Monday, November 15, 2010
Fast Food Review: Del Taco Beefy BBQ Fries
Fast food restaurants aren't exactly bastions of creativity. A few years ago everyone started adding chipotle items to their menu. A couple years back everyone came out with mini burgers. Now, I wonder, are "loaded fries" next? Three months ago I tried the fries at Wienerschnitzel, topped with chili, bacon and ranch, and I did not think much of them. This weekend I noticed Del Taco has added two versions of loaded fries to their menu. I decided to try the "Beefy BBQ Fries."
The fries come with "seasoned beef, diced crispy bacon, cool ranch dressing and zesty BBQ sauce." (Raise your hand if you can already guess how these are going to taste.) I love Del Taco's crinkle-cut fries, but I dislike ranch dressing and I hate pretty much all fast food bacon.
Still, the things I do for my blog. I stopped by Del Taco yesterday to give them a try. For only the second or third time in the history of this blog, when I received the fries I considered aborting the whole idea. They looked bad; they smelled worse. But I tried them anyway.
And they were not good. The fries were hot and crispy and the barbecue sauce, while too sweet, wasn't terrible. But the ranch dressing added nothing to the dish (disclaimer: I cannot think of a single dish that is made better with ranch dressing), the beef was flavorless and unnecessary, and the bacon was not the least bit crispy. I took a couple dime-size pieces of "bacon" out of the tray; they were nothing but fat.
This is one of those things where what you see is what you get: if you think the picture of the fries looks good, you will probably like it. But if you think it looks disgusting, it's not going to surprise you. I wouldn't order these again even if you paid me, but I can't get too upset. I knew I probably wasn't going to like them. And I did not.
Posted by JustinM at 9:40 AM