What DC Needs: A Good Taco Bell

Taco Bell

While I’m not really a proponent of fast food intake on a regular basis (and am all for a fast food tax), I do love me some Taco Bell.

It’s been a huge part of my life since I was, oh I dunno, 10 years old? My best friend and I would ride our bikes to the Border after a long day of fishing for Bluegill in Denver. He always got the pintos and cheese which I thought was a disgusting choice. I much preferred the Taco Bell Grande, minus the tomatoes. In high school my friends and I would hit up the Bell after a crazy night on the town and laugh hysterically about the gas that ensued. One friend purposely tried to maximize the amount of refried beans he consumed, purely for the fire power. As a poor college student, my friends and I would walk across campus in our pajamas to feast on a twelve pack of tacos. I guess you could say that it’s been a staple part of my diet for a long time now.

But now living in DC I am deprived of the grade F meaty goodness. Please don’t tell me to eat at the Taco Bell/KFC combo at 14th & U. That place is a disgrace to the Taco Bell establishment. “Yes, I’d like a burrito supreme with a side order of hepatitis. Oh, and a Mountain Dew with extra mildew in my ice cubes.” Luckily we are fortunate to have a nearby state called Virginia that is full of strip malls and fast food restaurants, enabling me to treat myself to a Mexican Pizza now and then, and for that I thank you*. My stomach thanks you.

If you’re listening, Taco Bell, hear my plea. We have McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and entirely too many Subways. All I’m asking for is one good Taco Bell. Trust me, my friends and I will keep you in business.

* – I also thank Virginia for the hot women who seem to migrate into the city during the night and vanish when the sun comes up.

Photo by Porky Jupp.

5 Comments so far

  1. fiona on May 16th, 2008 @ 1:12 pm

    I dream of the days a vegan can get a 7 layer burrito minus the cheese and sour cream in the city… it’s sad when I look forward to leaving the city in hopes of passing by a Taco Bell!


  2. carlosdelvaca on May 16th, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

    There’s one on Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, right down the hill from Court House metro, next to the former Bardo/Dr. Dremo’s. Not "in the city," true, but not that far out and highly metro-convenient.


  3. mirrorball on May 16th, 2008 @ 2:13 pm

    If they bring back those old school Taco Bell signs, I’m all for more of them.

    There’s also a Bell on Conn Ave up by the Van Ness/UDC stop (a couple of blocks south). But I think it’s also a KFC/Bell combo or something. Haven’t been in there in ages.


  4. Tom Bridge (tbridge) on May 16th, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

    Sadly, the Bell in Courthouse is closed. It was part of the same parcel of land bought up by the developers for condos that took Dremo’s from us. I won’t miss Dremo’s, but I will miss the Bell.


  5. bhrome on May 16th, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

    Wow, I could totally go for some chilitos right now; too bad they stopped making them years ago. Those were tasty and cheap…

    The only Bell near me is a horrid KFC/Bell hybrid at Kingstowne Plaza that has a constant way-too-long drive-thru and consistently dirty everything inside.



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