As you know, I love me some burrito. It's more of an addiction than a preference. No, really. This is a clinical condition known as Foodie Needus Burrito Maximus. Go ahead, look it up. It's in some medical journal and is recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act. (DISCLAIMER: Foodie is not a trained medical anything!)
I first noticed this condition while I worked in a campaign office in California, that was across the street from an AWESOME burrito place (they spoke no English). Fortunately, this condition forces me to get a burrito a few times a month -- or else I get cranky.
So, I took my cranky self into the Moe's in Huntersville. It's off of Hwy 73, and near the Staples and Panera. I walked in, and I felt myself getting happier as I anticipated the burritoy goodness. I looked at the menu, and found myself a little confused... the burritos were priced by the number of ingredients. So, I wouldn't be able to go through and point to my favorite ingredients -- I needed to to figure out what I'd be ordering before I got into line.
I figured it out and ordered a "junior" (small burrito) Homewrecker. Basically the home wrecker has everything they offer -- except it only has one meat. I chose the ground beef and then proceeded to watch my burrito get filled with rice, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, lettuce, and pickled jalapenos. YUM!
The burrito came with chips. So, I took my food, a soda, and two types of salsa from the salsa bar to my table.
Moe's is decorated in warm earthy yellows and reds. In addition, they have two HD TVs which kept my attention. (One showed Tom and Jerry, and the other ESPN -- two of my favorites!)
I'm glad I got the junior burrito, because it was plenty big for me. In the past I haven't liked Moe's burritos. But this time, I really enjoyed it! The ground beef was tasty, seasoned with cumin and oregano. The lettuce crisp and the rice didn't taste like cardboard. Though it was hard to tell with so many toppings!
The chips were OK. I like the chips at Chipotle better, but these were warm and not stale. The salsa bar was one of my favorite features. I grabbed a chunky standard salsa and the salsa verde. The salsa verde was quite good. I found it to be both spicy and tangy. YUM!
Moe's kept me from getting too cranky. The burrito put my crankiness at ease. Now I need to figure out where I'll go the next time my condition becomes critical.
Kid Friendly: Yes. Kids menu, TVs, plus a wipeable floor make this place very kid friendly.
Conclusion: Decent food for a good price. It's not my favorite burrito, but it'll do in a pinch.
Moe's Southwest Grill
16933 Kaufinger St.