Report Card: Moe’s Southwest Grill

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Overall GrubGrade B-

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade B-:  It might be slightly unfair to grade Moe’s on their appearance, because they are more of a fast food type of establishment along the lines of Chipolte or Qdoba, but we did it anyway.  We arrived with kids in tow to find the place pretty busy.  The atmosphere was relaxed, and the food preparation workers behind the counter were entertaining.

High marks:  Clean and friendly

Low marks:  Nothing real exciting about décor, but not really expected with this type of restaurant

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Service: Grade C:  While it was fun bantering back and forth with the food prep workers behind the counter while they were working on their masterpieces, the staff forgot to bring us out our sides of queso that we had ordered.  This, in our book, is a “no no” and requires us to smite Moe’s.  Our food was prepared quickly, as to be expected.  It is worth mentioning that an advanced degree in engineering may be required to operate the drink machine.  I felt like I was back on my first date, not knowing what to push and what would happen when I did.  It is not without some degree of pride that I can report that I figured it out (in both instances).

High marks:  Entertaining staff, food prepared in a timely fashion

Low marks:  Forgot queso

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Food/Spirits: Grade B:  Katina and I always say it’s all about the food.  Our overall grades give the most weight to food quality.  Moe’s scored pretty well in this category.  Our daughter was adventurous enough to try a taco called the Powerwagon.  It must have been delicious, and we assume she ate it.  No one saw her do it since she ate it so quickly I think she just swallowed the thing without chewing it.  Big props to Moe’s for that.  If our kids will eat it, it must be good.  Katina and I both chose a tasty concoction called the Wrong Doug Stack.  She got hers stuffed with chicken — I ordered mine with steak.  These items were huge.  Think Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme, but on steroids — lots of steroids.  I feel the beverage machine deserves a special acknowledgment for being wonderful (there are a lot more choices than a typical beverage machine) and utterly confusing at the same time.  Traffic in the restaurant seemed to congest around the machine, as I believe all of the patrons were trying to figure the darn thing out.  Salsas and queso were both of higher quality and we expected.

High marks:  Excellent food, very customizable

Low marks:  Advanced college degree required to operate beverage machine

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Value: Grade A-:  Portion size was definitely generous.  Chips and salsa were complementary, and queso can be ordered (but receiving it might be spotty) for a small charge.  Moe’s Southwest Grill offers a nice alternative to both Chipolte and Qdoba.  I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s better, but different enough that if you a fan of either Chipolte or Qdoba, it would be worth your while to check out Moe’s Southwest Grill.

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