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Qdoba Is Adding Plant-Based Impossible Meat To All Of Its Restaurants Nationwide

Following a successful test run in Michigan, Qdoba has decided to add plant-based Impossible “meat” to all of its restaurants nationwide.

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By May 28th, customers at all of Qdoba’s stores will be able to use Impossible Meat to make any of their items. There will also be an official Impossible Bowl and Impossible Taco that you can order.

This rollout is going to start on April 23rd, when locations in Brooklyn, Denver, and Los Angeles will start selling the plant-based meat. All other 730-plus Qdoba restaurants will follow suit afterward.

Qdoba’s version of the plant-based meat consists of pre-seasoned Impossible protein made with tomatoes, garlic, chilis, smoked paprika, and red onions.

The announcement comes on the heels of Del Taco’s own announcement involving plant-based meat. They just confirmed that Beyond Meat will be available in all locations nationwide by April 25th.

That combo of both Del Taco and Qdoba adding plant-based meat means that over 1,200 fast food restaurants will add vegan meat options to their menu over the next six weeks, dramatically increasing the availability of plant-based fast food items.

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Qdoba Challenges Chipotle With New Impossible Meat Burritos

Chipotle’s Sofritas have long been dominating the fast food vegan game, but they just got a brand new competitor from one of the custom burrito chain’s biggest rivals: Qdoba.

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Qdoba has teamed up with the revolutionary plant-based meat company to create their own ground beef alternative that can match the real deal on flavor and texture. It’s available in bowl, burrito, and taco forms.

The Impossible meat is also spiced up in Qdoba’s style, with tomatoes, garlic, smoked chilies, paprika, and red onions permeating throughout. It makes for a solid contender to Sofritas as a fast food vegan burrito option, especially since Qdoba’s version tastes closer to actual meat.

For now, folks in the Detroit Metro, Flint, Lansing, and Traverse City areas of Michigan can try it on the menu as part of a regional test.

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For A Single Kiss, Qdoba Will Give You A Free Entree on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is less than a week away and we’re definitely feeling the love.

Qdoba, in a partnership with No Hungry Kid, is offering a pretty attractive deal to anyone who decides to stop by the fast-casual restaurant on the most romantic day of the year.

Guests who visit any participating location of Qdoba Mexican Grill on Valentine’s Day can get themselves a free entree for the price of a kiss.

Any customer who buys a Qdoba entree at regular price simply has to kiss someone, or something, at check out and they can get a free meal.

This means if you bring your significant other, give them a quick peck on the cheek for a free meal. If you don’t have anyone to spend the day with, bring a tiny action figure you can do the same with and get that second plate for lunch the next day.

If you feel like sharing your love, Qdoba is donating $1 (up to $10,000) to No Kid Hungry for every photo posted on social media with the hashtag #QdobaForAKiss in order to battle childhood hunger.

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Here’s What Could Have Led To Jack In The Box Selling Qdoba

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This morning, news broke that fast-casual Mexican brand Qdoba had been sold by Jack In The Box. The restaurant chain was sold to Apollo Management Group, who also owns Chuck E. Cheese’s, in a $305 million deal expected to close in April 2018.

USA Today attributes a number of factors that led to Qdoba’s less-than-ideal fiscal year. Company-owned same-store sales dropped 4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, with overall same-store sales dropping 2 percent. There was also a 50 percent hike in avocado prices that definitely didn’t help.

Qdoba was purchased by Jack In The Box in 2003 when they only had 85 locations. In the 14 years since, the brand grew drastically under Jack’s ownership with more than 700 restaurants in the United States.

This, however, was during the era where fast-casual eateries like Chipotle were flourishing.

With a concept so similar to Chipotle, it was understandable that Qdoba had trouble finding a way to differentiate itself from the Steve Ells-founded brand. Between the two, Chipotle was much more recognizable.

It also didn’t help that Chipotle began serving queso dip this year, one of the few things that set Qdoba apart from the fast-casual chain. Ultimately, there wasn’t too much that made Qdoba stand out from other fast casual spots.

Earlier this year, Jack In The Box announced that they would prioritize value, soon announcing the release of a 2018 value menu. During that announcement, the burger chain kept pretty hush about the future of Qdoba.

Jack In The Box Chief Executive Lenny Comma did mention earlier this May that having two different business models has impacted the value of the company as a whole. He also said in a second quarter earnings release that one of the things that would cause Jack to reconsider their plans for Qdoba was valuation. Paired with higher wages affecting restaurant margins, the sale to Apollo began to make much more sense.

So what’s Jack planning after the sale goes through?

According to the release, Jack in the Box will use the proceeds of the deal to retire outstanding debt.

Hopefully, under Apollo, Qdoba will have a second chance to rebrand themselves into something fans will flock towards. An al pastor spit, for example, would blow our minds.

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Jack In The Box Sells Qdoba To Chuck E. Cheese’s Owner For $305 Million

After over 14 years of ownership and growth, Jack In The Box sells Qdoba off to Apollo Management Group in a massive $305 million deal.

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Qdoba, which has become the second-largest Mexican fast casual brand in the US, will now be a part of the same company that controls Chuck E. Cheese. Proceeds of the deal, which is expected to close in April of 2018, will be used by Jack In The Box to retire outstanding debt, according to a release about the sale.

When Jack In The Box first acquired Qdoba in 2003, it had 85 locations and just $65 million in annual sales. Today, the chain has grown to 700 national locations with $820 million in sales in the 2017 fiscal year.

In a statement, CEO Larry Comma called Qdoba’s sale “the best alternative for enhancing shareholder value” and noted it as “consistent with [Jack In The Box’s] desire to transition to a less capital-intensive business model.”

Jack In The Box was known to be looking at strategic options to possibly sell or refranchise Qdoba for several months, especially after the chain’s same-store sales fell 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, Nation’s Restaurant News reports.

Shareholders of Jack In The Box seem to be pleased with the sale. As of press time this morning, shares of the fast food giant had climbed 2.57% to $102.92 each, according to Google Finance.

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QDOBA Brings The Heat With Fire-Roasted Shrimp This Summer

If there is a food that just screams summer, it is shrimp.

Thanks to QDOBA Mexican Eats, it’s time to get your shrimp on this summer with three new dishes from QDOBA. 

First in the new line-up: Surf and Turf Burrito Bowls loaded with juicy, grilled steak, cilantro lime rice, freshly made chimichurri sauce, and black beans, all topped off with Fire-Roasted Shrimp.

Also available for some fun this summer: Tropical Shrimp Tacos topped with sweet pineapple pico, creamy guacamole, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, and wrapped in a corn tortilla. They are perfect for sharing on for those long summer nights.

QDOBA isn’t stopping there, however. For those of us paying extra attention to our beach bods, stay cool with their new Fire-Roasted Shrimp Salad topped with pineapple pico, lettuce and guacamole in a crispy fried tortilla shell, and drizzled with cilantro lime dressing, for a sweet and tangy taste that’s harder to pass up than a day at the beach.

If that still is not enough for you, you can add QDOBA’s Fire-Roasted Shrimp to any Qdoba entrée. But all you shrimp lovers better hurry, because just like summer, these new shrimp dishes are here for a limited time.

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For A Single Kiss, Qdoba Will Give You FREE Burritos On Valentine’s Day


Who: Qdoba

What: For Valentine’s Day, the fast-casual burrito chain will give you a free entree, with the purchase of a regular entree, if you give a kiss at the register. The kiss can be given to a significant other, a family member, casual acquaintance, or even a friend.

Giveaway entrees include burritos, bowls, quesadillas, Loaded Tortilla Soup, and smokey Habanero BBQ Brisket.

From Feb. 10-15, the restaurant chain will also donate $1 to No Kid Hungry for every kissing photo shared on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #QdobaForAKiss.

Where: All participating Qdoba locations

When: Feb. 14, 2017, Valentine’s Day.


Witness This Food Boner Inducing DORITOS-Crusted QDOBA BURRITO


Nick of DudeFoods is an OG in the deep-fried, shock-food-but-still-edible dish game around the Internet.

“What can I deep fry next?” he likely asks himself every night before he falls asleep, on a bed of what I assume to be some pizza pattern sheets next to a wife that has to be aggressively supportive of the grease trap that’s inevitably every garment of clothing he traipses into the room after a day of, well, deep frying.

Over a Facebook chat I inquired, “What made you crust this bad boy in Doritos?”

It’s a bit of an asinine question I realize. It seems like nothing is off limits for his deep fried agenda, but the way he lands on his impending subjects is of interest to me. He’s deep fried an entire Reuben Sandwich after battering it in PBR, as well as making bacon peanut butter bites that, you guessed it, get deep fried to a deliciously oozing crisp.

“I did something similar with a Taco Bell Beefy 5 Layer Burrito a while back,” Nick explains. The result was less-than-spectacular, particularly because the Taco Bell wrap was severely lacking in beef. He mentioned he had a “six month old gift card sitting around that they sent me to try their new tacos,” so he did exactly what any self-respecting genius food blogger would do, forgo the tacos, buy a burrito instead, and deep fry it into some ridiculous chimichanga-Doritos-abomination.

There’s nothing more I want to do in this moment than put my tongue deep into the crevices of this crispy, gooey fast food Doritos lovechild: