If this is not the first time you have read this column then you know I like tacos. On a typical day I will have two tacos for lunch. Over time I found that local-only restaurant tacos (without rice & beans) cost around $5 – $8 for a pair of average-sized tacos, not including taxes. When the price drops below $5 for two, tacos at local-only restaurants typically start getting much smaller. So even though the taco costs less, it also weighs less, meaning the price-per-ounce tends to be the same as more expensive places.
The other day I stumbled across a local-only restaurant that seems to have an extraordinary price-per-ounce ratio. Jerry’s Pollofino next to Kmart in Goleta sells a huge taco for $3.70. It easily weighs twice as much as an average-sized taco, perhaps more. It comes with two soft corn tortillas and even includes guacamole which typically costs extra at other restaurants. $3.70 for the equivalent of a two-taco lunch is an amazing deal for a local-only restaurant.