I don’t eat much fast food, but when I do, it’s always because my son is starving and needs food NOW! Even he is picky about which fast food places he eats at, and we have a few we stick to. Rubio’s is one of them.
I recently ate at Rubio’s again after many years and was impressed by the array of seafood items on the menu.
The salsa bar has four different salsas ranging from mild to spicy, and I do like that their picante is really picante, not some watered down spicy salsa other places like to pass off. There is also pickled carrots and jalapenos which I like to take a bite of in between bites of my food.
The Original Fish Taco using wild Alaska pollock is hand-dipped in their signature seasoned beer batter but was a little too thick on the batter. I did enjoy the Rubio’s white sauce, mild salsa and crunchy fresh cabbage on top. I added a little of the chipotle salsa I acquired from the salsa bar.
Salsa Verde Shrimp Taco is filled with pan-seared shrimp topped with a salsa verde sauce made with tomatillos, poblano chiles and fresh herbs. Hass avocado slices top the shrimp along with cheese and creamy chipotle sauce. The shrimp had nice flavors and the flavor combination is really nice. My only complaint with this item was the flour tortilla it was served on — dry and hard.
I also tried the seasonal Langostino Lobster Taco, something I’ve tried before and enjoyed. The guacamole is flavorful, the creamy chipotle sauce, salsa fresca, red and green cabbage, cilantro and onions all add to its flavors, but again, the tortilla was hard and dry. I ended up eating the inside which was really tasty.
I’m guessing maybe the tortillas were not steamed long enough during the lunch rush, but otherwise, the shrimp and langostino were both seasoned well. For a fast food joint, the food is pretty good and serves well for a quick fix.
This week I have meal tickets from Rubio’s to giveaway. Three lucky winners will have the opportunity to win one of these tickets to check them out and perhaps try their seasonal menu item. Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite fast food establishment is — I won’t judge based on your answers, I promise! As always, entries close Sunday, winners announced Monday.
Rubios — various locations