Of course, there are two other principles that supersede the whole no-steak thing: any time something is described as having a chipotle or whiskey flavor. It's why I tried the Jack in the Box BBQ Bourbon Steak Sandwich earlier this year, and it's why I decided to try Del Taco's newest offering: the Chipotle Steak Big Fat Taco.
On this day it didn't take terribly long - maybe a dozen minutes. That's longer than it should with only two cars ahead of me, but considering the location, I'll give them a pass on that. "Would you like any hot sauce?" the guy at the window asked me.
"Yes," I replied.
"Mild or medium?"
"Neither," I said. "I want hot sauce."
"We ran out of that."
(For some reason this made me very happy. How does a franchised taco joint run out of hot sauce?)
But the surprising part was the steak. It was not good by any means... but it wasn't bad at all. It was tender and not fatty - which right away puts it ahead of pretty much any fast food steak I have ever tried. I encouraged Elizabeth to take a bite. I could see by the look on her face that she didn't particularly want to.
"You will be surprised by how good it is," I promised. So she took a small bite.
"Wow," she said. "To be honest, I thought it was going to be terrible, but it's not bad."
I won't be getting one again - there are only so many meals in life; repeating a fast food promotion is not an option unless I love it - but that doesn't mean that I didn't actually kind of like this taco. It can't compare to Del Taco's excellent Santa Fe Chicken Soft Tacos or their epic Spicy Southwest Shrimp Taco, which remains one of the best fast food items I have ever eaten. But for a steak taco from a fast food joint, it was the best I've ever had.