On a recent day trip to Phoenix, we stopped in at Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill on Baseline and 23rd Street.
The fast casual restaurant has a west coast flair with island decor. Wear your flip flops and your slouchy sweatshirt - you'll be right at home.
On the menu? Fish tacos of all kinds, plus seafood tacos & burritos (pick your filling: atlantic salmon, mahi mahi, tilapia, shrimp, or lobster). If you prefer above-water fare, you can choose chicken or steak tacos/burritos or one of four salads.
Whether you're dining in or on-the-go, be sure to stop at the salsa bar, which features an assortment of red and green sauces, mild to jalapeño hot. You can also spritz your tacos with a fresh lemon or lime.
In addition to ten sodas, there are three craft beers and four Mexican beers on the menu. Or you can be like our family and opt for water (my favorite drink!).
Kid's meals at this locations were $4.49 and included choice of entree (cheese quesadilla, bean & cheese burrito, fish taco, chicken taquitos, or chicken bites), side (applesauce, pinto beans, black beans, rice), a mini churro, and a drink.
I ordered the Original Fish Tacos - scrumptious, though not particularly healthful, I'm sure. Tim opted for the Grilled Gourmet Tacos with Steak. "Do you like it?" I asked. "Of course! It has steak, bacon, and cheese." Ha!
The girls had Cheese Quesadillas, which seemed better than what Chipotle has to offer in that category (Chipotle's burritos are decent, but their tortillas stink).
Our family of five (the two of us and three tiny girls, 6 and under) ate for less than $30.
Would I eat at Rubio's again? Yes. It's certainly not gourmet, but it's a good choice for fast-casual at a moderate price point.
Established in San Diego in the early 1980's, Rubio's now has 200+ locations in five states: California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado.
Have you ever dined at Rubio's? What was your experience?
Thanks for the giveaway...Chipotle.
I love love love Rubios fish tacos! Yummy in my tummy
I haven't tried Rubio's. I like Chipotle.
i love to eat at Chili's
I love Five Guys Burger and Fries but I would love to try Rubio's.
I just had lunch at Rubio's in Orange, CA. last week. Good food and good service. Love their guacamole!
We live by a Rubio's but have never visited. Our favorite casual restaurant right now is Costa Vida, but we hop around alot!
My husband and I moved to Arizona a few years ago and have been to Rubio's a couple of time and we think the food there is great, always fresh. Thanks
I love to eat at Fat Burger here in Colorado. The service is great but I'm going to have to try Rubio's, I've seen it, but after seeing your photos, I wanna taste it. :)
i absolutely love the fish tacos. i never would have tried them but my friend made me and i am hooked!
Qdoba, but would love to try Rubio's
I LOVE Rubio's...their fish tacos are to die for! I usually change out the beans for rice!
Ooh...I do like Rubio's! It is one of my first choices when we head to the mall.
We love Rubio's...my toddler LOVES their chicken quesadillas!
I have never eaten at Rubio's so this would be great for my first trip!
I love Rubio's! I wonder if I can sneak away now for a late lunch?
It has been quite awhile since I've been to Rubio's. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.
Yes! I will stop there when we need a quick bite to eat. It's one of the very few fast food places on my list ;)
Same here. ;)
The Rubio's you visited is so close to my house!! Fun! I love Rubio's chicken. The chicken burrito is the best!
I love Rubios!! There is one about 15 minutes from us and we eat there quite a bit.
wish we had rubios here, i plan to eat there when i visit my guy next year in vegas! :-) we love to eat at the local mexican restaurant here, el zarape.. its good and inexpensive
I've been to Chipotle and really like it but would like to try Rubio's.
You know, I had forgotten Rubios! (oops!) I went there a while back & had some really great fish tacos with my choice of salsas from a fresh salsa bar, which I really liked. I need to go back. :)
I really like Chipotle because as yet I have never been to Rubio's
I haven't been to Rubios bus we have them in town and the food looks like stuff my family loves!
I have never tried it before. I would love to.
I love Qdoba
We are a Mexican eating family. Yum! This will be perfect for my brother in CO. He will love me! :)
Your photos are making me hungry at 8am. Ha! I honestly don't think I've eaten at Rubio's but ... this is the perfect stocking stuffer for my bachelor son's Christmas Stocking!!
We do go to Rubios occasionally. Even my 3 year old likes it and she likes the salsa bar.
We love Rubios! I first discovered it 16 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. I had never had a fish taco and after my first one, I was hooked. I had one at least once a week from then until delivery!
My fave Rubio's experience was back in 2004. I was on my way to NYC for the first time and stopped off to grab a meal before my flight.
We used to live near a Rubio's in Mesa, & it was our favorite place to eat after church on Sundays! I haven't been there in awhile now, but your post made me hungry for fish tacos!
My son loves the fish tacos at Rubios!
We went once a few years ago, but haven't been in a while. Would love to try it again though! :)
We ate at Rubio's a few times when we were dating and newly married. Always liked the fish tacos. Then we moved to Texas, where there were no locations. We recently moved to a new city in Colorado, so I just looked up their locations, and they've got one just a mile or two away from us! Hooray!
Yes, I eat at Rubios at least once a month. My son loves the grilled chicken nachos, they are always really fresh and tasty.
As I was writing this post, I noticed the nachos on the menu. I think that's what I'll order next time we go. Thanks for the recommendation.
Never tried Rubio's, but we love fish tacos.
I love Kneaders here in Utah. THey make fabulous salads, soups and sandwiches all on fabulous fresh baked bread.
We are usually Chipotle fans but would love to try Rubios. It is not authentic Mexican food but good in a pinch and great for families with kids.
Having just moved from AZ to NC Rubios is definitely one thing that I miss!! :D