In the ongoing quest for lunchtime variety, a co-worker and I decided to check out El Pollo Loco. For those of you not in So Cal, El Pollo Loco is a regional chain of Mexican grilled chicken fast-food restaurants. The food is generally good, and more authentic than Taco Bell or Del Taco (another regional chain). Anyway, back to my story.
After getting some alarming cholesterol results back from my doctor, I went on a quest for lower-calorie lunches. On the same token, I'm never averse to saving a buck or two while I'm at it.
I came to discover the Loco Value Menu at the aforementioned grilled chicken establishment. Although the portions are small, so are the prices. A buck a pop for your choice of small salad, small tacos (though nearly bursting at the seams with meat) a quesadilla (a flour tortilla filled with melted cheese, for those of you in North Dakota.) and other assorted budget-friendly items.
The one big exception to the smallness trend is the Loco churros. For a buck, you get two goodly-sized fried treats positively smothered in cinnamon and sugar. If you've ever been to Disneyland, you know these can go for as high as $4.00. Granted, EPL's aren't quite as big as the rip-off kingdom's, but you get two of them, and put end-to-end, are bigger than the one you'd get from your friendly amusement-park vendor. So for the price of the theme-park churros, you could get eight, yes eight of these foot-long wads of cinnamony crunchiness.
So okay, maybe they don't exactly get my cardiologist's stamp of approval, but once a week, such a good deal is hard to pass up.