Do you have that one fast food joint you love going to, but hate admitting and would rather vote for Bush’s brother for Prez, than be judged as a culinary infidel?
Well I’ll admit I can be real lazy sometimes when it comes to cooking for self. I hate my kitchen. Hate eating alone. And loathe, detest, and avoid doing the dishes.
It makes my left eye twitch.
So, more often than I like to admit, I find myself zipping through Taco Bell. I think I’ve actually admitted to this foulplay here. But this time, I will tell you exactly what I order, only for the sake of the purpose of this post.
- 2 Hard Tacos: one “fresco” (no cheese and a shameless amount of tomato) and one regular (no sour cream) = $1.19 and .$99, respectively
- 1 Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Supreme (little cheese, no sour cream) = $2.79
Oh and medium salsa. All that for a total of $5.00. Not bad, right, for dispensable food right across the street from me and conveniently edible while driving to a meeting or a cooking gig.
I’d been okay with the notion of subjecting my stomach to processed and frozen beef, all to satisfy a crunch craving. But lo and behold, the time has come when all things convenient and bad must come to an end.
And, thank GOD!
I had the good fortune of being introduced to the best ONE DOLLAR taco ever! My friend Ivan brought me one on Wednesday night just to taste, and I was impressed and hooked! Very simple in form but seasoned to utter perfection. He offered me two chunky carne tacos which were tender and sized just right. Indeed the taste was the most authentic to a real Mexican taco I’ve had stateside. Having been in Puerto Vallarta just a few months ago, the smell of fresh corn tortillas and cilantro still lingers.
He had no idea what the name of the place was. Just said “it’s very fancy” and bragged about each taco costing only one dollar and quesadillas only $4. I really couldn’t believe it. After all, EYE know what a dollar taco tastes like!
The meat was fresh, the onions bit, and the cilantro had a fine chop. No way. Not possible. Especially since “shitty bell” charges one dollar for tacos that don’t even fill the shell with meat that will cause even the strongest of stomachs to use the toilet.
So today, in that lazy mood to cook for self, I picked up another friend and drove 10 minutes to the “fancy place”. I had to see with my own eyes what the hype was all about. So, without further adieu, voila! Here is the “fancy place” where I lunched today!!
A trailer with an awning! Yes mi gente, a freakin’ trailer with a portable heater keeping the 100 sq ft. indoor eatery warm. And did you see that menu!? DOLLAR tacos that have REAL chicken and REAL carne? All fresh, cooked right in front of you. The toppings were abundant. Lime wedges were nice and chunky and the salsa was spicy enough to kill the wind outside.
Though, I was slightly, only slightly disappointed they didn’t have tomato. A taco without tomato? Okay but for a dollar, sorry .99, I quickly got over it. All drinks were un peso, too! I had 2 SUPER FRESH tacos: one tongue (yes tongue!!! and soooo damn good), one carne; and one chicken quesadilla. My friend had 2 chicken tacos and 1 chicken quesadilla. The quesadilla was the best I’ve ever had, hands down, no lie. The pollo was as tender as marshmellow, juicy and succulent like all chicken should be. And the tortilla was grilled just the way I like it. Oh and the cheese was authentic and not that packaged stuff that pretends to be a “Mexican Fiesta” mix.
Look at this below, worth $8!!!!!!
Within 10 minutes of sitting down, the parking lot started drawing a long line. 33 degrees and folk just outside waiting to order dollar tacos! Well, $12 later (and no tax), we were both full, happy and more excited to find my “lazy day” joint. I love it! It’s quick, FRESH, REAL, TASTY and cheap-o! I still didn’t get the name of the place, but it doesn’t get any more “home cooked” than this. I encourage you, my fellow Atlians, do yourselves a favor (oh this place is actually on Favor St., Marietta–no pun intended) and go experience REAL tacos, quesadillas and burritos for the low low! This place is recession proof for sure!
And for those of you out of Atlanta, season and grill some chicken chunks, dice up some onion, chop up some cilantro and tomato, take two corn tortillas, slap on a stove top grill, wedge some lime and you too will have an excelente taco for $1!
Update on 1/4/09: The taco joint is called “Million Taco” located at 2080 Favor St, Marietta, Ga.
**Do you have a secret hideaway in your town you recently got word of? Have you recently buried an ol’ faithful!? Do tell!**
R.I.P Taco Bell. I’ll never bite you again. Chipotle, you may be next.
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