Ah, the mid-week lunch. So long on potential (Friends! Food! Leaving the office!), so often an exercise in regret (I spent $15 on what? Why is there pork floating in that?). If you work downtown, your options are extra-limited. You can get a vaguely chemically smoothie, pay $10 for something named after a famous French film director, get a vanishingly tiny salad or surprisingly oily pasta at the Brewpub, or… well, you get the picture. It’s more cast-off Goodwill paint-by-numbers than it is Seurat.
Enter Cucos Express, on Court Street. One of three Cucos in town, it manages to score a winning trifecta of fast/good/cheap. You can nestle in expansive and brightly painted benches, enjoy sort of oily but nevertheless good thin chips with your personal dish of salsa, and order from a limited array of vegetarian items. I got the cheese enchiladas ($4.59! Seriously?), which were good with refried black beans. Guac was also good, inexplicably served with even more chips, but a cut above average and definitely much better than most non-ice cream things served with ice cream scoops. The lunch specials also include a cheese chile relleno, but I usually shy away from those, being spoiled by the real kind. For $3 more you can get a vegetarian burrito. That is all.
But perfectly fine, fast, and – again – surprisingly cheap. ¡Viva!