Let the Mexican grill showdown begin: Team Chipotle or Team Qdoba?

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December 13, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

Chipotle in Chinatown - Washington, DC.

Chipotle in Chinatown – Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It could get downright ugly down on Fourth Street.

Chipotle Mexican Grill will officially open its first Louisville location at 315 S. Fourth Street, a space attached to the Hyatt Regency Louisville, Business First of Louisville reported Wednesday.

This puts the fast-casual restaurant across from Qdoba Mexican Grill, a very similar competitor. My office-mates and I have already had heated debates over the merits of each of these Mexican-ish chain restaurants. The fans on both sides are passionate and decisive.

I’m on Team Qdoba. Here’s why:

  • Qdoba is all I know. I’ve only been to a Chipotle once. I’m not opposed to eating there; I’m just rarely in the same city with a Chipotle franchise. I live across the street from a Qdoba. Convenience is important, people.
  • Qdoba has some pretty sweet rewards. With a Qdoba card, you get a free meal with every 10th meal. On Tuesdays, you can get double points for your meal. And if that’s not enough, you get email coupons out the wazoo.
  • Qdoba has wheat tortillas. A small triumph in my battle against white grains.

 

So where do you stand in the Battle of Mexican-ish Fast-Casual?

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