Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: Taco Bell Restaurant @tacobell

When I was in college (I'd really prefer not to say how many years ago that was, but it was in the 80s), Taco Bell was my favorite restaurant.  It was perfect for the college budget and offered so many great foods.  As I have gotten older, I had gotten almost entirely away from fast food restaurants.  But recently, I had the opportunity to visit a Taco Bell and share my thoughts.  I can say that when I first found out, I was a bit excited and nostalgic.

We walked into the Taco Bell. Whoa!  That was not the Taco Bell I remembered!  This Taco Bell has a hip, fresh look.  The sort of place you might just want to hang out.  It was super clean and inviting!

Taco Bell

So, first impressions were good.  I looked over the menu.  Some of the items I remembered, like the Mexican Pizza and others.  But others were new to me.  Like the Cantina Bell menu.  And the drink menu!  

For old times sake, I ordered a Mexican Pizza, a Beef Enchrito and then ordered something new--the Cantina Burrito.  My husband got the Cantina Bowl and my kids got some soft tacos, quesadilla  and a Mexican Pizza.

I was delighted to say that the Mexican Pizza and Beef Enchrito tasted just as I remembered, with one exception--no olives.  Maybe you can order those, I am not sure.  
Taco Bell Enchrito
Taco Bell Enchrito

Taco Bell Mexican Pizza (what is left)
Taco Bell Mexican Pizza (what is left)
I was excited to try the Cantina Burrito--something that looked so fresh and healthy.  I was very pleased with it.  Filled with citrus-herb marinated chicken, Latin rice, black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, and topped with a roasted corn and peper salsa and a cilantro dressing, it tasted wonderful!  I loved, too, that the burrito was sealed closed.  This made it easy to eat and not messy at all.  My husband opted for the bowl, which is the same thing, minus the tortilla.  We were both pleased with it and its price.  

Taco Bell Cantina Bell Burrito

Taco Bell Cantina Bell Bowl

Looking at their nutrition menu, you can find many items that are lower in calories and fat.  Some items are notably higher in fats, but this is due to the guacamole.  In my book, that is a "good" fat.

I also liked the prices.  They are what I remembered, slightly less than most fast food restaurants.  For all four of us dining, we spent less than $20, and that was with me ordering extra food just to try it!

Taco Bell

My girls also really enjoyed their meals and everything of mine they tasted.  Now that they are getting older and we often are running from here to there with no time for a sit down meal at home, it is great to know that Taco Bell is a good alternative for fast food dining.  

Disclosure:  I received a gift card to help pay for my dining experience.  As always, the opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest opinions.  


theladya said...

We eat Taco Bell quite often and really love their selection and prices too. They change the menu quite often so there is always new things to try. I didn't know Taco Bell used to have olives. I love olives but don't remember Taco Bell ever having them. It would be nice if they had them again.

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

It's not quite as nice as your Taco Bell but I really like out Taco Bell too! I love the Nachos Bell Grande :-)
Glad you and your family enjoyed it.

Renee C.

Hobbies on a Budget said...

This is funny. My husband and daughter just ate out at TB today. WE do enjoy Taco Bell and yes - it's quite a bit different than it used to be lol

Elizabeth Towns said...

My children and I do eat at TB on occasion. I like that I can choose the fresh menu and they can choose exactly what they want on the taco (they are finicky eaters). My best friend loves the frutista drinks.

Amy said...

We do not eat out often, but Taco Bell sounds good! That was a pretty cool look too! I did not realize they were so hip. Food looks delicious.

Ruth Cox said...

I eat very little fast food; seriously, about a half dozen times a year. Taco Bell is one of the few chains I will eat at ... and yes! ... I always order Mexican pizza and a soft taco!

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