I ordered the same meal from Chipotle and Qdoba, and the winner had a far superior burrito but underwhelming chips

Qdoba had more ingredient options, which made ordering a little overwhelming.

exterior shot of a qdoba location in nyc


I’m not as familiar with Qdoba.

Ted Berg

There was no one ahead of me in line when I got to the Brooklyn location of Qdoba, but many of the tables were full. The staff was notably friendly and the restaurant seemed impeccably clean.

I came into this assignment with less experience ordering at Qdoba, and I think its process is a bit less streamlined than Chipotle. Signs steered my attention to a tempting Cholula-flavored chicken, but for the sake of comparison, I ordered the regular grilled-chicken burrito ($10). 

Unlike at Chipotle, burritos at Qdoba come in your choice of wrap — regular or whole wheat. I chose regular and stuffed it with white rice, black beans, corn salsa, green salsa, spicy red salsa, sour cream, and shredded cheese.

Qdoba doesn’t charge extra for premium toppings, like queso and guacamole. But that seemed like an unfair advantage, so I decided against adding them. Instead, I just added some tortilla strips.

I again ordered a side of chips and guacamole ($5), and the full meal came to about $15 before tax. 

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