I Will Never Eat at Taco Bell Again

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  1. roadwarrior

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    I need taco's now.
     
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    Wow. Daily. I eat Mexican food every day. Like right now.
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    And I had tacos for breakfast. Lovely things, eggs scrambled with pico de gallo and topped with serrano condiment and habanero cheese. Wrapped in corn tortillas. Yep. Daily. I’m not using no dang fork and it isn’t Taco Bell, either.

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    What in the world is "Mexican Styled Food"? LOL As J pointed out earlier, Taco Bell doesn't really even qualify as Tex Mex which is close in some respects.
     
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    I don’t know how Taco Bell stays open.

    It’s awful to my taste buds. It’s been decades.

    I’m a tack truck guy.
     
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    Taco?
     
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    I was in a Taco Bell once.
    Late ‘70s or early ‘80s.
    Kingston, NY.

    Went in,
    Ordered a Taco,
    got it, paid for it,
    walked out, opened it, looked at it, smelled it, tossed it in the trash can out front, and never looked back.
     
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    Sort of like how mcdonalds or burger king are American styled food. Similar, but not as good as the real thing. Between those choices of fast food-like stuff to eat, Id take the tacos and burritos. Im bummed they stopped making enchiritos.

    I wonder about some delicate constitutions, Ive eaten taco bell for ages and never experienced digestive distress.

    They pulled taco bell from my local town, taco johns. Ugh. I sometimes eat there, but every time it reminds me how much I miss taco bell.
     
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    Taco Bell. I'll eat it. But I've learned it looks the same going in as it does going out.
     
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    All this talk about Mexican food.:32: I need some cheese enchiladas stat.
     
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    Taco johns us way better than taco bell.
     
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    We were going to grill a beef tenderloin this evening, and at church this morning I invited our youngest daughter, the poor school teacher, over for supper. Could tell by the look on her face she wasn't excited. I asked if she preferred something else. We're now having tacos for supper tonight.
     
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    Guess that shows theres worlds of differences in how individuals perceive tastes. Taco johns seems bland, greasy, poor sauce, bordering on not good in some instances.
     
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    I thought I heard a siren. Typo police.
     
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    Mmm taco Bell. Yummmm

    Now im wanting a couple Frito burritos from the dollar menu.
     
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    Here's my Sunday afternoon sample from Atilano's.

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    Carne Asada, Chicken mini, and a fish taco.

    It's about as Mexican as I think you can get in this neck of the woods. Nothing fancy, bit of a dive actually. Mexican music playing over the speakers. The gal who took my order had such a thick Mexican accent I found myself in the awkward situation of having to lean forward and say, "Excuse me?" :oops::D

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    I ordered it to go so I could take my time and grab some pics.

    Working on that 3-finger grip with the all-important extended pinky. :p

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    The mini chicken taco with the green sauce.

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    The small containers of green and red sauce are the complimentary things they throw in the bag. I had to ask for a separate container to get some of the chunky salsa from the condiments bar. The green and red is basically mild and medium. That chunky stuff... oh man... it's been a half hour since I took a bite with that and it is still lingering. :eek:

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    I'm almost embarrassed to admit I have ignored this place for so long. Taco Bell is a 5 minute walk from my apartment. This place is literally another 1 minute walk down the street. I guess I've been thinking all along that it was more expensive than Taco Bell because I had ordered a combo plate before.

    I'm a simple guy with simple taste, I always stick to basic tacos and burritos. My usual order at Taco Bell is 2 crunchy tacos and 2 bean burritos... about six-and-a-half bucks with tax. This order today was only...

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    With all those chunky pieces of meat, and big piles of fresh onion, tomato and cilantro... Taco Bell doesn't even come close.

    I repeat... I will never eat at Taco Bell again. I have been enlightened. :cool:
     
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    There is a documentary on Netflix all about tacos!
     
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    Looks good!

    When in familiar territory I choose other mex places when I want better than fast food grade food, some fast, some sit down restaurants, but taco bell still has a place in the greater scheme of things, particularly when one has to travel and doesnt know whats good or whats a gut bomb in strange towns, and the usual lineup of fast food is whats going to end up being eaten.
     
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    My son, my second-spawn, had the greatest story... most of the guys in the car (including my son) wanted to go to Taco Bell, but this one guy kept saying it wasn’t healthy. He got out-voted of course.

    But, when they got there, Taco Bell couldn’t serve them. The counter guy said “Our meat hose is broken.”
     
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    Says the dude who eats cats!:D
     
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    Say what you like but my opinion is food is food and the cook makes the difference. I’ve ate food in different countries - the name of the food item was the same but they tasted different according to the cook - some food was delicious while others, it was tough sledding not to gag.

    I’ve been in a Cantina and watched a cook prepare delicious refried beans - she took out two cans from beneath the cook stove and took out a couple spoon fulls of ole dried out beans from a previous left-over plate from one can and a scoop of dark, used lard from the other can - melted the lard, whipped up the lard and dried beans and PRESTO - great tasting refried beans. I was a little hesitant at first but being extremely hungry and having no other options but starvation, I ate the refried beans with no ill effect.

    Street tacos in Mexico - all I have to say is know what you’re buying. My 1st experience was purchasing 3 small soft tacos for $0.05 and they were nuclear hot even after I asked for justo un pequeno salsa. Maybe my Spanish was bad but those tacos were so hot my stomach knotted up. How did they taste? I don’t know, my taste buds were nuked and I’m not sure they ever returned to normal.

    Oriental Food? Don’t ever make the mistake of saying Ya Na in Thailand, meaning hot/spicy or whatever that sound means, as you probably will never finish your soup, let along the main course.

    Taco Bell is just fine with me, as it’s close and fairly inexpensive - tastes about the same in North Dakota as it does in California, Arizona or Texas.
     
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    That's true. Familiarity is a great motivator. I suppose saying "never again" is a bit extreme. I'm just glad I've discovered another option for when I feel the need for a taco fix. :D
     
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    Don't slam it until you at least try it.
     
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    Like I said, looks the same going in as it does going out.
     
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    Nope, you were right the first time. The last time I walked into a Taco Bell was around twenty years ago and “never again” sounds about right for the next time. But, in all fairness, it isn’t just Taco Bell. We don’t eat any fast food. When traveling we stop at local mom and pop places and avoid the big chains.

    JohnP
     
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    Los tacos de lengua son los mejores!!! You all have made me very hungry. Well, most of you.
     
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    Taco Bell is not Mexican.

    Olive Garden is not Italian.

    Red Lobster is not seafood.
     
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    If not Taco Bell tacos, why not Burger King. :eek:

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    :rolleyes:
     
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    MacDonald’s is not a hamburger.
     
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    I should fess up and say I like Taco Bell pretty good. Even though it’s Pepsi. Can’t stand Pepsi.
     
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    Back in the late 1970's in Naples, Italy there was this little hole-in-the-wall place called Mama Luisa's.

    It was... literally... a hole in the wall. You had to walk down a narrow alley to find the place. She only had six tables in her "restaurant." And she only served lasagna. If you were one of the few sailors who knew about the place, you'd walk into her shop and say, "Mama, what's for dinner?" And she would say, "I got lasagna, now you shut up and sit down!" :D

    For some of us, she was a mother to the sixth fleet. :7:

    Best. Lasagna. Ever. :cool:
     
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    In the early 90's I often found myself waking up in Mexico on the weekends with a "random" senorita or three. Often they still lived with their parents (when only one senorita was involved) and food was cooking when I stirred. I ate some of the best food either in their homes or on my walk back north looking for a taxi as I stopped by the street vendors to ask for directions. I do not speak spanish so I pointed at some tacos or something similar and pointed north. To this day I don't know what parts of Mexico I visited, who I visited, and can't order off a mexican menu that doesn't have pictures hence why I always say that tequila smells like regret in a bottle to me lol. So many lost faces, so many unknown places, and I'm sure a few missed opportunities along the way.

    PS-Taco Hell is not mexican food. If you want real food look for a place with hispanics wearing dirty boots. The working class knows how to eat !
     
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    Taco Bell has one redeeming quality: easily packable hot sauces. I usually grab a handful of Diablo and Fire sauces on the rare occasion I do eat there and use them on eggs in the morning, or stuff 'em in my backpack for livening up freeze dried camp meals.

    Tacos are incredible. Mexican food is incredible. Now I'm hungry.
     
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    [​IMG] I've had a few mornings waking up on the beaches of San Diego in the early 80's like that in my younger, wilder days. "Oh... hi... what's your name?" :confused:

    And, I'm not exactly proud of it, but... I've had the same experience in the Philippines. Damn near missed the ship one time because of a lovely little gal in Barrio Barretto. :oops:o_O

    There was this wonderful beach bar, off the beaten path, peaceful and quiet, where you could get the best lumpia and pancit while tossing down a few San Miguels on the shore of Subic Bay.

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    ...good times. :cool:
     
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    @RickWA +1 on the fresh lumpia...what happens in Subic Bay...stays in Subic Bay. I am staying away from any tales involving Olongapo, any mama-san, or any "bar fines". I know nothing....I'd like to stay married :18:

    @outkastblast You have a good point about those sauces. They seem to find their way into the bush with me also

    Speaking of real mexican food I have a love for fresh made tamales wrapped in corn husks and placed inside a banana leaf tied up with twine. Give me some Cholula sauce and I'm good to go :4:
    I used to buy them from this girl with a cooler. You got five tamales for three bucks. Man were they good.
     
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    For those of us old enough to remember...

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    Hmmm... now I'm hungry for sauerkraut. :p:D
     
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    Well this thread took an interesting turn.
     
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    QFT Eating a hamburger at McDonalds, or chicken from KFC, or fish at Long John's etc. is not an example of eating the real thing. I'll admit I do like Five Guys and MooYa's burgers, but for the prices they charge you can get a pound of choice steak grind it yourself and have a burger at home and might even have change left over.
     
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    We now return you to the original topic of tacos. ;)



    :p
     
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    Beef may soon be illegal. If not, in 12 years cow farts will destroy us and the Earth. Only fish tacos.
     
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    Since some of you are fast food taco freaks, you could always go try Burger Kings Taco?

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    I see the setting for a post-apocalyptic movie in that. :33:



    I was totally surprised by how tasty the fish taco was that I got from that Mexican restaurant. I'll definitely be going back for more. ;)
     
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    dell taco wins!
     
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    I like eating at big chain restaurants. I support the big guys when I can. I like that most cities in the world have a Mcdonalds. This way, I don't have to risk new experiences. They're like an ambassador of goodwill and good fries. KFC is another popular chain outside of America.
     
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    They're a better choice.

    They have beyond meat now. I am worried about that crap accidentally making it into a regular taco.
     
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    Looks similar to the Jack in the Box taco, which has been around for decades. At JitB, the stores are supplied with frozen "tacos" which have "meat" wrapped in a tortilla shell. To cook them, they have special fryer baskets that clamp these frozen "tacos" in place and then they deep fry them. When done, they "crack" them open and throw in a little lettuce and salsa. (I worked for JitB for a couple months back in High School, which is how I know this.)

    By no means a process that even vaguely resembles a traditional method, but they're not bad, as far as junk food goes.
     
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    It's a bit ironic that we are willing to put stuff in our bodies that is classified as "junk." o_O
     
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    I remember as a kid the first Taco Bell opening in my tiny city, was probably mid 60's to 1970? Taco's were 15 cents ea! Dad & I would eat our fill then.
     
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    Appropriate name. ;)

    "A squirt of beans. A squirt of white stuff. A squirt of green stuff. A squirt of lettuce. Now you just put it in a bag and give it a squirt of napkins and you're done.".

     
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    Indeed. Put a MacDonald’s French fry under your car seat and leave it for a few months. When you get it out it will look and taste just like one fresh out of the fryer. Some people call this “food” and willingly put it in their bodies. Not me.

    JohnP
     
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