The King of Fast-Casual

Fast-casual Mexican is like a good friend or a stain-removing pen—it’s always there when you need it.

There are healthier, tastier, and more interesting types of food. But nothing will ever support you in a moment of emotional difficulty like a warm $8 burrito.

One of the best things you can do for your quality of life is learn to appreciate the subtle beauty of fast-casual Mexican. And I’m here to help… with an authoritative ranking of the fast-casual Mexican food establishments in Boise!

(These rankings are based on the burrito at each place, the true measure of fast-casual Mexican.)

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Mexican Rice That Thinks Outside the Box

Mexican rice brings out the best in carbohydrates. It’s warm. It’s aromatic. It even has a soothing red-orange color.

But all too often when we host a taco night, we succumb to boxed Mexican rice. Inevitably, the rice is dry. The flavor packet seasoning is too harsh. The sodium to flavor ratio is a disaster.

Luckily, it is incredibly easy to make your own Mexican rice! Today I present to you my personal favorite: a simplified rendition of Rick Bayless’s Red Tomato Rice from his indispensable cookbook Mexico One Plate At A Time.

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