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Posted October 17, 2012 in Community Featured, Des Moines West

The ancho chile barbecue burrito at Qdoba Mexican Grill.

Just when you think Ingersoll Avenue couldn’t possibly have any more tempting restaurants, new ones start opening up. So my dining companion and I headed out to lunch to the recently-opened Qdoba Mexican Grill near the intersetion with MLK Parkway.

The interior is shiny new, spacious, uncluttered and full of light. Plenty of diners have found their way to Qdoba already, either having their lunch in or carrying bags of food back to the office.

Qdoba offers burritos, tacos, taco salads, nachos and grilled quesadillas, all freshly assembled to your order cafeteria-style. The workers behind the counter were all smiling and ready to help us navigate through our choices.

My companion and I both ordered burritos — about $7 each. I chose mine from the signature flavors list, an ancho chile barbecue creation with pulled pork. A scoop of rice was placed on a whole wheat tortilla and topped with generous chunks of pork. I chose black beans, corn salsa and a sprinkling of cheese to complete the burrito. This was not your typical fast-food burrito — it was fat and, as my companion pointed out — had a strong resemblance to a duck breast. The whole creation was wrapped in foil to keep it together.

My companion ordered the queso burrito with grilled chicken. It features a blend of three cheeses, roasted poblanos, tomatoes and jalapenos.

We were both very impressed with the fresh ingredients used. I especially liked the barbecue sauce in mine — it was slightly sweet with a hint of heat and smoke and unlike any Southern sauce. It was a tasty change of pace.

Eating the hefty burritos was a bit of a challenge. My companion took the knife and fork route, giving props to Qdoba for providing sturdy utensils. I cut mine in half and used the “fingers before forks” method, which was messy but effective. We also had an order of chips and queso dip ($3.99). After indulging in some of that, I was so full that half of my burrito went home with me for supper.

I can see Qdoba becoming part of my regular lunch rotation. With so many combinations, it will never get boring.

Qdoba Mexican Grill
2105 Ingersoll Ave.
10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily

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