By Allen Pierleoni
When we have no option but to grab a bite at a chain restaurant, we try to find an El Pollo Loco outlet. Though the chain operates more than 400 restaurants in 12 states - six of them in our area - we think it stays focused on its tasty specialty. That would be flame-grilled fresh chicken that's been marinated in citrus juices, herbs and spices, an old family recipe
Now there's a twist: Beginning Saturday and running through mid-April, El Pollo Loco will offer two kinds of "Baja-style" fish tacos. The Classic will be "drizzled with yogurt sauce mixed with (red) salsa; the Spicy will be topped with yogurt sauce combined with avocado salsa."
The fish itself is deep-fried beer-battered pollack, a white-fleshed fish from Alaska commonly used in fish 'n' chips restaurants around the country.
Each taco will cost $1.99; a combo for $5.29 will include any two fish tacos and a small drink. "A 'free-standing insert' with coupons for fish tacos will be mailed Feb. 7 to (a segment of) consumers," an El Pollo Loco spokeswoman emailed. In other words, check your mailbox for a deal.
One coupon will offer one free fish taco with the purchase of another fish taco and any size drink. The second coupon will offer a free fish taco with a $5 minium purchase (before sales tax) of any menu item.
For more information: www.elpolloloco.com.
P.S.: If you really love fish tacos, you'll have some fun at www.fishtacomagazine.blogspot.com.
Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.