Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Mager
It's a California invasion! If by "invasion" you mean "two".
Earlier this year, SoCal-based In-N-Out Burger confirmed rumors that they will be opening a new location in Garland. Now, Del Taco (headquartered in Orange County, CA) is following suit by breaking ground this month in North Texas. The OC Register's "Fast-Food Maven", Nancy Luna, reports that there may soon be as many as 80 restaurants in the DFW area. Luna quotes Del Taco CEO Paul Murphy as saying, "I think what Del Taco brings to the table [in Texas] is a unique spin on Mexican."
Some folks may remember that Del Taco once had locations in Texas, but pulled out of the state back in the 1970s. Those folks may also remember some good reasons the restaurant didn't fair well here. Perhaps, Texans just couldn't get used to the idea of French fries with their tacos.
Del Taco claims that all of their meals are, "made to order using fresh ingredients including freshly grated cheddar cheese, hand-made salsa, lard-free beans made from scratch and chicken grilled every hour." Additionally, they serve burgers, fries and shakes. Most locations remain open 24 hours per day. Saying, "It's like a Whataburger with Mexican food.", might be a fair conclusion to make. But it remains to be seen whether they will be popular enough with 21st Century Texans, to make that comparison stick.
According to the DelTaco.com, the first location will open in Denton this fall (2010), and the second in McKinney. And with 70-plus stores being proposed for DFW alone, at least one of those will be in Grand Prairie. Click subscribe on this page, or follow "gprestaurants" on Twitter, to be informed when that news is released.