My Inaugural Visit to Taco Cabana

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Photo by Joanna O'Leary
I was fairly impressed by their salsa bar.

They say there's a first time for everything, though I really didn't think that aphorism would ever apply to me eating at Taco Cabana. I've been living in Texas going on seven years and managed to avoid it; how, then, did I come to go by myself early on a recent weeknight? And completely sober, mind you.

A coupon. I've been watching way too much of TLC's "Extreme Couponing" and have come to the decision I am a FOOL who is just THROWING money away by not using coupons.

Never mind that I had no intention prior to seeing the coupon of ever buying anything at Taco Cabana, so the financial output was, in fact, entirely instigated by the presence of the discount, thereby rendering the apparent "value" of the coupon moot.

I did, however, get an excuse to eat fast-food tacos.


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Photo by Joanna O'Leary
Brisket taco interior

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matt906
matt906

Taco Cabana is WAY better than Pico's and Chuy's.  It is obvious you are not latina.  Order some crispy tacos or bean and cheese tacos and get back with us.  Add some salsa and Pico's and Chuy's will be just a memory.

johnnybench
johnnybench topcommenter

Taco Cabana is good for chicken fajitas (I'm not a fan of the marinade they use for their beef fajitas), cheese enchiladas, quesadillas, breakfast tacos and the classic bean and cheese taco.  Their hand made tortillas make even mediocre fillings delicious.  As a San Antonio native, grabbing a couple of bean and cheese tacos at TC were the equivalent to "getting a slice" in the northeast. Many Friday night beers in high school were soaked up by those tacos.


Because every Taco Cabana prepares their food from fresh ingredients on site, there is a lot of variance from franchise to franchise in quality.  You can usually tell by the beans - if they are spiced well you're at a good location, if the beans are bland then you swung and missed.  In my experience the best Houston area location is on S. Post Oak and W. Bellfort.  Avoid the one on the Beltway and Clay... bland beans.    

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

When TC beat Two Pesos in the lawsuit, we all lost....

LilL
LilL

I love TC!  You don't visit TC for the experience you visit TC to stuff your face !  I think it's great!

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

2 words, fajita nachos. All else can be avoided.

salmon_grundy
salmon_grundy

latest installment of spoiled beeeeech who doesn't know chit from shinola complaining about fast food. it is what it is sister. you must be a riot in the sack

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

"Will I run to Taco Cabana the next time I'm in the mood for cheap Tex-Mex? No, I'll probably venture to Chuy's or Pico's Mex-Mex."

That's like saying, "Will I run to McDonald's the next time I'm looking a cheap burger? No, I'll probably venture to Rainbow Lodge or Jonathan's The Rub."


Anyway, I want to like Taco Cabana but for whatever reason the food seems bland despite all those different sauces intended to liven it up.



bridey.oleary
bridey.oleary

@Bruce_Are  That analogy fails on multiple levels. How can you  think the Mexican food at Chuy's is expensive?

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@bridey.oleary

Chuy's is about double the price of Taco Cabana and Pico's is even more expensive.  And they're not fast food so you have to leave a tip.  For the Tex-Mex genre, I'd say Chuy's and Pico's are in the medium to high price range.


It's obvious that Chuy's is better than TC.  But maybe you should be comparing TC to Taco Bell or a taqueria.

johnnybench
johnnybench topcommenter

@Bruce_Are @bridey.oleary  I never get out of Pico's under $100, even as a family of three.  But that's generally the fault of those delicious margaritas.  

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