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Spice and zing

Posted June 11, 2014 in Community Featured
A big plate of super nachos is a taste sensation to share. Photo by Lori Berglund.

A big plate of super nachos is a taste sensation to share. Photo by Lori Berglund.

In all the continuing growth on Fifth Avenue South, how is it that I have missed this wonderful little place?

Now, as every week seems to bring news of another dining establishment of sorts planing to break ground on the Corridor of Commerce, it’s finally time to review the one that helped start it all.

Taco John’s is an always welcoming place, with some family favorites for just about any family.

When my dining companion and I want something fast, something fresh, and just a little bit of zing, that’s when we almost always head to a simple place where the food comes fresh and hot and fast.

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, so he got a little stingy sharing those incredible potato olé’s.

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 thing. 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 are thrown in along the way, that’s even better.

Taco John’s
2949 Fifth Ave. South
Mon.-Satur.: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
(515) 573-8226

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