For the Love “Of the Taco”

I don’t know what this says about my childhood, or the current state of my life, but I grew up falling in love with a fast food restaurant. My family had it for as long as I can remember; it was a part of my life. The tastes are so ingrained on my palate, that I compare other, fancier foods with it. For the sake of this write-up, though, this nostalgic place will not be named. (Mainly for fear of libel and need for laughter.) So, I will call it by its English translation: “Of the Taco.”

When I was a wee lad, my father worked out of town. My mother would always drive my sister and I to see him return from the train station. Immediately after reintroductions, our next stop was always Of the Taco. Their green sauce practically defined my juvenile taste buds – for good or ill.

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We carried on like this even after my Dad’s work became more centralized. Mom didn’t cook much, neither did Dad. Regular outings out were…well…regular. Sometimes daily. Of the Taco drive-thru might as well have been our living room.

That changed after the divorce. Mother, sis and I migrated northward to Oregon; Dad stayed south in Of the Taco country. I went through most of my adolescence wondering if the chain even went past the California border. Until one day, I ran into one in the middle of nowhere. Can’t remember where I found it, probably next to an A&W…and a unicorn.

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By age 23, I’d finally moved away for college (about three years too late), and somehow ended up in Reno, Nevada. On a drive home after a long, collegiate night of drinking, we chanced upon a beacon of late-night eats. Mere blocks from the university was an Of the Taco. I was reacquainted with its magical green sauced burritos once more. And many times during my “higher” education stint, since.

Once I was all “gradumatated”, I returned to Oregon somewhat victorious. I had a little piece of paper that said I was somebody…who spelled good. For some reason, I went straight into the hospitality field. Not one of my better decisions, but one I stuck with.

In 2010, I took some vacation time and spent a week in Southern California. The latter part of my trip was spent in Orange County. I had two missions: (1) To meet a fellow writer (a female) with the same birthday as me. For the first time. And (2), to reconnect with friends in the area.

Meeting up with the old Internet “flame” took place at – you guessed it – Of the Taco. While sparks didn’t fly on the initial meeting, it was nice to chat with someone in the “meatspace”, after having known them for a year. Sort of. Sometimes, I still think about her when my face is nose deep in a burrito.

On that same trip, the friends I met up with decided to drag me to a bar. There posse was a mixed group of men and women. All geeks. All my type of people. One particular lass caught my attention. Must’ve been the midriff and the bellydancing. After a few hours and a few drinks, we were lip-locked. Only taking breaks to karaoke.

By the end of the night, one friend asked said girl, “So, are you taking him home?”

She looked at me and said, “So, am I taking you home?”

And so…uh…I went to her home.

The next morning, we ended up at Of the Taco.

Around the same time, I reconnected with a couple of old high school friends via Facebook. Both lived in Camas, Washington now, and threw parties on the regular. To get there, I had to occasionally cross into Vancouver for food. One of those friends told me there was an Of the Taco along the Camas/Vancouver border. For the longest time, that was one of my regular contributions to parties. That is, until it closed. R.I.P.

Two years ago, I ended up at a hotel in the upper burbs. On a rather pissy drive home looking for a bar, I came across it. Like a beacon of light, the only local Of the Taco. It became my continuous, cathartic stop after a shit day at work. Why go to a bar when one could stuff their face with chicken soft tacos and green-sauced burritos? Such a better feeling! By a hair.

That went on for a good long while…until one fateful day two weeks ago. I was running errands with my sister, and one such stop-off was going to be an hour wait. Instead of remaining seated, I chose to wander around for a spell. After a couple of blocks, I realized I was within a ten-minute stride of Of the Taco. I acquired my “breakfast” there.

This day, however, it tasted off. Way off. I didn’t understand how “way off” until I got home. My stomach churned, my head pounded, my muscles weakened, and all I could think about was sleep. For a good eight hours, I passed out. The next morning, I was literally sick to my stomach.

You guessed it: Food poisoning.

After three days of combating that, I vowed to never eat Of the Taco again. We were through. It’d been a bittersweet decision, but one that needed to be made. For the sake of my health.

That decision lasted only two weeks. A couple of friends and I went to see Elysium a day before this writing. One said he was “a might peckish” and chose to drive-thru Of the Taco. He offered to get me something as long as it was cheap. I broke down and asked for two green-sauced bean burritos. I might as well have called them “break-up sex burritos” for all the fortitude I had.

I guess I’m not through with “her” just yet. What?! Memories are hard to erase.

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 Musings

22 Comments to For the Love “Of the Taco”

  1. “Puckish”? Was your friend a Shakespearean fanboy, or just confused?

  2. Robert Godden (The Devotea) on August 14th, 2013
  3. That was supposed to be “peckish”. Simple, Shakespearean typo.

  4. Geoffrey F. Norman on August 14th, 2013
  5. I still like the tacos

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  7. I do, too.

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  9. This is like eating pistachios, you can’t stop.

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  11. Mmmm…pistachio’d burrito.

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