The Top of the Food Chain

By Emma Carr and Olivia Byrnes

Staff Writers

Which one do you like better, Moe’s Southwest Grill or Chipotle Mexican Grill? Throughout the halls of Jamesville-DeWitt High School, there has been a constant feud between the two restaurants since both opened in 2011. Moe’s serves a variety of choices including stacks and nachos while Chipotle keeps it simple with only burritos, salads, tacos, and bowls.

Out of 153 people surveyed, 43 like Moe’s better than Chipotle. From their variety of quesadillas, stacks, nachos, salads, tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, and free chips with every meal, Moe’s is a hit among J-DHS students.  “Moe’s has a great variety of different things you can get,” said freshman Andrew Leclair. “The burritos aren’t as thick at Moe’s, making them taste better and easier to eat,” said sophomore Grayson Burns. Not only does Moes have a variety of choices, but also offers a Moe’s Monday special. Every Monday burritos are $5.55 and that includes chips and a soda. “I love Moe’s Monday. I go every week,” said freshman Cassie Durkin. Moe’s Southwest Grill doesn’t end there; they also offer a special cheese sauce known there as Queso, and a tofu option. “I am a vegetarian and I love Moe’s tofu burritos,” said freshman Aimee Comanici. “Moe’s has the best Queso in town,” said  freshman Bess Murad, who chose Chipotle over Moe’s, but still believes that no one can top Moe’s Queso.

Although Chipotle doesn’t offer a special deal every week, they rank highest among J-DHS students, with 90 people preferring Chipotle over Moe’s - nearly twice the rate of Moe’s. “Chipotle has a lot of great fresh ingredients and they give you more for the money. It’s great. I love it!”said freshman Matt Cappelletti. He also added that Moe’s throws their ingredients on the food and it mixes with the other containers which he finds unappealing. Chipotle focuses on fresh ingredients and quality, said senior Brad Carr, and freshman Elizabeth O'Brien agrees; “Chipotle just has a higher quality.” Chipotle's simple menu keeps customers happy and ready for more. They also offer chips, but with an additional price, as well as fresh guacamole.

Many students were hesitant in picking sides, and six people said that they liked both Moe’s and Chipotle equally. “Moe’s has free chips, but Chipotle has lime-tinted rice and chips so I would say they are equal,” said freshman Joe Kiesa. Even though these Mexican restaurants may be a hit with some students, eight people still said they didn't liked either restaurant.