Recently the Man and I returned to Idaho after a trip to LA where we celebrated the marriage of two of my good friends, saw family, and were treated to a delicious engagement party by my mom's closest family friends. (The Man calls them my "other moms".) The trip was perfect and I'm still glowing from all the love and fun, but after circumnavigating the globe for the nth time this year (okay, a total exaggeration, but I have been on 42 flights since January), we were hungry and fairly tired. We pulled into town at around 8:30 pm, and after having had sticker shock on our trip to the Golden State (evidently I have gotten used to lower prices in Connecticut!) we were excited to have a dinner that was not only fairly quick, but also reasonably priced to make the ol' pocketbook happy.
We tried to mix things up, and went somewhere we hadn't been to in quite some time. And unfortunately, we could have chosen better. No argument- the dinner was tasty. But somehow a shrimp salad, fajitas and one Corona added up to $55 which totally blew my mind. And I thought LA was expensive!
I'm not one to complain about the price of food. I completely understand that good organic fare costs money, and supporting my local farmers and chefs is important to me. Good food is my biggest expenditure (aside from plane tickets), but this restaurant isn't particularly well known for the attention it pays toward organic, local etc. Don't get me wrong, the food is tasty. But perhaps not $55 tasty. You get what I'm saying...
As we were walking away I said "We should have gone to KB's. There's really no reason to go anywhere else. It's the best." The Man agreed.
KB's (or Ketchum Burrito) has been around since 1993, and as of this year will have four Idaho locations. I suppose inexpensive Mexican food is a fairly common occurrence in the states (despite our $55 mistake) but it's rare that you leave feeling as though you've just eaten something really nutritious. And after a meal at KB's, I do.
All of their signature menu items are delicious and wildly popular, from their Jordan's Burrito with pork, yams and guacamole, to the Famous Fish Tacos with cabbage and Cabo sauce (okay, not sure about the nutrition on that one, but the Man loves it). But the magic to their menu for me, is the Create Your Own Salad option. And as you can tell from the burrito with yams, they have an awesome selection of ingredients to chose from. Grilled fish, beans, avocado and yams on a big pile of lettuce and spinach? For $8.99 (without tax)? This has to be the most economical, nutritious and delicious meals in the Wood River Valley. Plus, the owners and staff are some of the nicest people around. Like I said, KB's is the best.