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Monday, February 18, 2008

I ate what?

So today for lunch I decided to try a new place that I had heard about from a couple of co-workers last week. Moe's Southwest Grill just opened it's newest location out here in Webster. Check out their website here:

Tucked in the plaza between Key Bank and Justice: Just for Girls at 1044 Ridge Road in Webster it's easy to miss. Walking in is a little intimidating at first. Right off the bat you are greeted with a hearty "WELCOME TO MOE'S" by no less than four of the people working behind the counter. The food is served up cafeteria which I mean you get in line and when the first guy asks you what you want you'd better be ready order or you're going to be holding up the works. Once you've ordered your food it's passed along to the next person to be built...ultimately passing through several hands before being ready for purchase. Fast prepared to take a few minutes to look over the menu before stepping into the line. It's also a good idea to listen to how other people are ordering and the questions they're being'll be asked much of the same.

I ordered the Close Talker Salad in a taco shell. Lettuce, black beans (you have the choice of pinto as well), chicken (beef or steak is available), salsa, cucumbers. I could have thrown on cheese and jalapenos as well, but I was attempting to be a bit on the healthy side.

So I guess the big question was, how was it? Simply put, it was pretty good. The taco shell was crisp and flaky and NOT greasy. The veggies were fresh and crisp. The chicken was not terribly juicy, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it dry was marinated in a tex-mex blend of spices, cooked and shredded. The salsa was chunky and fresh with that hint of fresh cilantro that all real salsas have. I ordered it with the vinaigrette dressing on the side and to be honest I didn't end up using much of it as the salad had so many flavors going on that I didn't see the need to cover them up.

I left feeling satiated and not weighed down as I often do with "fast" food. The menu items are a bit on the pricey side. All told with my salad and my medium drink it cost me $8.51. While that price isn't too bad it is enough to keep me from going there more than occasionally.

Moe's places itself squarely between Subway and Panera Bread. It's not "fast food" by any means...I really feel that it falls into the "fresh food fast" category. It's like an indoor tex-mex lunch wagon which isn't a bad thing.

I'm sure I'll go back...gotta try a burrito (they're HUGE!) and the tacos look good as well.

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