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    Moe's Southwest Grill

    Coming to Iowa, sounds like a Panchero's type. 12 locations:

    Phase 1 will include Moe's restaurants in the Quad Cities, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Ames and Iowa City. Phase 2 cities will include Clinton, Marshalltown, Ottumwa and Mason City. No specific dates have been released yet.

    http://www.ottumwacourier.com/news/local_news/moe-s-southwest-grill-coming-to-ottumwa/article_32e49712-85fb-11e4-a78a-7f42e1a9043c.html

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    Re: Moe's Southwest Grill

    I just ate at Moe's the other day. It's similar to Panchero's or Chipotle but with a bit more of a southwestern flair. Personally I wasn't a huge fan, but I think the fresh tortillas that Panchero's offers demolish anything else. Chipotle and Qdoba also have higher quality meats than Moe's IMO too.

    One good thing about Moe's is they will give you free tortilla chips. You do have to still pay for the queso or guac, though.

    My rankings would be:

    1. Panchero's
    2. Qdoba
    3. Chipotle
    4. Moe's

    but they are all good; just some are better than others.



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    Re: Moe's Southwest Grill

    They used to have one in Sioux City, but it must have closed?

    Moe's kills the competition, even after they raised their Moe Monday prices to $6 from $5. That's any burrito you'd like plus a soda and a ****load of chips...and they're good chips.



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    Re: Moe's Southwest Grill

    Moe's is good stuff. Definitely give it a try once it opens in Ames.



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    Re: Moe's Southwest Grill

    The burrito business is giving the auto parts stores a run for their money on market penetration.



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    Re: Moe's Southwest Grill

    Quote Originally Posted by wxman1 View Post
    The burrito business is giving the auto parts stores a run for their money on market penetration.
    *giggles*



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    Re: Moe's Southwest Grill

    I like it better than Qdoba or Chipotle. Mainly because of the free chips and then there's a salsa bar so you can get the different salsas. Also, the one I go to is a convenient location and seems well run. But I don't really see much difference between the three. I've actually never had Pancheros so can't compare there.

    One minor thing is they have weird names for their burritos based on TV and movie pop culture. It always annoys me when restaurants put silly names on the menu when I just want to say what I want.



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    Re: Moe's Southwest Grill

    Quote Originally Posted by LivntheCyLife View Post
    I like it better than Qdoba or Chipotle. Mainly because of the free chips and then there's a salsa bar so you can get the different salsas. Also, the one I go to is a convenient location and seems well run. But I don't really see much difference between the three. I've actually never had Pancheros so can't compare there.

    One minor thing is they have weird names for their burritos based on TV and movie pop culture. It always annoys me when restaurants put silly names on the menu when I just want to say what I want.
    A tiny part of me dies every time I go to Bruegger's and order a Leonardo da Veggie.



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    Re: Moe's Southwest Grill

    Lived in Annapolis, MD for a few years and ate at Moe's about once a week for work lunch. Always was good- typical burrito/taco/quesadilla joint. Another place I would like to see around here that we had in Maryland is California Tortilla with their "wall of hot sauces". That joint had a wall of 75 hot sauces ranging frrom 0 heat to 10+ heat. http://californiatortilla.com/wall-of-flame/



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    Re: Moe's Southwest Grill

    Quote Originally Posted by LivntheCyLife View Post
    I like it better than Qdoba or Chipotle. Mainly because of the free chips and then there's a salsa bar so you can get the different salsas. Also, the one I go to is a convenient location and seems well run. But I don't really see much difference between the three. I've actually never had Pancheros so can't compare there.

    One minor thing is they have weird names for their burritos based on TV and movie pop culture. It always annoys me when restaurants put silly names on the menu when I just want to say what I want.
    Yeah, I hate it when I got to McDonalds and all I really want is a burger with two patties, 3 pieces of bun, two pieces of cheese, pickles, lettuce, onions and some Thousand Island style sauce, but they make me say "Big Mac." Can't they just let me tell them what I want?


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    Re: Moe's Southwest Grill

    Moe's just closed down their Schaumburg store. I liked it better than Qdoba and Chipotle. They had a few different takes than those two, but Panchero's is better in my opinion. The free chips and salsa helped their cause. I really don't know what happened to the one in Schaumburg they seemed to always be busy.

    More options is always better than no options. So welcome it to Iowa.


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    Re: Moe's Southwest Grill

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    Yeah, I hate it when I got to McDonalds and all I really want is a burger with two patties, 3 pieces of bun, two pieces of cheese, pickles, lettuce, onions and some Thousand Island style sauce, but they make me say "Big Mac." Can't they just let me tell them what I want?
    I'll have one partially gelatinized non-dairy gum-based beverage, please



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    Re: Moe's Southwest Grill

    Quote Originally Posted by wxman1 View Post
    The burrito business is giving the auto parts stores a run for their money on market penetration.
    Yeah, currently there is Panchero's, Fighting Burrito, Chipotle, and Pepperjax in Ames. They each do something a little different, I just wonder when the market will be saturated here in Ames.


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    Re: Moe's Southwest Grill

    Quote Originally Posted by boone7247 View Post
    Moe's just closed down their Schaumburg store. I liked it better than Qdoba and Chipotle. They had a few different takes than those two, but Panchero's is better in my opinion. The free chips and salsa helped their cause. I really don't know what happened to the one in Schaumburg they seemed to always be busy.

    More options is always better than no options. So welcome it to Iowa.
    No way? I visited that one quite a bit when I had a customer in Schaumburg I was delivering a project for.



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    Re: Moe's Southwest Grill

    I bet the go into one of those openings on Welch Ave after the renovation or right next to Long John Silvers on Lincoln Way


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