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A little spice and zing

Posted January 22, 2014 in Community Featured, Boone
A big plate of Super Nachos is a taste sensation to share.

A big plate of Super Nachos is a taste sensation to share.

It’s a question I get often: “Which place, of all the ones you reviewed, do you ‘really’ like the best?”

Actually, in Boone it’s a hard choice to pick just one favorite. My dining companion always loves the buffets where he’s sure to get more than enough for about week to eat. And I like them, too.

But sometimes we want something fast, something fresh and just a little bit of zing. It’s then that we almost always head to a simple place where the food comes fresh and hot and fast.

It’s nothing fancy, but it’s always good at Taco John’s.

A creature of habit, I nearly always order Super Nachos. I made the mistake once of ordering the smaller size, thinking I would save a few calories, but then I didn’t have enough to share with my husband, and so he got a little stingy sharing those incredible potato olés.

I never made the same mistake again. The Super Nachos have a little something of everything for me, and a whole lot of delicious for both of us to share.

There’s just a lot of flavors happening in this dish. There’s the warmth of the melted cheese, the coolness of the sour cream and guacamole. There’s the heat of all the Mexican spices, and the extra hot sauce I layer on. There’s the crisp freshness of the chips, and juicy, tender goodness of the beef.

My dining companion, meanwhile, likes to vary his menu, but tends to be a big fan of burritos. These things are surprisingly filling for a working man, such as my husband, and he comes away satisfied every time.

For a quick bite I favor keeping it simple with just a crunchy taco that I can almost eat on the run. But since I don’t like lettuce on the steering wheel, I play it safe and park for a minute to really enjoy this taste sensation that keeps me going all afternoon hunting down stories around town.

It just goes to show that sometimes the best places are the ones we’re most familiar with: foods that please, and foods that nourish. And if a little spice and zing is thrown in along the way, that’s even better.

Taco John’s
415 Story St.
(515) 432-7600
Hours: Sun. – Thurs.:
7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

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