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Hello I'm Burt Fleisher, a Chicago area restaurant lover who travels the USA extensively, and is always seeking out interesting and unique food wherever I may be. This Blog has become my photo-journal, chronicling most of my restaurant and dining experiences with a bit of humor added in to keep it light.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Junk Food Lapse in Judgment

Every once in awhile I am put in situation where I’m reminded exactly why I don’t eat at fast food and chain restaurants. And then every once in awhile I throw all caution to the wind, and just say: “what the hell”. This was one of the those moments.

I was in the culinary wasteland known as Southern California visiting family when my nephew walked in talking like a crazy man about having tasted the coolest taco ever; a Taco Bell taco made with a “Nacho Cheese Dorito” shell.

My sister and I as teenagers worshiped the nacho cheese Dorito, and we tried every possible way to consume them; from dipping them into cheese melts, to her having used them as nacho chips at 7/11, we’ve tried it. So to us, this little concoction sounded like it just might be the stuff that our teenage junk food dreams would’ve been made of, if it had been available then.

We looked at each other, and at the exactly the same time we said “I’ve got try that”  Psych!

The next day we drove over to the Taco Bell by her house, no go. They never even heard of such a thing. But my nephew had insisted he had had it, so we went to another nearby location where they told us they were out of the them, that they had only been available for a limited time. But they also said that a third location may still have them.

I don’t  think I’ve ever worked this hard for fast food in my life, but now it was a mission and damn it! We’re going to get some of these mythological tacos!

The third stop was indeed that charm! The menu sign over the counter read: New! Doritos Locos Tacos. My inner teenager could feel my voice start to change all over again; two please!

As we unwrapped our tacos, my sister excitedly waved her nacho cheese Dorito orange stained fingertips at me. Then we bit in, and got our first tastes. And it tasted like… a Taco Bell Taco! With only a very mild hint of Dorito flavor to speak of. The whole taste of Doritos was lost in the taco shell, which was only “coated” with a nacho cheese Dorito flavor.  It was totally weak, and not what either of us expected. 

I guess the concept sounds bigger than the reality on this one.  Who knows? Maybe they’ll go back and reformulate, and then as Jay Leno used say; “They'll make more”.

Taste: 3
Experience: 4
Value: 9
Score: 4

Call Ahead For Great Pizza!

This was one of the places that I had read about in the GQ article by Alan Richman that named the top 25
pizzas in the USA. So naturally I knew two things going in; one, that it would most likely be a Neapolitan style pizza (because that’s all he seems to like), and two, it would be darn good one at that.

Suffice it to say, the brick oven pizza was definitely old school Neapolitan as expected, and in this category, Richman’s selection once again delivers as the pizza was indeed excellent.

As far as Richman’s list goes, Tacconelli’s Pizzeria ties Bob & Timmy’s (Providence, RI) as the least pretentious family run restaurant on his list. I loved the warm, friendly service and the genuine feeling of eating pizza with the neighborhood locals and their families. 

I was unaware of the preordering policy to call ahead and reserve your dough, fortunately I went on night when it wasn’t an issue and they gladly made up two pizzas that my family and I devoured and that my son still talks about today.

If your in Philly and haven't been here yet, get there. Because you’ve probably missed the best Neapolitan style pizza in town, and one place that so far, is one the tastiest pizza’s that I’ve had off Richman’s list.  And if you do go, be sure call ahead.

Tacconelli’s Pizzeria
2604 East Somerset Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134-4733
(215) 425-4983

Taste: 9.5
Experience: 9.5
Value: 9
Score: 9.5

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