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lone nut
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Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 12/22/09 1:59 PM
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californyguy has stirred muchas nostalgias para the erstwhile TB BellBeefer, or Taco Burger. Here's the answer to all those prayers: http://www.losanjealous.c...me-of-the-taco-burger/
Personally, I bemoan the demise of the full-scale fried burrito that JintheB used to offer, and the fried mini-burritos I enjoyed at Carl's Jr. The perfect item after the bars close.



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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 12/22/09 3:17 PM
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Henry's?  ACK!  

I hate to think that I'm going to go there and try it.  The article was written in 2006 but I'll give it a go.

They have the world's worst tacos.  They serve soft tacos and they don't even heat up the tortillas.  Hot Sauce/salsa isn't good either.  Their hard shell come out of a box.

But I loved the Bell Burger so I will go there for lunch tomorrow and give it a try.

Then I'll report back.

Henry's is very close to me but I haven't eaten there after trying it once.  They didn't deserve a second try it was that bad.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 12/22/09 3:24 PM
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I like the Googie signage.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 12/22/09 3:27 PM
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mar52


Henry's?  ACK!  




Yelp agrees. Two and a third stars out of five on 99 reviews.

mar52
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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 12/22/09 4:01 PM
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It's one of those "how do they stay in business" places.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 12/22/09 6:25 PM
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Haha mar52, can't wait to hear how it is! Take pictures.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 12/22/09 7:51 PM
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What was I drinking when I wrote that?

I don't even speak that way.


(I think)

mar52
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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Thu, 12/24/09 1:36 AM
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I did it.  As promised, I ate the taco burger at Henry’s Tacos.
 

 
I was surprised when I got there at 3:30PM.  Most of the tables were full of people eating Henry’s food.
 
I guess there’s a reason why they’ve been in business for so long….  There’s no accounting for taste!
 
The menu at Henry’s is simple.  They have lightly seasoned ground beef mixed with what looked like reconstituted minced onions.
 

 
You can have that ground beef as a soft taco, hard taco, tostada or taco burger.  Same stuff, different wrapper.
 
As I mentioned earlier the taco shells come out of a box and by the looks of it, so do the tortillas for the tostadas.
 

 
 
 
Not sure how (or why) but I finished it.  It was as AWFUL as my picture!
 

 
I was hoping it would bring me back to the memory, taste and enjoyment of the Taco Bell Beef Bell Burger.  (I called them Bell Burgers)
 
I got a bad taste before I ever took a bite.  The taco burger was $2.65 or $3.05 with cheese.  I did not ask for cheese, but they gave it to me and charged me for it. Guess I was supposed to say no cheese.


It was served with a hot sauce/salsa that reminded me of tomato juice mixed with a little Gebhardt's Chili Powder. 

 
It was not spectacular, great, or even good.
 
It was just food.  Perfect for those who eat to live, not live to eat.
 
Can’t get me to go back a third time.
 
 

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Thu, 12/24/09 3:19 AM
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Growing up in the Midwest there was a chain of restaurants called Taco Tico.  They had the best taco burgers and they also served another delicious item called a chili burrito, a burrito covered with chili.  Here's a link to their menu.


http://www.tacotico.com/mexican-food-menu.html


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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Thu, 12/24/09 5:23 AM
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Ah, well, at least mar52 is a trouper. You don't have to like the comidas to dig the signage, and don't forget the cool t-shirt.

Someone mentions a chili burrito... I used to like the Chili Cheese Burrito when TB was offering them.


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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Thu, 12/24/09 6:39 AM
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mar52 is that an actual burger patty, or is it a scoop of the "taco meat", like a sloppy joe?

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Thu, 12/24/09 7:39 AM
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Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times?...shame on my stomach? Excellent and hilarious. How/Why did you manage to eat it in it's entirety? Do they have fries or chips?

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Thu, 12/24/09 1:47 PM
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I ate lunch yesterday at 3:30.  I was hungry!  

Here is the right side of their menu:



The loose meat sandwich was my entire lunch.  With salsa to be ashamed of they didn't offer chips.  There isn't a raw corn tortilla on the premises or a deep fryer.   There isn't any way for them to make their own chips unless they crumbled the tostada and taco shells. 

Then again the chip crumbs would be the right size for the eye drop sized container of salsa that they give you.

I'd love for another Roadfooder to rate Henry's.  I'm missing why people go back.
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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Fri, 12/25/09 2:55 PM
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M-Looney 56 (BTW Nice Name!!)  There are a few TacoTico's still around in the mid-west. The only one in Indiana is located just a couple of miles from us, in New Albany...and there are two in the Louisville metro area, just across the River. Recently one of those two was featured on a TV report of the growth of Mexican foodstands in the area. It was described as "The return of the major Mexican restaurant chain"!

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Sat, 12/26/09 11:12 AM
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I would take Sloppy Joe on a burger bun any day of the week. Unless the taco meat is seasoned right its tasteless. You wouldn't find ground beef taco meat in Mexico, so it must have snuck over the boarder for the Gringos................Billyb

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Sat, 12/26/09 2:24 PM
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They still have one in Dodge City Kansas.  When I was in high school they almost went out of business.  A rumor went around that they were serving dog food instead of ground beef.  It turns out someone saw the delivery truck unloading 50 pound bags of soy protein and flavorings that they added to the beef for flavor and texture.  The local paper ran a story explaining everything, but I know people 30 years later who won't eat there. 

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Mon, 12/28/09 1:14 PM
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Taco Burgers remind me of the Quesadilla Burger at Applebees.  Here's a picture


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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Mon, 12/28/09 6:21 PM
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IntelligentT82...uggh, I can't believe you had that....1,820 calories and a whopping 46 grams of saturated fat.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Mon, 12/28/09 6:39 PM
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why would you indulge in a hamburger and worry about calories and fat? Isn't that the point?

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Wed, 12/30/09 6:47 PM
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Yeah, but 1,820 calories for a burger? I'd like to actually eat something that day, not get all my calories from one burger. And Applebee's burgers aren't all that great to begin with.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Sat, 01/2/10 4:56 AM
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oh dear...

I guess my silly post lives on as well. OK, someone writes about a Mex-shop that was nearly killed by the old canned dog food in the tacos nonsense. I recall the same thing happening at a place in Dallas (ca. 1970) that still has several locations, it's not El Fenix, it's maybe El Chico or something like that. It's a Mexican cafeteria style operation, you push your plate along and tell 'em what you want. They do this cute thing where when you are settled at your table, and are ready to take on board some more stuff, you raise a miniature Mex-flag on a mini flagpole, and a "server" drags their booty over to see what you want. I kinda liked the place. Had good belly-bomb sopapillas, too. Those you took home with you, where you could abuse yourself and cry about it later. And later.
-SL

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Sat, 01/2/10 1:12 PM
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we still have a local joint named Taco Delight that serves a taco burger.
I'll take one for the team and report back.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 01/5/10 11:10 AM
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I got a Chimichanga plate at a local Mex place here in SoIndiana last week. They asked me if I wanted Beef or Chicken...Then when I requested Beef, I was given the choice of ground or chipped Beef. I went for the Chipped...BAD CHOICE ! The meat was the typical Chipped beef one gets in the Armour Brand glass bottle. VERY SALTY ! It was in a red chili sauce that was ok, but the SALT remained and really wrecked the flavor.
  Next time it will be the ground beef, and we'll see if they treat it the same way!

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 01/5/10 1:05 PM
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is chipped beef mexican?

sorry 'bout your troubles Mayor. What a shock that must have been!

makes for a good story, though.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 01/5/10 1:17 PM
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At least they didn't pour cream gravy over the chimi.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 01/5/10 5:29 PM
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Bill
  For $8.95 I got two medium sized Chimis with a dollop of Guccamole on top of each, a plate with warm tortillas(foil-wrapped) beans, rice, and some chopped lettuce.
 
  I don't know if the choice of ground or chipped Beef is a standard at this place or not, We usually get the Fajitas plate. It is a buck cheaper and includes a 12 oz draft Amber Boch. It is always served sizzling hot with all of the sides mentioned for the other plate.  A real good dinner for me
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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Fri, 07/23/10 2:33 PM
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At one time, back in the 70s, Del Taco made a great Taco Burger topped w/ green chiles. Then they stoped making them. Then they moved out of my area. :~(

I stopped by the Las Vegas location, on tha strip, but no burger w/ green chiles on the menu. :~(((

Anyone but me remember these green chile taco burgers from Del Taco?
Joe

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Sat, 09/18/10 1:23 PM
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PapaJoe8,
Most Del Tacos will make the Bun Taco on request (not sure if they include the green chills anymore) however the thing is WAY over priced. $2.50 - $3.00 for the tiny little thing is obscene when they'll sell you a couple of tacos and the buns for a buck. Needless to say I was very disappointed. Next time I get that overwhelming craving I'll just have to make my own.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 02/5/13 9:59 PM
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I grew up eating taco burgers at Taco Tico in Corbin, Kentucky. An obituary http://chowpapi.com/wordp...-tico-reaches-its-end/

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 02/5/13 11:18 PM
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I used to go to a Mexican stand on Figueroa near USC just west of downtown L.A. that made what they called a "hamburguesa". Burger bun, ground beef taco meat, lettuce, onions and hot sauce. It was great!

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Fri, 02/8/13 12:01 PM
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Taco Tico in Corbin Ky. RIP.
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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Fri, 02/8/13 1:34 PM
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Don't know of any taco burgers around here.By me,most mexican places that also sell hamburgers  just call them a hamburger.I haven't tried one at a mexican place yet,though I may one day. I could make one myself  with some taco seasoning and hamburger meat,,,,then go and put it on a bun.
Never really heard of them before.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Mon, 06/17/13 1:15 PM
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The place you are thinking of is Pancho's Mexican Buffet.There used to be quite a few in San Antonio,but now there is only one on the other side of town. They are however still around. I used to like to go there. The sopapillas(little pillows) are square pieces of dough that are fried,similar to beignets,and good with honey. I liked their chili rellenos,whith the puffy egg batter that was never greasy.The batter covered the whole green chili inside and there was cheese inside of the chili.
Ahm,,good times.
Many of the mexican restaurants around here serve burgers. Some even put beans on top.
Many places also have burritos too. You can purchase the big Mission brand flour tortillas and make your own burritos.May have to try that sometime.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Mon, 06/17/13 11:42 PM
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You can still get a taco burger here in Austin at an old dive bar that has morphed into a sports watching-tv bar. The Posse East on San Jacinto has a loose meat sandwich with salty carne molida garnished with extra melt-based queso and pickled jalapenos.
If you don't like 2 dozen tvs beaming down on you, you may want to get your sandwich to go.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 06/18/13 4:54 AM
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I think you're talking about Panchos Mexican Buffet.  El Fenix and El Chico are both sit down establishmentss, with no buffet.
Pancho's was great in college:  lotsa stomach filling carbs and those Sopapillas were great.  Last time I indulged in a nostalgic trip, the beans and rice were still good; the enchiladas what one might expect from a buffet line, and the  tacos were as described above:  mystery meat in a premade shell.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 06/18/13 4:59 AM
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Taco Bueno here in the Dallas are used to serve the Taco Burger at all it's locations.  Now we have made modern inquiries and were told some still do, and some don't.  Ours, sadly does not.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 01/7/14 4:35 AM
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Taco Burgers are alive and well in the Inland Empire: Baker's Drive Thru locations. And they're good, in my humble opinion.
 
Here's a screen grab:


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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 01/7/14 2:25 PM
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There's a blast from the past :)

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 01/7/14 3:04 PM
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I make Taco, Bell Burgers, etc all the time...all you need is a hamburger bun, ground beef you season with any type of taco seasoning you find in the local grocery store.
Cook up the meat, put it on the bun, and add whatever you want on top. Simple, easy, and tasty.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 01/7/14 5:20 PM
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Hey Jack!  Happy New Year.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Tue, 01/7/14 9:23 PM
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myterry2


I make Taco, Bell Burgers, etc all the time...all you need is a hamburger bun, ground beef you season with any type of taco seasoning you find in the local grocery store.
Cook up the meat, put it on the bun, and add whatever you want on top. Simple, easy, and tasty.

Taco burgers are nothing more then Sloppy Joes!  Easy peasy!

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Wed, 01/8/14 1:11 AM
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Back atcha, Marlene.
 
Hello there Joe.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Sat, 01/11/14 9:17 AM
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Foe some reason I have always had a taste for these. I think it was because when I was a kid growing up in Indy, there was a place called The Little Brown Jug that served them. They were called Mexi-Burgers. Although not PC I'm sure I kind of like the name Sloppy Jose.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Sat, 01/11/14 11:04 PM
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I used to get them Taco Johns in Bloomington, IN in high school. They went well with the potato oles.

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Re:Taco Burger Lives On - Sun, 02/16/14 2:54 PM
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Humm..This post has got my creative culinary juices flowing (vendor menu)......Gr8t Posts! Thanks 
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