Another taco place is opening up near me and suddenly it's 1979 again.
Taco Bell was a mostly unexplored food experience for me and my friends when word got out that they were constructing one on Merriman Road in Livonia, just north of Plymouth Road. We'd been, but always via car, somewhere else, and on precious few occasions.
But this new one would be only a nice, worth-it bike's ride away from our houses.
So it opens, and if we didn't go on the first day, it was pretty darn close to it.
My friends were amazed at how much Taco Bell I could consume.
Kind of like today, when my wife and daughter are amazed at how much Taco Bell I can consume. Still.
It's a great bang-for-the-buck, really. You gotta love any fast food place anymore that has items on its menu for under a dollar.
We wore out that new Taco Bell for a period of time, enamored with its newness and novelty status. And I typically ordered the most food. Back then, I could probably gorge myself for about three or four bucks.
So now it's 30 years later, roughly, and I have that same excitement coursing through my veins and pulmonary system.
Del Taco is here! Del Taco is here!
They just opened it, at 12 Mile and Dequindre, in front of the revamped Universal Shopping Center. The new Target is open now, too.
My wife and I first experienced Del Taco a couple years ago, happening upon it by accident because we were a little off the beaten path in a portion of Warren we rarely visited, searching for a particular type of dog food.
In front of the strip mall where we found the pooch's food, there was a Del Taco.
We took a flyer on it.
Our daughter asked us yesterday, "Why was it so good?"
We can't remember!
But we DO know that we liked it, and we're eager to try it again, to see what all our fuss was about.
That's what getting older can do to you---it enables you to enjoy things for the first time, twice!
We're also excited about word that a new Sonic Drive-In will be opening near Oakland Mall soon. Those TV commercials have been driving us crazy for years. Everything looks so good. There's a Sonic on Groesbeck, I believe, but we passed it by when it wasn't convenient to check out.
You might get the impression that food rules our lives---beyond just that you need it to survive.
Well, my wife is half-Polish, half-Italian. And I have the appetite of a lion. So yeah, food is a big deal, at least to me. The ladies in my life appreciate it, too---if only because they're often bemused and amused by my attraction and reaction to it.
That's why something silly like a new Del Taco opening up gets me going.
I'll report back with my review of the place.
I can't wait to find out why we liked it so much.