Taco 2 Taco
There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who over-generalize, and those who don’t. But, and, Also, there are two kinds of Taco joints in Canada (probably elsewhere too).
Taco Time: Notable for it’s claim of authentic Mexican food. The disposable place mats for the last few years have detailed the franchise creator, Ken, and his travels through Mexico feeding Mexicans his own brand of Taco. Which according to the place mats, they loved.
Taco Bell: Notable for it’s former mascot, a little annoying dog. Taco Bell doesn’t focus on authenticity, instead promoting the speed of service, and the lower cost of food.
QUALITY OF SIDE:
Taco Bell has the strange practice of using French-fries in the place of tortilla chips. Their fries supreme is shoestring fries smothered in bright orange liquid cheese, ground beef that looks like something unmentionable, and sour cream. The mixture is easy to scoop into one’s mouth with a fork, as it tends to clump.
Taco Time uses these little tater tot things as their side. Some people complain about them, and they are rather flavourless, but that’s because there’s little salt on them. Patrons are expected to dip them in the complementary hot sauce, a kind of thin salsa. The Mexi-Fries Supreme, or whatever it’s called in this case, has a similar cheese, and sour cream, but the ground beef is of higher quality, and I seem to remember little bits of tomato on top. Healthy!
WINNER: Taco Time
QUALITY OF ENTRE:
Taco Bell’s entres are the McDonalds hamburgers of the taco realm. Their burritos all use white flour tortillas, and are thinly packed with mushy meat or beans. The Tacos themselves are unremarkable, and come with a lot of lettuce. The other contents are hidden away inside beneath layers of bland iceberg. On taste alone, however, Taco Bell is promising. The things taste good. I can only assume (and after having a wet throaty coughing fit soon after finishing) that the taste is enhanced purely through the inclusion of salt and grease.
Taco Time’s entres try to strike closer to Mexican cooking, but I’m unaware how close they come. The tortillas are whole wheat, and the fillings are a more firm bean or ground beef. The tacos in question have more diverse filling, to rice, olives, and tomatoes. I also appreciate their sauces. They also do not lead me to such violent fits of coughing, but are still somewhat greasy.
WINNER: Taco Time
PRICE OF TACO:
Taco Bell’s prices are low. This is how the chain grew and became popular. I remember hearing a story about how the creator would purposefully open Taco Bell’s in lower rent neighborhoods as far away from McDonalds and other competitors as possible to maximize throughput. You can get two tacos and a fries supreme and drink at Taco Bell for about $7.
Taco Time is more expensive. Their combo meals will set you back about $7 without the fries supreme, and possibly only one taco.
WINNER: Taco Bell
GRAND CHAMPION: Taco Time with 2/3 categories!