Category Archives: Mexican food

Qdoba Mexican Eats

Qdoba Mexican Eats

A international fast food medium-range chain that can be found throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In 2003 it became a subsidiary of Jack-In-The-Box. In 2017 it was purchased by Apollo Global Management for 305 million dollars having over 700 restaurants in over 47 states, Canada, and Mexico. It began as Zuma Fresh Mexican Grill in 1995 being founded by Anthony Miller and partner Robert Hauser in Denver, Colorado. They focused on Mexican cuisine using healthier preparation methods, fresh vegetables, herbs, and vegetable oils instead of traditional animal fats. They changed their name to Qdoba in 1999 to avoid lawsuits from companies claiming infringement on the Zuma and Z-teca names.

The food is grand and delicious with the right amount of herbs and spices. I’ve enjoyed the bowls and burritos, chips, salsas, and drinks. It’s a satisfying experience.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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La Caretta Mexican Restaurant (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

La Caretta Mexican Restaurant
~ 35 Iowa Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909 ~

This popular Mexican and Cuban fare restaurant seems to be well liked and visited. As a delivery professional I’ve done several pickups there and it appears to be well liked. I have yet to try the place for myself, but on the list for restaurants to review. On occasion they have live traditional bands and entertainment.

Rated: Unrated of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions ~

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On the Border

On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina
~ https://www.ontheborder.com/ ~

A massie chain of Tex-Mex cuisine that can be found throughout the world with numerous locations in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. They began in October 1982 in Dallas, Texas. I’ve dined there many times and is one of the more popular chains to me that I enjoy. Great food, good service, and a social environment.

Rated: 3.75 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Hacienda Villereal (Colorado Springs)

Hacienda Villereal
~ Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916 | Haciendavillarreal.com ~

A popular Mexican restaurant in Colorado Springs, I have yet to try the establishment but seems to be fantastically reviewed by its patrons. They call their cuisine “Mountain Mex” in like comparison to Tex-Mex, New Mex Mex, etc. They take Mexican food and give it a Rocky Mountain twist. A festive restaurant, colorful and exciting, embedded into a small strip mall. They have unique food and drinks, over 40 tequilas to choose from. Definitely on my lists of places to visit.

Rated: ___ of 5 stars. un-rated. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Tacos Rapidos (Denver)


~ 2800 W. Evans Ave. / +1 303-935-0453 |
Denver, Colorado ~

I have yet to try this drive-thru Denver phenomena, but it appears very popular in the city. They now have two locations. I’ve done deliveries for them. They offer early morning, all day, and late-night Mexican food 24/7 for the Denver crowd. Very popular with late night after clubbing crowds, the restaurant seems to be taking off. They have walk-in and drive-thru services, a large menu, and low prices. In 2011, Westword readers voted it the best 24/7 Restaurant.

Rated: ___ of 5 stars. (currently un-rated) ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Little Ass Burrito (Dublin, Ireland)

Little Ass Burrito, Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland
Little Ass Burrito, Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland

Little Ass Burrito
* 32-A Dawson Street (formerly: 1 Upper Rathmines Rd * Dublin, Ireland * 6 * (01) 4062614 * www.littleass.ie * Mon-Thu, Sun 11:00 – 22:00 * Fri-Sat 11:00 – 4:00 *

Billing themselves as “tex mex” this fine restaurant has never disappointed. As I’m more the fan of Mexican fare than “Tex Mex” this fusion stand is one of Dublin’s finest Burrito bars. However, my favorite little burrito stand has moved down to Dawson street, which is sad that its less convenient for me and more convenient for the rest of Dublin. It is also a much smaller and uncomfortable space as it was in Rathmines. (Formerly: (1 Upper Rathmines Rd * Dublin, Ireland * 6) Good thing I do my (c)office often at the Dawson street Starbucks so I could frequent them more often. Same owners, staff, and creative whizzes – the food hasn’t changed if not gotten better. Always a special treat when in Dublin. A place to go out of your way for. Which we did again on December 8th, 2013 while traveling through Dublin. In the former location at 1 Upper Rathmines Road you’d find Little Ass Burrito as A great little hole-in-the-wall, just down the street from the Swan Center and around the corner from Tesco this litte Mexican-fusion Burrito bar. A popular joint amongst the Rathgarians and the Rathminers … it was a great spot to grab a bit especially after pub-crawling, clubbing, or city exploits. Even more so now that it is off Dawson street. In Rathmines, it stood to be a little stand with an eating bar with stools, and a large backroom that wasn’t used. Today its an even smaller hole-in-the-wall, much more like a kiosk – with a couple stools to sit inside, and two tables out front. As a widely expert connoisseur of Mexican fare … its the closest you’ll get to true Mexican taste so far what I’ve found in my exploits of Ireland so far … fusion aside. The Super Batata (Roasted sweet potatoes, pinto beans, jack cheese, sour cream, rice, and coriander) with the Mango salsa is not only to “die for” but extremely addicting. In addition, they support local markets and sources for their ingredients so definitely a plus for this crew. Coffee and beer also readily available. Top 5 stars out of 5. [rating:5] ~ Reviewed Leaf McGowan 3/14/12; 12/8/13

The Super Batata

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Burritos & Blues (Dublin)

Burritos and Blues
* 2 Wexford street * 2 Dublin, Ireland * http://burritos.ie/ * http://www.facebook.com/pages/Burritos-and-Blues/ * Phone +353 14254022 *

As a recent transplant to Dublin, Ireland from America’s Southwest, one of the culinary facets i miss the most from the move is the lack of good Mexican food. But through my wanderings I’ve stumbled upon the trendy explosion of “Burrito bars” in Dublin. Stumbling upon my currently favorite … Little Ass Burrito in Rathgar, we decided to wander about and explore some of the other bars. Next stop was “Burritos & Blues” which was quite tasty, affordable, and entertaining. They indeed had a version of my current favorite addiction of a sweet potato vegetarian burrito that has me quite fixated with Little Ass Burrito. Though so far, Burritos & Blues would be my 2nd favorite burrito bar in the city sofar and their sweet potato burrito is quite tasty. Burritos and Blues has a bit more seating and restaurant flavor, but a “Subway-like” presentation of “fixing your own burrito” as you stand in line and tell them what ingredients and fixin’s you want in your tortilla wrap of goodness. Music is quite good and bouncy, Blues obviously the predominant flavor available, and a wall of posters of events around town to give the nightlife seeker some ideas of where to go. The spicy sauce however is a wallup … best for the Mexican hot conneuseur. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. [rating:4.5] ~ Reviewed by Leaf McGowan

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Tulalip Casino and Eagles Buffet (Tulalip, Washington)

Tulalip Casino and Buffet: Tulalip Eagles Buffet * 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd. * Tulalip, Washington * (888) 272-1111 * http://www.tulalipcasino.com/ *

Conveniently located off I-5 inbetween Mt. Vernon and Everett, a great stop-off for Vancouver – Seattle travellers … Tulalip Casino is an enormous palace of slot machines, game tables, bars, and fine entertainment. Usually very notable for their buffet, I stopped by on Monday, Dec 12th, 2005, to find not only did they raise their prices, but the food wasn’t as expansive as usual, nor as good. It also took the waittress quite a while to get back to me with refills which is odd, because they used to be right on top of everything, quality food, and great service. Not today. Usually I rate this a 4 1/2 stars, but this time, gonna have to give the buffet a 2. Rated 2 stars out of 5. On the visit during a pitstop on 7/5/09 coming back from Vancouver, I dropped in to find the Casino and Buffet had massively grown. The entire complex is a strip mall, large hotel, and entertainment complex. The food was better this time, but lacking in variety it had in the older days. Service was decent. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. [ More review http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/20ad6/da82b/2/ ]

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Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant

Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant

www.riograndemexican.com * 19251 E US Highway 24, Woodland Park, Colorado * (719) 687-0415

A nice little Mexican Cantina on the outskirts of Woodland Park. The enchiladas were good but not the best I’ve had. Friendly service and good family ambiance. Good little Road stop as heading down Highway 24 into the mountain wilderness. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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The Chocolate Cafe, Chocolate Museum, Cologne, Germany


Aztec hotness

Chocolate Cafe
* Schokoladenmuseum Köln GmbH * (Chocolate Museum Cologne) * Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a * D-50678 Cologne * schokoladenmuseum.de
A nice little cafe/restaurant attached to Cologne’s infamous chocolate museum. Along the Rhine River with great panoramic views, great service, chocolate goodness, and delicious treats. Not many food meals are served as their primary focus is chocolate desserts. But the Spinach Quiche and the Chile Con Carne are fabulous as is the hot chocolate.

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Chocolate Museum, Cologne, Germany


Chocolate Museum

Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum (Chocolate Museum)
* Schokoladenmuseum Köln GmbH * (Chocolate Museum Cologne) * Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a * D-50678 Cologne * schokoladenmuseum.de
Opening hours: Tues. to Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., Sun., holidays* 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed on Mondays. Admission prices:
adults 7.50 EUR; groups of 15 or more: 7.00 EUR; visitors entitled to reduction 5.00 EUR; groups of 15 or more: 4.50 EUR
One of Cologne’s famous museums, the Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum (Imhoff chocolate museum) was opened by Hans Imhoff on 31 Oktober 1993. Located on the Cologne quarter Altstadt-Süd on the Rheinau-peninsula. The Museum and exhibition demonstrates the whole history of chocolate, from its beginning with the Olmecs, The Maya, The Aztecs, up through the contemporary products and their production methods. The museum is run by the Schokoladenmuseum Köln GmbH and is partnered by the Swiss Chocolate producer Lindt & Sprüngli since the March of 2006. Prior to 2006 it was partnered with the Cologne chocolate producer Stollwerck, which was also shown by the former name of the museum (Imhoff-Stollwerck-Museum). Within the complex is a small tropiarium entered through temperature locks in a glass cube with 10 metres edge length showing cacao trees of the species Theobroma cacao and Theobroma grandiflorum. Also within are Several production machineries were built as miniatures, so that you can have a look at the production process of the small chocalate bars, which are given to the visitors at the entrance of the museum. A special attraction is the three metres high chocolate fountain, at which a woman dips wafers in the liquid chocolate and distributes them to the visitors. A museum lies upstairs with Olmec, Aztec, Mayan, and European artifacts from throughout the ages. Valuable collectables displayed are porcellain and silver bowls of the 18th and 19th century and pieces from pre-Columbian Mesoamerica for drinking chocolate. There are alsohistorical machines on display and hollow molds for casting chocolate figures. A small theater showing the comedical advertisements and films of chocolate through the ages in Europe. Also presented is a collection of historical chocolate vending machines and games for learning. A gift shop and tantalizing restaurant/cafe lie below and outside along the Rhine. For any chocolate fan, this is a must visit exhibit in Cologne. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Continue reading Chocolate Museum, Cologne, Germany

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Three Margarita’s (Fountain, CO)

Three Margarita’s

2 Widefield Blvd * Colorado Springs, CO 80911 * (719) 390-9977 * http://3margaritasxvi.com/
Apparently Three Margarita’s is a chain, though you wouldn’t really guess that visiting the establishment. They made accomodations for our team of 13 who came and dined with them on the evening of the 9th. Friendly service, great food, and good atmosphere. Definitely could feel and smell the delicious Mexican food they make in the establishment when you walk in. Great free chips and dip all around the table with constant refills. I was filled up just on those by the time the food arrived. Margarita’s are good there too. Got the Mango Margarita, which hit the spot to the day. Apparently they have alot of music in the establishment with live mariachi bands a common occurence from 6-9 on thursdays. They boast of having over 100 kinds of tequila. For dinner I tried the Seafood Chimichanga, a Chimi from the coast, rolled fried flour tortilla with prawns, crab, sauteed vegetables, scallops and sour cream covered with a delicious creamy sauce. It was as delicious as it sounds, but much smaller proportions than expected especially when looking at everyone else’s enormous plates. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Mexico City Restaurant (Denver, Colorado)

Mexico City Restaurant

2115 Larimer St * Denver, CO 80205 * (303) 296-0563

Just after 11 am walking in 3 degree Fahrenheit freezing weather we found shelter in this little Sports Bar / Mexican restaurant. Pleased to find a breakfast menu, with great selections, and surprised to see the New Mexican favorite “Sopapillas” that I’m quite addicted to, me and my friend Sean sat down. It was busy but not too crowded, service was very slow, but the food was pretty good. The breakfast burrito was delicious, the orange juice seemed like it was canned, and the sopapillas were good (though not the greatest – smaller versions and very thin crust – not like the big puffy fry bread ones you get in New Mexico … But fabulous to find a place where they are served here in Colorado (a rarity)). Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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El Patio de Albuquerque (Mexican restaurant)

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El Patio de Albuerqueque * 142 Harvard Dr SE * Albuquerque, NM 87106 * Phone: (505) 268-4245
Right in the heart of historic Knob Hill, just off on a side-street from historic route 66, is a small hole-in-the-wall house restaurant with a large patio and a small indoors dining area. Friendly staff and great food. Tasty margaritas and excellent Sopapillas which were a treat for this Colorado visitor who can’t get real sopapillas unless he travels to New Mexico. Good college ambience, as its close proximity to New Mexico State University shows its popularity amongst the academic crowd. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. visited 11/30/08.

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Salsarita’s Fresh Catina, Austin, Texas


Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina 504B Trinity St. Austin, TX 78701 * (512) 436-2739 tel

Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina 504B Trinity St. Austin, TX 78701 * (512) 436-2739 tel
A relatively new Tex-Mex Chipotle’s-like fresh, organic, and healthy alternative cafeteria near 6th street in downtown Austin. Selections from tacos, large burritos, Fajitas, and salads are available … with options even for grilled shrimp and getting a ‘wet’ burrito. Mmmm mmmm good. Free wireless for computer geeks too. 4 stars out of 5.

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