Toro Burger, Purveyor of Noodle Burgers, Introduces Bao Tacos

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Picture Courtesy of Toro Burger
Hello Good-Bao
You may remember Toro Burger, the Santa Ana burger joint that earlier this year started selling a copy of Keizo Shimamoto original (and trademarked) Ramen Burger. Now they're expanding the menu to include something they're calling Bao Tacos.

What are Bao Tacos? Well, they're TBNO (Tacos By Name Only); actually soft, steamed bao buns stuffed with either Angus steak marinated Korean BBQ, spicy pork, grilled chicken, or BBQ pork belly.

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Pillsbury Made Pizza Cake an Actual Thing

It's coming for you.

Do you remember that pizza cake that I thought was clone stamped into existence? You know, the one some small-to-medium-sized pizza chain thought would be cool to throw into a contest?

Well, Pillsbury has turned it into a real, actual thing that you can put into your mouth, and I have to be honest, I'm kind of afraid.

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Is a $12 Taco Worth It? Yes and No, Or: How to Fight Taco Inflation

Photo by The Mexican
Ruben's Tacos y Mulitas' tacos? Worth it

Recently, a new-ish Mexican restaurant in San Francisco (surprisingly NOT in the ever-gentrifying Mission District) started a firestorm for two distinct reasons--one indefensible, the other almost defensible. They initially called themselves Bandidos, which got yaktivists rightfully up in arms (ironically enough) over the stereotypical name. But what got people even más encabronados was that Bandidos planned to charge $12 for two tacos--oh, did that one piss people off, especially my pal, Bordertown colleague, and fellow zacatecano Lalo Alcaraz (check out this comic strip of his, then subscribe to his Twitter feed and LAUGH).

Sure, there was outrage that hipsters would dare charge other people that much money for tacos that don't seem particularly remarkable (more on that in a bit). But I think most folks were offended at the very idea that tacos could be expensive, because mainstream thought has deemed that Mexican food should always be cheap and affordable as a reflection of Mexicans, who of course are universally humble and poor. A college professor friend of mine said as much when he posted on Facebook that folks should "support MEXICAN establishments that serve the people at prices made for the people. In other words, if regular gente are priced out, avoid."

My response: "At this point, that's virtually every restaurant except Del Taco...$1 for a taco? TOO MUCH."

And that's why, gentle cabrones, $12 for two tacos is not just not unreasonable--it's the future, unless we do something about it.

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Taco Bell's Parent Company Opens a Bánh Mì Shop...with Communist Star in Logo

Fucking, seriously?

When I first heard that Yum! Brands, the parent company behind Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, was opening a bánh mì shop in Dallas, my reaction was muted. By that point, I wasn't even upset at the cultural appropriation-- I was already wearied from all of the pho sandwiches and pho burgers and pho not-phos. No, I figured if the shop ends up being kind of authentic and maybe turns some people onto Vietnamese food, then why not?

Banh Shop couldn't really be that bad, right?

And then Yum! did literally the worst thing they could realistically do: They stuck a communist star in their logo. Is Yum Brands just begging for busloads of elders from Little Saigon to loudly protest outside their new store for weeks?

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In-N-Out Pop-Up Sells Out in Toronto Before They're Even Open

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Courtesy Ganzi Osteria
Sending some love up North

Here's to living in Southern California, where you can more or less walk to an In-N-Out from anywhere, because it's easy to forget some people aren't that lucky.

Take Toronto, for example: Last week, In-N-Out sent a team up north to give the Canadians a taste of our favorite cheap burger. The result? An hours-long line that had to be cut off before the restaurant even opened.

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VIDEO: Fire Engulfs Customer At Table-Top BBQ Restaurant

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Todd Barnes
Warning: the video linked below is disturbing, terrifying, the stuff that nightmares are made of--especially if you find Korean BBQs, Japanese yakinikus, Melting Pot, or any sort of eating that involves cooking, and/or heating your food on an open flame one of the joys in life.

Originally reported by Sina last week, the footage has already made the rounds on Chinese social media. It's a soundless security video which shows two customers at a table-top barbecue restaurant in Wenzhou, a city in the Zhejiang province of China. One of the customers gets up, presumably to complain that the table-top grill wasn't working. Then a waitress comes around with a water jug filled with fuel.

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Now Taco Bell Is Selling A Biscuit Breakfast Taco

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Taco Bell, ever the newsmaker, is introducing something new (already) with its breakfast menu: Biscuit Tacos, their waffle taco filings inside new taco-shell-shaped biscuits with the addition of three new slightly-more-southern options.


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Zero Degrees Italian Ice Is Selling Ice Cream Burritos Starting Saturday

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Zero Degrees Italian Ice

So, Zero Degrees Italian Ice in Westminster is going to start selling ice cream burritos starting THIS SATURDAY.


I can't say I'm not intrigued. Ice cream sandwiches are my favorite ice cream delivery method, and I like burritos on average a lot more than sandwiches (Sorry LP and Aimee), so an ice cream burrito? That might actually be kind of nice.

Full details after the jump.

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This Is How You Skip Din Tai Fung's Three-Hour Line

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Photo by Charles Lam
In and out in under 30 minutes

I headed out to lunch yesterday fully prepared to stand in line for three hours so I could get my hands on some soup dumplings at Orange County's newest DTF.

I had my notebook ready and everything, and I as I walked towards the storefront (it's by Sears, just so ustedes know), I was already making notes about the time I arrived, the stores I passed, and the line I saw.

Truly, the post I was going to write would've been a master piece, à la Caity Weaver's 14-hour odyssey at TGIF's unlimited appetizer special.

But then a funny thing happened on the way to soup dumplings: I got seated in 10 minutes. And you know what? You can too.

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The 3 Coolest Finds at Expo Comida Latina 2014

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Javier Cabral
Pickled pigs feet, a good example of truly comida Latina

Food and hospitality industry trade shows are all the rage these days. For the uninitiated, they are exactly what they sound like: huge conventions not usually open to the public, filled with everything from state-of-art restaurant equipment companies hustling their products, to hundreds of hungry, new packaged food and drink brands trying to pick up local distributors. Though there are dozens of them constantly taking place all over the country, not many focus on the rapidly growing Latino sector of the market. Behold, then, the Expo Comida Latina, a food industry expo that is completely dedicated to showcasing Latino products from Mexico, Central and South America trying to crossover into the American market.

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