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May 25, 2009 03:27 PM

Taco bell style tacos downtown

Where can I find those cheap, taco bell style, bad for you, plain old beef, cheese, and lettuce tacos downtown? I know there's a taco bell in the west island and one far up north, but is there anything downtown? I'm really craving tacos!!


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  1. There is a Taco Bell on Cote Vertu Blvd. I believe the cross street is dacarie.

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    1. re: Alyson777

      Um - Côte Vertu & Decarie is Ville St-Laurent - that's nowhere near downtown.

    2. Well he only mentioned knowing of a Taco bell in the west island or more north. Therefore vsl is the closest to downtown. Plus the only other place of that style downtown was taco bull on St laurent blvd and it's closed.

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      1. re: Alyson777

        THere has to be a mexican take out place in one of the shopping "malls" - either in the Eaton Center (or whatever it's called now) or the one where Simons is. I know there's one in the Carrefour Angrignon that I'm pretty sure sells tacos, so if there's one there, I'm assuming other food concourses have them.

        1. re: maisonbistro


          According to the various centres' websites, there's a Taco Bell Express in the Cinéma Banque Scotia (Simons) food court and Los Dias outlets in both the Eaton Centre and Complexe Desjardins food courts. Looks like there's nothing in Place Ville-Marie, Place Montréal Trust or Les Cours Mont Royal. Couldn't find a listing of the restos in Les Halles de la Gare (strange, eh?).

        2. re: Alyson777

          Haha yeah that one on Cote Vertu & Decarie was the one I was referring to up north. A two way metro ride will cost me $5.50, that's more than the meal :(

          1. re: hafizrealmadrid

            And the service there is dismal at best. They have no clue what they're doing, the mess up the orders and food is cold when it gets to you.

        3. What about the "Los Classicos' outlet on Ste-Catherine (corner St-Laurent) ?

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          1. re: Maximilien

            I really like Los Classicos, but I am certain these are not the kind of tacos the OP is referring to.

            I think the OP might have better luck at a place like 3 amigos or something like that.

            1. re: moh

              Oh yeah, and what about Carlos & Pepes on Peel? May be just the kind of Westernized Mexican they're looking for?


              Caveat: I have never had a Taco Bell taco nor a Carlos & Pepes taco so I don't know how they compare.

              1. re: kpzoo

                I haven't had a Carlos and Pepe or a 3 amigo taco, as I usually tend to order enchiladas in places like these. But I remember the Taco Bell ones well, and I do understand their appeal. It's been a long time since I've had one though.

                The distinction between a hard shell taco vs a soft shell taco is key. I suspect the OP is referring to the hard shell taco. Oddly enough, I recently had one of these at our hospital cafeteria. It was a blast back to the 1970's and 1980's for me, the last time I've had a hard shell taco. It was pretty good, but unfortunately, in place salsa, they offered what appeared to be some kind of BBQ sauce. Very odd.

                This thread makes me want to go out and but some El Paso hard taco shells, and make one of the retro badboys properly. Without the BBQ sauce. The only problem is, they are very hard to eat! So messy! The shells always end up cracking mid-bite. I always have meat sauce on my short after.

                I would also note that hard shell tacos are one of the few items that in my mind require iceberg lettuce.

                1. re: moh

                  Exactly! Put a leaf of lettuce down and when it cracks there's no spillage. I can't take credit for this tip; I saw it on the Food Network courtesy of the Friendly Giant chef aka Michael Smith, Chef at Home.

                  1. re: hungryann

                    The Old El Paso route is a scary one. Two little shells filled with beef, taco sauce, sour cream, avocado, and topped with cheese will put an inch on your waist. No kidding, it's like a phantom fat meal!

                  2. re: moh

                    Funny, I too work in a hospital and have a colleague who usually gets tacos for lunch and they also smell like barbecue sauce, hmm. Maybe there's some kind of medical moratorium on salsa.

                    So here's the key to avoiding the inevitable post-first bite disintegration of the hard shell taco and ensuing disappointment (bonus: it involves extra cheesy goodness): 1. construct hard shell taco as you normally would (complete with requisite shredded iceberg) 2. Sprinkle liberal amounts of shredded cheese on a soft tortilla (larger in diameter than the hard shell) and broil for a bit until cheese is sufficiently melty 3. Place 1 inside 2 and fold the cheesy edges up around the hard shell until it is comfortably ensconced within. 4. Consume without any hazard to clothing, as any broken hard shell bits and sauce runoff are safely contained within the soft tortilla.

                    1. re: mtb

                      And also increasing the cheezy fat and carb content. Nice!

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              1. I was in Clearwater Fla. with my two kids last month and we ate at taco bell almost daily. It was inexpensive and really good. Dont get me wrong it is certainly no Toqué but after a day at the beach you could drive up to the drive thru window and eat a great afternoon snack. Their new taco salad was great and my kids loved the tacos. i wouldnt attempt to go to Taco Bell here as I am sure it would not compare.