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Taco Del Mar - Scotts Valley

Matt | May 10, 200604:23 PM

I went into Taco Del Mar today for the first time. It's a chain and more fast foodish than Baja Fresh.

I ordered the three taco basket. It came with a handful of chips that reminded me of the ones Taco Bell serves.

I ordered three different tacos:

Fish. Since they are called "Taco Del Mar," I figured this would be their specialty. But, it was my least favorite of the three. The piece of fish was not all that large. The batter was not at all crispy, so I think it had been awhile since it had been fried. It had a "fishy" taste. They used a single corn tortilla, so it became soggy and fell apart before I could finish eating it.

Shredded beef. Actually not bad for a fast food place. A generous portion of mildly spicy beef. But, it had the same problem with the tortilla.

Ground Beef in a hard shell. Yes, the style of taco many of us gringos grew up eating. This was my favorite of the three. The tortilla did not disintegrate when I bit into it. Not too small. Way better than what you would get at Taco Bell or Del Taco. It makes me happy that a newer taco chain would have this on their menu.

Unless you are a fan of "Gringo style" tacos and are looking for something better than Taco Bell, there is no reason to go to Taco Del Mar. You'll find something better at one of our many local taquerias.

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