Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill
Mahi Mahi vs. Beer Battered
In the top photo, we have the challenger, the $2.99 Mahi Mahi Fish Taco from Rubio's.
In the bottom photo, we have the defending champion, the Rubio's customer favorite, the $1.69 'World Famous' Fish Taco, Beer Batter style.
The Mahi Mahi made the first move. And by that I mean I ate it first. It was elegant, not fried, held a modest weight advantage, and if I remember right, came with a touch of guacamole.
This fight would have to go to the judges. The Beer Batter was definitely less filling, but also less expensive. I theorized that the fried nature of the Beer Batter must be unhealthy. However, when going to the card (nutritional information) both tacos are about the same.
The Mahi Mahi's health advantage having been mitigated, Beer Batter was named the winner, and defended the title.
No Photography, Please
I packed up my camera, and stopped by for lunch.
For the first time in my burrito journalism career, I was asked to stop taking photos inside the restaurant. I had taken only one.
Well, please make that burrito to go.
I got the chicken especial, which comes with black beans, sour cream, and guacamole, but I got mine with no crema. It was pretty solid for a chain - a nice tight wrap but poorly mixed.
Given the ubiquity of Mexican food in Los Angeles, I might not be back, but Rubio's wasn't bad.
Welcome To Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill
While they are seeking franchisees, 147 of their 152 restaurants are corporate owned, the vast majority of which are located in California or Arizona.
After searching for some information about the history or founding of Rubio's, I found only this:
Founded by a fish. I don't believe it.
You can find the menu on the official site, here.