QDOBA offers fresh, affordable Mexican favorites

NASHUA – Fresh ingredients, affordable food and service with a smile are hallmarks of the new QDOBA Mexican Eats restaurant on Amherst Street in Nashua.

Only the third New Hampshire location – others are located in Merrimack and Portsmouth – QDOBA boasts 26 locations in New England, and the new store has been extremely well receive since its late-March opening.

That’s likely because of the quality of the ingredients used at the eatery.

“Everything is made fresh every day,” said Jason Plourde, restaurant manager. “Everything is made in-house, the pico de gallo, guacamole, all that stuff. Then we have fresh grilled chicken and fresh grilled steak.”

“We marinate our brisket for 12 hours, and we marinate our pork for 6 hours,” Plourde added. There is a lot of time and love that goes into our food. The freshness is what makes the difference.”

The freshness is what keeps customers coming back, Plourde noted, and of course, the queso.

“Everyone comes for the queso,” he said. “I think the queso sets us apart from everyone else. We also have something now that we are doing called chef-inspired builds. These are something that somebody in our corporate office creates. They get the best possible flavor profiles. The main menu, though, you can build that the way you want to.”

QDOBA entrees include burritos, burrito bowls, grilled quesadillas, three-cheese nachos, taco salads, loaded tortilla soup and tacos.

Meat choices include grilled adobo chicken, ground beef, smoked brisket, grilled steak and pulled pork, as well as a vegetarian option.

A variety of flavors can be added with cilantro rice, seasoned brown rice, cotija cheese, sour cream, bacon, tortilla strips, black beans and pinto beans.

Aside from multiple vegetables, salsas and sauces include pico de gallo, roasted Chile corn, salsa roja, queso diablo, ancho chili BBQ and fiery habanero, among others.

A variety of taco recipes, including the Gladiator, Mad Rancher and Triple threat can be ordered, or customers can build their own.

Other sides include chips and dip and deserts, including cookies and brownies.

QDOBA has three pricing levels for its entrees, $7.30 for vegetarian, $7.90 for chicken and ground beef and $8.40 for brisket, steak and pulled pork. Tacos are $3.50 each or $9 for three.

The restaurant also offers catering services, from 10 people up in multiples of five.

“We have a special catering menu and catering hotline,” Plourde said. “We can do anything from 10 up to 500 or 1,000 or more – from small, all the way up to a giant function. We also delivers, too, for $25. We will come and set up everything. All they bring is the people, and we bring the food and everything else they need. It’s really easy for the customer, and it’s really reasonably priced.”

The eatery also offers a rewards program for frequent customers.

“You will get one point for every dollar you spend, but the more you visit, the more points you get per dollar you spend,” Plourde said. “We have four levels to our rewards program, too. So, if you are on the fourth level, then you are getting tons of points, and then you can get anything on the menu for free, the more you visit.”

QDOBA, located at 270 Amherst St. in Nashua, is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For additional information and restaurant and catering menus, visit qdoba.com or call 603-578-0433. For catering, call 888-QDOBA2GO.

Editor in Chief Matthew Burdette can be reached by email at mburdette@nashuatelegraph.com and by telephone at 603-594-1240. Follow him on Twitter @Telegraph_MattB.