Lime prices have skyrocketed, forcing some restaurants to deal with the bitter reality by cutting costs.
AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) - You may notice some changes the next time you order a meal from your favorite Mexican restaurant. Lime prices have skyrocketed, forcing some restaurants to deal with the bitter reality by cutting costs.
Danny Herrera is the general manager at Fonda San Miguel, a Mexican Restaurant in Central Austin that doesn’t hold back on the lime. Whether it’s for a margarita or the guacamole.
Herrera says a case of about 100 limes is usually between $20-$30 depending on the season, but in the last few weeks the cost has tripled.
The Texas Department of Agriculture says the average cost of limes are about $.53 cents each, which is more than double the cost from a year ago. They say the reason behind the price jump is because of a shortage in limes from Mexico. Texas imports 98 percent of its limes from across the border.
Some Mexican restaurants have started using lemons instead. To keep their food quality, Herrera says he’s squeezing back in other ways. That could soon mean adiós happy hour.
Or The Texas Department of Agriculture recommends another alternative.
The Texas Department of Agriculture says it does expect the price of limes to go back down. They say Mexico could see a good lime crop as soon as this summer.