Taco Bell has long been a gathering place for many a family outing. Lunches with Mom. Lunches with Mom and Justin. Lunches with Mom and Dad and Justin. Lunches with Mom and Dad and Justin and Joshua and Heather and Conner, who, ironically, hates Taco Bell, and Ethan who loves food in general. Dinners with Justin. Dinners with Mom and Dad. Dinners with Mom and Dad and Justin.
I suspect breakfasts would be had if such a meal was offered.
We’ve been going to Taco Bells for as long as I can remember. On snow days in grade school, our trusty Chevy Suburban always found its way to a TB. During shopping stints on Saturdays. After church services on Sundays. I’d like to include a disclaimer at this point that states those days weren’t all in the same week, but that would be untruthful. As would saying my parents were not on a first-name basis with many of the local franchises’ employees for that matter.
My family has eaten a TON of Taco Bell food in our lifetime. Soft tacos, crunchy tacos, burritos, nachos with cheese, Nacho Bellgrandes, Crunchwrap Supremes, Mexican Pizzas, so on and so forth. You name the menu item, someone has sampled it. And re-sampled it. Over and over and over again. You name the road trip or vacation we’ve taken, and you can bet there was a TB involved.
The fast-food restaurant was such an influence (and maybe such a novelty when it opened locally) that one of our family pooches was bestowed the name “Fajita.” Oh that Fajita. “Here, Fajita, Fajita, Fajita!!!” someone would yell, and from out of nowhere a wee rat terrier would streak across the barnyard. More like a flying enchilada, if you ask me.
R.I.P. Glen Bell Jr. And, thank you for helping my family to make memories. Even if we did consume a LOT of unhealthy calories in the process. Rest assured my mom and dad will have a taco in your honor. Or maybe a Nachos Supreme. Or a Crunchwrap.
In closing, two factoids:
Factoid #1: To date, Bell’s creation is the largest Mexican fast-food chain in the nation, serving more than 36.8 million consumers each week in more than 5,600 U.S. locations.
Factoid #2: Two of those said customers are my parents, one of whom typically makes more than one visit per week, skewing the statistics.