Ready to take the first bite.

Ready to take the first bite. (Alison Geisler photo / March 6, 2013)

If you spend a lot of time in the Internet, you may have seen some of the hullabaloo surrounding the availability of the new Doritos Locos taco from Taco Bell. Originally slated to be released to the hungry masses on March 7, Taco Bell decided to let its Facebook fans know they could actually get it today (the 6th, if you're keeping track), and all we had to do is ask for it. The dissemination of this information to all of Taco Bell's locations was shoddy or nonexistant, however. People reported being turned away, told to come back tomorrow, even when showing proof via the Facebook page that the company is advertising the availability of the taco starting today. Others were told you needed a coupon from the Facebook page. Lucky folks were able to waltz right in and pick one up if their franchise had paid attention.

I made a call to the Hamden Taco Bell earlier this afternoon, after having made plans with a friend to go try the new taco, a little nervous that they wouldn't have a clue what I was talking about, or that I was the zillionth person to call about it. Thank the gods of unholy food abominations that they were both pleasant and aware of the situation, and told me to bring in the coupon (it wasn't really a coupon, though) and we'd be all set. When we arrived, we were told they were only selling one per customer until tomorrow. Totally cool. We placed our orders and anxiously awaited the tacos' arrival on our trays. 

Since I'd never tried the original Doritos Locos taco, I ordered one of each. A modest Taco Bell order considering my gluttonous desire for what they call food on an almost constant basis. Sitting next to each other, the contrast between the shell's flavoring is quite apparent.

I ate the original flavored taco first, so that I'd have something to base my opinion of the Cool Ranch variety on. The shell was a bit overpowering,  but definitely tasty.

After a few sips of cherry Pepsi, I was ready to dig in to the reason we ventured out. The Cool Ranch taco is lighter, its shell dusted with the same powder as the Doritos you'd buy in a bag. The flavor was not overwhelming, but sat nicely alongside the beef (hopefully just beef, no horsies), cheese and lettuce. I can only imagine that the supreme version, with sour cream and tomatoes as well, is even more delicious.

I took a few bites to get the general idea, and then I smothered the rest in fire sauce, because that's how I do.

All in all, I'm pretty pleased. I don't think I'd be ordering this every time I made the bad decision to "make a run for the border," but it'd be a nice change every now and then. The Cheesy Gordita Crunch will always have my heart (attack).

We're fortunate enough to have a handful of local Taco Bell locations to choose from (although, putting one on Whalley would be awesome, New Haven!), so head out tonight, or tomorrow if you want more than one, and celebrate the absurdity of our American fast food choices.