Friday night #Eating thread. What are you #Eating?

Submitted by Autocracy Now on February 22nd, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Just picked up a couple frozen salmon filets at Trader Joe's. The fiancée prefers yellowfin tuna, but these are lean times.

Who's #Eating well tonight?



February 22nd, 2013 at 7:32 PM ^

I hate this argument.  So the only way Qdoba can beat Chipotle is by putting easy cheese in their burritos?  That stuff belongs nowhere near a burrito, and should not have any bearing on which of the two is better.  

Chipotle beats the hell out of Qdoba every day of the week.  FInd a place that have both near each other and I promise the Chipotle is far busier.


February 22nd, 2013 at 8:30 PM ^

I was content to sit on the sidelines until you blasphemed the salsa. As far as the cookie cutter burrito joints go, Chipotle is good. A very close second to Qdoba for me. But their salsa is mild blech, medium blech and hot blech. Qdoba however, (granted, 2 of their "salsas" I don't consider salsas...) has 5 great options for whatever adventure you might be looking for. The corn isn't my thing, but my wife loves it. The pico is good, but adding the roja makes it magical. The tomatillo salsa is pretty darn fantastic, and the habanero is amazing. Somehow they keep that hot hot heat, but it comes in gradually enough so as to not melt your face off before you actually get to taste it.

Oh, and don't even try to come at me with Moe's. Balogna on a tortilla with canned beans and the ketchup they call salsa does not constitute a burrito. 


February 22nd, 2013 at 9:16 PM ^

Qdoba has both of those as well as queso (which is soo much more than easy cheese WILA). They just call them "pulled pork" and "shredded beef". It's the same thing, different name.

Having said that, for me it depends what I'm eating. For a burrito, I'd generally go to Chipotle, I don't know why but theirs just taste better to me. Now if I'm in the mood for some tacos, it's Qdoba all the way. Craft 2, hardshell (I know, I know), with nachos, one shredded beef, one pulled pork, habanero salsa and I'm good to go.


February 22nd, 2013 at 7:43 PM ^

I had the Five Guys v. In-N-Out argument with my boss last week.  

Five Guys was started by a Michigan grad, and I will side with that to a fault, but it still doesn't hold a candle to in-n-out.


February 22nd, 2013 at 8:22 PM ^

Yeah - 5 guys was started by a Michigan grad who is from Michigan (though the restaurant actually started in the DC area, I believe).  There was a piece on him in one of the M alumni magazines they send us.  

That said, his burger joint is good, even very good, but In-n-out it is not.


February 22nd, 2013 at 9:03 PM ^

Ok, lived is SoCal for two years and in-n-out is overrated. There is nothing special about it, bottom line. Five guys is just as good and arguably better. There are two things you can count on hearing about from someone who lives in SoCal, in-n-out and the weather. Both happen to be overplayed


February 22nd, 2013 at 9:06 PM ^

Because they're both awesome?  

Look, I'm from Michigan so I'm not a local Californian looking to rep where I'm from.  There's plenty wrong with this state and I'll admit it.  

That said, the weather is awesome, and so is in-n-out.  It's a little different, and my initial opinion was similar to yours, I thought it was overhyped.  But then I had it again and again, and now I can't think of a burger any other way.  

You probably also didn't know to order yours animal style, which makes a difference.


February 22nd, 2013 at 9:26 PM ^

I guess that's a matter of opinion. Weather was nice, but never really got warm enough to enjoy the beach, which was a bummer. Also not a huge fan of absolutely no seasonal change. I live in Houston now and it does make you appreciate the changes a bit, without the cold, of course!  

And of course I knew about animal style, only amateurs don't. Like I said, two years and it was good, but IMO, not better than anything else. Seems like it's one of those things that everyone says is awesome, so, mob mentality causes a lot of people buying into it ( not saying that's you, btw). You also said that it was nothing special at first, so perhaps you're just getting complacent with mediocre burgers haha

Speaking of things wrong, I don't miss that horrendous traffic, not one bit.


February 22nd, 2013 at 9:26 PM ^

and back home, but i must admit, a couple of double-doubles with fries from in-n-out along with a chocolate shake is as good a drive-thru meal you'll find.  it was a regular staple when i was still playing football but not so much as i watch my girlish figure..


however, now that we are home on the farm, tonight's dinner is two of our chickens we raise on pasture, mama cooks them up with some olive oil and spice, there's no chemicals, hormones, GMO corn or any of that nonsense and they are wonderful.   we sold a few hundred of them this past summer.  cooling right now, will start carving them in a few minutes.

Cali Wolverine

February 22nd, 2013 at 11:35 PM ^

...80 in Malibu in February is a rarity, but it happens. And I lived on the beach in Marina Del Rey for 2 years and had plenty of great days on beach in the off season...but once sun sets it is windy and cold. And the water is only warm from late July thru early October...but it way warmer than any lake I have swam in in Michigan during the summer. I prefer wearing a wetsuit and surfing in the winter than shoveling the snow in my driveway :)


February 23rd, 2013 at 7:41 AM ^

is the californians.  about 30 million too many of them.  and the weather is nice for a while, but i missed the U.P., i missed real snow storms, i missed fall days bow hunting and bird hunting.  i mean we had fun out west, but i was always hot too.  

have swam in the pacific many a day in the winter.  gets about as cold as lake michigan (mid-50's) is in may and october.  so now, i swim out front of work from as early in may to as late in october as i can handle it - but no wet suit, that'd be for girls....

Cali Wolverine

February 23rd, 2013 at 11:46 AM ^

shooting little birds with bow and arrow and snow to the Pacific Ocean, SoCal isn't the ideal place for u. I liked the snow my freshman year and like it when I go skiing, other than that give me the beach and smell of ocean any day. Only thing I like about seasons is fall, when leaves change and you know it is time for college football at the Big House! And too hot? Hottest most humid summer I can remember was in Ann Arbor!


February 23rd, 2013 at 1:24 PM ^

still went bird hunting and skiing in socal, but the difference was that it was a 3-8 hr drive that needed to be planned around ridiculous traffic.  here, if i want to hunt or fish or ski i just walk out the front door and head to the back 40 or possibly a 20 min drive to a ski hill (granted, not as nice as the sierras).  the real meat of the matter is that as much as i love people, i hate crowds and life is wonderfully different in that aspect back home.  


February 23rd, 2013 at 1:06 PM ^

In general, I must agree on the people aspect. I met a handful of cool people, but ran into way too many rude people in general. You eventually learn to accept it as the norm, but once you leave for another place, you realize just how strange some things are. I think that's just what you get out there. Texas has its down sides as well, but people are not one of them.