Build your own burrito

Another Southern US restaurant chain recently opened in Manila. This time, offering Tex-Mex cuisine at its most casual. Moe’s Southwest Grill is yet another place to eat burrito, nachos, and tacos. Yet another place to binge-eat.

But it’s not just another burrito place, because this restaurant is far from your typical fast food chain. It’s is actually more fast casual than fast food. Yes, you need to order your food at the counter like how your order at fast food chains but the difference lies in the quality of the food.

Homewrecker Burrito served with crunchy tortilla chips (SB)
Homewrecker Steak burrito (P295) with guacamole add-on (P35)

“We’re not fast food, we are fast casual. We’re not a sit-down restaurant like Texas Roadhouse but the quality is still the same,” says Moe’s International Training manager Jimmy Furst.

This means they don’t scrimp on ingredients. All of the food is made fresh every day. Moe’s uses the best ingredients from real cheese to pure beef to fresh salsa. Now, you don’t get that from most fast food restaurants.

What also makes Moe’s different is you get to choose what goes in your burrito. And for me, that’s good news because I’m not a fan of a certain herb called cilantro. In Mexican cuisine, they use this damned herb a lot. I can take the small bits of cilantro in salsa but not big servings of the soapy herb.

Nachos (SB)
Ground Pork Nachos (P245)

During the exclusive media preview, I was able to build my own burrito. Well, not exactly, just settled for an add-on. Starting with its signature Homewrecker (steak, southwest rice, cilantro, beans, queso sauce, pico de gallo, and lettuce) burrito as a base, I just added creamy guacamole to the mix. Every order of a burrito also comes with crunchy tortilla chips.

Other must-tries include the nachos and what they call the Stacks, a heartier version of a quesadilla. A plate of nachos is loaded with crunchy corn tortilla chips, queso sauce, beans, pico de gallo, cilantro, pickled jalapeños, and your choice of protein (steak, chicken, or pork). The Stacks, a quesadilla-like dish—beans, queso sauce, pico de gallo, cilantro and shredded cheese are stacked in two crunchy corn shells than wrapped in flour tortilla then grilled. Both these dishes are good for sharing.

Burrito Bowls (sb)
Chicken Burrito Bowl (P245)

Oh, Moe’s also has a salsa bar where customers can choose and help themselves with as much salsa as they want. An extra order of queso sauce is also recommended because Moe’s is famous for its rich queso sauce.

What’s the best thing about Moe’s? Quality food at affordable prices. Food prices start at P125.

salsa bar (SB)
Choose your own salsa (Free)

The Bistro Group is handling the operations of Moe’s here in the Philippines while Focus Brands, Inc. owns the franchise of the US restaurant chain.

Read my Manila Bulletin Lifestyle article here.

Moe’s Southwest Grill’s first branch is located at the 4th Floor of Uptown Place Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City / www.moesph.com

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