Burrito != Sandwich

In what may well be the best legal opinion I’ve read this week—after all, I read so many—a Superior Court in Massachusetts has ruled that a burrito is not a sandwich.

Nor is a taco or a quesadilla.

A civil action involving a couple of restaurants and a mall came down to the definition of sandwich, as there was a clause in the lease indicating that another “sandwich” shop could not open in the shopping center that was being cited against a Mexican restaurant.

The judge, displaying wisdom beyond his years, found that

the term sandwich [does not] include burritos, tacos, and quesadillas.

[...] as dictated by common sense, this court finds that the term “sandwich” is not commonly understood to include burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, which are typically made with a single tortilla and stuffed with a choice of filling of meat, rice, and beans.

A wise legal decision we should all heed to.

A wise legal decision we should all heed to.

To read the entire ruling, from 2006, read it over at Courthouse News.


  1. says

    How about the current KFC offering—2 breaded chicken patties, cheese, bacon. No bread but they’re calling it a sandwich. Perhaps there’s too much rigidity in the important subject of food definitions. ;)

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