From Dads to Grads, Qdoba Offers Gift Card, Entree Promo

Qdoba Mexican Grill is giving guests one free entrée when they purchase a $30 Q-Cash gift card, whether it’s for graduates, dads, or anyone else.

From now until June 30, guests can treat themselves while they celebrate others when they load a Q-Cash Card at any one of the more than 600 participating Qdoba units nationwide.

Guests who purchase a $30 Q-Cash Card will receive a coupon for a free entrée that they can redeem through July 31, 2013, at participating locations.

Qdoba’s Mango Salad LTO is Back

Qdoba Mexican Grill kicks off summer early with the return of its popular, limited-time Mango Salad. The Mango Salad will be available in all restaurants starting May 6, while supplies last.

Qdoba’s Mango Salad features mango salsa, which is packed with a combination of mangos, cucumbers, and red bell peppers, served over a bed of romaine lettuce and drizzled with a cilantro-lime vinaigrette dressing. The fan favorite is a vegetarian entrée option that also pairs well with Qdoba’s signature adobo marinated grilled chicken for those who want to add more protein.  

Qdoba Goes Home as Winner of NRA Kids' Recipe Challenge

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced the winners of the Kids Recipe Challenge, a new initiative showcasing restaurants’ culinary ingenuity for creating healthful menu options for children.

Created with founding partner McCormick For Chefs, the Food Away From Home business of McCormick & Company, the contest recognizes delicious and nutritious recipes from children’s menus at restaurants and foodservice establishments nationwide.

Small Portions a Big Idea

Small portions are very big these days.

Many 2013 trend predictions determined that small plates and snacking are expected to be popular among chefs and restaurant operators this year. While diners are still eating during the traditional meal times—breakfast, lunch, and dinner—they are eating less at those times, opting instead to have five or more smaller meals a day.

Qdoba Expands Its Reach in Canada

Canadians can now enjoy the taste of Qdoba Mexican Grill’s wide variety of handcrafted Mexican cuisine, as the brand announced its newest location in London, Ontario.

The newest Qdoba joins the brand’s first-ever Canadian restaurant, which recently opened in Brandon, Manitoba. Both locations will help attract new customers and franchisees north of the United States border. 

Qdoba Introduces Brown Rice to its Menu Nationwide

Qdoba Mexican Grill is proud to introduce brown rice at all participating Qdoba locations. Qdoba’s brown rice is prepared daily with a flavorful blend of roasted garlic, fire-roasted tomatoes, onion, and a hint of red chiles that gives guests a new option to enjoy with their favorite entrée.

Pass the Rewards

Within weeks of Apple’s iOS 6 mobile system launch, Qdoba was offering Chicago customers access to its rewards card through Apple’s new Passbook program.

Passbook—a mobile wallet of sorts—holds everything from movie passes and plane tickets to gift cards and reward cards.

More Than Mexican

Americans’ love affair with ethnic food doesn’t seem to be ebbing. The number of various cultures’ restaurants continues to grow as diners seek new flavors and ingredients from around the world.

According to data from global market research firm Mintel, four in every five Americans who ate out in March 2012 dined at an ethnic restaurant. More than half of them dined at one of the nation’s three largest ethnic restaurant types: Chinese, Mexican, and Italian.