Thursday, September 30, 2010
Fast Food Review: Del Taco Big Fat Crispy Chicken Taco
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On the scale of fast food chains' promotions, Del Taco is much closer to Popeyes (all of their promotions are good) than Carl's Jr. (all of their promotions are bad). I wish they would bring back the Sonora Chicken Burrito - although I admit it is probably better in my memory than it was in reality - but the ones they do come out with are usually quite good.
I'm not a fan of tacos served on thick shells, (some, like this one, are almost like pita bread), but I still decided try the Big Fat taco. You can order it with grilled or crispy chicken; I opted for the latter. You can also request "ranch sauce" or a "zesty ancho sauce." I am not a fan of ranch and I love ancho chiles, so that was an easy call.
I saw the girl behind the counter assembling what could only be my taco, and she squirted ranch sauce all over it. I pointed out that I had requested ancho. No big deal - the two names sounds alike, and English was not her first language, and she corrected the mistake with a smile. (That's all I ever ask for; you can poison my food and scald me with kitchen grease and as long as you're genuinely apologetic I probably won't get upset.) She asked me if I would like the ranch one, too, since she was going to have to throw it out. I said sure.
The thing tastes about how it looks: if a fried piece of chicken with a slightly spicy sauce and inexpensive toppings sounds good to you, you're probably going to think this is good. If you think that's disgusting, I can't see any way you'd like this. My opinion? It wasn't terrible, and if you replicated this at home with high quality things, it would actually be very good. (My friend Tyler and I once had an idea of doing a dinner where we make homages to fast food, where everything is based on a fast food item but done with a gourmet twist. But, like my dream of playing small forward for the Lakers, that party idea fell by the wayside.)
Now, was it good? No, I would not go that far. I certainly will not try it again. But once again Del Taco has come out with a product that does not suck, and in the fast food world that puts them well ahead of the pack.
Posted by JustinM at 9:19 AM