He Said, She Said: Moe’s vs. Chipotle

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BY: Anthony Del Vecchio

Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor

I think it’s time to end this debate once and for all. The long-awaited answer to the question, “Which is better, Chipotle or Moe’s?” is one that ponders the minds of many, including myself for a time, until my eyes and stomach were opened.

To understand what I’m talking about, you will really need to experience both restaurants respectively, as there are pros and cons to both. But after that experience however, it should be without question, that Moe’s is the clear champion.

Unpopular opinion? Yes. Is it false? No. There will always be space in my stomach for Chipotle and I’ll never forget the good times we had. Being serenaded at Chipotle by that hipster playlist that they put on loop, sitting in those awkward metal chairs or at those weird two person booths that are way too close for comfort.

Moe’s however, was love at first bite. There can only be so many broken Chipotle burritos on your plate until you finally suck it up and just walk into Moe’s and get a Stack. It will not only come out right every single time, it will also satisfy you.

You get exactly what you want from a restaurant when you go to Moe’s; food, water and atmosphere.

From the moment you walk into Moe’s, the feeling is just different from Chipotle. The doorbell rings upon entry and then you are greeted by a roaring, “Welcome to Moe’s!” from pretty much the entire staff, making you feel welcomed as an actual guest.

After that, you follow the trail guided by those red-carpet ropes leading you to the vastly superior menu. Their menu includes almost everything that Chipotle has to offer, as well as the Stack and a few other surprise appearances.

Now one of these surprises is probably the greatest thing you can order at Moe’s. It’s something that Chipotle has foolishly tried to copy in the past, but have failed miserably in their efforts.

Ladies and gentleme: their cheese, even though we all like to say it in Spanish because it’s a Mexican restaurant and it sounds cooler that way. Their queso is just so good, it’ll change your life.

They call it “Moe’s Famous Queso” for a reason and on their menu. It is described as, “Liquid white gold. With bottomless chips. End of story”. Now that is a fact.

I would bathe in this Queso. I’ve never been somewhere, where a side, not even, more like a condiment, could be so good that it makes you want to go back and get the actual food itself. It’s a concept that blew my mind and still does every time I sink my teeth into my food there.

In our hearts, we all know this to be true yet still many will defend their once beloved Chipotle. I mean, once there’s a vine that says, “Chipotle is my life” it’s hard to deny that statement, even though we know the truth.

If you haven’t tried Moe’s, you’re in luck because there is one located in the Black Rock Shopping Center, right off Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield, which is technically closer than chipotle.

Again, you really must try both to understand the weight of this debate, but once you go to Moe’s, there’s no going back.

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