Two bucks, which is “a penny more than an iTunes video download,” USA Today suggests helpfully, for those who don’t know what $2 is, gets you a taco or burrito, a medium soft drink, and a bag of Doritos. True, a certain amount of creativity is required when it comes to interpreting a bag of Doritos as a “side dish,” but there you have it: a “main dish,” a beverage, and some other piece of food. Technically a meal, and all for a penny more than $1.99.
And while it’s disappointing that the original plan to include a foam-based amuse-bouche course and a palate-cleansing yuzu sorbet had to fall by the wayside to keep costs low, it’s hard not to be impressed by the sheer efficiency of delivering a meal’s worth of mostly empty calories for such a small amount of money. You could do some kind of beans and rice + glass of water + roasted turkey at home for a similarly low amount of money and a better health impact, but let’s be honest: That’s a total pain in the butt compared with making a run for the border.