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Taco Time open in Atrium Food Court

A friend of mine from Thunder Bay has been going on about this since he saw the "coming soon" sign. Apparently it's a Taco Bell alternative with a cult following that's now available in Toronto. It's now open, looked fairly busy when passing by yesterday. Anyone been?

I've never experienced any of the other Taco Time locations, but curious how this measures up for Tex Mex fast food offerings in the city. Since we're obviously limited here please don't post that it's not as good as some biblical burrito experience that happened in San Diego.

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  1. I assume it's this chain: http://www.tacotimecanada.com

    Would love to get an idea of what the food is like, but none of the links on their "Menu" page seem to work. Sheesh.

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    1. They were all over when I lived in Alberta. I actually didn't even realize they weren't already in Toronto until I saw this post. It is about the same quality as Taco Bell, maybe marginally better. If I never have a taco from there again, I'll be ok with that.

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      1. re: kwjd

        It's a western based chain. It's definitely better than Taco Bell. The meat is actually recognizable as such.

        1. re: sbug206

          To me, it is like comparing McDonald's to Harvey's. I guess Harvey's burgers are better, but it doesn't mean I'm going to eat either of them.

      2. Taco Time saved by butt once. Low on gas and money, some pals and I found one in the middle of nowhere, and the staff let us load up on pico de gallo. Not that this was a culinary breakthrough, but I'll always remember their kindness. Sadly, I dont remember the food.

        1. Made it by today for a late lunch. My Thunder Bay friend insisted that I try the Crisp Beef Burrito, so I got that and made it a combo with deluxe mexi fries and a drink.

          Crisp Beef burrito was like a very basic but tasty chimichange. A basic beef burrito deep fried. It dipped well in the cups of hot sauce that were in the self serve area off to the side. I'd say this is an advanced version of anything served at Taco Bell and it was pretty tasty.

          Deluxe Mexi Fries are tater tots with nacho stuff on them. Nothing earth shattering but an advanced version of what's offered at TB and was actually really tasty. The taco beef actually has a decent flavour and seasoning too it.

          I can understand the cult follow this place has. If under the influence this type of stuff would be holy grail material for munchie isssues. Stone sober it's still fairly tasty. Service was friendly but a bit clunky since they still seem to be in training mode there. But a solid fast food addition to the city, and looking forward to checking out other things on the menu when I'm back in the area.

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          1. re: abigllama

            Have you tried Chipotle Mexican Grill? It's just across the road from the Atrium anyway and in my opinion much more delicious than Taco Time.

            1. re: alison87

              I enjoy Chipotle but it's a very different animal than Taco Time. While they both offer burritos one has grilled meats, the other has tater tots with cheese sauce on em. It would be sort of like comparing Black Camel to Subway.

          2. Taco Time!! Aahh, memories of TBay...I suppose I remember it as a slightly seedier version of Taco Bell. But quite exotic for northern Ontario. And that cheesy sauce is addictive.

            1. We've had one for ages here in Brampton

              It took over the ex-Tim Hortons, beside the Pizza Pizza on Main street. (Main & Nanwood)

              I've been a couple times when they first open, it was OK.. I don't know why I stopped going actually, and I always wonder if the place is going to die.. That little plaza thing doesn't get much traffic

              it's comparable to mucho burrito or taco del mar

              cheers

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              1. re: duckdown

                I grew up in Alberta always eating Taco Time. I never even realized until this post that I haven't seen one in Toronto! I'm not sure where you heard about the cult following...from what I had in Alberta, I can't imagine why that would be.

              2. Sadly, Taco Time is no longer with us. A notice of abandonment was posted on the shuttered outlet. This was actually one of my favourite hang over guilty pleasures in the city. The manager was super friendly and always recognize me and make small talk. When he was not around the staff was disturbingly indifferent so not surprised that it folded.