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This new mexican chain opened near Pok-e-jo's at the Arboretum. Has anyone been there? My expectation is that it isn't very good.

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  1. Is it open? I saw opening soon. My expectations are about the same.

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    1. re: amysuehere

      Qdoba is good if you live somewhere like Pittsburgh, where there's not a whole lot of good Mexican food. In Austin, OTOH...

      1. re: Jay F

        So basically right where it is - the land of the bland. Oh goodie, another one. Sigh.

        1. re: amysuehere

          I get Taco Bell. I get Freebirds. In a city with dozens of quality Mexican restaurants and now trailers, how do places like this and La Salsa and survive?

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          La Salsa
          3637 Far West Blvd Ste F, Austin, TX 78731

    2. I ate there for lunch and my quick review is that it is a bad clone of Chipotle. I had the crispy tacos (one each of pulled pork, ground beef, and chicken) with the green sauce (what they called 'medium'). I actually liked the green sauce better than any of the sauces at Chipotle, but that is the only thing that was better. They were extremely stingy with the meat (Chipotle always stuffs the tacos very generously), and I did not like the shells as well either. It was also about the same price as Chipotle ($7.03 for 3 tacos, no drink). I may give them another try after a while, but I am not excited (and I really look forward to any place new in the area).

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      1. re: danny_w

        Chipotle is a lot better than Qdoba. Here in Pittsburgh, PA, Chipotle is opening restaurants across the street from what seems like every existing Qdoba, and while I can't speak for everyone, I know I haven't eaten at Qdoba since Chipotle opened.

        1. re: Jay F

          I just wish Chipotle had the salsa choices.

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          Chipotle
          , Georgetown, TX 78626

          1. re: Jay F

            Yes, if you go to the Forbes Av Pitt one or the one in Shadyside by the BMW/Mini dealer you'll find hungry students every time.

        2. My question and doubt would be that there are a LOT of locations in Minnesota, Nebraska (true story - first place someone recommended to me, a Texan there was a Mexican/Italian combo restaurant) and Missouri and this is the first in Central Texas (Dallas doesn't count). It doesn't bode well. However, that being said, the location for it here speaks volumes. If it's going to survive, it picked the only location in town it could. (y'all know what I call this area...)

          1. You live in TEXAS? I saw this post on the main forum page - surprised to find it from a Texan! Never been there - but I imagine that you can actually get real mexican food down there so don't bother with Qdoba. First of all - chipotle is better. I'm currently in Central Iowa and I eat at Qdoba every 3-4 weeks, and that is just bc Chipotle is a while away from here. If I could get real Mexican food I probably wouldn't. Qdoba is a copy of Chipotle, which is a sort of San Fran style Mexican place. They primarily sell Burritos but also have tacos, salads, etc.

            If you are curious though I've linked to a coupon below. Not sure how much longer this promotion will last so if you're interested print it out soon. Don't be surprised if it isn't up to the standards you have there in Texas though. Not quite as good as chipotle, but a chicken burrito with sour creme, cheese, habanero salsa hits the spot, especially with coupon.

            http://www.foodloversfightingburritob...

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            Chipotle
            900 N Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626

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            1. re: DukeOfSuffolk

              Yes, that was my point exactly. We have a section of town commonly known by the locals as "the land of the bland" up north where this place is. It is mostly transplants who are afraid of anything remotely seasoned or that doesn't mimic the California vibe. It's quite sad, really.

              Luckily, there are still plenty of taco shacks and hole-in-the-walls tucked in this area, so I'll be passing on the coupon, but thank you for the info.