I’d had a very enjoyable weekend in Glasgow and felt the need for a hearty breakfast before I hit the trail back east. I had a curious longing to investigate the chain Tex-Mex delights of Taco Bell, mainly rooted in memories of Sandra Bullock in Demolition Man.
I’d done a little pre-investigation online as I suspected this was a place where blank staring at the menu board would be rewarded with mixed blessings. A plan seemed in order.
That plan was a double-decker taco and some loaded fries.
The double-decker seemed the best way to sample both their hard and soft tacos in one order. The idea is that a hard taco is filled with your choice of filling – I opted for seasoned beef – then wrapped in a layer of refried beans and cheese, then a soft taco shell. Sounds shit, looks shit, tasted great.
The loaded fries – I again chose beef over chicken – were pretty good, too. Nacho cheese is obviously an abomination, but the Pico de Gallo was really fresh and the beef again full of flavour. And the fries were as good as I’ve been served in a fast-food joint which was of unexpected #chipquest relevance.
So overall, Taco Bell was a very pleasant surprise. I’d expected nostalgia and resolution to movie jokes from the 90s but low quality food, but instead I found a thoroughly decent tex-mex offering. I’m not sure I can see them opening an Edinburgh branch but if you find yourself in Glasgow do give them a look.
3.5/5 for food
2.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13/20
I ate: beef double decker taco, loaded beef fries
I wore: red and green
Total bill: £6.28
Address: 245 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EZ