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del taco - is it any good?

del taco has landed in detroit. they have opened two stores - one on the east side (roseville) and one on the west side (dearborn). i drove by the east side store today and it was pretty busy inside and at the drive through line. i have not seen any advertising, so maybe it is the newness factor attracting a local lunch crowd.

i have seen the chain out west but i have never been to one. are they any good? where does del taco fall in the spectrum of mexican chains taco bell, baja fresh, and chipotle?

help us out, west coast hounds...

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  1. More like Taco Bell than Chipotle or Baja Fresh, but I'd say better than Taco Bell. Cheap. Really cheap.

    1. It falls into cheap mexican gut fill... so Taco Bell...

      That being said, I would choose del taco over taco bell anyway (except when seeking a crunch wrap...LOL!). Del Taco has a much more interesting menu (Instead of recycling the same 5 ingredients that taco bell does... :P) and I THINK they actually cook their own beans (instead of the dehydrated crap Taco Bell uses). Also, I've heard that their Fish Tacos, Fish Burritos and Tacos al Carbon are rather tasty.

      --Dommy!

      1. I like thier french fries!

        1. I love their plain jane crunchy tacos because I dig their mild taco sauce, also like the taco cheese. The Tacos al carbon are excellent, particularly the steak. Love their shakes too, use real ice cream. They also have an item I order that's not on the menu, a small chicken salad and it's so good. It's shredded fresh (not bagged) lettuce, chopped tomato, chopped grilled chicken with a little bit of this ranch-like white dressing. They serve it with tortilla chips as garnish. Simple, but very good!

          1. They use cheddar (not plastic) cheese....so the quesedillas are good. I get a plain one and a small red and a small green burrito.

            1. I second the quesadillas - they're much better than Taco Bell's. I also like their combo burrito. I always preferred Del Taco to Taco Bell when I lived in L.A. Thanks for alerting us that there's now a Roseville location - much closer for me than Dearborn.

              1. I like their chicken club burrito. I also like that they have burgers and fries.

                1. A you can see by the username, I'm a West Coast Traveler. Del Taco is by far the best fast food Mexican. Beat Taco Bell hands down. I'm a Pacific Northwestern originally from SoCal, so we are saddled with Taco Time. People up here go friggin' nuts for Taco Time, but only because they don't have "The Del." Give it a Shot! Tacos del Carbon are the closest fast food version of a true Tiauana staple as you will ever find!

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                  1. re: West Coast Bates

                    So Cal girl here myself and when I lived in Pacific NW...I too could not understand how anyone could eat at Taco Time. The Del is the best and now they have shredded beef burritos and tacos, they are quite tasty.

                  2. Del Taco is definitely above Taco Bell. But below Baja Fresh and Chipotle.

                    Their spicy jack chicken quesedillas and chicken soft tacos are pretty good.

                    1. No. I like Taco Bell MUCH more than Del Taco....Del Taco is just horribly bad.....only get their nachos or quesedilla....both pretty weak.....

                      Taco Bell I love their Nachos Bel Grande or their Taco supreme...that's about it...but those just beat Del Taco.

                      I like Taco Time...well, just their Crisp Meat Burrito.

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                      1. re: Xericx

                        I agree... when I went to college in SoCal I must have tried Del Taco all of 3 times in all my years there! Every visit was similar: limp fries, bland food (lacked even fast food seasonings), smaller portions than Taco Bell, etc.

                      2. French Fries are great- really crispy- put them inside the burritos and it's rock and roll time.

                        Green burritos are different and I always ask for extra sauce.

                        Their fish taco/fish burrito and carne asada taco are all good and something you'll never get at a taco smell.

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                        1. re: meltedcheese

                          Love the green burritos with extra sauce and onions. And yes, they actually use real beans, not the rehydrated stuff like Taco Bell. BTW...if the water is not so tasty in the neighborhood you eat your Taco Bell, then the flavor of the beans is not so desireable as well.

                        2. I think they're pretty awful, but here in Los Angeles we have so many better taco options we only eat there when starving, no time, and nobody in the drive through lane.

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                          1. re: BobtheBigPig

                            All right, someone who's on the same page as me. Del Taco and Taco Bell serve the late food crowd who don't have a King Taco, Molcasalsa, or Alberto's nearby. As an LA native, it's tough to understand why these places are so popular when there are better options. I have eaten at both places plenty of times though, before I knew what I was missing out on. The only thing I like at Taco Bell now is a double decker taco and I'll get deluxe chili cheese fries at Del Taco if I'm in the need of sobering up with no other options around.

                          2. I've only been to Del Taco a couple of times since the late 80s when I moved to Northern California where Del Taco had no franchises, at least in the towns where I lived. Del Taco was started in the desert town of Barstow, Calif., about 160 miles NW of L.A., by a man named Del. He came up with an idea around the same time as the founder of Taco Bell: To make fast-food tacos and burritos with ground beef. I don't know who came up with the idea first. Except Taco Bell expanded and franchised quicker. It was, and still is, just American-style fast-food tacos and burritos. Not authentic Mexican food. Ground beef instead of carne asada or shredded beef. Lots of cheese, lettuce and sour cream. But I loved 'em in my teen years in the 70s and 80s.

                            1. I love the fish tacos!! The bacon chs burger is not bad either!

                              1. I love their breakfast burritoes. Don't know if this is still the case, but the 24 hour ones used to start serving breakfast at 2 or 2:30 a.m. I was a frequent visitor in college.

                                1. Used to go to Del Taco all the time. Serviceable, inauthentic fast mexican food. The chicken soft taco is usually good, along with the quesadillas and the spicy chicken burrito. I'm not big on their fries, or their ground beef.

                                  1. The best thing about Del Taco is "Dan", their spokesman.

                                    1. Stay away from the hamburgers!Don't go out of your way to go to Del Taco, tacos are good,taco are good,burritos are okay.Don't go out of your way to go to Del Taco.

                                      1. oops! meant to say the fish tacos are good

                                        1. del taco is obviously not authentic mexican food, but i kind of like it for what it is. here's some things that are good:
                                          veggie works
                                          fries
                                          fish taco, for real it is good
                                          spicy chicken burrito
                                          part of the fun for me is ordering the 'del scorcho' sauce

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                                          1. re: themirthmobile

                                            Back in high school, used to go several times a week. Used to get cravings for those chicken soft tacos (secret sauce!) and the deluxe chili cheese fries.

                                            Tried it again recently, just don't have a taste for fast food anymore, it seems, haha. Still, got a lot of mileage out of late night meals and quick lunches there!

                                          2. Ironic to say this but i think they have one of the best fast food burgers.... the double Del with bacon is awesome, of course since they are one of the few fast food places open 24hours, that could be why i like it... when eating food at 2:00 am your senses are not are tuned....

                                            I definitely like Del Taco better the Taco bell. The food tastes fresher to me, and the meat "feels" lke real meat in Del taco, items. to say that seems strange, but its true. Taco bell always taste salty and really really processed and slimy to me...
                                            The fries from Del taco are a nice twist to the typical chips & salsa that you get in other places (their fries are rated pretty high in my book)... I wouldn't consider this a trip to get authentic Mexican food though.... it's as Americanized as a fast food chain can be.... just because its says Mexican food on the wrapper doesn't mean its authentic....

                                            1. I moved from SoCal this past year and I miss my Tacos del Carbon from Del. Sooo good, cheap and pretty healthy as far as fast food tacos go. It will be one of my first stops when I'm home next week for Christmas (I live on a tiny island with no fast food to speak of, funny the things you end up missing).

                                              I love the burgers too, definitely worth a try!

                                              1. i love their fries, order a side of secret (white) sauce and a side of red sauce (the sauce they put on the burritos, not the hot sauce packets). Dip the fries in both, yummy!! i usually get those and a combo burrito which i dip in a litle ketchup lol. i would never do this with real mexican food but it somehow works with Del Taco.

                                                1. even though they don't have the fish burrito on the menu anymore, as long as they carry fish tacos they'll make the burrito for you.

                                                  1. Del Taco's Bacon Egg and Cheese quesadilla for breakfast is great 'road food'!
                                                    One of my splurges when I am driving to those early morning appointments!

                                                    1. Baja Fresh and El Pollo Loco are both better than Del Taco. Del Taco is a cut above Taco Bell. At Del Taco, I like their small red burrito for a quick snack.

                                                      1. Del Taco is awsome i love almost everything and i work there there beans are cooked we get a 50 pound bag and we also grate the chz fresh everyone must eat there and also the fish burrito is back

                                                        1. I find it boring boring boring. Nothing has any flavor, and it's not like it's any healthier than Taco Bell. So if I want "fast food" Mexican, I go to Taco Bell, where everything has that distinctive "Taco Bell taste," i.e. processed cheese, sodium and MSG-loaded seasoning, etc. It's a very specific desire.

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                                                          1. re: mehfactor

                                                            Del Taco satisfies that late night post-rehearsal I'm-starving craving we all experience from time to time. So cool to see that I am not alone in my love for the simple bean and cheese burrito with EXTRA green sauce -- that green sauce is something other than else, I love it! 'Specially with a nice handful of melting cheddar cheese and a squirt of the Del Scorcho hot sauce (with dehydrated onion), yum!

                                                            I remember a SoCal chain called Naugles that was very similar to Del Taco (I think Del Taco bought 'em out actually)....the Del Taco Macho Burrito (any of the variations) are really tasty concoctions, the closest thing to the old Naugles Macho Burrito (of which many were consumed by yours truly back "in the day".

                                                          2. I like del tacos breakfast, but that's where it ends. For tacos, burritos etc... I'd stick with taco bell. It is nice that they have fries but the fries aren't that great either.

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                                                            1. re: angeelarose

                                                              sorry, totally disagree. taco bell uses dehydrated beans that are reconstituted at each site with the tap water. If the local water taste odd, then so does the beans. Also, Del Taco now has shredded beef burritos.

                                                            2. Ahhhh yeahhhhh, the Double Del Burger Meal (usually a #9 out here in CA/AZ land) w/ upgraded french fries in a large drink cup! Yummmmm. -BnF

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                                                              1. Del Taco destroys Bell Taco in a head-to-head -- better, fresher, more generous, better menu. I much prefer their "macho taco" for $1.39 with lots of the "scorcho" hot sauce over the Wendy's value burgers in the same strip plaza. At Taco Bell everything tastes gluey, but I actually enjoy some of the offerings at Del Taco. I haven't tasted Chipotle, but Baja Fresh and La Salsa are equal or at most slightly better at twice or 3X the price.

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                                                                1. re: nosh

                                                                  You can also place some of that "scorcho" on your hamburgers if you want! -BnF

                                                                  1. re: Big N Fat

                                                                    or you can mix it with the ketchup and dip your fries in it.