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Misleading Menu Wording - a short rant

I just had lunch today a local restaurant that seems to be well known and well liked - I ordered the blackened fish taco, the description included cheese which should ahve been a sign... I ordered it with out - it came out as a wrap...a big flour tortilla (a flavored one, no less)... with over cooked fish and god knows what else inside of it...

I just want to know, why they would call it a taco... it wasn't a taco, not even remotely - about as close to a taco as a lasagna is to spaghetti and meatballs

Just ranting.. don't take me too seriously :-)

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  1. Oh, that would cheese my pizza, too. And, I bet if you complained, the response would be "oh, that's just our version of a taco!"


      1. Would I want my fish blackened?

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        1. re: Harters

          No and I have never ordered anything blackened before! It was just such a strange place with fruit salsas on every third menu item and I was just so hungry, I was dazed by two massive and very wordy menus.... Oh and all the descriptions were missing punctuation!!!!

          I half expected to be beaten up by the Chowhound mafia - thanks for the sympathy :-) !!!

          1. re: Harters

            You may well want your fish blackened if you are in New Orleans or using Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen.
            Delicious. I do blackened shark on the grill.

            1. re: Harters

              I should also say that blackened fish, properly prepared, is not overcooked.

            2. everything about this story stinks.
              but, to be fair, there were a lot of clues that the dish was likely to be a train wreck.

              1. It sounds like a wrap to me. I am not a big fan of 'wraps'. They usually have too many ingredients for my tastes.

                1. <I ordered it with out - it came out as a wrap...a big flour tortilla (a flavored one, no less).>

                  But that is a taco too. Not the yellow corn crispy taco (hard shell taco), but taco none the less.

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                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    I've never seen a taco "wrapped." Burritos are wrapped but never seen a taco.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Depending how "wrapped" up they are, I have had soft taco which look like this from Mexican restaurants


                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        Oh, yeah, I see what you mean. I agree with you now :)

                  2. Not that I would have been happy with it, for several reasons, but...

                    taco (n.)
                    tortilla filled with spiced meat, etc., 1949, from Mexican Spanish, "light lunch," literally "plug, wadding."


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                    1. re: NE_Wombat

                      I have a tiny little feeling that the restaurant wasn't so much concerned with that kind of authenticity.

                      1. re: Violatp

                        I'd put that observation on my list of several reasons I wouldn't have been happy.

                      2. re: NE_Wombat

                        Yes, I've had tacos with flour tortillas before - and if I got two little "taco/wraps" such as you have pictured, I probably would have been disappointed but not annoyed (only with myself for bad ordering!)..... what I got was not a taco -

                        And because sometimes I'm like a dog with a bone :-) ... here's the Wikipedia etymology reference

                        "According to the Real Academia Española, publisher of Diccionario de la Lengua Española, the word taco describes a typical Mexican dish of a maize tortilla folded around food ("Tortilla de maíz enrollada con algún alimento dentro, típica de México"). The original sense of the word is of a "plug" or "wad" used to fill a hole ("Pedazo de madera, metal u otra materia, corto y grueso, que se encaja en algún hueco").[2] The Online Etymological Dictionary defines taco as a "tortilla filled with spiced meat" and describes its etymology as derived from Mexican Spanish, "light lunch," literally, "plug, wadding."[3] The sense development from "plug" may have taken place among Mexican silver miners, who used explosive charges in plug form consisting of a paper wrapper and gunpowder filling.[4]

                      3. I just realized that I missed a point which is that I really don't like fish tacos on flour tortillas.

                        1. There are things called "rolled tacos".


                          Whether a wrap constitutes a rolled taco, I suppose, is a debate all unto itself.

                          1. Only rant I have is when a menu offers chives for baked potatoes, but what comes instead is green onions.