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Rubio's Baja Grill, Santa Rosa

Melanie Wong | Jun 25, 200103:39 AM     14

The many mentions of this chain restaurant for best fast food made me curious enough to try this Friday night. The Santa Rosa branch is in the mall and outdoor seating under palapa shades well-suited for this warm evening.

This was lobster fiesta night and the lobster taco was discounted to $1.99. With a fish taco at $1.89 and the $1.00 "in combo" for a portion of beans and chips, I had dinner in no time.

The beans were pretty good and well-seasoned, although canola oil can't quite make the grade. The chips were thin and really crisp with good flavor, but the problem is that most of them were broken. The salsas at the help yourself bar came in three flavors - green, mild and the hot one made from roasted peppers. None of them were compelling enough to get more chips. I think I'd skip the "in combo" next time.

The battered then deep-fried mahi mahi in the fish taco was cooked to order and just right. The lobster was grilled with some red sauce and garnished with guac. Both tacos were topped with freshly cut shreds of cabbage, salsa fresca and something called white sauce. I could get into all of this except that the corn tortilla was so odd. The tortillas were nice and thick, chewy but also tough. And they were a dark color, more tan than beige. What's the story on these?

Overall, this was good quality for the price. This is probably the best food available at the mall and not a bad choice for a quick shopping break to dine al fresco. Now if they just had the poolside swim up margarita bar...

Rubio's Baja Grill
1016 Santa Rosa Plaza
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
707 546 3267

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