For the first time in its 24 year history, Chipotle finallystarted serving its own take on queso earlier this month, much to the excitement of burrito eaters who have long demanded cups of the savory cheese at the chain's restaurants. And while the company is grappling with a recent food-borne illness incident, execs delivered some decidedly good and exciting news for customers on Tuesday: queso is coming to more restaurants.
During a quarterly earnings call with analysts, Chipotle Chief Marketing and Development Officer Mark Crumpacker announced that the burrito purveyor is expanding its test launch of queso from the single Chipotle NEXT Kitchen restaurant in NYC to more than 350 outposts across southern California and the Denver area. The melty tortilla chip accessory, which you can also order as a topping for your burrito or burrito bowl, will be available in these restaurants starting on August 1.
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Better yet, Chipotle execs said the company could unleash queso on its menus nationwide as soon as this September, depending on how well it's received in the new test markets. CEO and Founder Steve Ells said he's confident about the expansion, especially considering how queso has long been the most-requested menu item among customers.
"We’ve been really pleased with the response to queso in the initial test at our NEXT Kitchen in New York, and want to see how it will do in a couple of markets," Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said when reached via email. "Since beginning the test in New York, we have believed that the queso test was something that we could expand quickly, from an operational perspective, if we opted to do so."
All said, it's probably safe to get excited if your go-to chicken burrito bowl is seriously in need of a crapload of cheese sauce. Queso is coming.
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Tony Merevick is Senior News Editor at Thrillist and can't wait to try it on a burrito bowl. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.
It's time for your annual dose of free queso from the Mexican fast-casual restaurant that is not, in fact, named after your favorite member of the Three Stooges. For the eighth straight year, Moe's Southwest Grill is thanking burrito-lovers all across the country with Free Queso Day on Thursday.
To grab your free queso on September 20 do basically nothing except stop at your local Moe's location. Everyone who stops in can grab a free six-ounce cup o' queso and a basket of warm tortilla chips.
Moe's describes its queso as "liquid white gold." It's made with a blend of three all-natural cheeses and diced jalapeños for a bit of a kick. At Moe's locations in New York City, a cup of queso will generally set you back a little more than four bucks, though prices likely vary from region to region. In any case, getting some for free is a decent savings on your lunch bill.
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Everywhere You Can Get Cheap Pizza Today for National Pepperoni Pizza Day
Pepperoni is far and away America's favorite pizza topping (as long as we're taking cheese and sauce as a given). Whether you like your spiced meat thin and large or curling up at the edges to make little grease pools, your favorite national holiday has arrived: National Pepperoni Pizza Day.
The cheesy "food holiday" lands on Thursday, September 20, and all sorts of popular pizza chains -- Domino's, Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Little Caesars, and more -- are celebrating with deals for super-cheap pizza. It's a day that invites celebrations of the most obvious kind. (It rhymes with pizza party.) Oh, and speaking of cheesy days, it also happens to be Free Queso Day at Moe's Southwest Grill locations all across the country. So, not only can you get cheap pizza, you can also score some free cheese dip while you're at it.
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