Moe’s Southwest Grill in Woodbury was booming the afternoon I stopped by. Based on what I had for lunch, I’d place the chain several cuts above Taco Bell — but nowhere near the exalted realm of Chipotle Mexican Grill.
My lunch date's chicken fajitas featured dry pieces of white meat poultry that had a grainy, almost wood-like consistency. Much better was my choice — a rice bowl topped with nicely seasoned pulled pork, pinto beans, queso and grilled onions. What brought it down a notch or two was the over-chilled and curiously bland pico de gallo. But a sprinkling of extra cilantro perked things up considerably. So, too, did a shot of tomatillo salsa from the salsa bar.
Moe’s Southwest Grill, which never freezes or microwaves, is an Atlanta-based chain that was brought to Long Island by Port Washington resident Mike Walsh. In addition to the Moe's in Woodbury, there are branches in Garden City, Oceanside, East Meadow and Greenvale. Planned for 2012: two new ones — in Commack and Massapequa.
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Above: Chicken, tofu and pork rice bowls at Moe's