There is a lot to say here. And in the interest of keeping people reading, I will try not to be unnecessarily verbose. If you are already the kind of person who avoids Jack in the Box tacos, then there is no hope of me turning that around. Let’s face it, these babies are polarizing. Some would say that anything you can buy two of for a dollar in 2015 is not fit to ingest. Some would say that that is not meat (it is meat…mixed with textured vegetable protein, so everyone’s right). Still others might say that hot lettuce creeps them out. Hot lettuce is right up there with Kettle Corn. The fact is, for 99 cents, plus tax; you can get a total of 386 calories, 34 percent of your daily fat and 27 percent of your daily sodium. What a steal! As with most fast food restaurants, the quality of the food varies from location to location. The trick is finding a great location near you for these tacos. I’m still looking. But here are some ideas of what to look for. You don’t want your taco stuck to the inside of its paper sleeve. A fresh taco will slide out much easier than one that’s been sitting for a while. You want the bottom/middle portion of the shell to be soft and dark with a visible sheen. The outer edges of the shell should be dry and crisp. This is important for me; the lettuce should be crisp and cold. A good Jack in the Box will have already put sauce on the taco. If the taco did come with sauce, understand that misplaced sauce could cause the paper sleeve to adhere a bit upon removal; this is not an indication of freshness.
Eating lots of protein, fat, and salt are highly recommended when hung over, so it’s no surprise that these tacos are the go-to cure. Note: you will still feel bad, but in a different way. There is an “off menu” combo meal that includes three tacos, fries, and a drink. Get this with some root beer and you’ll be set. It’s also worth noting that this is one of the few taco options out there that comes with sliced American cheese rather than some kind of shredded cheese. The benefit of the sliced cheese is that you end up with a higher cheese ratio (unless you are at Taco Casa, but that’s for another time).
Jack in the Box pro tips and quick hits. The chicken fajita pita with no onions with about five packets of taco sauce is a favorite. Add tomato to your tacos. And never forget bacon, cheddar, and potato wedges.
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Tommy Lee Brown teaches and performs at Dallas Comedy House. He is your man on the street, determined to eat. He is the belly of the city. No taco is too small or too commercial. He will eat it all, and tell you all about it. Direct taco related questions to email@example.com.
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