Del Taco Inc.

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Naugles, Legendary Mexican Food Chain, Making a Comeback NEXT WEEK in Fountain Valley!

    No long-gone Southern California fast-food chain seems to inspire more wistful memories than Naugles, the Mexican-American company that closed down in the 1980s after a merger with Del Taco. I wasn't around back then to taste it, but I'm well aware of its influence, as documented in my Taco USA: How ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    The Definitive Guide to All 15 Burrito Styles Available in the United States

    This past week, I hosted ESPN's burrito correspondent, Anna Maria Barry Jester of the company's FiveThirtyEight data-mining site. We ate at Athenian Burgers #3 in Buena Park, which is a competitor in FiveThirtyEight's epic Burrito Bracket competition that seeks to find the greatest burrito in Americ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    The 10 Most Important Burritos in Burrito History

    Burritos have been on my mind as of recent, and not just because of the whole pendejada involving Chipotle putting short stories by authors on its cups and bags...none of whom are Latinos. I'm doing something with burritos that will come out...soon, and I think I'm going to have one tonight at 2 a.m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Del Taco's Response To Taco Bell's BreakfastL Its Own Line of Breakfast Tacos and Free Hash Browns

    Apparently this Taco Bell breakfast business hasn't gotten lost on the other OC-based fast food taco chain. As a response, the Lake Forest-headquartered company has put out a press release that notes that it has been "serving breakfast for more than 30 years". Although it didn't follow that procla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    The Poorman's OC '4 Freeeee!!!!!': Free Del Taco Giveaway!

    FREEEEE!!!!!!! 10 DEL TACO $5 GIFT CERTIFICATES NOW!!!!! 1st COME, 1st SERVE!!! Make sure you leave a good, juicy comment, then shoot me an email with your name and address. We'll mail the certificate. My email is (3 o's).

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Taco Bell, Del Taco Unite to Fight Stoner Expo That Used Their Logos Without Permission

    I think you can divide the world--or at least Southern California--into two types of people: those who love Taco Bell and those who love Del Taco. And then there are the stoners who swear by both of them for midnight munchies, who'll shove either of the two down their gullets, especially if it's ext ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2013: No. 100, Bean-and-Cheese Burrito from Del Taco

    Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    5 Reasons You Missed Navel Gazing, Starring Chris Dorner, Mike Carona and Meth Lovers

    As Gustavo revealed, it was impossible for us Navel Gazers to gaze at our navels since Thursday afternoon . . .Gremlins Attack OC Weekly Website!But that did not stop the more hopeful among us from writing blog posts all day Friday in case we were suddenly online again. History shows we were not, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Diatribe with Dave: A Soliloquy on Salsa Roja, and Where to Find the Best in OC!

    Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    OC Del Taco Worker Leaves Kitchen to Beat Up Customer!

    Taco shop brawls are nothing new. Hell, the Weekly even listed the five best taquería throwdowns last year on this blog, including a transgender grapple! But there was something different about the Del Taco tussle I witnessed earlier this week in OC. A Mexi worker behind the counter threw the fing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Let Us Now Praise Del Taco's Bean-and-Cheese Burritos

    The Weekly World Headquarters are at a culinarily fortuitous place--near the LAB and CAMP holdings, not that far away from Rick's Atomic Cafe, basically across the street from Wafu of Japan, and so on. But when I need a quick bite--when I'm not going to meet a source or have a pep talk with a staffe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Del Taco Messes With Perfection By Adding New Flavors To Its Chicken Soft Tacos

    I have soft spot in my heart for Del Taco's chicken soft tacos. Combo Meal No. 4 (two chicken soft tacos, fries and a drink) was my go-to quickie dinner during college, and I still find myself indulging (and later regretting it) on spontaneous occasions. The tacos aren't pretty and will never make a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    A "Pink Slime"-Using Beef Producer Files For Bankruptcy

    The Wall Street Journal reports that AFA Foods, which contributes to about 2% of total U.S. beef production has filed for bankruptcy protection.  The company's products are sold by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Burger King Holdings Inc., Jack in the Box Inc., Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc., Wendy' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    On the Line: Bob Brown of Spudrunners, Part One

    Bob ran late for our interview, so I did the next best thing: Grill his team. Ben, Daniel and Justin were more than happy to share stories between orders. Like this one time, when their Spudrunners luxe lonchera's engine fell out while Daniel drove up the 57. Bob pushed it with his Kia rental, and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Taco Bell Celebrates Its 50th Aniversary This Week; 5 Ways the Bell Helped Mexican Food Become Better in the U.S.

    ​Taco Bell, the Mexican fast-food giant everyone loves to hate, celebrates its 50th anniversary this week and...yeah. Heaven knows it's an easy whipping boy for everything wrong with Mexican food in this country: the bastardized meals, the incessant appropriation (this week: I finally reveal the n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Battle of the Fast-Food Shrimp Burrito: Del Taco VS. Baja Fresh

    ​This was supposed to be a Dueling Dishes post on shrimp burritos between Del Taco and Taco Bell. But it turns out Taco Bell's Pacific Shrimp Burrito already sleeps with the fishes. It was their Lenten special last year. This year, the company is a little more than preoccupied with that whole Dori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Machine Wash Warm: A Collaborative e-Book Featuring Writers Including Thrice's Riley Breckenridge

    ​Maybe you'd like to see what Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Thrice and 3hree Things columnist, does when he's not hitting things with sticks and being snarky online. Well, he publishes his work on, a collaborative site where weekly, each FlipCollective writer's work gets edited ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Del Taco Launches Online Store To Sell Hot Sauce Packets

    ​If it's true that everything you ever wanted or never knew you needed is on the Internet, it's also true that the Internet allows you to pay for stuff you usually get for free. Del Taco, the OC-based taco corp that isn't Taco Bell, just announced that it has launched an online store w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    On the Line: Lindsay Smith-Rosales of Nirvana Grille, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​With a multitasking nature and the cutest 3-year-old vegetarian for a son, chef Lindsay Smith-Rosales has a great deal to juggle as chef and owner of Nirvana Grille. Fortunately, she found the time to discuss some of her favorite things, like dairy and spike. FYI: She admit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    This Week in Food: New Beer From The Bruery, Del Taco is Shady and Pee Water

    Flickr user riebart​Ok, so this week in food was a relatively disturbing one. We got a taste of fried bologna with man boobies, pee water and Islamaphobia. Del Taco crossed into Taco Bell territory and had it's own crime of the week in Costa Mesa.But for however unappetizing some of our news stori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    A Lesson in Why to Avoid Del Taco at 1:30 A.M.

    ​Does anything good ever happen at Del Taco at 1:30 in the morning?A 20-year-old Newport Beach man obviously knows the answer to that after being threatened with death at gunpoint while eating on the Del Taco patio at 1720 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa, around that time Aug. 2, having his car followed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Del Taco's New Logo Looks A Lot Like Its Old Logo

    ​Here's the Del Taco logo we know and love. After the jump, see the spiffy new logo!   

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    29-Cent Tacos This Wednesday At Del Taco

    ​Dave found the burger deal of the month, but I stumbled upon the taco deal.At the Mexican chain that is drama-free compared to Taco Bell, the magic coin total is 29-cents for a regular taco this Wednesday, August 10, only. Take your starving (metaphoric or literal) self down to the nearest Del Ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    On The Line: Peter Stavros Of Peter's Gourmade Grill, Part One

    Photo by Kevin Lara​This week's edition of OTL poses the question: what can one do with 100 square feet of space? Peter Stavros not only created a restaurant kitchen, he did it inside a Valero Gas Station! Gustavo scooped this hidden gem back in November, and now we're back to check in on Peter's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Orange County No Longer the Promised Land for Fast Food?

    ​Taco Bell, Del Taco, In-N-Out, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.--the list of fast-food chains with headquarters in Irvine is among the largest in the country. They came to our land of plenty not just because of a friendlier business environment, but also because Southern California has always offered delive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    A Trip to Where Taco Bell All Began

    ​It's easy to make fun of Taco Bell--very easy--but in more genteel circles than this infernal rag, I defend the company quite often. Sure, their food is slightly edible, but it's their take on Mexican that allowed the cuisine to further spread around the country, spawn a boatload of imitators, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Eat Here, Not There: Regular Flour Quesadilla

    Flickr user jamesg2​One meal I never buy, and get angry when those around me buy it, is a regular quesadilla. I'm not talking about a regional version (more on that in a bit), but the basic: flour tortilla melted with an American cheese--sometimes cheddar, sometimes Monterey Jack. There is no reas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Orange County Interwebs Horror Show Bash on Santa Ana Edition

    ​For this week's look at things said from and about Orange County on the Interwebs, we turn to a familiar topic all over cyberspace:  Santa Ana, a pit?As you'll see after the jump, our county seat does have its defenders. It's just that they are so outnumbered.

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    This Week in Food

    Christopher Victorio​  Edwin goes on a tasting tour at the Fountain Valley Cupcake Showdown and more tasty tidbits you miss this week in Stick a Fork In It after the jump!

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Battle Cheap-Ass Tacos

    Dave Lieberman​Sometimes these battles aren't fair. Sometimes they're political in nature, meant to further an ax we as food snobs have to grind. This is one of those battles.

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Taco Bell Del Taco Crime of the Week: Drive-Thru Pants-less!

    ​There were a lot of great crimes committed in Taco Bells this week, like the employee who fought off a would-be robber with a mop--but NOTHING beats what happened at a Mission Viejo Del Taco this week.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Vampire Weekend at the Fox Theater, Pomona 4/14

    Andrew YoussefVampire Weekend prefers Del Taco over Baja Fresh.​Click here for the slideshow, also by Andrew Youssef!The Hype: Can you feel it? It's Coachella fever. It strikes Southern California a few days prior with warm up shows dotting various venues, as bands tune up for their moment under t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    On the Line: Mark McDonald of Old Vine Cafe

    ​The McDonald brothers, Mark and Brandon, run Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa in a Manichean fashion: be nice, they treat you like gods. Be mean, they'll let the mick in them take over. I like them--otherwise, we wouldn't have named them the best restaurant in OC for 2009. And I'm glad to say they're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2009

    Del Taco Crime of the Decade! (Angels Beat Red Sox Edition)

    Hero!​We rarely cover Del Taco on SaFII because, well, what is there to cover now that Dan the Del Taco guy no longer nerds his way through commercials? But we now have eternal respect for the Lake Forest-based fast-food chain, because they might've played a crucial role in helping your Anaheim An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Disneyland Visitors: Don't Visit Tacos y Pupusas, No Matter How Broke You Are

    I try to visit any restaurant in Orange County that sells pupusas, not because I'm obsessed with the Salvadoran staple (although they're muy bueno) but because I've reviewed basically every Salvi restaurant in la naranja. A new, disturbing trend is spreading among Mexican restaurants: the selling of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    DEL TACO Crime of the Week?!?!?!

    The chain's biggest crime? Firing Dan...A reader once asked me why I pick on Taco Bell so much by highlighting the crimes that take place at the various outposts of the Irvine-based megachain. I was polite and explained that the Bell is perhaps the most widely-distributed culinary export we have, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Panera Is Out Of The Danger Zone--But Other Chains Aren't

    It's hard to keep on top of the glut of depressing news about the economy, especially when it comes to restaurants--that is, which ones are struggling and which ones appear to be financially robust. Although fast-food chains are so far weathering the storm better than many high-end eateries, several ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 11

    Orange County Register: Former Rams kicker Tony Zendejas was found not guilty of raping and sodomizing a woman in a hotel room after allegedly drugging her at his San Dimas restaurant. . . . OC Watchdog has the scoop on Orange County's 14 lawmakers in the State Legislature receiving nearly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Question: What Does a Crosby Owner Have Against Downtown Santa Ana Mexican Restaurants?

    Answer: It gives him the runs.At least that's what can be surmised from the latest issue of Giant Robot, the excellent magazine of all things Asian and Asian-American co-created by OC native Martin Wong. In it, he interviews Chris Alfaro, one of the three guys behind The Crosby, the downtown SanTana ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Del Taco: Chicken-Checkers

    So I'm cruising over the 241 toll road Monday listening to the Angels-Yankees game on 710, when a Del Taco commercial drifts over the airwaves. There's some blah-blah-blah, and then the ad does exactly what the Lake Forest-based fauxMex chain's marketing department hopes it'll do: It gets my attenti ... More >>

  • Food

    July 19, 2007

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Carbon Cabrones: Tacos al carbon at Taco Factory

  • Features

    June 22, 2006

    Sun, Fun and Felonies

    A summer sampling of one week in Orange County crime*

  • Columns

    February 27, 2003
  • Columns

    May 9, 2002
  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

    Florida tomato boycott targets Taco Bell. But what about Del Taco?

  • Music

    June 21, 2001
  • Features

    February 1, 2001
  • Food

    September 21, 2000

    Food is Sleep

    24-Hour Dining Adventures

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    January 27, 2000
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    August 12, 1999
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