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Chipotle Versus Moe’s: The Ultimate Showdown

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Let me take a moment to thank the founders of both of these companies and say from the bottom of my heart that I love you. You created something that was always there for me. When I was going through a breakup, there was the breakup burrito. When I was too hungover to use a fork, there was the shame burrito (double meat, please). However, now that I am a working man, I go for the tri-weekly lunch burrito. Luckily for me, there is a Moe’s and a Chipotle equidistance from my office. However, I have struggled with the ultimate question: which is better? Some might just want to call it a tie, but as a red-blooded American patriot, I don’t believe in ties. So, after years of painstaking research–and an extra 30 pounds–I have finally determined who the winner is. I have conjured up a highly scientific rating system, so may the best burrito win.

Affordability

Moes: 9/10. Moe’s is the ultimate underpaid postgrad lunch spot, especially on Monday. Monday is reserved for Moe’s Monday: $5.99 for a burrito, chips, and a drink. You cannot beat that. Also, chips and salsa are always included with your burrito.
Chipotle: 8/10. While still affordable, a looming price hike has dropped Chipotle down a couple points. Also, if you want chips and salsa, you better shell out some more dough.

Quality

Moe’s: 7/10. Inconsistent rice is one thing that dropped Moe’s down to average in this category. The food is very good quality, but it still needs something to bring it up over the top. The chicken is bland, but they do have good options you can infuse to spice up that chicken.
Chipotle: 10/10. What more is there to say about the quality of Chipotle food? Everything is flavorful and fresh–don’t even get me started on the barbacoa.

Quantity

Moe’s: 8/10. While Moe’s does offer large burritos, depending on your burrito stuffer, you can sometimes get only an average-sized burrito. I don’t do average. You do always get chips and salsa though.
Chipotle: 9/10. Obviously, we know that a burrito is the size of a small child. Flash a little wink at the girl working and you can get an extra quarter scoop of meat. However, there are no free chips, so that’s a point deduction.

Customer Service And Speed

Moe’s: 6/10. WELCOME TO MOE’S! Okay, I’m hungover and you need to STFU. None of the employees ever mean it either. It’s a loveless, cold welcome. They are speedy, but when you only have a 30-minute lunch, you need lightning speed.
Chipotle: 8/10. They have lighting quick burrito times, but sometimes they’re a little too impersonal. I do not always feel the love that goes into the burrito.

Selection

Moes: 8/10. Moe’s definitely wins this category. The Wrong Dougs might actually be better than the burritos. You also have multiple salsas at the salsa bar to choose from.
Chipotle: 5/10. Let’s be honest. There’s not much to choose from. While they do have a better meats selection, the rest is slacking. I don’t want to hear anything about the quesarito, either, because only douchebags order those.

Final scores:

Moe’s: 38/50.
Chipotle: 40/50.

While this one is really too close to call, Chipotle slightly edges out Moe’s. However, there is still a place for both of those in our society, and you will still find me at both.

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I like a splash of ginger ale with my bourbon.

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