|All this for $2.25, tax included|
|Almuerzo is the best value, but there were other choices, too|
Almuerzos (literally translated, "lunch") are fixed menu meals. You start with soup and then have a couple of choices for el Segundo ("second", the main course). Today's main entree choices included marinated chicken, breaded calamari, or beef.
Today I enjoyed a beef soup, along with marinated chicken, rice and a pasta salad, which had ham in it. Fresh juice was also included. The total price: $2.25.
This was more than enough food, but we remembered a bakery we saw earlier in the day inside a grocery store. We stopped for Pan de Pina and two bottles of water. The pineapple bread was $.30 each and the 500 mL water, $.31.
As long as you are willing to eat like a local, you can eat in Ecuador for really cheap.