Taco Bell, A Lesson (well, maybe) in Geography
In it, a guy I don't know has a conversation, through letters, with another guy I don't know. But the conversation: why do the Taco Bells in Dallas, the writer's hometown, seem so much better than those in New York City? Is there any credence to this subjective belief?
I'll say there is. Long ago I tasted some TB bean burritos in Santa Barbara and they were markedly better than the ones I was eating in DC. I wrote about it, on this blog, in 2006. Was it that I was loving California? Loving the walk-up window at the Santa Barbara Taco Bell? Was it the Mexican influence, more prominant in California than in DC? Was it just the memories of DC Taco Bells where they floors were dirty and sauce packets were given out very, very stingily? All of these answers could be yes--or perhaps just a maybe. After all, what questions can I think to ask about this happenstance if I know the answer is "no"? None, apparently.
I am going to LA next week and might have to think about trying the Taco Bell there. Are those TBs upping the anti with all the taco trucks roaming the city? As much as I love Taco Bell, will I have a meal to waste on it amongst so many independent taco trucks that I don't have access to in DC? Or will all the taco trucks in LA only have meat-filled tacos and thus will I be driven to the safety and comfort of LA's Taco Bell? Seems like a win-win situation to me.