It was an unusual lonewolf Monday as I set out for lunch today. On most Mondays I have at least someone else in the office to dine with. So I headed up towards Suwanee looking to see what I might find. I found Cinco Mexican Cantina (part of a local four location chain in North Atlanta), a place I’ve heard about from one of my co-workers, but never visited.
When I saw the menu, it was broad, with a number of options. Then, when I saw the lunch specials, I thought that had I found one of the great lunch deals in the area. They have a five dollar lunch menu with a decent variety of options: a Mexican pizza, a couple of pasta dishes (one with fish and one with chicken), a 1/2 sandwich and something I can’t recall or 5 mini tacos.
I was seated at the bar (the view above is back towards the front door) and, shortly thereafter, received a giant bowl of tortilla chips and their house made salsa. It was a dark roasted tomato based salsa, which was fine, but neither sweet nor hot enough for my liking.
I decided on the Mexican Pizza – a 12″ corn tortilla, baked like a flatbread, with shredded chicken, cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo and sour cream. I’ve never been a fan of lettuce on pizza, so I had that held.
The pizza was excellent, after clearing out the overload of onions in the pico. And it was more than I could eat, after having a few chips. But as with all good things, the fantasy of the great lunch deal came to an end.
I got the check and it was $8.22. What in the world? I see -$2.75 for a Diet Coke! Seriously?
Apparently, the key to a cheap lunch is to drink water and not get stuck with a glass of fountain soda that is “valued” at 55% of the cost of the pizza…
Something left a bad taste in my mouth and it wasn’t the food.