20 April, 2016

Updated: Q is for Qdoba

logo image from qdoba.com
Well, I’m sure we’ve all been scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with a “Q”, and I actually had a different Mexican restaurant in mind first, but there was no story to go with it. “I once went to a Mexican restaurant called Que Pasa” would pretty much be the entire blog post. Then I remembered discovering Qdoba.

For those of you who’ve never been, Qdoba subscribes to the Subway-style of fast-food prep. You get in line, give them your order, and they build your taco, burrito, taco salad… (um…are there other items?) as you walk along the sneeze-guard selecting your toppings. Clever. 

image from bizjournals.com
How did *I* first find Qdoba? With a side of symphony, as I’m sure most people do! Wait, Mexican fast-food isn’t the standard dinner before going to listen to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony? Shocked. I am shocked.

Delaware Symphony Orchestra is a remarkably high-quality group. I say this because who would guess such a tiny state had such culture? But honestly, Wilmington, DE is smooshed in between Baltimore and Philly, and so has access to fantastic musicians who played with symphonies in larger cities. I’m guessing that’s it. 

Anyway, I love Beethoven, so when his 5th Symphony came around I dragged my best friend along – who knew nothing of classical music, but loved learning and experiencing new things. 

We dressed up, drove the 2 1/2 hours from “slower lower” Delaware to Wilmington, found parking near the Opera House, and decided to walk around a few blocks and find some "suitable" restaurant. 

There was a very expensive, fancy restaurant right across the street from the Opera House, but it would have required reservations. And money. And I love my friend, but not enough for that kind of ambience. The only place that seemed to be within our price range and not a dicey dive was something called… QDOBA! 

I’d never been before, and I think it might have been new to her, too, so we tried it out and had to have the process explained to us. It was tasty.
It was cheap.
It was quick so we could get back in time to get our seats.

Moral of the Story: Don’t be a snob – if the food is tasty, it’s suitable for the occasion!

***UPDATE 4/28/16 ***
i just had to pop in here to update this. The coincidence of life...

And in a hilarious twist,  today's retirement luncheon for a co-worker is catered by: QDOBA! (I've never tried their catering service before.)


  1. well, you have Beethoven to thank for the serendipity.
    Doubt there will be one here in UK, and deffo not one in Cornwall, where it is ' would you like a pasty with your pasty?'



    1. Beethoven is always good.
      As an anglophile, I'd love to visit Cornwall. Been to England a couple times, but never made it that far. Since then I've learned that it is quite beautiful!

      I also learned how to pronounce "pasty" so that it doesn't get confused with the long-A "pAsty" that strippers used to wear.

  2. This is so right up my alley, food line, symphonic passage, whatever you might call it, Red. It's why I lead a parallel life to writing by volunteering at our historic, restored 1870 Smyrna Opera House. Recently we had an evening of "Pizza and Puccini," a performance by Opera Delaware. Why not Mexican and Mozart? My point is always why should classical music, opera or ballet be so intimidating? Bring it to the people along with the tacos and they'll love it -- "Tosca and Tacos," there ya go. :-)

    1. Of course! The Smyrna Opera House!
      I'd love a Pizza and Puccini night. The Indianapolis Symphony occasionally does classic films accompanied by orchestra. My husband and I went to see Psycho with live accompaniment. It was fantastic.

  3. There's something about the phrase "sneeze guard" that gets me every single time. It's got to be one of the least appetizing phrases in the English language.

    That aside, it sounds like it was just the right kind of adventure, and not overly heavy on the nostalgia!

    1. I know, right? There's an episode of Family Guy where Peter gets a job as a "sneeze guard". It's a paradigm shift.

  4. I once conned two free meals out of a Qdoba because they wouldn't accept debit cards.

    Although, I think it was actually a Quizno's. Either way, free food.

  5. We have a fairly new Qdoba here in my town. I have never been. The kids both have and never once did they tell me it is set up Subway style!! Now, I am dying to go check it out. As soon as I complete this Whole 30!!

    1. Do check it out. I hope you like it.
      For "fast food" it's pretty good.


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