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San Francisco Burritos (ex.: Chipotle, Qdoba, Panchero's)

Old 04-24-08, 02:11 PM
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San Francisco Burritos (ex.: Chipotle, Qdoba, Panchero's)

Let's talk good eats.

For several years now, my favorite "fast food fix" has been San Francisco burritos.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_style_burrito

These chains are popping up all over the place these days it seems. The first one I ate at was Qdoba back in 2001. I wasn't sure what to think of it when they were making it for me. Looked good, but I had never had a burrito with RICE in it before! OMG!! Obviously, I fell in love with them right away. The possible combinations you can get are limitless and I can't really pick a favorite. Although, I seem to always try to make them hotter.

Anway, since then, I've seen the exact same idea (sometimes even identical menus) at places such as:

Chipotle
Baja Sol
Moe's Southwest Grill
and the newest one I've found... Panchero's

I know Chipotle is usually regarded the best of the SFB imitators. I can't disagree. There are things I like about each place though, and Panchero's is making a strong run at the top spot.

Qdoba - best dang Quesadillas
Baja Sol - The all-you-can-eat free chips and salsa bar
Moe's - fun pop-culture menu and a bag full of fresh tortilla chips (annoying mandatory employee greeting though, ugh.)
Chipotle - overall quality.
Panchero's - fresh cooked tortilla for each order, mixed ingredients, and the best damn chips and queso EVER.

Maybe someday I'll actually make a trip to San Fran and try the real thing.

Anyone else love these diet killing behemoths?
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I stop at Qboda's on my way home from work sometimes. Mmmm, yummy. But the best place is this little, local Mexican place on my street. They barely even speak English, but they know how to make awesome food.
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I never heard of a San Francisco burrito before. These are just the typical burrito you get around here, and particularly in the Mission. Never knew they were anything special.
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I had a burrito at lunch at Guapo's and I have to say it was my least favourite thing on the menu.
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Originally Posted by X
I never heard of a San Francisco burrito before. These are just the typical burrito you get around here, and particularly in the Mission. Never knew they were anything special.
I'll let wikipedia do most of the explaining, but they are certainly a "style" all their own, like a "Chicago style hot dog" or a "New York style cheesecake".

I guess the "normal" style of burrito would be the one you find on menus pretty much....everywhere else.
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I didn't know these were known as Frisco Burritos either.

I LOVE Qdoba's. They have an excellent rewards program too. I couldn't tell you how many free burritos I've gotten from there since they opened. It's nice to see they're going nationwide.

I used to live at Chipotle, but their quality in food has really gone down. I also didn't realize until about a year or two ago that they're owned by McDonald's! After Qdoba's opened I stopped going there. You get more bang for your buck at the Q.

I've only eaten at Panchero's once. It was pretty good.

If I want REAL Mexican food though.. OMG.. the California Burritos at Adalberto's...
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Originally Posted by mcfly
I didn't know these were known as Frisco Burritos either.

I LOVE Qdoba's. They have an excellent rewards program too. I couldn't tell you how many free burritos I've gotten from there since they opened. It's nice to see they're going nationwide.

I used to live at Chipotle, but their quality in food has really gone down. I also didn't realize until about a year or two ago that they're owned by McDonald's! After Qdoba's opened I stopped going there. You get more bang for your buck at the Q.

I've only eaten at Panchero's once. It was pretty good.

If I want REAL Mexican food though.. OMG.. the California Burritos at Adalberto's...
Qdoba is also owned my McDonald's, I have had many people tell me that, when I go there.
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Originally Posted by dieinafire
Qdoba is also owned my McDonald's, I have had many people tell me that, when I go there.


Besides the fact that it's just a ridiculous concept for one company to own both of these almost identical franchises, it clearly states on each Wikipedia link who owns them.

Chipotle = McDonalds
Qdoba = Jack In the Box
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Yeah, JITB owns Qdoba.. that I know. I've gotten to know the manager at the one by my house on a first-name basis since I'm in there so often. He was telling me all about them. I hadn't heard of them until about a year ago although I guess the chain has been around for a few years now. They're popping up all over the country.
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Originally Posted by SonOfAStu


Besides the fact that it's just a ridiculous concept for one company to own both of these almost identical franchises, it clearly states on each Wikipedia link who owns them.

Chipotle = McDonalds
Qdoba = Jack In the Box
that explains why I see certain customers get a super size portion and not me
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Originally Posted by SonOfAStu


Besides the fact that it's just a ridiculous concept for one company to own both of these almost identical franchises, it clearly states on each Wikipedia link who owns them.

Chipotle = McDonalds
Qdoba = Jack In the Box
I never did fact check the info, I just spewed off second had info. My bad.
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FYI, McDonald's no longer owns any part of Chipotle. They divested themselves of Chipotle stock in 2006.
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Originally Posted by beavismom
FYI, McDonald's no longer owns any part of Chipotle. They divested themselves of Chipotle stock in 2006.
Well then.

We all just got served.
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Chinos

Forget the chain type restaurants. Go to Chinos on Balboa Street in SF. One of the best places to eat. It's just a little hole in the wall but really really good food.
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I've lived in SF for 2 years and never heard of SF burritos either. The only "chain" I've been to here is Gorba's. Loved Mexican since I was in Houston. There are many Mexican restaurants in the Mission but I haven't eaten anything as good as I have in Houston.
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I also never knew they were called SF burritos. We just got a Pancheros here, it's fine, but not worth the extra drive past Qdobas. I didn't like the rice as much. I like Chipotle the best, but we don't have one here. There is a Moe's by where I work, but I had no idea it was the same type of thing, I will have ot check it out.

There is also a local knock-off (juanos) but it was not very good the time I went.

Lately, I've been getting the Gumbo option at Qdobas.
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Originally Posted by dieinafire
I never did fact check the info, I just spewed off second had info. My bad.
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I recently got a batch of Moe's coupons, so I've been exploring their menu.

They're all pretty much the same to me. I'll just eat at whichever one has a coupon that week.

I probably buy food without a coupon less than once a month actually.
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I live in Los Angeles, where we get our burritos and tacos the way the good Lord intended: from trucks.
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Man, I feel sorry for all you non-Texans. (And Norman, OK-ers...)
http://www.freebirds.com/ <--Best damn burritos, period.
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Qdoba has better salsa, but Chipotle has better everything else.

I've never had any others, but I do enjoy these burritos.
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Originally Posted by shaun3000
Man, I feel sorry for all you non-Texans. (And Norman, OK-ers...)
http://www.freebirds.com/ <--Best damn burritos, period.
That looks pretty similar to a chain around here:

http://www.hightechburrito.com/

Except they don't have a tofu burrito.
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It's funny I just saw someone mention this the other day, and was puzzled by it.
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Originally Posted by beavismom
FYI, McDonald's no longer owns any part of Chipotle. They divested themselves of Chipotle stock in 2006.
I am so passionately against McDonald's, before reading this post, after initially learning that McDonald's allegedly owned Chipotle, I was determined never to step foot in another Chipotle as long as I lived. Thanks for clarifying.

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Originally Posted by X
That looks pretty similar to a chain around here:

http://www.hightechburrito.com/

Except they don't have a tofu burrito.
Who has a tofu burrito?

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