Moes vs. Chipotle: which chain holds the title of the best burrito?

Cameron Appel, Staff Writer

There has been a shortage of seniors on campus.  Some of you may have noticed.  Many of you may be pleased.  These seniors have been slowly disappearing during their lunches and off periods, magically arriving back at the school before the start of class.  Where do they go?  How do they do it?  Why do they always look like they are so full that they just might pass out? The answer is not a secret.  These folks are just supporting their favorite team in an age-old battle.  The most hotly contested skirmish of our generation is raging on around us, while most are unaware of it.  This battle is: Moe’s vs. Chipotle.

The voice of the people will decide the winner.

“Moe’s is so much better. It’s got something for everybody, spicy or not, and the best queso to ever exist on this Earth,” said senior Kim Byrne.

An emphatic remark, and one that is refuted by diehard Chipotle fans.

“Chipotle all the way. Their burritos are better because they’re spicier,” said senior Lylia Li.

However, some have a different take on the subject.

“Chipotle was good for the first hour… and then came the toilet,” said senior Sara Pinkus.  Truer words have never been spoken.

Some people defy logic and can enjoy both restaurants, though they are members of a rare breed.“I love the stacks from Moe’s, but if I want a burrito I’d rather have one from Chipotle,” said senior Madeline Omeltchenko.

Moe’s Southwest Grill and Chipotle Mexican Grill are two of the premier fast-food joints around.  Founded in 1993, Chipotle is the veteran of the two.  Chipotle first opened in Colorado out of an old Dolly Madison Ice Cream store.  The chain serves all-natural pork, chicken, and beef, and mostly-organic black beans.  While widely known for its burritos, Chipotle also serves tacos, burrito bowls, and salads.  You also cannot forget about their guacamole.

“Chipotle’s better. It’s fresher. They have better guacamole,” said senior Emily Youner.

On the other hand, Moe’s brings to the table its all-star queso.  On certain days, it even has promotions that provide the buyer with free queso, somehow drawing even more hungry teenagers than usual.

Moe’s also serves up all-natural meats and ingredients, giving Chipotle a run for its money.  According to the Moe’s Southwest Grill website, “Moe’s Food Mission is to bring the highest quality ingredients to every guest, every day, everywhere.”

For those of us not willing to go all the way to Mexico for a good burrito, Moe’s and Chipotle are fairly reliable resources.  Moe’s keeps its promise to provide guests everywhere with food by having over 460 highly accessible locations all around the world.

Chipotle has Moe’s beat by quite a bit, with over 900 restaurants.  When our zip code is typed in to the Chipotle Restaurant Finder, eight locations come up within 10 miles of us.  Moe’s only has two.  In this respect, Chipotle seems to win.

There are also the naysayers, defying the very concept of a chain restaurant for burritos.  In an act of rebellion, senior Becca Schaub admits her real desires.

“I’d rather eat my mom’s rice and beans,” said Schaub.

So there you have it.  The conclusion is… well, there is no conclusion.  Some like Moe’s, some like Chipotle, and some could not care less.

Both are viable options for the ravenous student.  So, next time you’re looking for a missing senior, try one of these restaurants first.  You’re more likelthem there than doing schoolwork, that’s for sure.