Tuesday, March 28, 2006

A Conundrum

I've been wrestling with a problem for the past week:

While in Boston last week, I went to a little place called Anna's Taqueria. I'd heard wonderful things about this joint from friends who love it. I was suspect. Yes, surely it is good--these friends have good taste in food, but a cashier/fast food style Taco restaurant rarely holds its ground in value and taste to Taco Bell.

And yet Anna's did. I got the grilled veggie burrito and they cut up the fresh, grilled vegetables in front of me. I had my choice of beans and salsa. And it was cheap, approx. $3. A much better deal (taste?) than Chipotle or Baja Fresh which in taste it's certainly more comparable than Taco Bell. SO this is a conundrum. I'd always choose TB over C or BF but over Anna's? And this is the conundrum. I can rationalize with thoughts like "well, it would depend on what kind of mood I am in" or "well, Anna's is only in Cambridge--lame". stuff like that and i guess i will have to stick with it.

The limited location, in the end, is the downfall of any restaurant that might otherwise compete with TB. Course, I would rather not support a Pepsi company but what's a girl to do.

THis past weekend, I had a lengthy conversation about Taco Bueno with some friends. I've never been. They only exist, now, in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Apparently this small chain is reason enough to buy a ticket to Kansas. One day I am sure I will behold the taste of Taco Bueno, but until then, I should be grateful that I haven't tried it--that I don't have another conundrum to face.

I am running out of things to say about Taco Bell! I will go again this weekend and renew my love and come back, brimming with more wonderments of beans and cheese to share.


Blogger whipcreamy said...

wow! i fully understand your concundrum! i mean, i live in the bosotn area and still find it hard to get to anna's taqueria....am i allowed to use location as an excuse too? i think it comes down to eating time. when you go to taco bell each item does not take long to eat...so you can have more different tastes enter your body in a short amount of time....but with anna's, you can really only order one thing and it will fill you right up...it's the type of place that if you order the wrong thing you are screwed. at taco bell you most like would have ordered mroe than one thing to begin with...so, it is a time investment. that's what i have come to. in order to eat at anna'a you need to have one mexican dish in mind and you need to be didicated about it. at taco bell it's a mexican shmorgasboard.

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Blogger Liz said...

nice thinking, erin!!! and shmorgasboards are always better than non-shmorgasboards. phew. i feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of me...a weight not unlike the weight one feels in her stomach after a lot of Taco Bell beans.

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