Another Bite at King Taco

September 22, 2007 at 7:26pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Living a stone’s throw from El Chaparro on 13th and F (the only place in Lincoln I have found that has a California burrito on its menu), I am pretty well set-up to eat great Mexican 7 days of the week if I wanted to. But I am also happy to say that the King Taco near Robber’s Cave is a nice addition to the near, near south area. As Mr. Wilson pointed out in a description of his earlier visit, King Taco will be appealing to some Lincolnites and unappealing to others. This is, in my opinion, a good thing: An indication that the number of Mexican eateries in town have increased to the point where we can pick and choose from a wide variety to fit our tastes and wallet sizes.

As King Taco is right on the way to my gym, I stop there frequently. Its cheap, fast food, and the staff there are usually pretty friendly (to make up for the bare atmosphere). I won’t dwell into the hits and misses, and like all restaurants there are both at King Taco, but instead I want to encourage you all to give their hard, crunchy tacos a try if you haven’t already. In my opinion, hard shell tacos are the staple of any Americanized Mexican joint nowadays. As ubiquitous as they are basic, making a hard shell taco good can be very difficult since - like a burger, slice of pizza, or eggroll - everyone has their own opinion and expectation of what a good one is. I think that the hard shell tacos at King Taco may be the best this city has to offer.

Unlike the overly salted and seasoned taco meat you get at Taco Hell or Taco John’s, at King Taco the meat there is relatively unseasoned, but this is made up for the fact that their salsa is pretty good. They also use a fair bit of white queso as opposed to only the yellow/cheddar cheese you usually find at other places. Plus, they come with a dab of cool sour cream too, which is a nice touch. The corn shells are really great too, a bit thicker, fresher, and crunchier than in a number of other places. Finally, these suckers are only .79 each, or .59 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I recently rolled through a bunch of these delicious treats, leaving a heap of greasy wrappers, lettuce strands, and crumpled napkins in my wake.

Give this place a try people - it could use some business!

In other hard shell taco related news, the Downtown Taco Bueno opened late this week, adding more variety to the city’s Industrialized/Americanized Mexican food chains. Their hard shells are OK, not a whole lot different from those at Amigos, and like Amigos it also has a little salsa bar. However, their salsa tasted a bit on the sweet side to me. I know some people like sweet salsa, but I am not one of them, so I don’t know how often I will be patronizing Taco Bueno. Otherwise, its a fine place for Industrialized/Americanized Mexican. However, on those days when I am in the mood for some Industrialized/Americanized Mexican food, I’ll probably hit the Taco John’s on south street.

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beerorkid September 24, 2007 at 4:58pm

I am convinced.  I need to check it out.  Thanks for the info.

Mr. T September 25, 2007 at 12:34am

Excellent. My mission is done. Let us know what your experience is there.

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