The picture below is from a Chinese joint I've eaten at before in the north part of Pueblo and it is well above average. While I was gone they raised the prices. This lunch plate which was very good without a drink and a buck fifty tip was $11.40. Certainly not disgusting because it tasted so good but too rich for my budget. After all it's Chinese chop plus it's lunch time.
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Another lunch example here at a palapa joint next to a small river that flows into the Bahía de Banderas in Mismaloya south of Puerto Vallarta.
On the table is soup with fishballs and vegetables. Behind the coke are at least ten small and warmed tortillas and to the right are condiments of your choosing. Cane sugar is used instead of high fructose corn syrup in soft drinks. It was ice cold and would indulge myself occasionally and this was veeeery rewarding - it tasted sooo good. The soup was even better.
This the place and the cooking is done in the back part of the picture.
Located on this street with the ocean and bay a 100yds away behind.
The damages for the meal above are as follows -
8 peso bus ride
40 peso lunch
10 peso half litre bottle of coke
10 peso tip
8 peso bus ride back
That is less than $5
Then there was this experience just the other day in the upscale part of downtown Pueblo at this burger place a chain of some kind. Lunch was on my bud but even with that Fly was having issues with the menu. Gonna try to make this as short as possible. I got a lamb burger only and water to drink. That was $8.50
My friend had what you see in the picture that doesn't do it justice and a drink. I don't know what this was nor care. It was at least five inches tall and started falling apart pretty much immediately.
"Handcut French Fries" is what these are. Don't give a shit if the Queen of Egypt had her pinkies on these things they were plain old crappy fries and tasted just as bad as all the others when they cooled off. The damage for this - no tip was $28.50
Seriously I was taken aback a bit by this and find it disgusting. Even when working would probably turned around and left after figuring things out. Ordered at a counter and you cleared your teeny table.
It was busy and quite a few big people. This is not an affluent area by any means but it's not about that but about what people want these days and that is massive amounts of shitty bad for you food.
I can't tell you how much this guy is looking forward to many more real decent 50 peso lunches!