Comida Corrida is Mexico's answer to fast food. It is food on the road or food all the time, kind of convenience food.
This is a place in Morelia that we often go to to grab breakfast if we are in town early enough or a lunch.
I usually always get the same thing.
My wife floats around to two or three choices.
We always have fresh squeezed orange juice.
None of that pre-made, from concentrate in Mexico, at least not at these type of places. You can get your fill of phony orange juice at many of the fast food places like McDonalds or VIP's, Sanborn's and a myriad of other americanized style places.
We opt for fresh since it is not loaded with sugar and all that other stuff.....
The food is prepared while you wait, usually will take 7 to 8 minutes, sometimes faster, sometimes longer. Hey I didn't say is was lightning fast food......
Our tab for two dishes which include a small salad on the plate consisting of tomato, cucumber, lettuce and red onion. There is some refried beans and the meat sits on a mound of freshly made rice with corn in it.
My plate the Milanesa, which is a cut of meat thinly sliced dipped in egg batter, tossed in bread crumbs and fried. Mind you it doesn't come drenching in grease like the US Chicken Fried steak, which really is deep fried....
The meal is fresh, tasty and sufficient.
Ok, not if you are a lumberjack or Iron worker.....but come on, you shouldn't be stuffing your face that much..
The tab for two,including OJ, is 70 pesos. Another 5 pesos for the tip and you have lunch for 75 pesos.
At todays exchange rate that is about 6 dollars, or 3 bucks each....
Now if you didn't want OJ, that would be about $2.50 each.
Or you could have the Comida Corrida, which is whatever the cook prepares that day, includes rice, tortillas, bread, the main entree, a drink and dessert for $ 35 pesos...
And yes you can go out and spend hundreds of dollars on dinner if you have the motivation and funds to do that...... But considering the purpose of having a meal, what's the big difference?