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Gourmet Grilled Tacos at Rubios

  • Dommy Jul 18, 2008 10:07 PM
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Eons ago, when I was at San Diego State, one of my favorite 'treats' was Rubio's Fish Tacos Super Nachos... Yummmm...

And now, I'm back in L.A. and at the shopping center near my job, there is a Rubios... Now a chain and oh, how those Super Nachos have suffered the effects of it...

Nevertheless, in hot pursuit of something different for lunch (I make the same one pretty much daily), I walked past and saw they redid the menu and are now offering "Gourmet Grilled Tacos"... Hmmm... Well why not...

Past that initial sign at the door, there is another from Mr. Rubio himself... "Please Excuse us...economy... cost of ingredients... blah blah..." You know the type...

So after reading that, you can imagine my chagrin when I looked up on the board and saw that the 'taco plate' of the Gourmet Grilled Tacos was $7.99!! Ack!! No kidding Mr. Rubio...

So for my first taco, I ordered the Portabello/Poblano. Now, I should say... that what makes these tacos 'special' is not only the 'gourmet'
ingredients, but also they 'grill' the tortilla with cheese first before filling and dressing the taco. And the dressing of the tacos are Habanero Citrus Salsa AND Creamy Chipotle Sauce... Well it's a good thing they DO reinforce the tortilla with a solid cheese layer because with all this STUFF... it makes for a pretty messy taco... Not exactly something you could eat with white gloves...

But aesthetics aside the taste was pretty good. The portabello chunks were hardly noticeable but the poblanos were done well. There was a natural 'heat' to the tacos as well with all those dressings. And with the Avocado and Cheese foundation it made for an actual hearty taco.
Nevertheless... I would not order again.

For the second taco, I had my choice of Chicken, Beef or Garlic Shrimp.
The thing I should say about these three is that Rubios happily touts that they come with BACON!! Bacon makes anything better and premium right? Well let see... Garlic Shrimp, Cheese, Habanero salsa, Chipotle Cream, Avocado and BACON!! Ugh... Skip that... Chicken... too easy...
So I ordered the Beef...

The beef itself wasn't bad. It was tender, although completely industrial and not exactly a generous serving either of it either...
The Bacon added very little, as it was nothing more than really a light dusting of bacon powder. Like the first taco, it was hearty (I almost didn't finish it) but I also realized pretty much tasted the same. SO much of that Haba-otle-ado stuff going on that

Finally, I will say that these tacos aren't the only major changes to the Rubios menu. The Carnitas Rajas actually sounds intriguing (especially since its not covered with all that other stuff) and they now have a grilled Veggie burrito on Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla which my co-worker really enjoyed. But these Gourmet Tacos have now joined my beloved Super Nachos on the No-Go at Rubios list...

--Dommy!

 
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    --Dommy!

     
    1. Okay, I had the misfortune of giving the new tacos at Rubios a spin today. I found them to be greasy, over-sauced, and just trying too damn hard to be "innovative". The flavors were muddy at best, the crusted cheese on the gummy corn tortilla was gross. "chicharon de queso is one thing" but these don't even come close. One of these tacos has over 400 calories, is a page right out of the Carls Jr playbook; think monster thickburger. What really threw me was the bacon powder garnish. At $7.99 for 2 with chips & beans I just don't get it.
      Stick with the pre-battered & cooked (in China) fish taco that built the chain, and don't be dissapointed.

      JR