Do you love tacos? Don’t you hate it when you bite into a hard shell taco and all the substance falls right in your lap? There’s a solution: Soft shell tacos.

Paul Wong
Look at that soft shell. No spillage here. (EMMA FOSDICK/Daily)

Like hard shell tacos, soft shell tacos feature meat, vegetables and cheese. But that’s where the similarities stop.

The biggest asset of the soft shell taco is its soft shell. Soft shell tacos feature a durable, yet delicious shell that doesn’t disappoint by breaking under pressure. For Engineering senior Keith Kelly, durability is important in taco eating.

“I hate when I get a value meal at Taco Bell and I forget to make the hard taco that comes with the value meal a soft taco. They always break right when I pick them up. With soft tacos, I have nothing to worry about,” Kelly said.

In addition to staying together, soft tacos actually hold more toppings than the standard hard shell taco. Pedro Hernandez, a worker at the Taco Bell on Stadium Road, isn’t sure, but thinks that he is able to put more meat and toppings in soft shell tacos.

“Usually, I can get two scoops of meat into the hard ones,” says Hernandez. “With the hard tacos, I can’t put as much meat in because the shell breaks on me.”

Yet another benefit of the soft shell taco is the taste of the squishy shell. While hard tacos have great texture, for LSA sophomore Vicki Lesiw, they lack the great flour taste.

“I’ll eat hard shelled tacos if that is the only available taco, but honestly, I don’t think they taste nearly as good as the soft one,” Lesiw said.

But while soft tacos feature great taste, Kelly feels the best part is the price.

“It’s great that at Taco Bell you can get four tacos and a drink for only $5,” Kelly said. “With all the expenses at school, it’s refreshing to know that you can get large quantities of food for an affordable price.”

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