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Kylah Benes-Trapp

Moe’s Is Officially More Popular Than Chipotle, But Is It Actually Better?

By Nina Ruggiero

Something huge happened today in the world of burritos.

Moe’s Southwest Grill dethroned  Chipotle as America’s favorite Mexican fast food, according to the latest survey from Harris Polls .

After sitting tight at number one for at least the past three years (the Harris online archives date back to 2013), Chipotle didn’t even make it into 2016’s top four.

I know, I know, you’re shocked. Nothing makes sense anymore and you feel like you’re living in some kind of alternate universe.

We felt that way too, until we remembered that fun time when disease infested select Chipotle locations and no one wanted to step foot inside one out of the fear of shitting their pants for days on end. TBT!

We’re talking about that whole  norovirus outbreak paired with some good old E. coli that put the chain out of commission and left us all starving and alone for far too much of last year.

But we’re no cowards here at Elite Daily, so we promptly called up our nearest Chipotle (JK, what is this, 1999? We hit up Postmates ) to give the former champ the fighting chance it deserves.

We ordered the same three items from both Chipotle and Moe’s.

Kylah Benes-Trapp

That’s steak tacos, beef burritos and chicken burrito bowls. We got all the mix-ins, because that’s how we roll.

We recruited our hungriest co-worker and started off with the tacos.

Kylah Benes-Trapp

Chipotle gets bonus points for sending us three tacos when we only ordered one. (Someone’s really trying to get back on our good side, huh?)

Sepp went first and picked Moe’s, but we both disagreed. Chipotle took this round, with two out of three votes.

Chipotle won the taco round, but could its beloved burrito bowl make the cut?

Kylah Benes-Trapp

Sepp was a fan of Chipotle’s burrito bowl over Moe’s, but once again he had questionable taste, in our opinions.

We both thought Moe’s bowl tasted more fresh, while Chipotle’s spices were overwhelming.

The burrito round, however, is what truly separated the men from the boys.

Kylah Benes-Trapp

That’s Chipotle’s monstrosity over there on the left, looking like it could eat Moe’s burrito as a light afternoon snack. But it turns out, size actually doesn’t matter. That’s right, guys, we said it.

Moe’s burrito might not be able to feed a small nation, but it unanimously won the taste test.

This scientifically proves, once and for all (JK, we’re not scientists, LOL. We’re just a bunch of morons on the internet), Moe’s is, in fact, the best Mexican fast food chain in America. It only took a few hospitalizations to give it its righteous place in the spotlight.

But there are a few other details to note. To add insult to injury, the same order we got from Moe’s cost us $2 more at Chipotle. Moe’s also offers ~ FREE GUAC ~ and chips came complimentary with both the burrito and the taco.

To be fair, Chipotle won on presentation, and one of our co-workers mentioned feeling dirty every time he steps into a Moe’s. But if you’re as lucky as us and able to enjoy your Mexican feast while wearing a blindfold, Moe’s is hands down the place to go.

RIP, Chipotle, you had a good run.

Chipotle vs. Moe’s

There’s an obvious winner



Mar 13, 2017





Two widely known Mexican fast food restaurants, spanning across the United States, are the brands: Chipotle and Moe’s Southwest Grill. Each brand has its own fan base of food-goers, all following borderline religiously. However, for those who just have a hankering for easy Mexican food, the facts need to be set straight, Chipotle is clearly superior when it comes to a Chipotle vs. Moe’s debate. To gauge the validity of this argument, comparisons will be made regarding: restaurant look, food quality/quantity/price, customer service and the precious guacamole.

Moe’s take on its interior, is quite basic. It has a modern style look with mustard colored walls, red tables, seats, and lights, and some contemporary art. Moe’s menu’s feature interesting takes on meal names too. But, it’s lacking the creativity and unique atmosphere that Chipotle provides. Chipotle has a hipster, ultra-modern vibe with its exposed metal contrasting to its wood laden walls. Each Chipotle is seemingly different but always holds a similar theme, all featuring Aztec looking metal sculpture that hang from its walls. Even the cups and bags that Chipotle uses for take-out have a creative spin by featuring different writers and artists monthly. Chipotle takes the win for overall restaurant look and atmosphere.

But, perhaps the most important argument should be in regards to the food. When it comes to burrito’s, Chipotle piles theirs high comparable to the weakling Moe’s calls its burrito. Although Chipotle’s burrito makes it more complicated to consume (due to its size), the quality of ingredients like chicken, rice, spices, salsa, cheese, etc. are more fresh. Moe’s is very much lacking in this area. Now on t comparing their burrito bowls. From first appearances, Chipotle wins again, Moe’s bowl looking like a salad you’d find at McDonalds. But, when comparing these two, the cost of Chipotle’s bowl is around 1-3 dollars more depending on the purchase of guacamole. Chipotle also wins in the size category once again. Because of the freshness of ingredients, size, and overall taste, Chipotle wins again. The one advantage Moe’s has over Chipotle’s food quality is the additional toppings, ingredients, salsas (sometimes free of charge depending on the order), and their famous queso. But, let’s clarify, Moe’s needs these additional items to even keep up with and compare to its competitor.

Now it comes down to the quality of their guacamole, and integral part to any Mexican meal. The guacamole at Chipotle is comparably smoother to the chunkiness of Moe’s guac. Chipotle also pairs their guacamole with chips made fresh daily. Moe’s flavors in their guacamole are too confusingly vibrant, almost as I they were trying too hard. Once again Chipotle’s product costs more and is larger in size, but when it comes to quality and worthiness of making a trip out for food, chipotle should be the go to.

The last point to be made is the customer service. Moe’s reviews frequently feature low stars and approval ratings often complaining about the quality and service of the food. Featuring complaints that say the cost isn’t worth it and that online orders are repeatedly made incorrectly. From personal experience, every time I’ve visited Moe’s the food has been served cold, therefore unappetizing. For Chipotle, 3 stars and up are seen more frequently. There does seem to be a regular complaint regarding the vicarious portion sizes that seemingly change from restaurant to restaurant and visit to visit. But again, from personal experience, I have not had an unenjoyable visit to Chipotle.

The ever-media-consuming argument over Chipotle vs. Moe’s needs to be put to rest. Between the ingredients, freshness, quality, restaurant appearance, size, customer reviews/service, and guacamole it cannot be argued that Moe’s was on top. Chipotle will forever reign supreme.

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Mar 13, 2017

At University of New Haven

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Life Is Better With A Mom Who Can Cook

It’s like having a built in restaurant in your house – except you don’t tip with money, you wash all the dishes instead.

Christina Thomas

Christina Thomas

Dec 5, 2018





For as long as I can remember, my moms cooking has been one of the things that gave me the most joy growing up.

When I was in the second grade, I came home from my first day of school to be pleasantly surprised with a pan of gooey cheesecake swirl brownies waiting for me in the kitchen. The house was warm and even though it was still hot outside I didn’t care. I could smell the sweet scent of the brownies from the bottom of stairs. While these were in fact just your average brownie mix in a box, she somehow made it taste like it was so much more. So I sat at the dining room table and ate my now favorite brownies, feeling so grateful but being too young to express it fully.

Her brownies were good (and still are), but that’s not the kind of good food that I’m talking about.

My mom is the reason why I try to convince every person that I meet that Indian food is the BEST food, even thought it looks weird. From the time i was a kid, I grew up in a house that was always filled with aromas of different spices that made our kitchen smell like you just walked into a restaurant. And here’s the best part: The food not only smelled amazing, but it tasted amazing too. I always knew it would be a good night when I got home from school and could smell my favorite food that she was cooking from the minute I walked through the front door.

She’s the kind of cook that has never once measured how much ingredients she puts into her food, always a sprinkle of this and sprinkle of that and maybe some more of this, but I needed to give it a taste first to let her know for sure. She never questioned her choices, never unsure. Sometimes cautious, but never unwavering in her skill. Somehow, after a billion times of making the same thing over and over, it all tastes amazing. To this day, it still boggles my mind that she can make all this food by memory. Watching her cook is like magic, it’s everything that is wonderful and

Even though my mom has cooked the same dishes over and over again over the course of my 20 years (with some hamburger helper thrown in there for my own enjoyment), I could never get tired of her calling me over to the kitchen and doing a taste test.

There’s this tradition for my birthday that my mom cooks my favorite meal- all the works. While this is something that most families do with their kids, this is different. It feels special in a way that eating it on any other day doesn’t compare.

When you have a mom that can cook you begin to realize that when your mom cooks food for you it’s her love language towards you. It’s her saying ‘I know you love this, and i love you”. There is so much joy in knowing that my mom has the skills to make a satisfying meal, because I don’t think I could have survived my 20 years eating mac and cheese out of the box.

When you have a mom that can cook, you can rest asure that she knows what she’s doing, which in return means you can almost always count on skipping out on the McD’s for a day and going home to a warm plate of goodness.

Sometimes I would watch my mom cook just to watch and she would do it without thinking. There has never been a moment where she was confused with what she was doing, she just knew how to do it, it’s like second nature. I would watch as she so smoothly mixed all the right spices together to create this work of art.

A lot of my happy childhood memories surrounded my mom cooking and my brother and I taking a plate and going down to our basement to watch a TV show or a movie. We would settle in the basement and then pray a prayer of thankfulness that our mom could cook amazing food.

My mom doesn’t necessarily believe she’s Americas next top chef, but in my eyes she is. So the next time your mom whips up something amazing, or maybe just something out of the box, tell her thank you. Show your appreciation and then to really show her you love her, do the dishes afterwards.

Christina Thomas

Christina Thomas

Dec 5, 2018

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    Which Queso Is Better: Moe’s or Chipotle?

    There can only be one cheese queen.



    Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo

    When Chipotle announced earlier this week that it would be giving queso a trial run at one of its locations, a collective “finally!”echoed throughout the newsroom. It’s something fans have asked about for years, and naturally, it prompted an immediate taste test. But this wouldn’t be any ordinary sampling and review. Oh no. We knew we needed to slate it against the queso at Moe’s Southwest , the longstanding purveyor of melted cheese.

    Of course, a mere three days after Chipotle’s news broke, Moe’s issued a tongue-in-cheek ” public warning ” that’s honestly a little salty. In it, the brand says it’s alerting consumers of “alleged ‘queso’ dishes posing as cheesy authentic goodness” and even asks people to “report the queso copycats” using a hashtag. Well, if they were going to call it fake and inferior, we decided we’d be the judges of that. Here’s an up-close and personal look at each restaurant’s cheesy dip.


    We wanted to give Chipotle the first go because it’s the new kid on the block. The rich orange color is eye-catching for sure, but our first observation — which made us scratch our heads — was how thick the cheese mixture was. It looks more like the bottom rung of a seven-layer dip than a typical saucy queso.


    Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo

    After tasting, we all agreed that the slightly spicy pepper flavor was great but the queso oddly lacked any compelling cheese flavor. However, that’s not even the biggest of its problems. Every single one of our taste-testers took issue with its texture. “It’s more of a gritty bechamel than what you expect from queso,” one said. Another noted that it was “gloopy and not smooth at all.”

    Our chip dip test proved this correct:


    Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo

    Maybe Chipotle is still working out the kinks? Maybe it’s struggling with its strict ingredient guidelines? CEO Steve Ells explained that “because we refuse to use industrial additives, added colors, flavors, or preservatives in our food, it’s very difficult to make queso that meets our standards.” Welp, not sure this one meets our standards. Sorry, Steve-o.


    As a disclaimer, some tasters had tried Moe’s queso before and knew they liked it. However, there were just as many who had never given it a go. Still, we asked everyone to be honest and all-encompassing in their reviews. Overall, first impressions of this cheesy dip were positive: Its smooth texture and light, “natural-looking” color resonated well with our taste-testers. We also liked that, even after sitting and cooling for the length of a subway ride, it hadn’t congealed or gotten unappealing at all.


    Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo

    It also helped that Moe’s chips are much less salty than Chipotle’s, which messed with the flavor in the first taste-test. Of course, the insanely velvety consistency alarmed some: “What is in this that makes it so perfectly smooth? This can’t be real!”

    Indeed, dipping a chip gave us a pretty sexy cheese drip:


    Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo

    After everyone’s first bite, we realized this was a case of you vs. the guy she tells you not to worry about . “Moe’s queso is everything it should be — cheesy, silky, with a nice fiery kick at the end. There’s nothing gloppy about it,” one reviewer wrote. Even with a fresh jalapeño flavor, the creamy cheese flavor still comes through. It’s quite honestly liquid (white) gold. And we could no doubt eat the entire dish in one sitting.


    We hate to say it, but Moe’s accusations — “texture is grainy, devoid of the velvety queso goodness you’ve come to know and love,” “no magical cheese pulls” — were true. Chipotle’s queso wasn’t the worst we’ve had, but we wouldn’t seek it out with the same fervor that drives us to wait in monstrous, lunch-rush lines for its carnitas tacos.

    In the end, we have to hand this one to the brand that’s been shilling cups of melted cheese for more than 17 years. But we’ll still give Chipotle another chance should it decide to tweak the recipe … because its burrito bowls are still bae.

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