The title reminds me of the Banana wars that went back and forth between Europe and the States in the 90’s, but not quite. What I’m referring to is the number of burrito places in the Porter Square (Somerville, MA) area. First off, there’s Anna’s Tacqueria — Far and Away the absolute best burrito establishment in the Greater boston area. With 4 locations (2 in Somerville, 2 in Brookline) they really haven’t expanded, but be willing to wait in line no matter which one you visit. And for $3.75 you can get a burrito the size of your head.
Here comes the war part. As I mentioned, there are two Anna’s Tacqueria’s within 1/2 mile of eachother in Somerville, but there’s also Boca Grande. Second rate to Anna’s, but for $3.75 it’s another great choice.. good stuff, no complaints. BG is about 2 blocks away from Anna’s and the two are always packed.
Which leads me to wonder why someone felt that Qdoba belonged to be part of this neighborhood. There’s already two places doing a bang-up job.. and maybe that’s part of it (the demand), but when you’re charging $5.95 for a burrito that is slightly bigger than Anna’s, is it really that necessary? When I first went there, I was expecting something amazing.. for $1.50 more than the burrito that the guys at Anna’s slap together, I figured this place had to be great. Boy was I wrong.
Qdoba is terrible. At least the one in Porter.. I’ll never understand what the owner was thinking, when they wanted to put one within one baseball’s throw of Anna’s and 3 blocks from Boca Grande.. Someone really made a bonehead business decision if you ask me..
What I think Anna’s should do — is they should find all the Qdoba’s in greater boston, and move into their “space.” Do something similar to the McDonald’s-Burger King theory. Try to infringe upon the other’s customers. I mean, isn’t that what Qdoba was trying to do to Anna’s? It’s definitely going to backfire in the Porter Sq. neighborhood — and if you ask me, I think Qdoba should be driven out of Boston entirely due to their poor market entrance.
Well, that’s my two cents at least.
Familiar with Anna’s? Check out this amazing story… 1 Meal.. 1 Man.. 3 Super Burritos. Unbelievable. Who’da thunk this was even possible???
After all this Burrito talk, that’s all I wanted for dinner.. but no.. it’s Passover. ARGH!