Comparison Review: Qdoba Mexican Grill VS. Moe’s Southwest Grill

My family and I like to go out to eat. A LOT. Sometimes probably too much, but that isn’t the topic of discussion in this blog. But…Knowing that we go out to eat a lot, who better to give a review on an argument that has two restaurants battling head to head. Who is better, Qdoba Mexican Grill or Moe’s Southwest Grill?

Now my family and I have eaten at both restaurants, and I can proudly say that I know the answer to that question (At least in my own opinion.) But before I reveal the winner, lets find out how I come to the conclusion.

My experience at Qdoba was not one of the best. We were not greeted upon entering the restaurant, until we got up to the counter where we met with a menu that was a tad bit confusing. Boldly placed in the center were a few different Taco options. It seemed as though these menu items were placed there to be eye catching and to persuade the customer to focus on them. After attempting to read over the menu, I finally decided on a burrito bowl. I walked in wanting Tacos, but I didn’t notice them on the menu (other than the elaborate specialty Tacos) until after I was already halfway through designing my burrito bowl.

The choices of meats were pretty simple: Steak, Chicken, Beef, Pork, and I think I saw some type of vegetarian choice. My daughter (who is 5) wanted a burrito. However, there are NO burrito options available on the Kids Menu. Her choices were Quesadilla or a Taco. She ended up with a Taco made with ground beef, which she didn’t eat due to the spicyness of the beef. She ended up eating only the tortilla chips that came with her meal, even though there was no Salsa offered.

I got a bowl with Pork, Fajita vegetables (which were given to me in a separate cup because they needed to be made fresh), Rice, Cheese and Lettuce. The pork was good, however it was a bit cold. This could probably be left accountable to the location, but still. The rice was a tad bit undercooked, and by that I mean the rice was hard. The Fajita veggies were great, since they were fresh. Again, separate cup, so I ate them separately, and I am glad I did. The Lettuce tasted dirty, almost as if they had pulled it from a garden and not washed it.

The cups that we got for our drinks were small. But on the bright side, at least they had a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine. Chips and salsa don’t come with your meal, only Kids meals. There was no veterans discount (Oh yeah, I always ask). So all in all, I did not enjoy Qdoba, and will not be back.

Moe’s on the other hand, I am ALWAYS greeted with a smile, and a “Welcome to Moes!” upon arrival. The ingredients are basically the same, although for a meat you have the extra choice of “Spicy Chicken”, as well as Carnitas instead of pork, and Tofu for the vegetarians. Never once has any of the ingredients tasted dirty, or have they been cold. The cups served for drinks are sizeable and much more adequate. Chips and Salsa is available for EVERYONE with EVERY MEAL. Not to mention, my child can order a burrito. And to top it off, they provide a nice discount to any veterans, active duty, or uniformed service member.

So, it is clear who my choice is. I would recommend Moes to anyone. Every location I have been in, the staff is friendlier, and the menu is much easier to read. Feel free to share, comment or like this blog. Also, if you have your own experiences that you’d like to share for either of these two restaurants, feel free to leave a comment below. This review is solely based off my opinion alone, your opinions are more than welcome in the comment section.

The locations used for the review are:  Moe’s Southwest Grill, 7559 Mentor Ave, Mentor Ohio 44060.  Qdoba Mexican Grill, 6319 Wilson Mills Rd, Highland Heights, Ohio 44143


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