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A Taco Bell Rip Off

Taco John's has the genuine feel of a Taco Bell rip off. Taco bell is 7 years older than Taco John's (1962 vs. 1969), and I think I know with which brand people are more familiar.

However, Taco John's distinguishes themselves on one key point: Potato Oles. Jen raved about the Potato Oles. In fact, many of the burritos on the menu came with Potato Oles inside them, though they are also available as a side dish.

It turns out, Potato Oles are tater tots.

I elected not to order any, but to instead sample someone else's. They tasted like tater tots.

I had a Chicken Quesadilla which was good, and a Super Burrito (pictured) in homage to Anna's Taqueria. This will be the last time I use Anna's and Taco John's in the same paragraph.

For being what it is, Taco John's made a decent lunch.

This Taco John's meal was rated: 3.0.

Thursday, March 16, 2006 by Jonah. Permalink for A Taco Bell Rip Off

Welcome To Taco John's

Reporting from Minnesota, Phil. Redwood Falls, population: 5,200. Home of my girlfriend, as well as 1 of the over 400 Taco John's franchise locations, a restaurant I had never heard of aside from her continually saying "Taco John's," when she meant to say "Taco Bell." When I would question her about it, heard tales of the wonder that is Taco John's, and that I didn't know what I was missing.

Apparently there are still 23 states that don't know what they're missing since Taco John's is now in 27 states in the US, none of which are in the Northeast or California. You can find a list of their locations here. Taco John's is independently owned.

However, while visiting her here in Redwood Falls (RWF, as the kids call it) there was no doubt that I had to check the place out. Fortunately, it was not hard to find, as you can spit from one side of Redwood Falls to the other.

Note: Though it might be reasonable to assume that Redwood Falls has not yet entered the electrical age and as a result I was unable to charge my camera, the truth is that I forgot it in Miami.

Thursday, March 16, 2006 by Jonah. Permalink for Welcome To Taco John's | Comments (23)