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Which Chain Makes the Best Steak Taco?

[Photographs: Farley Elliott]

We've moved up from the beef taco basement, and boy the amenities are nice up here. After a couple of weeks reporting on various chain tacos, it's finally time to step into the steak taco ring. Who cooks the best carne? Or, really, who even bothers to try making things taste like carne asada? The answer is: basically no one.

Don't let that stop you from reading more, though. We tried 16 different steak taco options from some of the most well-known taco chains. Some, of course, are better than others. Here's what we looked for:

The Criteria

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The Chains We Tried

Recommended

Baja Fresh: Original Taco
Taco Bell: Fresco Soft Taco
Del Taco: Taco Al Carbon
Rubio's: Gourmet Taco

Wouldn't Kick This Taco Out of Bed

Taco Bell: Fresco Hard Taco
Taco Bell: Soft Taco
Baja Fresh: American Soft Taco
Qdoba: Hard Shell Taco
Qdoba: Soft Taco
Chipotle: Hard Shell Taco
Chipotle: Soft Taco

Not Recommended

Del Taco: Soft Taco
Del Taco: Fat (Flatbread) Taco
Rubio's: Street Taco
Rubio's: Classic Taco
Wahoo's: Soft Taco

About the author: Farley Elliott is a writer and comedian living in Los Angeles. He blogs about burgers at Beef and Bun and covers the LA comedy scene for LAist.com.

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