August 7, 2013 |
Jewel-studded stiletto heels, rainbow-fringed leg warmers and sultry sequined gowns vie for my attention as I head to my local Taco Bell near Santee Alley in downtown L.A.'s fashion district. But I'm on a mission: to try the new Cool Ranch Doritos Locos taco supreme. Is that an unwieldy name or what? Making a Doritos taco shell could actually be genius, I think, as I step up to the counter at the fast food joint (which shares space with a Pizza Hut Express). It's a first for me. OK, I'll go with the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos taco supreme ($1.79)
August 6, 2013 |
Taco Bell is testing its popular waffle tacos in more locations starting this week, after the breakfast product sold well in its initial Southern California run. The fast food creation, which features eggs and sausage folded up in a waffle, became the best-selling morning menu item at the five Taco Bell restaurants where it debuted this year. Starting Thursday, the mash-up will expand to 100 eateries in Fresno; Omaha; and Chattanooga, Tenn. - an extension first reported by the Associated Press.
July 22, 2013 |
Taco Bell is discontinuing its kids' meals and toys at U.S. restaurants beginning this month, the Irvine-based Mexican-style chain said Monday. The fast-food giant said it's the first in the industry to undertake the effort, which it said will be in effect nationwide by January. The company, which along with Pizza Hut and KFC is part of the Yum Brands Inc. family, said kids' meals and toys had an “insignificant impact on system sales.” Individual menu items on the kids' lineup, including the crunchy taco, the soft taco and the bean burrito, will now appear on the regular menu.
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June 27, 2013 |
Officials at two Orange County-based fast-food chains are asking that their names be removed from ads for a marijuana expo scheduled next week in Anaheim. Organizers for the Kush Expo, coming to the Anaheim Convention Center on July 6-7, highlighted Del Taco and Taco Bell in its promotional materials. A similar expo, HempCon, is held each year at the L.A. Convention Center The Kush Expo, billed as "the world's biggest medical marijuana mega show," features hundreds of booths, glass bong giveaways, seed companies, grow experts and an annual Hot Kush Girl contest with $2,000 in prizes.
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June 19, 2013 |
Sacramento police are investigating a woman they believe was intoxicated when she passed out at a Taco Bell, about 20 feet away from where she had left her 6-month-old child inside a car. Customers noticed the vehicle -- the windows down, radio on and engine running -- in the parking lot Monday morning at least an hour before an employee parked next to it and saw the baby inside, Sacramento police spokeswoman Michele Gigante said. Employees and customers got the baby out of the car and called police, who arrived just before noon. Responding officers discovered the baby's mother, who appeared to be intoxicated, Gigante said.
June 18, 2013 |
Taco Bell will test a new Power Protein menu and zero-calorie drinks later this summer as the Mexican-style chain aims to convince Americans that its offerings include healthful choices. The Irvine-based chain will experiment first for five or six weeks in Dayton, Ohio, where it has roughly 40 stores. The company, which has nearly 6,000 restaurants in the U.S., is looking at 2014 for a more wide-scale launch of the new menu and beverages. The Power Protein menu features items that include more than 20 grams of protein but 450 calories or less. A burrito, for example, features a double portion of chicken or steak with 400 and 420 calories, respectively.