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Qdoba October 7, 2009

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Chips & Guacamole, Black Bean Taco, and Tortilla Soup

Chips & Guacamole, Black Bean Taco, and Tortilla Soup

I will just come right out and say it: I hate Qdoba.  Not because the food is bad, but because when I was an undergraduate, Qdoba replaced Baja Burrito Kitchen in my Student Union.  Baja Burrito had the best queso (now irrelevant, for obvious reasons).  They had an epic salsa bar.  Their vegetarian options were unmatched elsewhere on campus.  And Qdoba stamped them out!  At Qdoba, your meal does not come with free chips and salsa.  This is basically blasphemy as far as I’m concerned.  I mean, seriously, doesn’t all Mexican food come with complimentary chips and salsa?  What is the world coming to?

So why, with all my vitriol towards Qdoba, did I dine there on this particular day?  Well, my friends, Qdoba has a rewards card program and I got an email with a coupon for free chips and queso.  Since I am totally a sucker for coupons, especially coupons that provide me with things that are free, I moseyed on over to The Dobe (let’s make that name stick) for my free food.  Obviously, as a vegan, I do not dine on queso.  The staff was kind enough to let me have complimentary guacamole instead.

The guacamole was average.  Nothing to write home about, but it’s not like it was bad.  I decided on a taco-and-soup combo to go with my chips.  Above you see a black bean taco.  With pico.  And that’s it.  The line was moving so quickly, the person asked me if I wanted pico and I said “yes” and then he pushed my food on along and no one offered me anything else.  Since I don’t really know what all the strange Qdoba condiments are, as I do not dine there often, I just let them all pass me by.  There’s something with corn in it that looks pretty good, and it probably would have gone great with my little taco.  The most fantastic thing you can order at Qdoba is the Tortilla Soup.  Yes, it’s vegan.  Order it EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU GO or you are missing out.  I’m not kidding.  I could eat this stuff by the gallon.  It’s especially amazing now that the weather is changing.

Will I be back to Qdoba?  It’s almost a certainty.  Do I miss Baja Burrito Kitchen?  Yes.  Would I rather have Moe’s, with its tofu and complimentary chips and best salsa ever?  Yes.  But I can walk to Qdoba, and that soup is awesome.  Furthermore, Qdoba is super vegan friendly.  You can basically eat anything except the meat and the cheese and the sour cream.  I recommend you refer to this list of vegan offerings before you visit.  And get the soup.  For real.


2019 West End Avenue

Nashville, TN 37203



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7 Responses to “Qdoba”

  1. lavietoni Says:

    I love Qdoba (in terms of campus/ food court-type food). I hate Moe’s–even just the flavor of their rice and beans–and never got into Baja Burrito Kitchen. I miss getting a “naked” bean burrito (no tortilla) practically every day at Qdoba in college – the yummy rice w/ lotsa cilantro, black beans, tomatoes, guac, and I can’t remember what else. I always went w/out cheese and sour cream too. Is their guacamole vegan? I wondered if it had sour cream in it or anything.

    As a side note, even if it’s nothing special, their guac is very fresh-tasting and is actually what got me into guacamole, which I’d never really tried before. Because of them, I became an avocado addict!

    • Nashvegan Says:

      According to them, their guacamole is vegan. I hate that some places use sour cream in their guacamole and then I can’t eat it. Sour cream is not even necessary!!

  2. lavietoni Says:

    …Oh yeah, I think I always added hot sauce and lettuce as well. The hot sauce gave it all the flavor.

  3. lavietoni Says:

    Agreed – I never use sour cream in my guacamole. This delicious restaurant at Tampa that makes it at your table doesn’t either, and I pretty much copied their recipe.

  4. lavietoni Says:

    in Tampa*

  5. Lesley Says:

    I’m not a fan of the place. I like the food okay, but I hate the Soup Nazi feel to the assembly line. Subway and Baja Burrito manage this concept without making me feel rushed or like I’m a jerk for wanting to think about toppings or might want more than one. Is this limited just to the one on West End or are all Qdobas like that?

    • Nashvegan Says:

      I felt the same way about the one on my undergrad campus, and that’s the only other one I’ve ever eaten in, though I don’t think it was quite as bad there. It does definitely make you uncomfortable. When I ordered that bean taco, the guy was like “you want pico?” and I said “yes” and that was it–he just pushed my taco along and I was never again asked about toppings, even though there were lots of toppings at the end of the line. The soup is awesome though.

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