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Taco In A Bun from Rick's Drive-In

pleasurepalate Oct 31, 2010 08:41 PM

Have you ever had one of those days when you were out running errands and suddenly, you realized you were hungry? But soon after, you don't know what you're hungry for? So you end up driving home, thinking to yourself that if I see something interesting on the way, I'll make a stop and grab a bite.

Well, for some reason, I ended up stopping at Rick's Drive-In. I don't even know if I was in the mood for any kind burger, but I've been driving by Rick's for years and have heard off and on that they have pretty good food, so I decided to give it a try. After waffling over the menu choices, I went for the Taco in a Bun with French fries.

Why Taco in a Bun? I'm not quite sure. Perhaps because I wasn't in the mood for a traditional burger so at least, this might be a bit different. I didn't even bother asking what was in it when I ordered it. I just went for it. After unwrapping it and taking a closer look, I saw that it basically had the components of a taco with seasoned meat, lettuce, tomato, and cheese on a burger bun with mustard. Yes, this really was Taco in a Bun, at least an Americanized version of a taco.

So I dug in. Was it the best Taco in a Bun Burger I ever had? I can't say since this is the only one I've ever had, but it hit the spot. If you're really hungry, this burger was a good size, so that's a plus. As for the taco meat itself, it wasn't seasoned enough for my taste; but adding hot sauce was helpful in the taste department. Other than that, the bread was soft and the vegetables were fresh, all good things in my book.

Is it something I'd crave or go out of my way to get again? Not really. But for one afternoon, that Taco in a Bun was enough to satisfy the hollow feeling in my belly and sometimes, that's good enough. By the way, the French Fries were some of the best I've ever had, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I'd stop by just for those.

However, while writing this post, I remembered that a friend had blogged about her experience at Rick's Drive-In and when I looked up that post again, she mentioned a menu item that crazily enough may merit a repeat visit to Rick's Drive-In sometime soon. Have you ever heard of the Spuderito? Simply, it's a French fry burrito with fries, cheese and hot sauce. Check out my friend's video below. Come on, you know want one, too. :)


Rick's Drive-In
680 E. Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
(805) 658-0179

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Rick's Drive-In
680 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101

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  1. monku RE: pleasurepalate Oct 31, 2010 09:06 PM

    Curious if this is the same place that was going to close maybe 5 years ago to make way for development?

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      monku RE: monku Oct 31, 2010 11:03 PM

      Confirmed, It was Rick's...

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        Peripatetic RE: monku Jan 1, 2011 03:42 PM

        I drove by Rick's yesterday and noticed there's a large "notice of public hearing" posted in front of the property just behind Rick's. It's scheduled for sometime later this month. Does anyone know if this means the end is drawing near for Rick's again?

        EDIT: I found a copy of the notice online:


        Doesn't look good. :(

    2. ipsedixit RE: pleasurepalate Oct 31, 2010 09:10 PM

      This reminds me of something my grade school cafeteria served us when they ran out of hard taco shells during Mexican taco lunch days.

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        buttermarblepopcorn RE: ipsedixit Oct 31, 2010 10:41 PM


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          kevin RE: ipsedixit Oct 31, 2010 11:25 PM

          It sounds a little bit like the Bell Beefer at TB.

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          reality check RE: pleasurepalate Oct 31, 2010 11:16 PM

          Funny somebody should mention Bun Taco. I saw a blog that mentioned Del Taco has a "secret Naugles menu" and a bun taco is part of that menu.

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            alliebear RE: pleasurepalate Oct 31, 2010 11:21 PM

            I've had the taco in a bun before. The only time I ever veered from my usual order of a spuderito. The taco in a bun reminded me of a sloppy joe. I wasn't really impressed.

            But I LOVE the spuderito. I'm addicted. I'm glad that condo development never happened, so I can still get a spuderito when I'm in the area.

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              WildSwede RE: alliebear Jan 1, 2011 11:16 PM

              My favorite things at Rick's are their tacos and tostadas. I think the burgers would be awesome if they added some thousand dressing to it. As it is, it is pretty good. Yes, their fries are good - especially when dipped in their hot sauce!

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                kevin RE: WildSwede Jan 2, 2011 08:29 AM

                im not a fan of thousan on burgers no more.

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              DWB RE: pleasurepalate Nov 1, 2010 05:24 PM

              Also sounds like a "Lita Burger" at Taco Lita in Arcadia on Duarte Rd, If they still exist.

              Taco Lita
              120 E Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91006

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                reality check RE: DWB Nov 1, 2010 06:49 PM

                Yes, Taco Lita still has the Lita Burger.

                Taco Lita
                120 E Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91006

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