retro taco bell photo courtesy of A Box Of Pictures flickr
Remember when taco bell was good ? If you’re under the age of 20 you probably think I’m nuts but there was a time when taco bell actually made a hell of an addictive American fast food taco. Back then the hot sauce came in tiny square cups and the taco’s were 49 cents each. Yeah it was a long time ago. But back when Taco Bell was Taco Bell each taco came packed with finely grated cheese not the one or two thick strands you’re lucky to get on your taco nowadays. The taco shell wasn’t stale, the beef didn’t smell like ass and oh yeah, the ground beef didn’t come from a squirt gun (gross). Today’s Taco Bell taco has very little if anything in common with the taco bell tacos of the 80’s. With a quest for cheaper and cheaper ingredients Taco Bell has ruined a once tasty American hard-shell taco.
I don’t know why I eat at Taco Bell at all. But a couple times a year I find myself at a taco bell hoping that they’ve actually reverted back to serving real food. I can’t even chalk it up to nostalgia considering Taco Bell has changed so much there’s nothing to be nostalgic about.
I miss those greasy hard shell tacos. Can Taco Bell be forgiven? Probably not. But I thought I’d give their new shrimp taco a go. So I ordered the new pacific shrimp taco ($2.69) and a beef taco (.99). The beef taco was as expected, tragically inedible. The shrimp taco was advertised as “6 shrimp marinated in a mix of spices, then topped with crisp shredded lettuce, Fiesta Salsa, and Avocado Ranch Sauce.” But it was a stale flour tortilla, 6 tiny flavorless shrimp, wilted soggy lettuce and no avocado ranch sauce. In other words just what you expect from Taco Bell.
I think Charles Barkley says it best.