Haute-N-Ready: Daredevil Fully Loaded

Taco Bell introduces chipotles, habaneros and ghost peppers, oh my!

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Food & Drink
Welcome to Haute-N-Ready, in which John Locanthi, Willamette Week’s trencherman of leisure, tastes the hastily made, modestly priced food of the common man.Ghost pepper is on the verge of becoming a commonplace item in the fast-food world. Jack in the Box introduced a chicken sandwich with ghost pepper sauce over a year ago. Popeyes offered ghost pepper wings to kick off this year. Wendy’s slathered ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Rebuilding the Bell

It’s getting tough to get Taco Bell in Portland. We asked a Mexican food expert to reverse-engineer our favorite FourthMeals.


Food Reviews & Stories
For FourthMeal fans, these are trying times. Both Taco Bell locations in central Portland are currently closed, with the West Burnside Street Bell apparently being rebuilt and the Northeast    More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Bridgetown Diary, Day 2: "Yes, I need a ride home."

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Arts & Books
I may have made a huge mistake. It's so nice out that I started drinking homebrewed pilsner at 1pm, while watching the Timbers womp Montreal. It's now 7:23 pm, and I am sitting in a tent outside a mediocre burger joint, nursing a pre-hangover beer called DJ Jazzy Hef. Also, I cut my hand on a chair at the weird part where the legs and the plastic connect. I put two Wolverine Band-Aids on it. They appear ...   More
 
Sunday, May 10, 2015 PARKER HALL

Haute-N-Ready: Taco Bell's Biscuit Taco

New gimmick taco, same as the old gimmick taco

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Food & Drink
Welcome to Haute-N-Ready, in which John Locanthi, Willamette Week’s trencherman of leisure, tastes the hastily made, modestly priced food of the common man.Taco Bell made waves when it introduced the Waffle Taco. It was bold. It was bizarre. It was the essence not only of Taco Bell’s attempt at breakfast, but of its approach to Mexican cuisine...but it sucked. The Waffle Taco was quietly removed ...   More
 
Monday, May 4, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Haute-N-Ready: Sriracha Quesarito

Sriracha upgrades Taco Bell's Quesarito from inedible to mostly inedible

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Welcome to Haute-N-Ready, in which John Locanthi, Willamette Week’s trencherman of leisure, tastes the hastily made, modestly priced food of the common man.It isn’t every week that the column revisits an item. In fact, Haute-N-Ready is loathe to do so, especially an item that I threw into the trash can in lieu of finishing. But it isn’t every week that Taco Bell revisits a menu item with all ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Haute-N-Ready: Crunchwrap Tasting

Crunchwraps supreme, A.M. and slider, oh my!

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Food & Drink
Welcome to Haute-N-Ready, in which John Locanthi, Willamette Week’s trencherman of leisure, tastes the hastily made, modestly priced food of the common man.Taco Bell has undergone a few changes since Glen Bell started selling tacos at his hot dog drive-in in the 1950s. It began with fairly plain tacos. In the decades since, the menu expanded to include such items as burritos, gorditas and chili-cheese-fry-loaded ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Haute-N-Ready: Quesarito

At long last, Taco Bell wraps a burrito in a quesadilla

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Food & Drink
Welcome to Haute-N-Ready, in which John Locanthi, Willamette Week’s trencherman of leisure, tastes the hastily made, modestly priced food of the common man.Taco Bell has long been unafraid to boldly go where no fast food has gone before. The pseudo-Mexican chain was the first to realize the potential of Doritos to be more than a moderately satisfying, flavored corn product when it unveiled the Doritos ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 JOHN LOCANTHI

EAT: Food Carts Go Corporate


News
You see that? That's corporate America taking a thing you love, shoving it into the ravenous jaws of the marketing beast and spitting out something you feel dirty for being associated with (we have strong feelings about food carts here at WW). The Taco Bell Truck, spotted Thursday on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, has been driving around since last summer, handing out free tacos to the desperate ...   More
 
Monday, June 28, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

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