This is a follow up to "Taco Bell + Seafood = ?" from 3/10/10
Last week, I realized my daily errands would be taking me past a full-fledged Taco Bell (as oppsed to the lesser "Taco Bell Express" that's a block away from my home). I decided to bite the bullet: it was time to try a "Pacific Shrimp Taco."
When I initially wrote about the addition of seafood to the Bell's menu, I expressed skepticism about its quality and its realness. Well, I've lived to tell the tale, and it's not all bad.
The Pacific Shrimp Taco is like any other taco at Taco bell: kind of small, weird dry tortilla, and a little meat with lettuce, tomato, and sauce. But at the bottom, instead of suspicious-looking ground "beef" or a few pieces of chicken, there are six of the tiniest little shrimps you've ever seen. Not tiny enough, mind you, to qualify as "tiny shrimp," the mini guys you find in a can. Just small, like an inch wide. This makes it especially hilarious that some of the advertisements plastered all over the windows of the Taco Bell boasted "six shrimp, one taco!" It's not a false claim, but not something that really earns you bragging rights, Bell people.
The shrimp itself actually tasted pretty good, with nice seasonings. That said, this was less a "shrimp taco" than a lettuce taco with some shrimpy kick. I'm not sure adding the taco to the menu is really worth the trouble–now every taco bell has to post signs indicating that shellfish are handled on the property.
One last interesting development: on the same day I wagered $2.79 on a Pacific Shrimp Taco, the Chicago Tribune had a cover story about seafood prices being jacked up by vendors. Now, $2.79 isn't a lot of money, but it is over twice as much as other tacos at Taco Bell. In fact, it's more than nearly any other single item on Taco Bell's menu. So, for less than the cost of a piddly shrimp taco, I could get a great big Chicken Burrito. Fishy, indeed.
Final thoughts: the Pacific Shrimp Taco, won't kill you. You won't even hate it. But those are not good reasons to eat something.