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Sunday, March 13, 2005 :::

A Dirty Shame

I've been harboring a secret shame. I heart Taco Bell. I've always been embarrassed to admit it, going as far as eating it secretly in my car so as to dispose of the evidence without being seen. It's probably my favorite fast food. I even prefer it to Chipotle, whose burritos people seem to ooh and aah over. I have no idea why I'm so ashamed of my love for Taco Bell, but Dateline NBC has made me a little more comfortable with their Dirty Dining rankings for 2004. Here is their list of how the top ten fast food restaurants rank, according to average number of critical health violations, from cleanest to dirtiest:

1. Jack in the Box
2. Taco Bell
3. Wendy's
4. Subway (tie)
5. Dairy Queen (tie)
6. KFC
7. Burger King
8. Arby's
9. Hardee's
10. McDonald's

Too bad they didn't do any studies on Leeann Chin, because B* found a fake fingernail in his Peking Chicken there once (better than a real one, I say), and I witnessed my dining companion find some chewed-up gum in this Chinese Buffet once. I've never had any really disgusting experiences at a fast food restaurant personally, but I did get food poisoning from Rocky Rococo's once. I haven't eaten there since, of course, and never will again.

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I'm with you man. My fav is their Grilled Stuft Burrito with no meat. FAN-TASTIC!
The only reason I started eating there is that my wife worked for Taco Bell's ad agency and swore about the high quality ingredients they used.
Besides that, we can both have dinner there for under $8.
Call me cheap but don't call me stupid.

By Anonymous Mitch, at 9:27 PM  

If it makes you feel any better, I eat Jack In The Box at least 2 times a week... yikes.

By Blogger elcynic, at 12:33 PM  

Jack in the Box has to be on the ball - didn't a bunch of people get sick there in the late 80s/early 90s?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:14 PM  

Have you tried the caramel apple epanadas? They're excellent.

By Blogger lynne, at 6:30 PM  

I've tried the caramel apple empanadas. They're small. Get two.

By Blogger hot babe, at 6:53 PM  

Three words: 7-Layer Burrito. Oh, I guess that's two words and a number.

By Blogger dan, at 8:21 PM  

Blogger comments suck today.

Anyway - I also heart taco bell and the 7-layer-burrito. But I haven't had it in a while. I think Panera should be on that list of dirty fast food places b/c I feel sick every time I eat there.

By Blogger Biglug, at 11:20 AM  

By the way i meant blogger commenting sucks - not that your blog comments suck.

By Blogger Biglug, at 11:21 AM  

I wonder where vomit inducing white castle ranks...Greg loves it..I would die before putting that dirty filth in my leann chinn is another story it could be a big pube and as long as it was coated in peeking sauce I would not be able to get my chopsticks out fast enough.

By Blogger Stacy, at 11:08 PM  

Also, Dan, I feel the need to point out that, though I don't know you personally, it was no secret to me that you heart Taco Bell!

By Blogger Angela, at 7:47 AM  

Wherer does Carl's JR fit it? Is it in the same weight class?!?!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:48 PM  

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