We drove all the way to North Delta, to one of a handful of far reaching “Taco Bell” locations in the lower mainland. Sadly, the one closest to us, had already closed for the day, and we had a craving we had to fulfill. We came all the way to try the new “Taco Bell naked chicken chalupa”, but sadly it was not to be. The clerk had no idea what I was talking about or showing her on my cell phone. Although she and her colleagues weren’t all that engaged in what they were doing and were simply going through the emotions of taking your order and preparing it, just to be rid of you. It wasn’t until later that I realized this limited edition menu item was only available in the United States. Why don’t we get any of that cool fast food stuff here?
So instead, this disappointed Canadian got what she could, settling on the tacos made out of Doritos chips and the nacho crunch double layer tacos.
The former was once a limited edition item itself; but it soon became so popular that not only did it become my regular order, but also a regular menu item for everyone to enjoy year round. Who doesn’t like the flavour of cheesy tangy Doritos as part of their tacos? It gives the otherwise traditional Tex-Mex Taco some zesty life. Extra spices where lettuce, beef, cheese, and sour cream can only do so much.
As a combo it just came with a bag of regular fries. Whereas my partner’s order had sides with more bells and many more whistles. He had the double stuffed taco, which is essentially a taco within a taco. A cheese soft taco spooning a hard taco of beef, vegetables, and even more cheese. It gave you meaty bites and a bevy of textures within its two layers.
The cheese fries it came with were regular fries topped with concession stand pump cheese, sour cream, tomato chunks, and chives. It tasted much like taco above. Good, but pretty standard fast food fare.
But the one that is memorable and worth trekking down here for are the cinnamon twists. It wasn’t what I expected when my partner substituted them for the regular combo dessert, but it is the one that instantly liked and ended up finished myself. They were airy like rice crackers, fried light before generously being dusted in sweet cinnamon and sugar. I could eat a few bags full myself. They were crispy and addictive like chips, but left you feeling much more guilt-free.
So in summary, come for the food and expect nothing from the staff.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – Yes.
Would I recommend it? – No.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
Taco Bell is one of those fast food chains you have had a handful of times as a child, and you continue to go back to now as an adult. It has a specific flavour, and you get specific cravings for their fun menu items. They just need to be more inclusive of their limited edition snacks here in Canada. Don’t deny your cravings.