Back on Friday, July 9th of this year, Del Taco opened Store #1359, which is only a 15-minute walk from my place. Since that date, I've passed the restaurant by several times a week, and although I rarely dine at "fast food" restaurants... I just couldn't resist he allure of one of their delicious "Double Del Cheeseburgers," along with an order of their "Crinkle Cut Fries."
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Photo: It's a little after 10:30 on this Monday, Labor Day morning, September 07, 2021, and I've arrived at the new Del Taco #1359, located on Blue Oaks Blvd. in Roseville, CA. Although the restaurant has been open for nearly 2 months, today will be my first visit, as I'd been somehow putting it off.
Photo: The drive-thru menu preview showcases "Quick Combos" along with "Stuffed Quesadilla Tacos." You don't order here, as this is simply a preview of the main menu, and a great place to start.
Photo: You drive 20 feet further, and you arrive at the complete menu that lists everything the restaurant offers. You place your order from here, if you're using the drive through. No me, as I prefer to dine inside, in the dining room.
Any selection listed on the menu is available any time the restaurant is open. In my case, there was nothing like a "Double Del Cheeseburger" at 10:30 on this Labor Day morning.
Photo: The dining room is large, super clean, very spacious, and the furniture is your typical "fast food" booth/chairs combination. The decor is super colorful, but the colors are subdued, and make for a pleasing combination.
The dining room is separated into two sections by a low partition, and the order/pickup area is separated by another partition, along with decorations that only allow the dining room to see the menu, and not the kitchen, the staff or the diners ordering/picking up their food. Like most "fast food" restaurant, the menu is placed above the order/pickup counter.
As of this writing, the restaurant had been opened for less than two months, and when you entered, the entire dining room SMELLED brand new!
Photo: As you wait to place your order, you can get a look into the open kitchen, and watch the friendly staff preparing your order.
Photo: Del Taco works on the "fast food" order format, where you make your selection from the menu, pay for it, receive a "number" on your receipt, and when your order is ready, it's placed on counter, and your "number" is called, and you simply pick up your order and enjoy. Today, I dined in the dining room, but if your order was "to-go," it would have been placed in a bag.
Since the restaurant wasn't busy on this late morning, the gal simply called out "Your Double Del and Fries are ready," and I picked up my order, seated myself, and enjoyed the great cuisine.
Photo: I'm ready to enjoy my "Double Del Cheeseburger," along with a small order of "Crinkle Cut Fries." No matter what you order during your visit to Del Taco, don't pass on the fries.
Photo: From the "Burgers and Fries" section of the menu, I went with a "Double Del Cheeseburger," along with a small order of "Crinkle Cut Fries." At Del Taco, this is a winning combination, and it makes for the perfect, small lunch. My lunch was ready in less than five minutes after paying for my order.
In my opinion, the Del Taco restaurant chain serves one of the best cheeseburgers of any "fast food" chain, which is sort of an oddity, as the fine cuisine offered has Mexican influence, although it's totally American "comfort food." The "Double Del Cheeseburger" starts with two meat patties, grilled to a juicy medium, and I'd guess the total weight of the meat to be around a quarter of a pound, give or take a gram or two. Two perfectly melted slices of American cheese graced my burger, and you could actually taste the cheese, which added to the delicious taste of the cheeseburger. The burger was served using a small, lightly toasted bun, and the meat-to-bun ratio was "spot on."
Unlike many other "fast food" burgers, the shredded lettuce was cold, along with the tomato slices, which makes for an excellent burger. No mustard or ketchup was included with the burger, as it was garnished with a "house" white sauce, that tasted like a cross between "Thousand Island" and "Ranch." I loved it!
No order of ANYTHING at Del Taco is complete without an order of "Crinkle Cut Fries," which are some of the best "fast food" fries around. My fries didn't disappoint me, as like always, they were simply delicious!
The "Double Del Cheeseburger," along with the "Crinkle Cut Fries" were simply delicious, just as you'd expect at a fine chain as Del Taco. The burger actually LOOKED exactly like what you see on advertisements, which certainly added to the appeal and the presentation. The menu at Del Taco only offers one burger, but it's a good choice, and the restaurant knows how to serve a delicious burger.
Yes, the new Roseville outlet is a Del Taco... yes, the menu is the same at each link of the chain, and... yes, the decor and format are the same as most of the newer restaurants in the national chain. At Del Taco #1359, the food is what you'd expect - great - the price is what you expect from Del Taco - reasonable - but the service is different, as it's fast, friendly and efficient, especially when contrasted against the competition across the street. I've just found a new "fast food" outlet that I can embrace!
Del Taco #1359
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