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 Mexican Food Conquered America
As I reported last year, a group of Naugles activists (yes, they exist) are trying to bring back Naugles--never mind that Del Taco still owns the rights to the name. They've gone so far as to offer pop-up nights of chain standards like bun tacos (hamburger with taco meat), bean-and-cheese burritos, and taco sauce, all prepared with the original Naugles recipes. The first one, held in Lancaster this summer, was such a raging success that a second one is being held next Friday, October 11, in Fountain Valley.
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Now, here's the part where you hate me: the event is already sold out, and I can't tell you where it is. However, the organizers have told me there's a waiting list you can sign up for that might be privy to some tickets, and there's the possibility that they might throw a taco outside the pop-up restaurant and have the masses outside fight for it.
Here's the page for the event, with a couple of more details. See you there...from the inside looking at you pressing your face against the window haha!