First of all, I'd like to apologize to you, the readers of this blog. I often do my best to avoid chain restaurants, and the cookie-cutter style food, decor, and service that you usually expect from them. But due to the fact that I eat at this place almost once a week, I finally need to write a review for the Qdoba in Birkdale.
For those of you not familiar with Qdoba, think of Chipotle. It's a burrito shop decorated with an urban / industrial flair -- stainless steel counter tops and tables, corrugated metal, etc. The burritos are decent. And since I love me some burrito, I happen to stop here often. But this past weekend I tried something different (GASP!). I tried the Mexican Gumbo with Pork, and was amazed by what I tasted.
The Mexican Gumbo is tortilla soup poured over rice, beans, and whatever meat you choose. I chose pork. To top-off the gumbo I added pico de gallo, sour cream, and crispy tortilla strips. Once everything is mixed together, this meal-in-a-bowl is fantastic cold-weather food.
In addition, it is seriously tasty. The pork had a mixture of a cumin and sweet flavors. The tortilla soup has a nice spicy kick, the sour cream added a sweet creamy texture, and the pico de gallo added the tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Combine all those flavors together, and you've got a melody of tastes for the tongue to enjoy. It's so good, you could add a few bucks to the price, and put it in a nicer bowl and restaurant, and nobody would know the difference.
Service: 3/5 (The staff are friendly and helpful, but it is fast food and I have to get my own drink and utensils)
Conclusion: The burritos here are good, but the Mexican Gumbo is great. I highly recommend it with the pork. Qdoba offers a low price, yet filling meal in Birkdale. And that is one of the draws of this typically busy fast-food style restaurant.
Qdoba Mexican Grill
16926 Birkdale Commons Pkwy.
Huntersville, NC 28078