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Category: tex-mex

Taco Bell

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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.

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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.

 

TACO BELL
#101-8737 120th Street, Delta BC, V5C 6R4
778-578-5062
tacobell.ca
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Mucho Burrito

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I had to write about this one again as I continue to be disappointed by the service at this particular location. I was not here today because I wanted to be, but because my partner spent the time we had to eat, in search of a good place to eat. And the result is us making this our last choice, or rather actual choice.

Located on West Broadway, in a small complex. Surrounded by other sit down restaurants, this was our fastest option for food. I would classify them as being a slightly better than fast food burger chains. They served tex-mex. Filling tacos, tortillas, and burritos with premade meats, beans, and rice; chopped up vegetables and plenty of cheese, cream, and guacamole.

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Inside, over half the tables required a bussing. Empty baskets, crumpled up napkins, and pieces of food were left to sit on table tops. And yet there was no a staff in sight to clean it. Shame as the restaurant’s decor was quite lovely and the mess only took away from it. Patterned seats, printed wall paper, and a mix and match of colours. They could certain compete against “Chipotle” if they invested in fresh ingredients and more fillings, and hired some attentive staff. Or at least this franchise location was guilty of not being attentive. The same location that once served my cookie in the same dish as my burrito, lettuce and chocolate is quite the mix.

One employee was hidden behind the counter. We approached with no line and no other customers needing help. So at least he was set about keeping himself busy during this “slow” time. He was sweeping the floor where he could have been leaning on the counter, waiting for the next guests to enter. Though at the same time he could have been clearing the tables, to give customers more options in seating. When we approached the counter he continued to sweep. Our eyes met, he acknowledged us, yet he continued to sweep. In his defence I could have called him verbally and told him to serve us, but at this point I decided to let him finish. He was clearly more into sweeping than helping us. So here we were on either sides of the counter, he taking his time, we watching him with a steady focus. At least he followed his chore up by washing his hands, before dawning gloves and making our tex-mex fast food.

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The “Taco trio” comes with your choice of meat, salsa, cheese, lettuce, and sour cream. All doled out over corn tortillas or hard shelled tacos. Pretty standard. Nothing I couldn’t make myself and do a better job at too.

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Quesadillas filled with sautéed peppers and onion, cheese, and your choice of beans. Served with a side of salsa and sour cream. For an additional cost you could add meat to the mix. I went simple with chicken and cheese it was good, but like the tacos, nothing I couldn’t make for cheaper myself.

Would I come back? – No.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – No.
Would I suggest this for someone visiting from out of town? – No.
I hope I have no reason to go back. I also made it known to my partner that I don’t like going here and the food to cost is not worth it to me. Don’t deny your cravings.

 

MUCHO BURRITO
20-601 West Broadway, Vancouver BC
604-569-3002
muchoburrito.com
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Red Burrito

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I have heard my coworker rave about the food here for a while now, specifically their burrito in a bowl. So when out of dining options I decided to finally take her recommendation.

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The restaurant is a small shoppe, one of two locations in Vancouver. The bright yellow lights against the red awning is certainly eye catching. The windowed front gives you an unrestricted look in. On vibrant red and pale yellow wall hung Spanish movie posters and souvenirs from Mexico. One wall featured the latter intermingled with squared and circular mirrors in assorted sizes. Suns and moons, lizards and butterflies. It was art for the sake of covering space. Seating was a casual cluster of wooden two top tables and chairs or high tops against the walls and windows.

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The menu is cafeteria style. A straightforward sign above and behind the cash desk. You start with either a burrito or a taco and choose you fillings working layer by layer. The proteins and mains chosen affects the price: grilled chicken, spicy beef, baja shrimp, or the vegetarian option made with vegetables. The salsas are classified by their degree of spiciness: the mild fresh tomato, the medium roasted corn or green chilli, or the hot spicy red. Add ons include cheese, guacamole, sour cream, or an extra portion of any the above. Though realistically I cannot fully enjoy North American Mexican without cheese or guacamole. To me that is more a necessity than as add on or side.

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“Burrito in a bowl”. The taste of a burrito without the hassle of having to hold it upright. Made with rice in exchange of the tortilla shell. The rice goes in first, with your choice between white or brown. Next a healthy layer of panfried onions and green peppers. Too much onion, I picked out two table spoon’s worth. I passed on the refried beans as I feel they are better in a burrito than on rice. So went straight to the protein. Spicy beef came heavily recommended. Carved from the spits it was served hot and tender, but a little fattier than I would have liked in this healthier meal. It was spicer than I expected too, but the flavour certainly brought everything else together nicely. And as I mentioned above I was okay to pay more for guacamole and cheese. While I was at it I also sprung for a side container of sour cream. Though I didn’t touch it, this wasn’t the fluffy kind from grocery stores that I expected , but more of a runny white liquid.

I liked the concept of the “burrito in a bowl”, but felt it could have been better executed. Maybe served in a larger bowl, one that allowed for the mixing and the tossing of ingredients for an even bite. Or at least a clear bowl that allowed you to enjoy the colourful layers made your way. It certainly would have made for a better picture than the one I tried to stage above. It needed more rice, without a wrap the starch needed to bind all the loose ingredients together left like it was missing. I wanted some on the side to specifically enjoy with the beef. And once again there was far too much onion, it was a waste of space in the bowl, space that could be better utilized with another ingredient.

Would I come back? – No.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this for someone visiting from out of town? – No.
The location was convenient, the staff were friendly, and the service speedy. A quick and easy lunch spot, from order to prep it was under five minutes without a line. A good solution for those not wanting to line up for “Chipotle” a block a way. Though as a destination, and for someone who loves to fuss over their meal like me, it had nothing that stood out. Nothing that would warrant a second visit, and nothing else that needed trying. Don’t deny your cravings.

RED BURRITO
606 Robson Street, Vancouver BC, V6B2B9
604-676-0097
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