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Spice and zing

Posted February 05, 2014 in Community Featured, Clear Lake
A big plate of Super Nachos is a taste sensation to share.

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

Somewhere in my Irish and German heritage, there’s a little something that just loves to go “south of the border” whenever I can.

Give me something a little hot, a little spicy, and I am one happy camper. That’s why almost no week is complete without a trip to Taco John’s.

Fortunately, my favorite dining companion feels the same way. We enjoy the convenience of fresh food, served hot and fast.

And we always know it’s going to be 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 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. Of course, a big serving of potato olés on the side is a must for each of us.

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
2905 Fourth Ave. South
(641) 357-0900
Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

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