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 >>
I will say this about the drunk fans of Taco Bell: although I am strenuously opposed to driving while blotto, most lushes comport themselves well when having a hankering for the Bell. They usually cause their mayhem once falling asleep at the drive-thru, once engaging police in high-speed pursuits A ... More >>
It's that time again and I bet you missed me, didn't you? Let's take a look at what happened this week in food... Edwin reviewed the highly, highly, anticipated Linx in the Orange Circle and it was amazing as you might have guessed. That would have been a real bummer if it wasn't after all the wait ... More >>
I've driven past Oklahoma City before, only eating there once: at the horrific Taco Bueno chain, which, when I wrote about it, created a revolt of readers for reasons I can't remember anymore. It's main claim to Mexican food is a big one: that's the hometown of Rick Bayless. And I once remember seei ... More >>
Most of the crimes featured in this series happen within the vicinity of a Taco Bell, but far more disturbing are those committed while in the process of going to a Taco Bell. What sort of depraved person commits a crime, then decides to splurge on fast-food Mexican?Ricardo Davis of Florida, apparen ... More >>
So you know how all the hip kids now say "YOLO"? Turns out there's a Yolo Bypass in Arkansas--and that was the place where a group of idiots were caught after carjacking a car from Taco Bell.
Last month, I wrote about a sad case in Ohio involving police officers who, instead of arresting an obviously drunk man, instead dropped him off at a Taco Bell to walk it off. The man did--to his death, after being run over on a nearby highway.Now, amazingly, the officers who dropped him off are fac ... More >>
The stereotype of marijuana users loving Taco Bell is one that goes back years--the munchies, the high, 4/20, and all that--but the commercial marriage of the two have yet to happen. But we're getting there. There was the post I did last month about the Denver-area marijuana dispensary housed in a f ... More >>
Living in Southern California, where high-speed police chases are as common as newscaster promises of weather reports, we tend to forget that other areas of the United States has such entertaining television. But the last place in this country where I'd expect such a thing to happen is in Mansfie ... More >>
Enough of our Taco Bell love-in for this week; back to the wacky. Back to Florida, where an employee was plenty angry and threw his head set, utensils and pizza inside the restaurant, necessitating a shutdown. Fun!
It's terrible being a Taco Bell employee, at least on the lower rungs. Not only do you have to deal with cheapskates, with stoners, with high schoolers, but you also run the risk of getting mauled by a police dog during your cigarette break.
This week is interesting: usually, we have cops catch criminals at Taco Bell, not be the bad guys themselves. Yet that's exactly what happened in Oakland, where a man alleged that police officers beat him up at a Taco Bell parking lot for no reason--and is now $43,000 richer for it.
Never have bothered with forged money, although I used many a slug in my Street Fighter II days, back when 7-11s used to have video games. But no way would I ever used a forged bill, ESPECIALLY if some doofus modified a Lincoln to look like a Franklin, then tried to used a $100 bill at a Taco Bel ... More >>
Photo by Meranda CarterChange is inevitable when it comes to the restaurant business, and while we've previously featured Wildfish Seafood Grille for On the Line, a new executive chef means a new technique and insight on what makes him tick. Keith Stich is now at the helm, and we reel him in (pos ... More >>
Straight out of Thelma and Louise, except Brad Pitt is now some fat white chick.
Flickr user Jo NaylorWith a headline like that, you know we had a great week 'round here. More after the jump!
Has it been long enough after a tragedy to start ridiculing Arizona again as one of the nation's capitals for bizarre news, especially its law enforcement. Seriously: How inattentive must a sheriff's deputy be to take an inmate to a Taco Bell, then let him escape?
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 >>
Couples: Don't get in your spats in public. And abusers: whatever you do, DO NOT punch out a glass door, ESPECIALLY if it's at a Taco Bell. Talk about trashy people!
A massive painting inside Taco Bueno--WTF??? But I guess it's better than a Chihuahua...This past summer, I drove from Anacrime to Louisville, Kentucky, down to Chattanooga, then took I-40 back home. Along the way, I did some research for my coming Mexican-food book, research that was necessary ... More >>
The headline's tale is why I try not to ever use my credit card at fast-food restaurants. The dirty details after the jump!
Not that I condemn theft in any way, but one can understand why a Taco Bell employee would try and steal money over the years--bad morale, pay, and the like. But I'm talking about a couple bucks here and there. Nearly $5,000? Either a desperate man, or stupid managers--your call!
flickr user jrwilliams57Raging stereotypes, delectable dishes and more of what you missed this week in Stick a Fork In It after the jump!
Just like the headline says, although I think all customers should do the same to Taco Bell for their lack of quality eats. The details after the jump!
I can understand robbing a Taco Bell for money. I can understand robbing a Taco Bell for food. I can even understand robbing a Taco Bell for its trade secrets. But for a bloody print? Nothing much happening in Ohio outside of Cleveland and the Dayton Flyers, apparently.
Dave Lieberman Grab yourself a second helping of this week's food news after the jump!
Now with new nifty logo!We've had a couple of DUIs while driving through Taco Bell drive-thrus before, but I don't think we've ever had a combined DUI AND someone trying to order at the drive-thru window sans car.
You know how tough times are? People are panhandling outside Taco Bells. Like your average Taco Bell diner wants to give money away instead of spending it on food, or has enough cash for charity!From Salinas, where I think I have a cousin who doesn't like the rest of the family due to rancho goss ... More >>
https://taylorhicksgirlfriend.wordpress.com/R.I.P. Glen BellGustavo pays homage to the death of Taco Bell founder, Glen Bell, by breaking a 15-year streak of abstaining from the fast food chain. He also recounts a botched inside job in Taco Bell Crime of the Week and discusses some delicious Viet ... More >>
Courtesy of Food NetworkNormally our On the Line feature runs on Tuesdays and features a professional chef whose cooking has captivated the hearts of Orange Countians. We ask a series of not-very-serious questions and publish the results.Well, for this extra edition of On the Line, which we're pu ... More >>
I think my column comes out in Greenville, North Carolina. Can't say much about the place other that either the reporter who wrote this is lazy, the police not forthcoming with info, or something else is up. I choose the middle option. How can you take a report on a robbery and not reveal how man ... More >>
Criminologists note that criminals usually return to the scene of the crime, but what recently happened in Dayton, Ohio borders on the pathological. Also, Irvine corporate headquarters of Taco Bell? Pay for some security in your stores that get robbed THRICE in the same week!Police are looking fo ... More >>
I'm surprised the following story has never happened at Fullerton's 24-hour Taqueria de Anda. From the McDonald's State...An Aurora man has been charged with DUI after getting his car stuck in a West Surbuban Montgomery Taco Bell drive-thru lane. On Nov. 28, Aaron Dawson, 27, of the 800 block of ... More >>
What's really the bigger crime here: the robbery, the Taco Bell in West Virginia, or a man named Brenya? From West Virginia: A Charleston man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing a Taco Bell manager of more than $4,000 as he was on his way to make a bank deposit. Brenya Bever ... More >>
What deranged criminal would call in a fake 911 call claiming a fake shooting at a Taco Bell so their pal could rob a Wendy's? It happened in Florida: Altamonte Springs authorities say a woman called 911 early Sunday about a fictional shooting at a Taco Bell to distract officials as a male accomp ... More >>
Over the last seven days, we:Brought you tales of exploding trash cans outside a Taco Bell in Tracy, California.Broke news about openings: Belacan Grill (a Malaysian coming soon to Tustin), the Counter (another outpost of the gourmet burger joint coming soon to Newport Beach) and Daily Express (a ... More >>
Thanks to Tim Heidecker (of the sublime Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! on Adult Swim), who posted the link to this video on his Twitter account. Hope you're ready for a new favorite song. We've all enjoyed the combination Taco Bell/Pizza Huts in the past (not so much their bastard cousin, the ... More >>
As the mercury soared, SAFII got all hot and bothered. In the last five days, we:Whinged about the lengthy menu at Mustard's.Ranted about how New York magazine grub blogger Hadley Tomicki seemingly ripped off Fullerton food critic Eddie Lin.Seethed and fumed about Padma Lakshmi, who has appare ... More >>
So, this week:Edwin revealed that two new local eateries--Sol Cocina (NOT Cucina!) in Newport Beach and Andrei's in Irvine--were finally opening. And that was just a day after Brasserie Pascal threw open its doors at Fashion Island. Vive la France!We also broke news of a new, cheaper three-course me ... More >>
Time magazine has revealed a list of the top ten worst fast-food meals. "Worst", in this case, meaning the highest in calories, fat or sodium. Everything from salads to shakes, sold by everyone from Applebee's to KFC, makes the grade. Topping the bill is Outback Steakhouse's Aussie Cheese Fries, wei ... More >>
Is that a leather cap?I had lunch with someone recently at TK Burgers, and when I told them about this particular SAFII feature, they mentioned how their mother once had a credit card stolen. Among the items charged to the lady's accounty? Taco Bell. From the Baltimore area:The male subject in the i ... More >>
Here is the answer to the eternal question: What happens in Green Bay besides the Packers?A 19-year-old man reported he had been robbed April 26. Upon investigation, police learned he had been drinking with a 19-year-old woman at a party in the 2600 block of Heartland Terrace and became angry with h ... More >>
Our favorite SAFII posts of the week:Gustavo unearthed another Taco Bell Crime of the Week. The "restaurant" overcharged a Washington family by $135, not including overdraft fees (which TB subsequently paid on his behalf).Edwin ate in the dark one night--no, not because he didn't pay his electricity ... More >>
Is Taco Bell truly God??? From northern New York state:Jesus has left the manger. A Watertown Department of Public Works employee noticed that the iconic statue of baby Jesus, and its manger, were missing from the display in Public Square on Friday morning. The thief did leave a clear plastic Taco B ... More >>
I didn't even think there was $17,000 worth stealing at a Taco Bell. From the Cornhusker State:The former manager of a Scottsbluff Taco Bell is suspected of embezzling $17,000 from the restaurant. Jennifer Pragnell is charged with felony theft, accused of not making deposits for the restaurant on ei ... More >>
Reuters had an enlightening article today about how in Thailand, authentic Thai food is endangered because of "changing tastes wrought by globalization." And most lamentably "culinary shortcuts (that) have ended up changing Thai flavors, and placing some dishes in danger of extinction altogether." ... More >>
The Cancer Project today issued its list of the five worst fast-food value menu items. And the envelopes, please... 1) Junior Bacon Cheeseburger (Jack in the Box, pictured). $1; 400 calories; 23 grams of fat; 8 grams of saturated fat; 1 gram of trans fat; 55 milligrams of cholester ... More >>
Bad idea: the high-heeled sneaker