Del Taco – Oak Lawn, IL

13 02 2009
  • 9507 S. Cicero Avenue
  • Oak Lawn, IL 60453
  • (708 ) 229-1988
  • Website
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The only Illinois Del Taco location in Oak Lawn.

The only Illinois Del Taco location in Oak Lawn.

Authentic Mexican scares me.  Fast food quasi-Mexican intrigues me.  Go figure.  It’s not that I don’t like Mexican food.  I just don’t have a lot of experience with it.  I had never heard of Del Taco until I started dating J and saw the one by her parents.  I realized it was probably a chain, but it’s not a chain I had ever seen before.   Since it was something I had never had before, I wanted to check it out.

Del Taco is a West Coast chain that is slowly expanding into the Midwest.  The Oak Lawn location is the only one in Illinois.  It sits near the corner of Cicero Avenue and 95th Street in front of  a small shopping center.  When you see Del Taco, you immediately think of it’s competitors.  It looks pretty much the same from the outside.  A small building with a Southwestern flair. 

The inside is much brighter.  J actually described as a kid’s interpretation of a restaurant.  There are splashes of color anywhere and everywhere from floor to ceiling.  The set up is what you’d expect.  There’s a small dining room with plastic furniture and an order counter with little rope maze that you have wind your way through even though you’re the only person there. Read the rest of this entry »


Taco John’s – Bradley, IL

20 12 2008
  • 484 S. Kennedy Drive
  • Bradley, IL 60915
  • (815) 939-3064
  • Website
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Taco Johns on Kennedy Drive in Bradley, IL

Taco John's on Kennedy Drive in Bradley, IL

There aren’t many chain restaurants that I miss, but Taco John’s is one of them.  Everyone always thought I was crazy for preferring Taco John’s over Taco Bell, but I loved Taco John’s. 

When I was growing up, they used to give free tacos for A’s on your report card.  You’d bring in the report card, they’d give you a taco then mark the report card so you couldn’t try to use it again.  As stupid as it sounds, it was always an incentive to get A’s.  We knew if we did, we get a trip for tacos.

Once we got too old for that, we would always hit up the store on Tuesday for “Taco Tuesday”  All tacos were half price and my mom could feed two growing boys for half price.  Not a bad deal.

Taco John’s kind of fell out of my life until I moved to Peoria.  I worked in one of Peoria’s suburbs and right down the street was a Taco John.  I know this is going to surprise most people, but folks working in small town television news make about the same as fast food employees who don’t have thousands of dollars in student loans to pay off, so anytime I could pick up a cheap meal, I did.  Every Tuesday, you could find me at the Taco John’s where I could get six hardshell tacos for under $4. Read the rest of this entry »

Taco Bell, Pizza Hut Restocking Tomatoes

17 06 2008

Not that I care too much….but come to think of it, how do you make pizza without tomatoes?

Tomatoes are coming back on the menus at Yum Brands’ restaurants, including Taco Bell.

The Louisville-based fast-food company says it’s starting to resupply its restaurants with tomatoes from areas that have been cleared of salmonella risk by federal health officials.

Yum is the parent company of Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, A&W and Long John Silver’s restaurants.

Taco Bell – S. Lansing

31 05 2008
  • 5634 S. Cedar St.Taco Bell
  • Lansing, MI 48911
  • (517) 393-8639
  • Website
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Ah, Fourth Meal.  My girlfriend came home from work and said she was hungry.  What a coincidence because I’m always hungry.  We debated for about ten minutes about where to go.  There’s a White Castle, Tim Horton’s, and Taco Bell pretty close.  For some reason, we both craved taco’s so Taco Bell won out.

Like most fast food, it has been year’s since I’ve eaten at a Taco Bell.  In Illinois, I always went to a chain called Taco John’s.  Tuesday’s were Taco Tuesday where taco’s were half price, so that was about the only time I ate fast food taco’s.  Anyway, back to Fourth Meal.  It was after midnight so only the drive-thru was open so we got in line.  Taco Bell is a pretty popular place that late at night.  There were probably five or six cars in front of us, but the people working inside were pretty efficient in getting people through the line.  We didn’t sit in line more than five minutes before ordering.

I stuck to something simple and just got four hardshell tacos.  Like most places, the tacos are really simple with just beef, lettuce, and cheese in the shell.  I’ve always thought Taco Bell’s tacos were a little dry and that’s why I don’t usually go.  These were that way too, but it really hit the spot that late at night.

My girlfriend got a softshell taco, a small nacho, and a Strawberry-Mango Fruitista Freeze.  The softshell taco was just like mine….but with a softshell.  The nachos are just…well, nachos.  The chips came with a cup of cheese on the side.  The Fruitista Freeze are kinda like a fruit smoothie.  All the advertisements show a mango smoothie with a layer of strawberries on top.  What she actually got was a mango smoothie with a dollop of strawberry on top.

Taco Bell served it’s purpose.  We didn’t order enough food beause we were both still hungry, but that late at night do you really want a big meal?  Since there are no Taco John’s that I know of in the Lansing area, I’m sure we’ll hit Taco Bell more often.  Again, not my first choice, but it’s not horrible either.  It’s one of those “you know what you’re gonna get” places and that’s not always a bad thing.