Fast Food Blues

Although I confess to being easily excitable, the thought of a new fast-food restaurant doesn’t necessarily put me on cloud 9, so to speak.

I have just noticed that in Orange County, there tends to be a paucity of good fast food. And by that, I am just going with the qualification of having a drive-thru window. Because if I’m doing fast food, I’m tired and/or in a rush, so the last thing I want is to stand in line. Thus Chipotle, Baja Fresh, and that sort of walk-up style would not count.

Back where I used to live, there was a privately owned Mexican fast food restaurant that was to die for. Everyone in town loved it, so much so that there are actually two of them in the city, and the city isn’t even that big. Their menu was huge, and I have perhaps had one bad meal during the ten plus years I ate there.

I can’t find something like that here in the big Orange, and I’m just not willing to subject myself to sub-par fast food, because when it’s bad, it’s really bad. So I assume if I haven’t heard about it from word-of-mouth, it ain’t somewhere I want to try.

For example, within easy driving distance of where I live, there is not much variety. Two Del Tacos, (is that really necessary?) In’N’Out, Carls Jr, McDonald’s and a Jack in the Box. Oh, and one mom and pop place, but the menu is not very extensive.

And the other part of it is that I don’t really consider any of those to be healthy. Or at least, places I could at least trick myself into thinking I was eating healthy, which is half the battle. We don’t eat fast food that often, but when we do, we would at least like a bit of choice instead of the same five places over and over. So, Chick-fil-A seemed to fit that bill a bit better than, let’s say, a Taco Bell. Something different than hamburgers or corporate Mexican.

But, I guess if I get all happy about a talking trashcan, then maybe I’m just easy to please. Try teling that to my husband, though.

4 Comments so far

  1. DanGarion (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 9:19 am

    Have you not ever tried Albertos, or any of the incarnations of Albertos, Alertos, Albertas, Albertacos, etc?

  2. Michael Doss (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 11:51 am

    Chipotle is well worth getting out of your car for, and if you’re near the new Chik-Fil-A, you’re right near one. They’re also enviornmentally friendly, buy from family farms, use freerange pork and beef for their meat, and most of their non-meat items are actually vegetarian (this isn’t the case at 95% of Mexican restaurants).

    I haven’t surveyed mom&pop Mexican places for the vegetarian reason, but the Alb**** places are pretty popular, and you can’t be THAT far from Santa Ana, which has all sorts of great looking small places.

  3. Gina (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 12:11 pm

    Unfortunately, I’m not near Santa Ana at all, at least not near enough to drive there for fast food!

    I will have to be on the lookout for the Alb* places, although the diminutives seem to a bit confusing to the uninitiated.

  4. elmomonster (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

    I echo the previous comments. Alerto’s on Brookhurst right off the 405 in Fountain Valley is just the thing you are looking for. It’s even worth it to go out of the way for.

    The best carne asada nachos in OC. Carne asada burritos and the fish burritos are good too.

    I wrote about it last year, and nothing’s changed (not even the price IIRC)…

    After you taste one of these babies, you’ll probably never go through a Del Taco drive thru again…well, no not really. Desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures.

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