May 9, 2021

What is a Burrito?

Why do you ask? Because the definition of a sandwich dictates whether or not Qdoba Mexican Grill could be in the same food court with Panera bread.

Panera had a clause in their lease that stated that there could be no other sandwich shop in the same mall. They tried to invoke this rule on a Mexican grill because the Grill cooked burritos.

This is a true story– stop laughing! 🙂

From the AP:

But Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke cited Webster’s Dictionary as well as testimony from a chef and a former high-ranking federal agriculture official in ruling that Qdoba’s burritos and other offerings are not sandwiches.

The difference, the judge ruled, comes down to two slices of bread versus one tortilla.

“A sandwich is not commonly understood to include burritos, tacos and quesadillas, which are typically made with a single tortilla and stuffed with a choice filling of meat, rice, and beans,” Locke wrote in a decision released last week.

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One thought on “What is a Burrito?

  1. Indeed a little bit of history should make the issue quite clear. The fourth Earl of Sandwich would ask his his valet to bring him a slice of meat tucked between two pieces of bread. Thus the sandwich was born.

    The question is whether a sandwich must contain meat or not.

    One thing is for sure – peanut butter with jam (what you call jelly) is such a terrible combination that we can be quite sure that the good earl would have eschewed it! 🙂

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