The Great Burrito Debate

Billy Morrell ’12

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          Who should have the right to vote? What should the nation’s policy be on immigration? Should women have equal rights under law? All extremely difficult questions, however, none are as serious as this.  What is the best chain burrito: Moe’s, Chipotle, or Pancheros?

            At first you would think, They are just burritos. How different could they be? Wrong. Burritos are an extremely diverse food which could be made in many different ways.

            I went to Moe’s Southwest Grill in Deptford. Moe’s is laid out the same as any other build-your-own-burrito-type restaurant. The menu, with comical names like “Joey Bag of Doughnuts” and “The Home Wrecker” left me inquisitive. I got the burrito, their big known burrito. Of course, I had to get all the works–chicken, rice, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, Pico de Gallo, etc. After biting into the burrito, I felt like it was lacking something. The chicken was flavorless; the cheese was just plain shredded cheese you’d find at the grocery store and the sour cream and tomatoes were warm and unappetizing.  The only good thing to come out of Moe’s was the fact that I didn’t have to pay extra for chips and salsa.

            Panchero’s is the same as any other burrito joint. You walk up to the counter and order what you want.  The thing that got my attention was their tortillas. They are pressed so they make the burrito warm and melt the cheese. In addition to the warmth of the tortilla, it is also longer and less fat than the traditional burrito.  Also, the rice is brown rice as opposed to Chipotle’s white rice. Panchero’s chicken was dark grilled chicken soaked in some sort of sauce giving it a lot of flavor. I went and got all the works as my last Moe’s burrito. Then suddenly something interesting happened. Before they went and wrapped up my burrito, they put in a “burrito shovel” and mixed all the ingredients around. My biggest issue with burritos is biting in and getting all rice and chicken one bite, and nothing but sour cream the next bite, and just in one step Panchero’s completely eliminated this.  Touche’ Pancheros, touche.

            Chipotle is and has always been one of my favorite burritos. It is the first chain burrito I’ve had, and it was love at first sight.  The same as Moe’s and Panchero’s, you go up and they make the burrito in front of you with all of the ingredients right there. Chiptotle has white rice with cilantro, which I preferred much more than the brown rice at both Moe’s and Panchero’s. Moe’s chicken, steak, and pork I found much more fresh and original tasting than both Moe’s and Panchero’s. The burrito is very small; however, it’s extremely fat, and the taste, immaculate, and almost perfect.

            Who wins this great debate? I would say Chipotle. The ingredients are fresher, and the technique is more efficient. Panchero’s, although they have the good technique, they don’t have the ingredients to back it up. And as for Moe’s…just don’t even go.

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The Great Burrito Debate