.


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        Yongeman RE: duckdown Nov 16, 2007 03:17 AM

        Thanks for the review, dd. I'll check out the one at Yonge and Eg. Sounds like the Burger King of burritos.

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          hungryabbey RE: Yongeman Nov 17, 2007 08:24 AM

          Hey Yongeman, any idea when the one at yonge and eg is opening?

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            Davwud RE: hungryabbey Nov 17, 2007 01:53 PM

            Ya Yonge, I work in the area and I haven't seen anything about it.


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              Yongeman RE: Davwud Nov 17, 2007 07:37 PM

              DT and ha: do you know where the DQ used to be, on the south side of Eglinton, right beside the Starbucks? That's where it's going in--a temporary sign is hanging there. Not sure of the opening date, though.

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                hungryabbey RE: Yongeman Nov 18, 2007 12:40 PM

                okay i think I know where your talking about. Let us know if you get any more info or if anyone else hears anything

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                  Davwud RE: Yongeman Nov 19, 2007 07:56 AM

                  Saw it today.
                  Eating lunch right across the street from it in fact.


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                    Davwud RE: Yongeman Nov 30, 2007 03:49 AM

                    It looks small.


        2. Wahooty RE: duckdown Nov 15, 2007 08:45 PM

          When I was in grad school in Indiana, we had one near campus. I think I went once. It was a tasty burrito place - I honestly have no recollection of what I ordered, which I suppose says something. Nothing to get worked up about in a town where I would typically opt for actual Mexican food, but I knew some passionate fans, and I imagine in Toronto I might feel differently. More variety than Burrito Boyz (and no deep-fried halibut, for better or worse)...If you keep in mind that it is a burrito/taco/nacho joint, with no pretentions, then I think you will enjoy it. Of course, I reserve my final judgement until I see what the Canadian prices are... ;)

          1. Davwud RE: duckdown Nov 17, 2007 01:54 PM

            Website doesn't reflect Canadian restaurants.


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              amdefoor RE: duckdown Nov 19, 2007 08:00 AM

              If you have ever had real Mexican food, you will be offended. It's a step up from Taco Bell. It would be like going to Applebee's for a good steak. Everyone is entitled to their opinion though!

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                Yongeman RE: amdefoor Nov 19, 2007 09:48 AM

                That's kind of what I'm expecting, amdefoor. Thanks for jumping into the Toronto board from yours. We don't have nearly the amount of Mexican places here as you probably do, so Moe's will probably fill a niche.

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                  Wahooty RE: amdefoor Nov 19, 2007 01:02 PM

                  In a country where Taco Bell serves fries (?!?!), yes, Moe's is definitely a step up. It's a Tex-Mex fast food chain...I don't think anyone's expecting it to be authentic Mexican food. But, as Yongeman says, we don't exactly have a lot of choices here - not even a Chipotle yet. So yeah, there's a market for it.

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                    Davwud RE: Wahooty Nov 19, 2007 03:21 PM

                    There's also no reason why it can't be not authentic Mexican food but still be good whatever it is kinda food anyway.
                    You just have to realize it's not the real deal going in.


                    1. re: Davwud
                      abigllama RE: Davwud Nov 20, 2007 02:01 AM

                      With a name like Moe's Southwest Grill...was anyone really thinking this would be the big "authentic" Mexican breakthrough for Toronto? Many turn their nose up at Tex-Mex or Cal-Mex on this board in the endless quest for that Menudo Burrito that's out there somewhere.

                      I personally love tasty Tex-Mex when it's done well. And it can come out of a fast food joint and be super tasty too. We used to grab lunch ar Rubio's almost once a week when I lived in California. It's tasty Cal-Mex fast food chain that feels like a Wendy's!

                      Keeping low expectations this place could be good!

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                        Davwud RE: abigllama Nov 20, 2007 06:04 AM

                        Hey, I'm with you on this one. I'm not the type that thinks that because it's a chain, it can't have good food. I might argue that it can't have great food but a good serviceable meat at a decent price is always welcome.
                        Heck, even if they try to pass it off as authentic and it isn't, it doesn't mean it's not good. Just not authentic is all.


                2. JonasBrand RE: duckdown Nov 20, 2007 06:05 AM

                  Moe's = Overpriced Taco Bell
                  It is pretty gross and definitely NOT worth trying.

                  Instead I recommend:
                  Burrito Boyz (for takeout Tex-Mex), Sneeky Dees (for sit down Tex-Mex), or El Trumpo (for Authentic Mex).

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                    Yongeman RE: JonasBrand Nov 20, 2007 06:35 AM

                    Where have you tried Moe's?

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                      LovesToEat RE: Yongeman Nov 20, 2007 07:22 AM

                      I absolutely love Moe's...we discovered it when we visited my sister in Ann Arbor, MI and we go back every time we visit. My friends and I have discussed franchaising one in Toronto but I guess someone beat us to the punch!

                      Haven't had a chance to try the Mississauga location yet...just wondering what pricing is like. I think US price for the Homewrecker is $5.49 and I always get The Other Lewinsky for $2.99.

                      I did try Burrito Boyz in Toronto shortly after having Moe's in the US, and found BB to be extremely bland. It wasn't spicy, it wasn't salty, it was just chicken in a wrap with no flavour.

                      Moe's isn't authentic Mexican, I know, but in the world of fast food, I would choose it over Taco Bell, McDonald's, KFC, ect.

                  2. JamieK RE: duckdown Nov 20, 2007 08:46 AM


                    Moe's Southwest Grill
                    40 Bristol Rd E, Mississauga, ON L4Z3K8, CA

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                      jscott65 RE: JamieK Nov 30, 2007 05:20 AM

                      My kids love Moe's and would rather eat there than Mcd's. They have a kid menu, a taco, soft or hard shell, a drink and a large cookie for 2.99. It has to be somewhat better for you than a burger and fries, and I don't feel as bad stopping there. When you walk in the door the workers yell Welcome to Moe's!!!! The place is always packed with college kids and families. From Burlington VT

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                        Yongeman RE: jscott65 Nov 30, 2007 06:56 AM

                        Thanks for the input, js. Moe's sounds pretty kid-friendly.

                    2. Bob W RE: duckdown Nov 30, 2007 10:38 AM

                      Greetings from Virginia, where Moe's has also invaded recently. We have an abundance of burrito/wrap purveyors in this area, both chain and indy. To be blunt, Moe's bloes. On our first visit, everything was horribly oversalted. I tried it once more; when I got home and started eating the burrito, I thought to myself, "Hmmm, this isn't too salty." Then I figured out why: they forgot to add the meat.

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                        Yongeman RE: Bob W Nov 30, 2007 02:20 PM

                        Ha! Sounds like any other chain where the employees are only assemblers, and don't really have ownership in the final product.

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                          OrganicGal RE: Bob W Dec 4, 2007 07:26 AM

                          Wow, how did they forget the meat? At Moe's, you watch them assemble the burrito, and at each stage, they ask what options you want...Steak or Chicken, Black or Pinto Beans, what toppings do you want? Did you tell them which meat you wanted? The addition of whatever item is pretty immediate, so I wonder if you simply missed them asking what you wanted, and the prep guy assumed you didn't want any meat. Either that, or you responded and immediately turned away, and they forgot in that very short time, which seems somewhat unlikely.

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                          beachmouse RE: duckdown Nov 30, 2007 07:47 PM

                          I like salty, but I find Moe's rather bland once you get past the saltiness. If I'm going to eat Americanized fast food Mexican, I like Tiajuana Flats a lot better.

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                            Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: beachmouse Nov 30, 2007 08:46 PM

                            The only thing I like about Moe's is the salsa bar, since I love salsa and go through a lot of it with my tortilla chips. But I too prefer Tijuana Flats for fast food-style Tex Mex. Their chimichanga is the best. And if I'm in the mood for a giant burrito, I think Chipotle is a little bigger and better than Moe's.

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                              spellweaver16 RE: Big Bad Voodoo Lou Dec 1, 2007 01:52 PM

                              My friend in Orlando introduced me to Tijuana Flats while I was visiting. I had a fabulous quesadilla and I miss it so much, back here in Iowa lol

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                            RabidRIch RE: duckdown Dec 13, 2008 10:43 AM

                            Was the meat pre-cooked in a bin? If so, don't bother with this place, go to Chorizo (http://www.chorizo.ca/) the meat is cooked right in front of you...all fresh. Exceptional Burritos!!!

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                              duckdown RE: RabidRIch Dec 30, 2008 04:18 PM

                              Chorizo is good but the portions of meat are tiny... I was blown away at how little chicken they give you for the burrito

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