He liked the food so much he brought back his family, wife Donna, son Jason and daughter Jerramie Joy, who also gave the restaurant an enthusiastic two thumbs up.
Since then, Griffin has visited the local restaurant nearly 400 times, usually in the company of his son Jason.
He always orders the same dish, the gumbo, which he describes as a cross between tortilla soup and the fixings for a “naked” burrito.
“I love it because it tastes really good, really fresh,” says Griffin. “But, it’s also one of the few dishes out there that I can order that doesn’t raise my blood sugar.” He explains: “I am an adult diabetic and like most diabetics I have problems with carbohydrates. I can’t eat the burrito wrap or the rice, so with the gumbo I can order extra black beans with the chicken and they add Pico de Gallo, some cheese and cilantro and it’s perfect for me.”
Griffin frequents the Qdoba in Woodinville five out of seven days a week, coming in late in the afternoon for an early dinner.
It’s become his routine and he often spends an hour or two in the establishment after eating his meal.
“I read stuff on the computer and catch up on my email,” he comments. “I’m a publisher. I run Harmon Press, so I use the time to do some research.”
Griffin’s son Jason, who consistently dines at the restaurant with his father, also utilizes the time for his work as a blogger.
He is a creature of habit, too, ordering the gumbo just like Dad. “I really like the dish,” he says. “It’s filling, low-carb, healthy and reasonably priced. I never get tired of it. Plus, I can get free refills on the iced tea, which is really nice.”
He adds, “Everyone here is very friendly and the service is good.”
The staff at the local Qdoba knows the Woodinville men well and as soon as they see them, they begin preparing their orders.
General Manager Armando Resendiz, who has been at the Woodinville location for the past six years, was not really surprised to learn that the Griffins had made almost 400 visits to his restaurant.
“They’re here a lot,” he remarks, “which makes me very happy. It tells me that my staff and I are doing a good job. It’s great to have such loyal customers and we have a number of them, but I know for sure that the Griffins are at the top.”
Resendiz has helped to make the Qdoba in Woodinville a welcoming place.
He strongly believes in making Qdoba a part of the community.
After every WHS football home game, for example, the restaurant serves the entire team and its coaches a free meal.
This has been going on for the past six years. Additionally, he gives free drinks to all WHS students when they purchase a food item and show their school I.D.
“It’s a way to support the kids,” he says. “We participate in a variety of ways to show we care. I see it as a way to give back to this community, which has always been good to us.”