You usually don’t put sustainable seafood and fast food in the same sentence however you’ll be surprised by what’s happening at Rubio’s lately.
My fondest memories of dining at Rubio’s date back to 2007. I had just moved to Orange County and of course, I had no food at the new place. I was shopping for some supplies and spotted a Rubio’s. I had never been to one so I decided to give it a try. Imagine my surprise when I realized they had vanilla Coke as one of their soft drinks and a menu I’d come to love until this very day.
While out and about on our weekend adventures, I was feeling a bit nostalgic so we wandered into Rubio’s to see what was new. Much to our delight, if you check-in on Foursquare or Yelp, you are immediately offered a FREE order of their new Fire Roasted Corn Guacamole and Chips. I love guacamole and this was a perfect addition to our meal. I just wish there has been more guacamole on our chips because I’m an absolute fiend when it comes to avocados and corn. For me, it was the perfect pairing.
Rubio’s is currently featuring their Coastal Trio which is a showcase of their sustainable seafood. The three sustainable tacos are: The Original Fish Taco (a signature recipe that started it all in 1983), Salsa Verde Shrimp Taco (Shrimp, pan-seared and topped with salsa verde), and the Regal Springs Tilapia Taco (Grilled or Blackened Regal Springs Tilapia topped with creamy chipotle sauce and Serrano slaw). They each have some amazing flavor components but my favorite was the Salsa Verde Shrimp Taco. The flavor combinations are unbelievable and just the right amount of heat for my palate. Rubio’s has a great selection of sauces to accompany any dish they serve however I felt the sauces would take away from the tacos and saved those for my remaining chips.
The boy decided to go traditional and ordered the Beer Battered Fish Burrito. And guess what? It’s also sustainable like the rest of the menu. This burrito is a mix of sustainable wild Alaska Pollock, caught in Alaska’s icy ocean waters, hand-dipped in signature seasoned beer batter and cooked to crispy perfection. It is wrapped in a toasted flour or whole grain tortilla with handmade guacamole, black beans, Rubio’s white sauce, mild salsa, sour cream, shredded cabbage and a cilantro/onion mix. I only got a few bites of this lovely burrito before he demolished it all.
If you’re looking to dine frugal, healthy, and environmentally conscious, check out what Rubio’s is offering and check out a location near you. I know I’ll be back.