9436 Warner Ave
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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My first encounter with Del Taco was probably in the early Eighties when I learned about a new Mexican fast food restaurant that was much like Taco Bell but ever so slightly more authentic. I've been countless times since. They have excellent strawberry shakes, good yet inexpensive breakfast burritos, Deluxe Chili Cheese Fries when you're feeling gluttonous, and Spicy Jack Chicken Quesadillas for when you're just plain hungry. I also used to thrive on their orange shakes and deli burritos, neither of which is offered any longer (UPDATE from April 22, 2007: Del Taco has brought back their Orange Shakes).
This particular visit was primarily to try out two new featured items: their Jalapeno Bacon and Chicken Quesadilla and the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Shake (am I going to get salmonella?), both good enough to try at least once, but as limited-time-only items I might not have to decide if I'd order them again or not. A few days earlier, in a rush through the drive thru at a Huntington Beach location, I took advantage of "Dan's Deal:" two regular tacos and half-pound bean and cheese burrito for two bucks. Got super creative and added a water to drink and my total for dinner came to $2.16.
For being a faithful standby Del Taco earns a three and a half Speedy Gonzales rating: