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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Petition to Del Taco: Bring Back Naugles!

Our other Naugles entries:

Naugles, RIP
Petition to Del Taco: Bring Back Naugles!
Naugles Bun Taco at Del Taco
Del Taco Orange Shake Reboot
Buns & Torts: Naugles Lives On

Or CLICK HERE to read it all at once. UPDATE: see here for information on a Naugles revival separate from Del Taco.

Dick Naugle Says: Bring My Food Back to Del Taco!

Judging by the enormous reaction in the Naugles, RIP entry posted elsewhere on this blog, where people have left comments detailing their memories of and longing for food from the old Naugles Mexican fast food chain, I think we have enough of a basis to petition Del Taco to bring back some of the Naugles items (and the logo).

Naugles was actually begun by a Del Taco employee (Dick Naugles) and then about 18 years later was purchased by Del Taco. For a brief period the former Naugles locations were co-branded as Del Taco and Naugles but they eventually all became just Del Tacos. The former Naugles menu has influenced the current Del Taco menu in the form of its Macho items such as the Macho Nachos but many people still crave several Naugles items that are no longer available, especially the cheese burrito and the Naugleburger (the root beer shake mentioned by one commenter sounds good too).


Now the current president and CEO of Del Taco, Shirlene Lopez, is herself a former Naugles employee (talk about irony!) and she has stated in a recent issue of OC Metro that she plans on introducing innovative new menu items for 2008. With all of the points of intersection that Del Taco and Naugles have had over the years maybe the best way to rev up the Del Taco menu would be to bring back the unique Naugles items. People love it, people want it, and people will buy it. I don't see any drawbacks. It won't create competition for Del Taco since people would be purchasing the Naugles items from Del Taco. This would be a win/win situation.

If you have any thoughts on the matter or would like to add your name to this petition please leave a comment here.

(We have 6 entries on Naugles, each with different information. Click the 'naugles' label below to read more. Why do I have this information here? It is because we have more info about Naugles than just what's in this one entry and I see all the time that people look for info on Naugles but don't then CLICK HERE to read more about it, and we have lots more info about it.)

164 comments:

Johnny Automatic said...

the CHEESE burrito - what a memory.

you have two name for your petition here at the Olsen household

Steve Johnson said...

My wife and I used to visit Naugles a lot, and preferred it over Del Taco. In Lake Forest, there was a Naugles on the NW corner of El Toro Rd and Trabuco Rd, and a Del Taco on the NE corner. Then they became both Del Tacos.

Such a long time since I ate at a Naugles, I can't remember the menu. I do remember after all the Naugles in SoCal were converted over to Del Taco, I managed to find another Naugles in Reno, NV, and relished the food one last time. I guess that one's gone too now.

Anonymous said...

Holy crap am I happy that naugles menu items may return to the del taco menu. My beloved naugles was closed down in 1988 and I've missed it ever since. They replaced it with a del taco and still had naugles items on the menu but they were not kept very long. I think that if del taco brings back naugles items they would be a big hit and I would start going back to del taco!!!

Pam said...

I am still fantasizing about the famous (it was to me!) Cheese Burrito! My last one was in 1986 ; (

Anonymous said...

BRING BACK NAUGLES!!!!!!!! WE NEED YOU!!!!!

Anonymous said...

'm dyin for a green buritto! please, please bring back naugles!

Reginald Naugles said...

Please bring back the resturant called Naugles...I miss that resturant and the logo also...I still dreaming about the good food at Naugles...Please, Please mercy of god somebody need to help to bring the Naugles resturant back!!!

Anonymous said...

I came home from college driving 3 1/2 hours to get a green burrito back in 1987, drove up to the drive thru and waited. After several minutes I pulled up to the window to read a sorry were closed sign. I think a little piece of me died that day! Please for the love of God bring back the Naugles burrito!It's been over 20 years and I stiil need one! I live in Indiana but I have family in California. I will visit my family out there more often if I can sink my teeth into one of those burritos one more time. What the heck, bring back the Naugles burrito and I'll move the whole family out!

Anonymous said...

Oh how I miss the Naugle Burger !! I lived in Barstow from '82 until
'92 and really liked that, their taco salad and their steak quesadillas. I live back in Ohio now and have said for the past 15 years "how I wish there were a Del Taco or a Naugles here"

David said...

I remember back in the 80s looking forward to payday so i could buy a Naugleburger and frys and shake!,..it was one of my after you cash your paycheck stops,. it would be soo aewsume to bring back Naugles!thay dont belong as relic of the 80s with the B52s and Duran Duran!,.. bring them back to the here and now!!

ChristianZ said...

Just a note that the B52s and Duran Duran are still around . . . and they both started in the 1970s.

Wes Shealy said...

I went to Victorville CA in 1972, and I learned fast mexican food at Naugles. We also had a Del Taco, but the flavors at Naugles were the best to me. I moved back to South Carolina in 1976 and had no fast Mexican until Del Taco appeared in the early 1980's. They were good, but they were not as good as Naugles. My dad actually brought me Naugles burritos from Phoenix later in the 80's, and it was my last taste of a memory (that I still crave).

In the 90's, Del Taco sold out it's franchise rights in the southeast, and we were left with nothing but Taco Bell, my least favorite of all. Please do our taste buds a favor, dump the pride and bring back Naugles recipes. Then bring it all back to the southeast.

Anonymous said...

PLEEEEEASE bring back the cheese burrito and that awesome sauce used on the taco salad!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

My husband and I would kill for another Macho Combo double wrapped burrito. Please bring it back!!

Anonymous said...

Combo green burrito and the good ol bag of hot fries..bring back to Wisconsin

Gonzalo said...

I rememeber as a kid riding my bike to Naugles and getting the bean tostada or the bean and cheese burrito (which were much larger then you get at Del Taco). The best part of the whole meal was the hot taco sauce that came in little cups with the pull back strip. The stuff was so hot that at times I had to rub my lips with ice. Bring back Naugles and the HOT sauce!!!!

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment. Just a note that ice does almost nothing to get rid of hotness on your lips and in your mouth from eating spicy food. You need a dairy product like milk, or ice cream, or a shake to do the trick.

Anonymous said...

They had a delicious item...cant remember the name...it came in a cup with taco meat, beans, cheese, taco sauce, with chips on the side to dunk...yum

And of course the cheese burritos and the taco cups.

Please bring them back.

KGS said...

Bring back the REAL MACHO NACHOS ! The ones Naugles made. They were the bomb ! Del Taco has "Macho Nachos" but they are regular nachos. Naugles Macho Nachos after midnight RULE !

Anonymous said...

Bring back the Naugle Burger, It was one of a kind. The shreded lettuce, two beef patties, the cheese, and a tomatoe. It was awesome. I use to eat these on my lunch breaks. I worked right across the parkinglot from them. They are delicious.

Anonymous said...

The first time I tryed eating refried beans (cause I thought they looked gross) was at Naugles on 14st in Riverside, CA. Loveddddddddddddddddddd their GREEN Burritos and long for a normal sized burrito since they left. If Del Taco turned back into Naugles they'd have to triple there beans in a large size tortilla. Del Tacos normal sized green bean burrito is a joke (mostly rubbery tortilla)!!!
Naugles also had great macho nachos you could actually get full sharing it with someone.

duprejmt said...

I went to Naugles regularly in Huntington Beach (it was on Gothard Street, north of Edinger). They had a burger made with seasoned ground beef (loose not a patty) that they sprinked a bunch of shredded cheese and lettuce on. It was extremely good. They also had the best taco salad of any fast food. I have little to no confidence that Del Taco will be able to pull this off. They should bring back Naugles, at least on a pilot basis. PS - There is a similar place in Washtington called "Taco Time". It has a few similar items. Not in CA though.

ChristianZ said...

If you had clicked on the 'naugles' label in this post you would've seen an entry describing how you can still get that ground beef burger you described.

Also, why do you have little to no confidence that Del Taco can bring back the Naugles food? It wouldn't be any harder than bringing out any other new product or bringing back an old Del Taco product (which they have done in the past).

Lastly, there is at least one Taco Time in California.

duprejmt said...

I clicked on the Naugles label. It is an intriguing idea and I will try it. I am thinking that Naugles drizzled their special taco sauce on all their items, which gave it a tastiness that Del Taco could never have. Naugles was also, as a policy or culture, much more generous with their cheddar cheese. This makes me think that my "bun taco" experiment will be ok, but not as good as I remember.

Taco time: 68 Ramona Expy, Perris, CA 92571. Thanks for the tip. It is 96 miles from where I live (a little far for lunch) but its actually only 10 minutes from my in-laws.

ChristianZ said...

The point to ordering the bun taco now is that it will wave a flag to Del Taco letting them know that people want Naugles food. And it's not entirely impossible for them to bring back some more of the Naugles items.

There is also a Taco Time on Katella I think somewhere between Euclid and Harbor in Garden Grove.

Bad Bob said...

Naugles on 14th St., Riverside, CA. That was one of my favorite Riverside eateries. I tried to eat there at least once per week in '78-'80, the burritos were fabulous! It was a great place with great food for a guy on a limited income.

Anonymous said...

Bring back the Taco Salad cups and the Taco Meat Sandwiches (my two favorites). I have missed them!!!

Anonymous said...

My boyfriennd and I were just talking about how we misss the macho combo buritto. I can hardly wait for the return!!!

ChristianZ said...

The taco meat sandwiches are still available. For information click on the "naugles" label in this entry.

Anonymous said...

I went to Cypress College in the early 80's and a group of us used to go to the Naugles on Lincoln Ave. in Cypress. The best!!! If they brought it back, what a money maker it would be!

Bethany said...

I am Very excited to hear that Del Taco is bringing back some of the Naugles Food. I miss Naugles alot! I use to eat there all the time when I was a kid. I really would love it if they brought back Naugles. I definatly Perfered it over Del Taco. Naugles Was Way Way Better. They need to bring back all there Spicy Green Burritoes with the Green Sauce on it. Bethany

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for your comment. At this point we don't know if the Naugles food will come back. What we are trying to do here is show Del Taco that there is PLENTY of support for it.

Anonymous said...

I remember me and my friend Dixie driving through the drive thru of Naugles in Mission Viejo after a night of dancing at Bobby McGee's. We always had the cheese Burrito with green sauce. It was to die for, the perfect way to finish up a Saturday night.

Nancy said...

My friends and I were recently in Barstow at the original Del Taco. We had this discussion on the most awesome taco salad being the Naugles Taco Salad in the little cup!!! I need the recipe badly!!! Anybody got it? Please send it to me if you can. Thanks

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! I so miss Naugles and their Cheese Burriots!! They were da bomb!! Please bring it back to Missouri!

Anonymous said...

What about the late night/early morning Egg Burrito? I recall it having green sauce on it and lots of cheese.

Does anybody remember the receipt or ticket tab with a picture of Mr. Naugle?

Dick Naugle Say's -:
- Server food fresh
- Keep place clean

We laughed because the burrito's where so big many HS kids threw the remains at the brick wall side of Naugles and they stuck! They also trashed the parking lot. It was a site when the sun came up in the morning and I ordered my favorite Egg Burrito. It was the Tustin, CA Naugles.

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment. Have you seen our two other entries on Naugles?

im4cats2 said...

Yes, please bring back Naugles. I am always telling people I have not had a burrito as good as the ones I used to buy at Naugles when I lived in Tampa, FL. I'd love to be able to go to Naugles in Indianapolis, IN, and in central NJ in Sicklerville or Berlin or Turnersville area.

Anonymous said...

The was a Naugles (now a Del Taco) on Artesia Blvd. in Artesia, CA in the 80's that was a hang out late at night for many Cerritos High School students. After a party or if there was no place to go, a lot of people would just end up at Naugles. For us, this was much like the old diners of the 1950's and 60's. However, instead of fast cars it was loud cars. This hang out is a lasting memory for me and many others. I will surely forward this blog to as many people as possible. Please bring back Naugles, it will make money!

Anonymous said...

Loved Naugles....bring it back!

Jackie said...

Saturday night, my buddy Angie and a naugle burger...what memories, I'd love to see naugles come back.

Anonymous said...

We would love it if Del Taco had the cheese burrito with green sauce. It was a shame they eliminated that item when Naugles went out of business.

Anonymous said...

Dick Naugle says:

Prepare food fresh
Keep place clean
Serve customers fast

Words to live by my friends.

Anonymous said...

Yes. Bring back Naugles. The Burrito Ranchero Platter was the best fast food item money could buy.

Jenn said...

Naugles was the BEST! I used to go to the Fullerton store while a student at Cal State Fullerton. Please bring it back!

Anonymous said...

Can we get a Del Taco on the east coast? Can we? Can we? *sigh*

Anonymous said...

Love and miss Naugles

Rick Harrington said...

Naugles was my favorite fast food resaurant back until they dissappeared. No offense meant to Del Taco,... but I liked Naugles food better than Del Taco food.
Rick Harrington

Anonymous said...

I'm from Riverside and enjoyed many a meal at NAugles. Bring it back!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Their egg burrito was one of the best food items I've ever tasted. I would love to have one again! I wish I had the recipe.

Anonymous said...

I remember sneaking off campus at Valley Alternative to get one of those hot fudge shakes!! It was vanilla ice cream with hot fudge mixed in, totally different from a chocolate shake, rich, not too sweet. A delight!

No one wants to make that either.

Anonymous said...

My first job was at Naugles on University Ave in Riverside. Nothing like a macho combo burrito and a coke. I also loved an egg burrito with extra red and extra cheese before school. PLEASE bring back Naugles!!!!!

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Anonymous said...

Okay, calm down...there is another place that is owned and operated by Jeff Naugle...I work at Buns and Torts (BT's) in Visalia California.....same food as Naugles had....but we dont not have steak...but we added chili fries...everything else is the same except the names.....same motto....ask for Diane when you come by....559 636 9066 diane rounsfull facebook.com

ChristianZ said...

Others have mentioned Buns & Torts and I will get there when I can. It's just that it's a couple hundred miles away.

Mr. W said...

Oh man do I miss those breakfast burritos. I don't even care that I will lose years off the end of my life because of the cheese burritos, and I'd happily eat another one right this very second if I could.

Mike said...

The world needs Naugles!!!

HerMomminess said...

The cheese burrito with green sauce was my absolute favorite! Please bring back Naugles!!!

Anonymous said...

BRING BACK NAUGLES! BRING BACK THE AWESOME BEST THING IN THE WORLD! THE CHEESE BURRITO! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! THE TACO SALAD ROCKED AS WELL!

Lori said...

OMG! What great memories! The taco cup, the root beer shake, the breakfast burrito and of course the Macho Combo burrito. It was sooo big you had to have it double wrapped, otherwise you couldn't hold it! BRING 'EM BACK!!!!

Anonymous said...

I miss naugles so bad, every so often I crave the taco salad from there. i wish I knew what was in there so I can try and make it at home so I can try yot get the taste.

Anonymous said...

I LOVED the Naugles Bugers!--they were the BEST! I still crave them there used to be a Naugles on the corner of Colima in Walnut in CA. I use to go there all hours just to get a burger--Now I have to tell my daughters of my fond memories, wish they could enjoy one too!

Anonymous said...

I have been a huge fan of Naugles for years, and I would love to see it come back....Loved the cheese burritos. Please bring one to Corona!!

Anonymous said...

Please bring it back. I love the welches grape juice. I used to order it half carbonated water/half juice. And the burritos were amazing.

Anonymous said...

It would be silly for Lopez, as a former employee and CEO not to give SoCal what they want. It would be a guaranteed hit. Many of us aging GenX'ers can be some nostalgic, loyal customers. Doesn't make any sense NOT to bring Naugles back.

ChristianZ said...

I agree.

Anonymous said...

I spent all my paper route money on Macho combos and Ice creams at HB. Great memories, give um back!
St.Chritopher Mcpherson

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment. Did you see our other two entries on Naugles? There's good information in each one.

phiz said...

I love Del Taco, always have.
That being said, I really loved Naugles!
Please bring back some of the original and uniquely Naugles menu items.
Thursday nights were reserved as my "cheese burrito nights" and, I haven't had one of those since '85.
Quesidillas just don't cut it, sorry Del.

Anonymous said...

Naugles in Colton had CONSISTANT top quality food. I travel now and find Del Taco food quality VERY inconsistant (store to store,AND cook to cook), with an occasional approach to Naugels quality. I don't have a clue how to fix it, just an observation in case anyone important might read this and be able to improve it.

My version of heaven will have a Colton Naugles just a short walk away.......

Bethany said...

I miss all there Food at Naugles. I use to get there Green Burritoe's all the time. And sometimes there Green Tacos. I use to go to the on ein Fenton Missouri all the time Cause I lived there. I still live in St.Louis but somewhere else in St.Louis.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in Lancaster and we had a Naugles on Ave I and Del Taco up on Sierra Highway. The difference was a lot!! Especially the tacos!!They were a lot bigger then they are now! I remember the tomato slice on the top that fit across the top of the taco! Please bring back Naugles!!

For what it's worth Taco Bell used to be very good too in a different way. They were realy good before they got bought out by Pepsi and made for the masses!!

Well all the best to all the Naugles lovers!

Anonymous said...

I lived in Lancaster briefly in the early 90s and remember Naugles on Ave I. Never understand how something so good had to come to and end. Please bring back Naugles.

Anonymous said...

I had a green burrito for lunch every school day, we had a Naugles across the street from Colton High. I would kill for a good green burrito from Naugles now. PLEASE bring Naugles back!

Anonymous said...

naugles was a cherry lemonade and green burrito, extra cheese. I crave the hot sauce. as a personal chef i strive to perfect the sauce, can't do it. and sometimes to go back, it ain't the same. rip

Anonymous said...

LOVED the Cheese Burritos! (you can come close by ordering a Quesadilla with red sauce from del taco- but it's not the same!) and the Naugle burger! Del Taco is ok- Naugles what great!

Anonymous said...

Bring it back, I love the Breakfast Burrito. Umm no other place comes close.

Anonymous said...

My Bro's & I worked at the Riverside Naugles in the 70's with Dick Naugle and boy did we learn alot and had fun too! I still make the egg burrito and taco salads and ortega burgers at home myself. Everyone loves them! Many fond memories of great food and wonderful people. Many cars lined up at midnight for the egg burritos, green sauce was my fav! Bring it all back, please!

Anonymous said...

I used to work at Builders Emporium in Long Beach off the Traffic Circle. There was A Naugles right across the alley from us. The Builders people and the Naugles people used to hang quite a bit so we got totally taken care of. I just to LOVE the Taco Salads. But they used make me a Taco Salad burrito. Outrageous!!!!!!

Fredsvette said...

The Naugle Burger!!.. That would be awesome!! Naugles was the favorite hang out after a night of partying at Black Angus in City of Industry.. Naugles on Colima in Walnut!!.. I really hope Del Taco will bring back some of these recipes.. the double cheeseburger at Del Taco does not compare to the NAUGLE BURGER.. I do love Del
Taco but a Naugle Burger on the menu would just put it over the top for me.. p.s.. you can order a small taco salad which is pretty close to the taco cup from Naugles..it's not on their menu.. just ask for it!! Happy Naugling!

Anonymous said...

Bring back the "ORTEGA BURGER"! That was truly a delicious burger, not too spicy and not greasy! Ortega chiles, "shredded lettuce"

ChristianZ said...

Thanks. It looks like part of your comment got cut off. Were you going to write more?

Syddric said...

By all means,at least bring back the menu,if not the institution itself!!

Smada said...

I recall traveling with my brother to his Air Force base in Utah just before Christmas in 1978...On Christmas Eve it was just the two of us, and we could not decide what to eat. We decided to go out, but Naugles was the only place open. We ate a lot of different items, and I recall all the broken taco shells they would place on the food items, as well as the biggest drink cups I had ever seen! I especially loved the Maucho items, the super hot hot sauce, and the extra large servings of killer fries! I hated to see them go, as I also visited the local stores here in So. Cal!
P.S. I also miss Pup N Taco!

ChristianZ said...

I take you it you also saw our Pup 'N' Taco entry.

Jon Fruehan said...

I remember working the graveyard shift back in 1985 and stopping by Naugles for an egg, bean and cheese burrito and a 32 ounce ice cold milk. Oh, how I loved that combination. Their milk was kept in this large machine where the temperature was just about freezing. It was awesome! Bring Naugles menu items back, Del Taco!!! There are still a lot of us Naugles fans around...

Pagano DesignWorks said...

I would KILL or at least drive wayyyy out of my way to get a Naugles Taco Salad again. Something about the texture of the shredded lettuce and the delicious beef, in the just-right-sized cup was perfection. Not to mention the hot sauce.

After I moved from Huntington Beach, it was always a required first stop to hit Naugles for a snack. Then...it was gone. So sad.

Anonymous said...

Yo quiero NAUGLES!!!!! RIP to the Naugles that was on Hwy. 111 in Indio, California.

Barbara said...

I am from st louis mo and I went to naugles once a day for a very long time. I would get 2 cheese burritos and french fries and it was awesome really wish nuagles would come back miss it sooo much. One day I pulled up and they were closed they didnt even tell me I probably would have stocked up on the burritos..HA HA

coach said...

I knew Dick, he came to the Alton Illinous store and was such a genuine, kind man. I also met Jeff Naugle and even though it has been over 25 yrs ago I would love to be involved with the Naugles movement. I loved the food the mission statement and the Company. I was really sad when I had to close down so many Missouri,Kansas and Illinois stores and then moved to Cali and worked for them until 87 Close to the end. Hey Jeff if you are thinking about starting up. Count me IN get in touch with me through email. coachdes@hotmail.com
p.s Thank you and your wonderful Uncle for all of those memories.

Anonymous said...

The Naugles Egg and Bean burrtito was off the hook and a late night staple. Del Taco cannot repeat the recipe.....I tell every young person about this treasure and unfortunately they've never had the pleasure. Please, please, please bring back Naugles!!!!!!!!!! I craave it everyday!

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment. We have four more entries on Naugles you might not have read. Click here to read them all. If you are a Naugles fan you will want to read all our info on them.

Dave Vacilek said...

PLEASE come back! We need you back in the Midwest too. I'm jonesin' for a cheese burrito and Macho Nachos!

Pat said...

My favorite Naugles memory was the awesome breakfast burrito! Many a Saturday morning when I lived in Palmdale in the 80s was a breakfast burrito with extra sour cream. The green chili was the best part. My future daughter-in-law worked at Naugles while she was in high school. Bring back ALL of the Naugles unique menu items.

Anonymous said...

I am a former Naugle employee..I helped run one in Waukesha Wi back in the 80's and the food rocked..I wish they would come back..that green sauce made even the Mexicans cry!

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment. I'm finding that Del Taco has a number of Naugles items still available but not on the publicly seen menu.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I went to Naugles on our first date 25 years ago! I need a cheese burrito fix!

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment. Did you read all SIX of our Naugles entries? Two of them tell about how you can still get the cheese burrito.

Anonymous said...

Several years ago I lived in Orange Co. where Naugles was my fav fast food. I now live in another state and after learning that Del Taco now owns the Naugles, I was anxiouse to try Del Taco with expectations of the old Naugles concept in the food offered. Well, I was Hugely disappointed and sorry to see that the old Naugles nolonger exists. Del Taco/Naugles is not my fav fast food and saddely the only reason I would return would be if I were starving and there were no other eateries within a twenty mile radiouse...

majcrash said...

My first high school job was at a Naugles. The cheese burrito was my favorite along with a brief menu item called "La Grande Enchilada". They switched from steamers to a dry press for the tortillas so I don't think Del Taco is currently equipped to make cheese burritos or nachos with real cheese instead of the liquid nacho cheese. I wish they would switch back though.

ChristianZ said...

E-mail me if you can, majcrash. I have some Naugles questions for you. reviews@ocmexfood.com

Anonymous said...

I was a young kid in Hesperia, CA in the early 80's and Naugles was the best place to eat. We used to always go there after youth football games and if we won our game we'd get to go there for a special treat- the Naugles taco salad in a cup. And thinking back, they used to always put a balloon with Dick Naugles' picture on it in with our food. We would always play with the balloons during and after we were done eating. I think it's funny now realizing that we used to blow Dick up! How hilarious. Dick Naugles was a genius! Please bring back Naugles! I'm dying to take my girlfriend and have her blow up one of those balloons!

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment. Did you read all six of our entries on Naugles? There's important info you won't want to miss.

Anonymous said...

I loved NAUGLES! My fiest job was @ Naugles in Rialto, ca..........When my sister moved here from Rhode Island sh efell in love with the Naugles burger. My favorite was the steak and egg burrito.

ChristianZ said...

Excellent. Always good to hear from former employees of Naugles. Did you read all six of our entries on them?

Anonymous said...

The Cheese Burrito was the best!! And don't forget the tasty red sauce that dripped out of it!!!

Bonnie Cameron said...

I miss the green chile burrito, the red chile burrito and the naugle burger with green chile.
Please bring naugles back to kansas city, Mo. There are so many people I know that loved it!

Anonymous said...

The cheese Burrito is a staple Del Taco simply forgot! I have a craving and I attempt to make them all the time but it's just not the same! Please.. bring it back :)

Nurse Betty said...

Fountain Valley Naugles at Warner and Harbor . . . Macho Taco and a Root Beer Float!! The reward for surviving a late callback in the operating room at Fountain Valley Medical Center. Whoo hoo!

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for confirming that that location was indeed a Naugles.

Janice said...

egg burrito the best..extra cheese please..Placentia st Fullerton

Janice

Anonymous said...

Naugles fan from Nashville: Just reading this artical made me hungry for all my old favorites. #1the Macho Nachos with red and green sauce. #2 the Cheese Burrito (No one has one even close) #3 the Hot Carmel Shake (OMG sinfully good). #4 the egg burrito (man there was nothing better than driving through late at night and getting an egg burrito) and last but not least #5 the really Macho Burrito. (there was no way you could hold it with one hand) Awesome!

Anonymous said...

Naugles by Cal state Fullerton on a friday night after a movie!! or just cruise the parking lot meeting freinds,so many high school memories,my all time favorite the taco salad cup!!! Please bring it back! it was soooo good!

Anonymous said...

Cruising Naugles by Cal State Fullerton when we were in high school ,meeting place for friends,dates,just hanging out when there was nothing else going on!! awesome food!!!! taco salad cup was a favorite,I like del taco but I loved Naugles if they brought it back I know they would make money everyone loved Naugles!!

ChristianZ said...

Hang in there. Your wish might come true.

Anonymous said...

Naugles was the place to go for lunch while we were in high school. OMG, the cheese burrito was awesome. I miss Naugles.

Anonymous said...

My sister worked their for 5 years on brookhurst in FV. I'm not sure about the menu because they used to make up a lot of stuff. But I loved the naugles burger, cheese burrito and the mexican salad that came in a little cup and then we would buy a tortilla on the side and dump the salad i n the tortilla. It was the best...

Anonymous said...

They had a huge menu,Does anyone remember when they had the dinner plates?There food was insane and there fries where way better then the soggy one's at Del taco.

alex said...

haha im Alex Naugle and I would gladly be happy to petition to brink back naugles. From the research ive done the food sounded good and makes me hungry even thinking about it. If I had the money id start up a naugles tacos lol.

Anonymous said...

The night I drove to three different Naugle's restaurants in a desperate bid for macho nachos, and found them all closed, will live on in my memory as one of my worst. Me an' my buds used to go there after every high school dance and replenish our energy reserves. When Naugle's went out of business, it took about half of my teenage years with it.

♥ChereE♥ said...

I used to work at the Naugles on Los Coyotes Diagonal in Long Beach. The mayo had buttermilk and msg mixed in with it. Remember the Deluxe burger with that drippy mayo? It was the best! The refried beans were seasoned with the drained, seasoned fat from the taco meat. Aren't you glad I told you that? Now, if only I had memorized the hot sauce recipe. The green sauce must have come from a can. Oh, the good old days!

Jay said...

Well it is Amazing to see that there still is so many that loved my G-Pa Dick Naugle Mexican Food. I have been reading and inspired me to talk to family and GET NAUGLES UP AND RUNNING. I have all of the G-PA Dicks Famous Receipts and I had the Best teachers possible to ensure I Can Bring the Original TASTE OF NAUGLES, My Father and DICK himself. So, I will make sure to update this site as NAUGLES starts to re-Develop. J. Naugle jnaugle86@gmail.com please do not hesitate to EMAIL me.

ChristianZ said...

I sent you two e-mails. Looking forward to hearing from you when you get the chance to respond.

Joel Gelfand said...

I used to eat at Naugles in Covina all the time. I do NOT like Del Taco, so they lost a customer when they made the switch.

Would I return if I could get Naugle's?

HELL YES!!!!

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment. Be aware it might be back.

Paulette in STL said...

Oh PLEASE, PLEASE, P-L-E-A-S-E COME BACK !!!~NAUGLES~!!! Everything there was EXCEPTIONAL! One of my absolute FAVS was...are you ready for this, the BREAKFAST EGG and CHEESE BURRITO, OMG to DIE FOR! Also remembering the LOAD of french fries you got in an order. I could go on...Just Please Come Back! 5 supporters here! SEE YOU SOON?!?!

Paulette said...

OH PLEASE, PLEASE, P-L-E-A-S-E BRING BACK !!!~NAUGLES~!!! OMG the breakfast egg and cheese burrito was TO DIE FOR! TONS of fries in an order...I could go on...JUST PLEASE COME BACK TO MISSOURI! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD - PLEASE! :) This household has 7 names and takers ready to handle any HUGE burrito or anything else NAUGLES can dish out! LOVE YOU-COME BACK!

Paulette in STL said...

COME BACK !!!~NAUGLES~!!! Miss the egg and cheese burritos...TO DIE FOR!! 7 names here to take on the burritos, mounds of fries, etc...LOVE YOU! MISS YOU! COME BACK TO ST.LOUIS MISSOURI FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! :) WE WILL BE WAITING, so HURRY!

ChristianZ said...

We love the excitement. Stay aware because there IS a chance it will come back.

ChristianZ said...

Paulette, Look for my e-mail link at the top of this blog and e-mail me for more info.

Anonymous said...

I'm just tickled pink - to catch this blog ... I've traveled all over (Military: Air Force) and no other Mexican Restaurant can hold a candle to Naugles! - And it's been so so so so so long - I've since retired from the military and still no Naugles. My first taste of Naugles was near my first post - March AFB, Riverside, CA - Whew! And YES! Beef/cheese burrito w/fries awesome to die for - I was forever changed and would always yearn for fries w/my burrito and don't forget the pink lemonade ....I'm coming when u reopen for SURE!!!

ChristianZ said...

Thanks. Did you read all six of our entries on Naugles? And, yes, keep your eyes open...

Steve said...

PLEASE BRING BACK NAUGLES. I LOVED THAT PLACE. I PROMISE TO GO THERE AT LEAST 3X A WEEK IF YOU DO.

Bethany said...

Me too, I would try to go their three times a week if they brought it back too. I loved Naugles. I use to eat at the Naugles in Fenton Missouri and then closed down for Reasons no one knows about and I always wondered Why. I love, Love, Lovwe their food so much and Miss it. Please bring Naugles back to St. Louis Missouri in The South county and in the south City area. But please bring it back also to Fenton Missouri too.

10001 said...

Just wanted to add my name to the list of those who LOVED NAUGLES mexican/american food. I loved the Tacos and the Cheese Burrito and French Fries. Naugles was head and shoulders above Taco Bell or Del Taco and paying a little extra for better food was a no brainer. Please Bring Back Naugles.

ChristianZ said...

It's being worked on.

Bethany said...

cool.

Steve said...

PLEASE BRING IT BACK! Del taco and Taco bell can not hold a candle to Naugles! not even close, infact those to companies arnt even in the same league. Naugles steamed cheese burrito, Macho combo and a Large Cherry coke was my dinner every Saturday night back in the eighties. Ontario,Ca. on Mountain ave and the 60 frwy!! I loved that place. After working at Skayeway (Chino) thats were we would head every night!!

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment, Steve. Stay tuned...

Bethany said...

Yes I love Naugles I miss them a whole lot. Please bring Naugles back to St. Louis Missouri in the south county area. I use to go to the one Fenton Missouri. I miss their green burritos and tacos. I miss all of their food their. Naugles needs to be like it use to be. Back in a different building then Del Taco.

ChristianZ said...

Thanks, Bethany. Stay tuned...

Anonymous said...

I really miss Naugles. I used to buy there cheese burrito and egg and cheese burrito all the time. I was so upset when all the Naugles was changed to Del Taco. Also Del Taco didn't have the cheese burrito. So I didn't go there much anymore. The last time I saw a Naugles was in Reno, Nevada. Now that is closed. I would love to see them back again. If they brought back Naugles again I would go there several times a week.

Bethany said...

I would go their Several Times a week too if Their Were Naugles Still Open. Please Bring Naugles back here in St.Louis Missouri in the South County Area of Fenton and In South City Missouri. I miss their Very hot Green Sauce they put on their Burritos. Man it was good.

ChristianZ said...

Keep your eyes open. It's going to come back one way or another.

Bethany said...

Oh ok Good. I cannot wait for it to come back. I cannot Wait to sink my teeth in the Delious Green Burrito with the very spicey green sauce and their Green Tacos. Oh that is to die for. I hope when they come back Everything about their Food will be the way it use too. Cause their tast of their Burritos Were so Amazing to me! Also They do not need to Change the name Of Naugles. They need to keep the name Naugles for the Resteraunt. But Please Bring it back to Sounty County in Fenton Missouri and Also South City Missouri too. Man I am dying for the Green Sauce I can just imagin it in my mouth right now. I think about their food all the time. I love Love Love it!

ChristianZ said...

Keeping our fingers crossed that things will work out in the best possible way.

Bethany said...

alright cool! I cannot wait! I Love Love Naugles and I miss it alot. Please Come back to St.Louis County Missouri in Fenton. And Also South City St.Louis. Man I am dieing for a Spicey Green Burrito and Spicey Tacos. Yummy!

Monica said...

We used to stop by the Naugles at Brookhurst and Hamilton in Huntington Beach, on our bicycles on the way back from the beach, riding the Santa Ana River Bed Trail. I remember the cheese burritos, the amazing taco salads, and the egg and cheese burritos. Please bring back Naugles!

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment. I go to that one sometimes too. We are working on bringing Naugles back.

Anonymous said...

OMG...bring it back already what the heck is wrong with these people...lol. When I was a kid my grandmother lived less than a block away from the Naugles at Brookhurst and Bell, I think? My whole family was absolutely addicted to the macho egg burritos which were by far the best I have ever had. I lived with my grandma for a few months back in 1988 and must have eaten there at least 4 times a week..I was nineteen so many an after midnight/partying meal was always in order. When I was a younger kid and we were staying at grandmas, I would get up in the morning and just "casually" mention Naugles and boom, my mom and grandma did not hesitate to give me money to obtain that "MAGICAL" egg burrito....lmao. I live in Oregon now and we have a few Del Tacos in the area....they still offer the macho egg burrito but I get it without that dreaded white sauce and extra red sauce. Not even close to the Naugles version but it gets me my fix....sometimes. I absolutely yearn for the Naugles days and would love to have the recipe for making at home....very hard to duplicate no matter how many times I try....arrrgghh. Great blog and it's a no brainer to add the Naugles original recipes to the boring Del Taco menu. Andrew Hawkins

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment. Keep your eyes peeled.

the real naugle said...

hello world

from one of two remainiing descendants of Dick Naugle. I worked not only at Naugle's, but also Del Panther and Del Taco from the age of 5.

I was involved with the development of the original egg burrito in Lancaster, CA and have many stories about Dick Naugle.

Currently working on the Naugles.com website.

Happy Holidays to all!

Anonymous said...

Is this Bill Naugle?

ChristianZ said...

I'm not Bill Naugle but I believe he can be contacted through the e-mail address he left.

Rich Reynolds said...

Okay all you Naugles fans and long ago late night eaters. I was at the top of the late night eaters game, after school events, going out to a function or beach party. We had so much memories about Naugles. We would hang out and much down on the best food. I had a paper route once so i could save money so i didn't have to ask my mom for it. i was diligent about getting to my favorite food place from riding my bike or skateboard (in my youth), to driving my car with my wife to get Naugles. My favorite was the Taco Salad in the paper bowl and a large Welch's grape drink that had crushed ice. I had everything on the menu many times over, through all the years. How did Dick Naugles say it on the three remarks on the food ticket? " fresh food-fast service- and?

ChristianZ said...

Rich, thanks for your detailed post. Please check out http://www.nauglestacos.com for Dick Naugle's motto.

Anonymous said...

I loved the beef burrito, the cheese they used and meat was so amazing that over 20 years later I can still remember it. Toxic Bell is in no comparison to Naugles. I remember going to the Naugles in Villa Park Illinois..
Please bring back Naugles...

ChristianZ said...

Always good to hear from the Illinois fans.

Anonymous said...

I used to go to both Del Taco and Naugles but when they closed Naugles I quit going to Del Taco because I was pissed. I really miss the Naugleburger and the cheese burritos.

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment. Keep a lookout for some more Naugles news.

NTWBill said...

We had a Naugles on E. Colonial Dr.,here in Orlando. It was Great, but short lived. Yes, I wish they would come back, but as I see these posts have been going on for over 5 years. Corporate America amazes me. Is Senor Naugles still alive? Heck, name it something else if you have to! Is it White Castle or is it Royal Castle? Thank-you.

ChristianZ said...

Great to hear from somebody who remembered it in Florida.

Anonymous said...

I love Naugles! My aunt used to take us to the one on Bristol in Santa Ana......they had an awesome arcade!!!

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment and for remembering the arcade. Be sure to check out www.nauglestacos.com.