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(USA Today)   Taco Bell is launching a new upscale concept known as U.S. Taco. No word if there will be the complimentary 3 seashells in each bathroom yet   (usatoday.com) divider line 35
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2014-04-24 08:04:12 PM  
8 votes:
what a real taco should look like

www.devbear.com
2014-04-24 08:25:20 PM  
7 votes:
If you want good Mexican food, you gotta go where the Mexicans go.

media.yellowbot.com

Waaaaay closer to me than the nearest Taco Bell, thank God. Awesome food. I'm often the only gringo in there. Their campechana is heaven in a bowl, and their carnitas is fried piggy bliss wrapped in a tortilla.

The place is quite nice inside without being too stuffy and formal (which I like) and I can sit and eat at the bar (which I like very much).

^^THIS^^ is why I haven't been to a Taco Bell in over 10 years.
2014-04-24 10:05:30 PM  
3 votes:
FTFA: "We realized that at Taco Bell we weren't reaching all of those who want Mexican food," says Jeff Jenkins, senior brand manager.

I like Taco Bell just as much as the next guy, but seriously, why would you go to Taco Bell if you wanted Mexican food?
2014-04-24 08:14:58 PM  
3 votes:
The whole product concept is so thoroughly trite and pandering and obviously focus-group tested to death that I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.
2014-04-24 09:06:20 PM  
2 votes:
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
/obscure?
2014-04-24 08:24:36 PM  
2 votes:

Omahawg: what a real taco should look like

[www.devbear.com image 800x495]


I'll eat to that, though I'd have to get mine without the chili verde since my stomach says green chiles are the devil.  Load me up with the red instead.

globetrotterdiaries.com

Don't get me wrong, I'll eat Taco Bell.  It's plenty edible, but internally my brain does not classify their tacos as actually being tacos.
2014-04-24 08:08:29 PM  
2 votes:
www.yote.biz

My upscale Taco Bell.
2014-04-24 07:49:00 PM  
2 votes:
a hush-hush, fast-casual restaurant project developed deep in the bowels of Taco Bell's Irvine, Calif., headquarters building

I'm not used to seeing the words "bowels" and "Taco Bell" together in quite that context.
2014-04-25 10:43:22 PM  
1 votes:
Ah, Yum, thou art full of fail (I mean, aren't you already trying this with KFC and having it go over similarly as well, which is to say, "about as well as someone's gastrointestinal tract after a mix of Meximelts and Jagermeister meets the inevitable conclusion of Bad Decision Making At 1 AM"?  Why yes, yes, you are, and now you're trying it with a place whose direct competition is two steamburger chains that all but shout out that they're catering to the 4/20 crowd).

Even moar hilarious: Given a choice between this and, well, the lovely little taqueria-movil where I have to translate the menu from Spanish for my cow-orkers and can get lengua and cabeza and even pork-tripe tacos...at roughly the same hours as Taco Hell...well, let's just say the kindly folks at La Chaparrita the Mobile Taqueria will be getting my business :D

(I am actually deeply amazed that Yum Foods manages to keep a Taco Bell presence--much less a Taco Bell international headquarters--within literal walking distance of a part of Louisville that may have the highest population of "Spanish required, things have diversified to the point we have Guatemalan and Salvadorean variations as well as the usual regional Mexican specialties, 'sí, tenemos tacos de lengua, y ellos son deliciosos' not-exactly-catering-to-the-gringos set" taquerias, dulcerias, carnicerias, and supermercados in the state if not the multistate region.  Seriously, I do NOT see how Taco Hell stays in business when there are literally mobile taquerias running at the same hours, with cheaper and better food.  The only way I think they stay in business is for folks not wanting sliders or Steak & Shake at 3am or potentially catering to poor, benighted folks who have the fear of the Mexi-Coke because OMFG IT'S MEXICAN; oddly enough, those same people also tend to have Teh Fear of the part of town I grew up in that is now functionally Guadalajarita :D)

/does not at all fear the places where lengua tacos are served openly and ordering in Spanish is a requirement and there isn't even something to POINT at :D
//these tend to have the best food :9
///and despite being from a taco truck, a nice lengua taco or carnitas taco is less likely to be a Weapon of Ass Destruction than an offering from T-Hell at 3AM
2014-04-25 01:42:17 PM  
1 votes:
Did no one else see this part FTFA?:

The second store, and those after it, will sell milkshakes spiked with beer. (It couldn't get an alcoholic beverage permit for the Huntington Beach location.)

www.dkiger.com
2014-04-25 08:43:32 AM  
1 votes:
For $7 that taco better have an entire lobster tail in it and also it needs to be 3 tacos
2014-04-25 08:17:47 AM  
1 votes:
Go ahead, trash-talk Taco Bell.

If you only knew the nightmare of Casa Bonita, you'd be breaking out your gold cutlery for TB.
2014-04-25 02:41:31 AM  
1 votes:
Upscale versions of fast food really hasn't worked well in the past [eg McRoyale]
2014-04-25 01:44:10 AM  
1 votes:

Canton: Pseudo-Tex-Mex can be great for what it is, but you just have to acknowledge that that's what it is. And I have no idea where those state fair tacos fell on the scale, but they were real to me... Real-enough Mexican... How could anyone pass that up?


Gringoized "Mexican" food isn't authentic, but it's tasty.  I like each for what it is.
2014-04-25 12:49:08 AM  
1 votes:

Brainsick: Danger Avoid Death: Brainsick: I'm spoiled because we have Pike Place Market, as well as SODO and Belltown for good Mexican food.

El Camion Lengua Tacos FTW!

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Lip-licking yummy!

It tastes better a few stages past that shown in the photo, but whatever floats yer boat...

;)

/On taco truck, taco tastes YOU!


I like lengua tacos. I just think it's funny that something that looks so freaking alien weird can taste so damned good. ;>)
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2014-04-25 12:44:38 AM  
1 votes:
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2014-04-25 12:02:09 AM  
1 votes:

yukichigai: Forbidden Doughnut: Canton: The best taco I ever had was at the Texas State Fair a few years ago, when the Big Tex was still around. I'm from Michigan, so my standards were probably low, but they were the tacos I'd been missing all my life. One shredded beef, one shredded chicken, corn tortillas, cilantro, perfectly spiced, lime wedges on the side, maybe two bucks each. They were heavenly tacos.

And no they were not deep fried. I did not eat deep fried anything at the Texas State Fair. Why, when there were  heavenly tacos?

/Heavenly
//Good luck, U.S. Taco
///You're gonna need it

Sadly, I think they'll do fine. ( some of my co-workers won't eat at a REAL Mexican joint....'cause it's Mexican)

Ahh yes, the dwindling supply of racists in the mainstream workforce.  May they quickly be forced into retirement.

I worked with a guy like that, older guy born in the 50s.  One day he was telling me about how Coke doesn't taste like Coke anymore, whereupon I told him that sometimes you could find Coke made with sugar.  That piqued his interest.  The next day we were on a location job, and sure enough the local grocery store had the fabled Mexican Coke made with real sugar.  He was all excited until he asked how they had it and I mentioned that they must have imported from Mexico.

Oh man, the look on his face.  He couldn't have set that bottle down fast enough.  He nearly dropped it, and then wiped his hand off, and this is coming from a guy who would eat sandwiches without wiping the dust and road oil off his hands first.  He was convinced I was going to get mouth AIDS from Dirty Mexican Coke, no matter how many times I pointed out that there are FDA regs on imported food items.

...I will admit one of the bottles tasted a little bit like dirt, but it was still farking delicious.


Geez, seriously? He had to ask where Mexican Coke came from?Just what's been in all the dirt he's been eating over the years? Because brain damage would explain so much about a guy like that.

I love the world foods aisle at Meijer, and I always slow down around the Mexican section just hoping they'll have Malta Goya, but they never do. Mmm, malt soda. Seriously. Keep meaning to try the other flavors... but I always end up going for guava nectar or something, if I'm in that mood.

/Honestly, that whole aisle is dangerous
//Oh, geez, the Asian section
///Splurged on seaweed snacks yesterday
////Nom
2014-04-24 11:30:46 PM  
1 votes:
The ABC in Huntington are unbelievable assholes. One of my acquaintances had a liquor license at his restaurant and he has some guy playing guitar when the ABC drops by for a minor check and they told him he couldn't have live entertainment without their permission and they suspended his license for 2 weeks. There used to be a Taco Bell on Main St. half a block up from PCH but it's now a Wahoo Fish Taco and then there was another one on PCH and 10th but it's been closed for almost a decade.
2014-04-24 11:21:26 PM  
1 votes:
Sorry guys, Moe's and Chipotle have it covered already. Keep catering to stoners, drunks, and poor millenials, Taco Hell.
2014-04-24 11:04:32 PM  
1 votes:

shtychkn: Kind of how Fast Food Burger Joints are not really burgers either.


Certainly not McD's burgers.  Again, that is a food I will eat, but I don't count them as hamburgers.  Actually what I count them as are "protein-based ketchup flavor carriers".  I like ketchup.

Really though, most fast food burgers have gotten better in the last decade or so, to the point where they actually resemble real hamburgers, just at the bottom end of the spectrum.  Carl's Jr. and Jack in the Box are fairly high in terms of quality, not to the level of say In-n-Out or Five Guys, but still a lot better than what you'd expect from Fast Food.  Hell, even Wendy's and Burger King patties taste like real beef.  It's just this scary jump from BK down to McD's level where things go truly unrecognizable.
2014-04-24 10:40:52 PM  
1 votes:
Taco Cabana is where it's at.
2014-04-24 10:27:54 PM  
1 votes:
No one, ever, in the history of time, has explained how the 3 seashells work. I mean what the fark.
2014-04-24 10:04:19 PM  
1 votes:
The best taco I ever had was at the Texas State Fair a few years ago, when the Big Tex was still around. I'm from Michigan, so my standards were probably low, but they were the tacos I'd been missing all my life. One shredded beef, one shredded chicken, corn tortillas, cilantro, perfectly spiced, lime wedges on the side, maybe two bucks each. They were heavenly tacos.

And no they were not deep fried. I did not eat deep fried anything at the Texas State Fair. Why, when there were  heavenly tacos?

/Heavenly
//Good luck, U.S. Taco
///You're gonna need it
2014-04-24 09:43:58 PM  
1 votes:

loonatic112358: Danger Avoid Death: loonatic112358: i just want a place that does proper tacos al pastor that doesn't require driving across town

Dammit, this thread is making me hungry. Now you have to bring up al pastor. Thanks.   ;>p

if i'd have read this before I'd ordered chinese delivery, I'd be having tacos


Put the Chinese in the fridge, it'll be just as good tomorrow. Go get some tacos.
2014-04-24 09:42:38 PM  
1 votes:
Uh, without having read the article, isn't Chipotle/Freebirds basically 'upscale' Taco Bell?  Between the 'al freso' menu or whatever it was where they were trying to fool people into thinking you could eat there and loose weight (aka the subway lie), and this, it honestly just seems like they saw the recent explosion of 'street taco' style places, and went 'fark that, we can do that', and probably think they can get some synergy from the name.

It's not like YUM! brand food-type-stuff doesn't own a billion different food places already.  Dallas alone has had 3-4 new places open in the last year or two which serve street style tacos (Velvet Taco, Rusty's tacos, Torchies, Fuzzies, some terrible 'authentic' place next door to me that served the most soulless, flavorless, bland, pathetic, taco I've ever had), and that's just in a 5 mile span on Greenville (one of the semi-trendy bits).  Plus people are super-stoked/obsessed with Chipotle for some reason (I've never actually found anything I like there. A bowl is tolerable, but I won't go unless someone else absolutely has to).

If they can get the menu right, it'll probably do well enough.
2014-04-24 09:19:37 PM  
1 votes:
Is it still going to be assholes and elbows mixed with sand?
2014-04-24 09:02:30 PM  
1 votes:
i.imgur.com

From the local La Haciendita taco trailer. Tacos $1.50 each. The tortillas are made onsite. These are steak. If you can't order in espanol you have to point. Only open in the afternoon fri - sat-sun. Ill be eating there tomorrow. I know you've never heard of it.

/not really a food hipster but these tacos are excellent.
2014-04-24 09:00:15 PM  
1 votes:
Taco Bell is launching Chipotle?
2014-04-24 08:43:44 PM  
1 votes:

elvindeath: Nothing better than a well made taco.  Make your own corn tortillas and do them at home - it's hard to get much better than that.


That assumes I can cook worth a damn.

/I go to the local Mexican place run by Mexicans, with Spanish spoke behind the counter (In AK no less).
2014-04-24 08:42:35 PM  
1 votes:

Danger Avoid Death: If you want good Mexican food, you gotta go where the Mexicans go.

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Waaaaay closer to me than the nearest Taco Bell, thank God. Awesome food. I'm often the only gringo in there. Their campechana is heaven in a bowl, and their carnitas is fried piggy bliss wrapped in a tortilla.

The place is quite nice inside without being too stuffy and formal (which I like) and I can sit and eat at the bar (which I like very much).

^^THIS^^ is why I haven't been to a Taco Bell in over 10 years.


Taco Bell is barely food, it certainly isn't tacos, or Mexican.  Eating there usually results in me being anguished over the toilet within the hour.

On the other hand, I know where my local really good "where the Mexicans go" Taqueria is. . .

The tacos are NOTHING like Taco Bell or other Mexican-American food (small flour tortilla, two layers, small scoop of grilled lamb, chicken, beef, pork or chorizo (or tongue or tripe if you ask for it), a little lime and cilantro, some onions, some verde or red salsa. . .awesome.  Go in there and be the only guy in the room who speaks English as a first language, but it's great friendly service, cheap food, and you know it's authentic.

I'd put up a pic of the place if I could find it.
2014-04-24 08:11:06 PM  
1 votes:
www.gannett-cdn.com

Because why not incorporate a human skull with meat of questionable origin.
2014-04-24 08:09:43 PM  
1 votes:
Considering their motto over the last 30 years was "It's 1 A.M., you're drunk, and everywhere nearby is closed," I can't see them pulling this transition off.

I'm just waiting for them to go the full nine and rename Taco Bell as "Drunk Chow."
2014-04-24 08:06:30 PM  
1 votes:

jtown: Is it also off the record and on the QT?


and very hush hush

sweet charlotte?

donde estas las chicas blancas?
2014-04-24 08:04:28 PM  
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2014-04-24 07:50:40 PM  
1 votes:
So is this what kicks off the fast food wars?
 
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