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As we continue to celebrate fast food favorite Del Taco's 50th anniversary, here are some old commercials.  The first from 1979:

And this one from 1988 announcing the merger of Del Taco and Naugles (look at those big ass tomatoes!):

This week, Del Taco kicks off it's 50th anniversary celebration.  Here are some fun "Did you know?" fast food facts:

  • The founder, Ed Hackbarth, still owns and operates three Del Taco's in Barstow?  He still works there too!
  • Del Taco cranks out over half a million tacos every day
  • Americans eat 6 billion tacos each hour (I can't believe that one!)
  • The original taco at Del Taco was 19 cents
  • Founders Ed Hackbarth and David Jameson partnered with Dick Naugle in 1966 to form Red-E-Food Systems with the idea of franchising the brand, but it wasn't until 1988 that Del Taco and Naugles merged, creating the second largest quick-serve Mexican chain in the U.S.
  • The recently-retired reg, green and yellow logo prior to this one had been around since 1992
  • Del Taco opened its 500th restaurant in 2008 and currently has 546 stores in 17 states as far east as Florida
  • The Del Cheeseburger and crinkle fries have been around since the beginning

The cavalcade of trivia came in another of Del Taco's famous promotional red boxes.  To find out what was in this one, keep reading!

 del taco 50th anniversary

wendys logo

Accompanying our recent review of the Wendy's BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad is another companion premium salad, the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad.  Wendy's seems to like long, descriptive titles for their menu items.

wendys asian cashew chicken salad

Here are a pair of fast food non-burgers that might be interesting alternatives for your dining enjoyment the next time you find yourself near Jack In the Box:

jack in the box turkey bacon cheddar

portillos

My friend Tom and I had a couple of Portillo's signature menu items recently.  He had the Char-grilled Maxwell Street Polish Dog and I had the equally-cleverly named "Hot Dog".

portillos

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