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Taco Bell 1927 Broad River Road: 2009   22 comments

Posted at 10:58 pm in restaurants

Taco Bell continues to retire its "old style" south-western looking stores for larger new stores. This one is on Broad River Road just to the south of the abandonded Pizza Hut.

It's interesting that they've left so many of the fixtures inside the old store, but on the other hand, what are they going to do with them? They don't fit the concept at the new store.

Although I'm not realy sure what the Taco Bell concept is anymore. I guess they have a small niche between places like Moe's, Qdoba and Chipolte and table-service Mexican restaurants, but I'd much rather have Moe's on the fast-food end and go to a table-service place if it's more than a burrito.

The new store is visible in the last picture and is 1928 Broad River road, though further down the street than the adjacent numbering would lead you to believe.

UPDATE 24 September 2011 -- Now open as Atlantic Seafood Restaurant:

Written by ted on September 4th, 2009

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22 Responses to 'Taco Bell 1927 Broad River Road: 2009'

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  1. Taco Bell's target market is those who are drunk, hungry & broke. It is "comfort food" as well because it's the kind of so-called "Mexican" food many of us Americans grew up with - an Old El Paso taco kit melted with some Velveeta.

    Moe's is OK, but I'll be glad to see Chipotle at Trenholm Plaza, which is considered the best of those style "Fresh-Mex" chains.

    There are more and more taquerias opening up around town - especially the West Columbia area. Those are the places to go to get real Mexican food. But, when I want good old South Carolina-style "Plate #XX" "Mexican" food, I'm a fan of Casa Linda on Beltline more than anywhere else in town.

    Dave

    5 Sep 09 at 12:16 am

  2. Have to disagree about about Chipolte. I consider Moe's much better. Based on my experiences in the DC area, Chipolte is very metal-ish, sharp edged and industrial. It's just not a comfortable place to eat. Moe's has real padded booths, free chips & salsa, and to my taste, better food. (As for Qdoba, every time I've eaten there, the buritto has fallen apart).

    Casa Linda is fine, but for a really good hot salsa, you can't beat El Chico's with the crushed-pepper add-in. Casa Linda salsa is very bland, and the only thing to heat it with is, um, Cholla brand (I think) sauce, which I don't like at all. Wish we would get an Aubelo's.

    ted

    5 Sep 09 at 12:49 am

  3. Casa Linda, San Jose, Monterreys are all the same to me. Low grade ground beef dishes. I thought with Moe's on Beltline, Casa Linda would be hurting.

    ChiefDanGeorge

    5 Sep 09 at 5:05 am

  4. I'm happy to hear there will be a Chipotle coming to town. Trenohlm Rd. must be thriving, I haven't been over that side in ages. I don't care for Moe's..... I'll have to try out Casa Linda.

    Baja Fresh is good also.

    boi-dan

    5 Sep 09 at 7:27 am

  5. As I've posted in the Little Mexico thread, we have had some good experences with Mi Tierra, which now occupies the Little Mexico building on St Andrews Rd. One time the chips they served us were slightly overcooked, but other than that we jhave eaten there 4 times now and the food has been very good to excellent each time.

    IrmoJeff

    5 Sep 09 at 7:30 am

  6. Chipotle puts Moe's to shame. The food is so much better. Heck, Taco Bell has more flavor than Moe's, unless your idea of a good burrito (or most everything else on the menu) is the overwhelming taste of cumin.

    Plus, the yelling of "WELCOME TO MOE'S" gets old about the 2nd time you hear it. Talk about lame.

    E.J.

    5 Sep 09 at 7:57 pm

  7. Here's The State story about Chipolte coming to Trenholm plaza -- I had missed that. Thanks Dave!

    It must be going into that vacancy on the Fresh Market wing, I can't see how that could get the Holligan's wing ready for tenants this year.

    ted

    5 Sep 09 at 11:46 pm

  8. Yah I'm with some the other posters, I prefer Chipotle to Moes. I also like the Salsarita chain a lot better than Moes, there's one in the Target plaza on Sunset which is actually getting three new stores in plots under construction. Accordin to Edens and Avant who run the plaza Casa Linda is going into one of the newbs.

    As for Qdoba, It's alright too and I do go there occasionally, but I think Salsarita simply tastes better.

    Mike

    7 Sep 09 at 5:39 pm

  9. Salsarita, Moes, Qdoba, Chipolte.......seriously whats the significant difference with them???

    They all pretty much have the same stuff.

    michael

    7 Sep 09 at 9:33 pm

  10. What's the difference between McDonalds, Five Guys, Burger King, Fudruckkers, Wendy's and Red Robin? -- it's all burgers!

    Oh, one thing I forgot to mention as a Moe's partisan -- excellent ice tea. They make it very strong such that even the unsweetened has a touch of natural sweetness.

    ted

    7 Sep 09 at 9:55 pm

  11. BTW, the Taco Bell across from Love Chevy on Knox Abbott is closed. I have a feeling that Sandy's isn't long for the world, either...

    jamie

    8 Sep 09 at 9:08 am

  12. Yeah, I noticed the TB there though I haven't stopped to get any pix yet. I haven't been to that Sandy's in years, so I don't know what kind of business they are doing, but it's certainly in a (now) unfortunate location.

    ted

    8 Sep 09 at 11:21 am

  13. I think this empty Taco Bell was originally Taco Cid back in the very early 70's when Sam Solomon's was there just behind it..Dutch Square Mall was only a year old at the time too if I remember.

    Del

    8 Sep 09 at 11:38 am

  14. No, the Taco Cid was a 1931 Broad River Road (next to the old Pizza Hut) and is now Sammi's Deli.

    ted

    8 Sep 09 at 11:59 am

  15. The Taco Bell on Knox Abbott isn't gone it just moved down down the street next to Wendy's.

    MR BILL

    8 Sep 09 at 1:02 pm

  16. Actually, Taco Cid was there long before the Taco Bell moved in nearly right beside them in the late '70s. The two went at it toe to toe for many more years. I was always glad the Cid managed to survive as long as it did. I always thought it rather rude and arrogant of Taco Bell to put a store literally right next to a competitor that was a local favorite.

    Shawn

    27 May 10 at 12:41 pm

  17. taco bell on decker blvd is moving too so the old one is closing

    Javier

    9 Jun 11 at 8:39 pm

  18. Taco Bell on US 378 in Lexington near the Administration building has done likewise...they're near Kmart #7616 now (which still has a Kmart diner for those craving such an experience)

    Andrew

    9 Jun 11 at 9:24 pm

  19. I noticed a tarp on this one showing that a place called American Seafood will be setting up shop here...

    Andrew

    8 Jul 11 at 11:16 pm

  20. I came on here to say I rode by this place this morning, and it is going to be Atlantic Seafood. Yellow Pages dot com lists it already at 1927 Broad River. The name sounds familiar. Is there another location? Fried Scallops!! Yum!!!

    Jonathan

    29 Jul 11 at 9:54 am

  21. Ok folks I am pleased to present this article from St. Andrews Patch profiling the new Atlantic Seafood that is opening up at this site...

    Andrew

    15 Aug 11 at 2:21 pm

  22. The new American Seafood also features a drive-thru using Taco Bell's old drive-thru equipment...I'm not a seafood guy but have no ill wishes for this place...

    The only non-seafood options are:

    3/5 pc Chicken Tenders*
    5/10 pc Chicken
    Chicken Sandwich

    * there is an option where you can mix Popcorn Shrimp and 2 Chicken Tenders as well..

    (This is based on a picture I managed of the drive-thru menu about a month ago and studying the contents thereof to understand what's now here)

    Andrew

    24 Sep 11 at 10:17 pm

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