The answer is pretty easy for me, I am a big Chipotle fan. If there was a Chipotle located in my hometown, I would be broke.
OT: BTB, Pancheros, Qdoba, or Chipotle?
Qdoba has the best peppers and onions while the other chains' are slimy and nasty.
I now live in Seattle, however, and oftentimes I get the craving for Pancheros bc it tastes a little different and there isn't one in sight. Ahh....#whitepeopleproblems
Qdoba - Great
Chipotle - Good
BTB - Never had
Panchero's - Zero flavor, horrible.
I graduated in 2000 and Panchero's was the place where hungry people went. I am not sure if "El Gordo" is still around but it was basically a burrito on steroids (3-4 regular burritos) for like $5, and it was actually pretty good. Maybe the quality of their food has gone downhill. Chipotle is allright and I never heard of this Qdoba place. The only other Mexican place I recall was Taco Hell, on East U, near the intersection of East U and South U.....29 cent tacos....score!!!
Chipotle BY FAR. The steak is perfectly cooked (medium rare) and they have the best ingredients. Their rice is definitely the best out of all the burrito places. Qdoba has awesome nacho cheese but every time I eat there I feel like a fat piece of shit afterwards. BTB is pretty good. I haven't eaten Panchero's enough to give it a fair review.
Qdoba. They win in a landslide over Chipotle to me because I prefer quesadillas over burritos, and Chipotle's quesadillas are garbage, right on par with BTB. BTB was really good when they first opened (my sophomore year), but they went downhill FAST. By the time I graduated a couple years later, I wouldn't eat there anymore. As for Panchero's... lol, this isn't the 90's.
but I used to get a BTB chimichanga every single hockey and football weekend for two years so I'm split. I've never liked Pancheros. They're like 75% rice
Pancheros - Awesome. I absolutely love this place and how they mix up the ingredients.
BTB - cheap with value. Nice spot, especially at 2 AM
Qdoba - most selection and probably best overall burrito joint
Chipotle - good, but I wouldn't choose it over any of the three above.
Moes - awful. I literally hate this place because you have to get your salsa on the side and for some reason it annoys me when you walk in the door and they say, "welcome to Moe's" in a weird non-welcoming way.
I kept trying all of the above as much as I could until BTB killed the rest.
Food of choice: chicken quesadilla on whole wheat with guac and hot sauce inside. Trust me, it's TREMENDOUS.
Hot-Head Burrito owns all.
I loved BTB, but when their prices rose to over 5 dollars for a burrito while the quality of the meat dropped (you would get bites of gristle, fat, and mystery texture all the time in the Quesidillas), I tried the other places. I like Pancheros tortillas...delicious. Chipotle is the only one where if I eat it, I will need to know where a clean bathroom is within a few hours. Qdoba is simply ok.
Yeah, the rise in prices definitely caused me to eat less BTB. You used to be able to get a burrito there for like $4, and the quesadillas were $3, which was almost too good of a deal to be true.
Pancheros - Haven't had in probably 3-4 years and was kind of meh from what I remember.
BTB - Same as above excpet it was pretty good
Qdoba - Takes my vote hands down. Really great meats and their queso is so good. Their breakfast burritos are also pretty damn good.
Chipotle - Lots of my friends keep telling me how much more they like it than Qdoba, but every time I decide to give it another try I just decide I'll stick with Qdoba.
But my stomache always agrees with it badly the next morning and I usually find a piece of steak in there that I cannot fully chew.
So when sober: Chiptole
When drunk: BTB
So, based on the spelling of "chiptole," you're at BTB right now?
I agree completely with the OP's 1 through 4, but Panchero's is pretty damn good after a night out on South U and it's always a lof of fun to make new friends in line there when it's out the door.
hands down,chipotle has no queso! the only thing chipotle has that is better is their chips
BTB hands down, they definitely load you up with sour cream and guacamole. I used to live on Packard and Hill, so was there a few times a week (especially late at night haha). Moved out to Boston almost three years ago and still can't find a place that matches up.
I had one experience at Pancheros before they came to AA (1991?). After a night of drinking, the roommates and I had a contest to see how many 2 pound burritos we could eat. I lost explosively in the midst of my second burrito.
Also I prefer fitted caps.
For me. When BTB added the shredded chicken i couldn't get enough of it and still can't. The juices that you get when they take out a scoop and put it into the burrito are so good. I also like their hot green sauce the best out of any of the other hot sauces but Panchero's is very good also.
drive to Chicago, and you'll find about 300 neighborhood taquerias that will make you never eat at any of these four ever again.
I've had much better in other ares. The best burrito I've ever had was at some small place just south of San Diego. Still though, you have to work with what's readily available(this applies to many aspects of the college experience).
I used to love the Pancheros on South U until they tried charging me for queso on my burrito that I didn't order. I NEVER get queso yet the cashier and the assembler insisted that I got queso, even though I watched them make it and queso did not go anywhere near my burrito.
So I'm going to go with Moe's. They serve beer there, after all.
Panchero's has the fresh tortilla. Not sure why this hasnt been copied... It makes a huge difference and is really a great touch.
Qdoba has great queso sauce, and in has nothing generally wrong with it.
Chipotle has the best meat across the board... chicken is great there and the carnitas are actually really good as well.
BTB - enjoy the hot sauce, and the shredded chicken, but always wish they did more with the tortilla.
Also, Baja Fresh is also a strong option, I enjoy the grilled touch.
I will say that all of the above are some sort of Americanized version of a classic burrito, but they are all pretty damn good. I find that taquerias have great tacos, and enjoy them wherever I am (just in Costa Rica, Mexico City a few years back, San Diego, etc)... but sometimes they also have dirt meat and minimal effort...
As for Chicago, where I live, I like to go and get me some Goat tacos and soup...
After a night of drinking a bunch of us naturally went to BTB around 3 AM. They guy in front of us ordered some churros. The cook grabed the churros, sans glove, and tossed them in the deep fryer. The guy who ordered them threw a fit and demanded the cook put on gloves and toss in a new batch of churros. Now if you've ever been to BTB at that time you know it's good and crowded. The abuse we gave that guy for bitching about something that was about to get fried to shit caused him to leave without his food.
I know, I know cool story bro, but to this day the churro guy's actions bewilder me.
Not Chipotle. I got so, so sick the last time I ate there. It was fast food! That shit is so overcooked it should be impossible to get sick.
This is easy. BTB > Qdoba > Chipotle > Pancheros. Why? That is the order of things.
This is just ridiculous. Qdoba or Chipotle is better than Pancheros? That's like coming to New York and choosing McDonalds instead of Shake Shack. Makes no sense.
Best burrito I ever had: Del Taco. They're no longer in the midwest, and are somewhat nasty, but the Del Beef burrito with Del Inferno hot sauce is one of the singularly most satisfying things I've ever eaten. A flour tortilla with seasoned beef and grated cheddar and that's it. Get an order of crinkle cut fries, and there's nothing better.
There are actually 4 Del Tacos in Metro Detroit. I've been meaning to try it sometime, but I don't really visit any of the areas they're located in.
Oddly, I've never tried the burritos there, but the fish and shrimp tacos are tasty. I don't know how far into Ypsi you're interested in traveling though
I live right near there and I tried it a couple times but, simply put, their burritos were horrible. I say were because they closed.
Is on Ford Road and Telegraph. It's more a Taco Bell with real food than the kinds listed here.
Pancheros. All others are garbage.
This thread is probably one of the more interesting I've read. Most individuals that I have talked to swear by Qdoba or Chipotle and shit on Pancheros and BTB (unless drunk). To see such love for Panch and BTB is indeed strange to me. I guess we can all agree that Burrito Joint is shit.
You guys are insane, Chipotle is the best by ten thousand miles. Farm raised, free range meat, at least the majority of it is. The hot sauce is actually hot, you get the choice of brown or white rice, guac is also good.
Chipotle is by far the greatest restaurant on the face of the earth. I eat there at least 4 times a week. The food is healthy and delicious, and doesn't break the bank. All of their ingrediants are from local farms, and you can taste it in the food. The guacamole at Chipotle is to good to be compared to any other Mexican restaurant. I got in on Chipotle stock in 2008, buying 10 shares at $55 dollars a pop. It's now ballooned to nearly $400 per share! I own 5 Chipotle shirts, 2 Chipotle hats, and even guacamole flavored chapstick. When the Chipolte festival came to Chicago on October 1st, I was there. While those other restaurants are good, and Q'doba is second in my books, none of them remotely compare to the quality, and taste of Chipotle.
I'll take 'em all on any given day. Different flavors for different times.
The only reason I dislike going to Chipotle is because somebody is inevitably going to pronounce it "chip- oll -tay" while you're there. I swear, half the world becomes dyslexic with that word.
BTB by far. I love their sauces. Then Chipotle and Pancheros. Qdoba is hot garbage. I would rather eat my own crap than Qdoba or Tios.
BTB definitely has the best sauces of the bunch. I wish I had a giant jar of the green sauce in my fridge.
Eating at Tios is like watching someone put your grandmother through a blender and making you chug the results. It is atrocious. The fact that it was on Man Vs. Food is an abomination to Ann Arbor cuisine.
Pancheros has been around the longest in A2 by far. In the 90's, Pancheros made the burritos with meat, refried beans and the rest of the veggies(lettuce, tomato, and what not but no rice). The El Gordo, a 2lb burrito but bigger at 2am, was a mainstay of the late night drunk crowd. The Pancheros in East Lansing also produced the same food. In the early 2000's, the Pancheros were bought out by a large holding company and turned into a chain. Basically all of the Qboda, Chipotle, and what not are the same except for some spins on ingredients. They are chain restaurants that you will find some are better than others.
The El Gordo is a legendary burrito that the Fab Five, Charles Woodson, and other Michigan legends have been witnessed eating in the 90's.
Pancheros - Used to be great. They cooked it up, made the tacos two tortillas on the grill with melted cheese between them. Then became like the rest in great part. Fresh warm tortillas (that you can buy separate even) does make it special still.
BTB - Was good when it was grat value. Not anything special now.
Qdoba - Varies. One on Main a lot better than one on Wastenaw. Queso and chips are where it's at.
Chipotle - The best meats, spicy, flavorful. But limited menu. Kinda pricey for amount of food you get.
Moe's - not particularly good, but Queso, and has all you can eat Tacos on Tuesdays.
People confuse the Pancheros on campus with Pancheros as a whole. The Pancheros on South U is the only Pancheros worth eating at at all. Something about it, probably its proximity to greatness, makes it delicious. I've never had a great burrito at any other of their locations.
I'd go like this:
3. Pancheros (on campus)
I think Qdoba overcooks their steak, and that's what I usually will get. The steak nachos with medium salsa at BTB are absolutely killer. Chipotle fueled my grad school years (at a different school, alas) and their barbacoa tacos are solid, especially with the corn salsa.
Anyone in PDX on here ever eat at King Burrito in NoPo? Some of the best Mexican food I've ever had. You can get a burrito the size of your forearm for $4.
Back room pizza
BTB changed their pico about 2 years ago (thicker cut tomatoes and onions) which I did not really like and made the burritos noticeably different. I still think they are #1 though.
The 24 hour mexican food places out west (Romiro's, Filiberto's, Rolberto's, Los Betos, etc. ... all with the same menu) are sorely missed in the midwest. It's not that they are high quality, just significantly different from all the above mentioned places in AA. Those places are legit, esp. the ones in Arizona.
I actually like Pancheros the most, although its mainly a factor of it being the closest. I always order the chicken burrito bowl, so the salsa has a big impact on the overall taste since you're able to mix everything around to your liking. I just prefer Pancheros salsa over Chipotle's.
I'm not the biggest BTB fan. The first time I had it I thought it was the greatest thing ever, but I was also pretty drunk at the time. After trying it sober it lost a lot of its flair.
That being said, if its after 2am I'm going to South U Pizza.
The whole wheat tortilla on a giant burrito is so good. I always go with a veggie burrito, so I suppose I might be missing on the low quality meat. Still, the diablo sauce is the best part. Far superior to any of the sauces at the othe burrito joints, imo.