The "Lunch in Harvard Square" Blog - Restaurant Reviews

Since starting to work in the Square in mid-August, I'm trying to eat lunch at a new restaurant every day until I can't find any more. Here's my list of the Top Ten Lunch Restaurants in Harvard Square (Food Only). Got a suggestion on a new lunch spot for me? New Restaurants to Try in Harvard Square.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Qdoba, 1280 Mass Ave.

Qdoba opened up recently on Mass Ave, next to Bob Slate's. I had been a couple of times to a different Qdoba on Huntington Ave by the MFA, and liked it.

I tried a chicken burrito - a tough challenge for Qdoba given how frequently I order these at either Felipe's or Boloco.

But, Qdoba holds its own. I find the tortillas a bit thicker, so you get more chewiness than the other burritos in the Square. The chicken is flavored with some sort of tangy sauce, which I thought tasted quite good. But in both cases these are personal preferences.

So I'd summarize the burrito options in the Square like this:

Felipe's: Lowest cost, lightning-fast service, good and hearty. Only dark chicken meat.
Boloco: Upscale, little more expensive than Felipe's, more interesting options.
Qdoba: Thicker tortilla, no whole wheat option, good food.

Personally, my preference follows the above order: 1-Felipe's, 2-Boloco, 3- Qdoba.