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Jimboys tacos, sac

someyoungguyy Jan 11, 2008 02:36 PM

anybody been to this chain??? they have one here in vegas and I'd like to try one, I'm originally from the SF east bay area, but they don't have any here yet. THX.

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    bennyboy1 RE: someyoungguyy Jan 11, 2008 03:02 PM

    About a zillion times. IMO, the best fast food taco you can get. They are even better at the Roseville Auction though....

    They cook the taco differently. No taco shell, the tortilla is fried on a griddle, the meat added, to the inside, the tortilla folded, cheese melted over it and then parmesan cheese is sprinkled on the outer shell.

    Lettuce is the only thing added after cooking. Best with the "hot" sauce (original).

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      Antilope RE: bennyboy1 Jan 11, 2008 06:46 PM

      I've eaten at Jimboys many times here in the Sacramento area. I like their tacos, they're different. It's not your typical Tex-Mex taco. It's a Caulieforneeia taco. ;-)

      Here's a link to their website with a history page.


    2. alanbarnes RE: someyoungguyy Jan 11, 2008 07:24 PM

      It's a different kinda thing. IMHO not worth a trip out of your way, but try it if you're near one and hungry.

      It's an interesting take on the fast food taco. As noted above, no industrial made-in-New-Jersey taco shells, but corn tortillas that aren't bad. Not good, but... The dusting of parmesean cheese is an interesting and tasty twist. Other cheeses involved in the process (the orange stuff that they probably characterize as cheddar) have the mouthfeel of a petroleum byproduct. Avoid. The picadillo is big step above typical fast-food beef filling. Nothing special, but edible.

      When it's late at night, you're hungry, and the drive-through is there, give 'em a shot. Keep your expectations limited and you may be pleasantly surprised.

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        Sacto_Damkier RE: alanbarnes Jan 14, 2008 07:25 PM

        I have never had cheddar cheese - or any orange cheese - on a Jimboy's taco. After reading this thread, this weekend I made a pilgrimage to the midtown location and got two perfect tacos with white cheese, most likely Monterey Jack.

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        Sacto_Damkier RE: someyoungguyy Jan 12, 2008 09:29 AM

        Wow, Vegas! I knew there were Jimboys in Reno, but Las Vegas is a shock. Definately go and have some tacos. I am partial to the chicken tacos myself. The flavors and juices are very good. I like the soft/hard texture of the fried tortilla and the fresh ingredients. Usually, they have Sunday Tacos too - ground beef, but dirt cheap.

        Their quesadillas are very good, especially with the fresh salsa bar. Go and try this successful Sacramento chain when you have a chance. I am glad to see they are becoming more successful.

        1. SteveTimko RE: someyoungguyy Jan 12, 2008 12:03 PM

          There's several of them in the Reno area. The quality varies widely here. Probably the best one is on Sullivan Lane in Sparks. I stopped going to the one on Wells AVenue in Reno, the quality was so poor.

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            salvage RE: someyoungguyy Jan 12, 2008 08:32 PM

            They have been around the Sacramento area for years. They tacos are the best offering; different, kind of like Jack 'n Box's 2 for $1 tacos, a guilty pleasure snack. Their other food is tex-mex fast food forgetable IMO.

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              bennyboy1 RE: salvage Jan 13, 2008 08:50 AM

              They are NOTHING AT ALL like Jacks 2 for ones. Jimboys uses real beef as opposed to whatever is used at JIB's..... They do not deep fry the tortilla.They grill it ona griddle...

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              ricepad RE: someyoungguyy Jan 14, 2008 06:22 AM

              I love Jimboy's tacos. They're far from authentic, but then again, I'm not sure the founder really had a clue about authenticity when he started...IIRC, he's Danish!

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                lilyalli RE: ricepad Jan 17, 2008 09:32 AM

                Jimboy's has been around since the early 70's here in Sacramento and I've been eating there since I was a kid. The ground beef taco's are greasy and addictive. The cheese on their ground beef tacos is american (the same that they put on top of their refried beans) ..but they used mont. jack in their chicken tacos.. Most Jimboy's have salsa bars now but I stick to their original taco sauce in the packets. The fact that they sprinkle their tacos with parmesan cheese is different but it makes them stand out from any other taco fast food place. When I'm not in the mood for their rice and beans, I will order their french fries...fresh, thickly cut, skins still on the potatoes w/seasoned salt. Jimboy's is very good if it's greasy food you're looking for :)

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