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The new Del Taco location in Yukon, Okla. is the latest in more than 500 locations in 15 states.
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YUKON, Okla. – If you’re ever on Interstate 40, and you’re passing through this pleasant city west of Oklahoma City while feeling a bit hungry, make sure to get off on chain-choked Garth Brooks Blvd. and give the new Del Taco here a chance. Your belly will thank you!

At least my belly was thanking me after consuming an utterly “epic” burrito – the Chipotle Chicken Avocado burrito, which is one of Del Taco’s new “epic” offerings (the other is a scrumptious-looking Queso Chicken burrito), which comes up to $5.59.

As I walked in from the crowded parking lot, I stopped a chipper AT&T employee heading back to his work truck. The young man had a look of utter joy and satisfaction on his face, and this on a day when his employer was licking its chops over the FCC rolling back prior net neutrality rules.

But that was above his pay grade. He was thinking about his delicious lunch. He went on to tell this reporter how he is a simple man, preferring the simple pleasures in life – and one of those simple pleasures is a crunchy beef taco. Can you blame him?

I let the satiated AT&T guy saunter on over to his vehicle as I walked into a restaurant that was a cross between (watch that food poisoning!) Chipotle and (watch your head!) Los Pollos Hermanos (or TV’s Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul), but without the "issues" related to the two.

See for yourself. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

Nothing fancy, particularly, but clean with many employees bustling around behind the counter and in the seating area. Everyone I saw had a smile on their face and would ask if I needed anything. There was a certain attention to detail that reassured me that like a certain aforementioned chain, health codes and safety standards were of utmost importance to the management and staff at Yukon’s Del Taco.

I wasn’t sure if sides came with it. The host, David, noted that I could get a medium or a “macho” size side, this being French fries. I opted for the $2.19 medium fries (crinkled) and a medium Coca-Cola ($1.99) knowing that I just wasn’t “macho” enough to shove that much food down my gullet this particular afternoon.

High in calories. Higher in taste! (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

Red Dirt Report spoke briefly with friendly and smiling shift manager Eileen Gallegos, who took a brief break during the lunch-hour rush to welcome me to this brand spankin’ new Del Taco and to give me a complimentary chocolate shake. Give this wonderful woman a raise! It's a rare day on this rock that a complimentary milkshake comes my way! (I would have been here earlier in the week for the grand opening, but my car had engine problems on I-40 and I had to limp back to town).

I reckon this one was “macho” sized because I couldn’t even finish the thing on the way back to OKC. Simply too thick and rich and chocolately after all that burrito I just ate. I later found out that free milkshakes are usually only offered for folks celebrating a birthday. Eileen went out of the way to roll out the red carpet for a disheveled and hungry reporter!

Thank you for the shake, Eileen! Un-freshing believable! (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

Now, this Del Taco location (1551 Garth Brooks Blvd.) is surrounded by other well-known national chains (Chili’s, Braum’s, Raising Cane’s, McDonald’s, etc.) and yet none of the drive-thru areas or parking lots seemed as busy as Del Taco. Sure, there’s something to be said about the novelty of a new restaurant in town, Yukon being the latest location in this California-based chain which boasts 550 total locations in 15 states.

“Del Taco has built a tremendous following In Oklahoma in recent years by offering an unbeatable combination of fresh food, served fast and at a tremendous value,” said Barry Westrum, Del Taco’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Whether our guests are craving The Del Taco made with seasoned beef and hand-grated cheddar cheese, or our Epic Burritos made with fresh grilled chicken and hand-sliced avocados, we look forward to serving residents of Yukon and the surrounding community.”

That's not just some corporate type spouting off bromides to a hungry public. No, Mr. Westrum is speaking great truths in his canned statement. There is a sense that Del Taco dishes are prepared with a sense of duty to Yukonites looking for something other than tacos wrapped in corn shells that taste like used Dorito bags

So, will I be returning to Del Taco? The sooner the better, my friends.

Del Taco in Yukon, Oklahoma is open from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends. Del Taco also offers breakfast options between 11 p.m. and 11 a.m., where you can get breakfast items including scrambled eggs, hash brown sticks and coffee.

Del Taco
1551 Garth Brooks Blvd.
Yukon, OK 73099
Phone: 405-350-2359
http://deltaco.com

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