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Taco Cid, 1416 Charleston Highway: July 2014 (moved)   13 comments

Posted at 12:12 am in closing

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Well, I was going to wait until I got over to the area again to get some pictures of the abandoned old location, and the new location in operation, but that didn't happen this weekend, and there's been a lot of Taco Cid talk here lately, so I'll go ahead with what I've got.

Longtime local Mexican fast-food restaurant Taco Cid has moved from their Cayce location near Piggy Park and out to Airport Tec Plaza at 3313 Platt Springs Road.

They have moved into the old Marino's Bistro location and are now open, though they have not yet replaced the Marino's marquee.

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(Hat tip to commenter Mike)

UPDATE 21 August 2014 -- Here is the Charleston Highway location after closure:

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UPDATE 17 May 2015 -- Here is the new location in operation:

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13 Responses to 'Taco Cid, 1416 Charleston Highway: July 2014 (moved)'

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  1. Wow. Taco Cid has been at the Charleston Hwy location for years. I hope they can make it at their new location. I remember going there as a kid going to tacos on Friday evening.

    mike

    18 Aug 14 at 3:25 pm

  2. I wonder just how old that building is. I can remember when a guy named Jack owned all the Taco Cid's in Columbia, he told me his uncle started them back in (I can't remember the year he said) and that he and his wife worked for his uncle. Jack eventually took over operations (I do not know how Jack came to take over) and then Jack passed away at a very young age, in his 30's if memory serves me. I believe Taco Cid is still somehow still in the family.

    Rick

    18 Aug 14 at 4:11 pm

  3. Remember the controversial Taco Cid t-shirt from a few years ago about 'how to capture an illegal immigrant?'

    badger

    18 Aug 14 at 4:38 pm

  4. The buildings that housed the Decker and Broad River locations are still standing. Lord knows how much work has been done to them over the years as they transitioned from one business to another.

    Homer

    18 Aug 14 at 5:47 pm

  5. And the picture of the menu board makes be very hungry!!!

    Homer

    18 Aug 14 at 5:49 pm

  6. After seeing the update showing the new pic of the new location on Platt Springs at Airport TEC Plaza in operation, I figured it'd be worth noting that this is the former Marino's Bistro that they moved into...

    Andrew

    17 May 15 at 2:39 pm

  7. I remember eating at taco cid when I was a little kid back in the 70's.

    John

    15 Aug 15 at 5:43 pm

  8. It is a shame what has become of Taco Cid. I've gone to their new location several times and it IS NOT THE SAME. I spoke to the owner on one occasion and asked about opening a franchise on the east side of Columbia, she seemed interested but never called me. The quality of the food is poor now and I do not see how they will stay open like that. Again, it is a shame that Taco Cid used to have up to 6 restaurants around Columbia now they have been reduced to a hole in the wall in a strip mall. I guess the saying is true, one builds a business, leave it to the kids when the original owner passed and this is what happens, the kids are not smart enough to keep it going.

    Rick

    15 Aug 15 at 9:00 pm

  9. @Rick - I found these recipes floating around on the web. Like I've sad before, it's been a long times since I had these at Taco Cid's but the do seem to be in the ballpark with the ones they served. Let me know what you think.

    Sancho

    Ingredients
    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 1 pack taco seasoning mix
    • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 8 oz jar taco sauce
    • Flour tortillas
    • 1 med. onion, chopped
    • 1/2 head lettuce, shredded
    • 2 tomatoes, diced
    • Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
    • 1 can nacho Cheddar cheese soup

    Directions
    • Brown ground beef and onion. Drain.
    • Add seasoning mix and taco sauce. Cook on low for several minutes over low heat.
    • Warm the soup in a saucepan over medium heat.
    • Warm the tortillas in a steamer until soft.
    • Add meat mixture to one side of each tortilla. Top with onion, lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheese.
    • Roll tortillas up and place in steamer until cheese has melted and heated thoroughly.
    • Remove from steamer and top with cheese soup.

    Big Red Burrito

    Ingredients
    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 1 pack taco seasoning mix
    • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 8 oz jar taco sauce
    • 1 can refried beans
    • Flour tortillas
    • 1 med. onion, chopped
    • Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
    • 1 can red enchilada sauce

    Directions
    • Brown ground beef and onion. Drain.
    • Add seasoning mix and taco sauce. Cook on low for several minutes over low heat.
    • Warm the enchilada sauce in a saucepan over medium heat.
    • Warm the tortillas in a steamer until soft.
    • Add meat mixture to one side of each tortilla. Top with refried beans, onions, and shredded cheese.
    • Roll tortillas up and place in steamer until cheese has melted and heated thoroughly.
    • Remove from steamer and top with enchilada sauce.
    Note: You can make a Big Green Burrito by substituting Chili Verde sauce for the enchilada sauce.

    Homer

    16 Aug 15 at 12:37 am

  10. This location moved to Platts Springs Rd near Midlands Tech. Closed. Looks like the last of the Cids have finally bit the dust. Web site is gone and phone disc. Adios my old friend.

    Kc

    31 Aug 15 at 5:17 pm

  11. @Kc - Are you saying the Taco Cid on Platt Springs Road IS CLOSED? I have not gone there in months, The food was just not the same as it once was.
    If they are closed, I'm not that surprised.

    Rick

    31 Aug 15 at 7:14 pm

  12. @Rick - looks like you will have to make your own from now on.

    Homer

    31 Aug 15 at 10:15 pm

  13. Could I get a moment of silence......Here lies the best hangover food.
    Growing up off of Rockbridge Rd., we used to frequent the Decker Taco Cid quite a bit when I was in high school. I had friends that worked there throughout the mid- to late eighties. We used to go to the West Columbia Taco Cid during and after college when they were open on Sundays to help with the hangovers. I'm not sure if it was the hot sauce, jalaps, cheese, or whatever, but it helped.
    I always got a large chips 'n dip, bean & cheese nacho, two tacos, and a sweet tea. The sauce was specially made for Taco Cid. I would fill up like 6 of the little plastic cups full of the med. and hot. Dip every bite into it. mmmm......Taco Cid Sauce.
    I haven't lived in Columbia for over 15yrs now, but I go back to visit family. I always made room for Taco Cid, or Dino's on Decker every trip. When Taco Cid moved out by Midlands Tech -Airport it was totally out of the way, but I made the trip over there twice. Last time I visited on my way into Columbia. It seemed like a temporary set up, and was much smaller. They did have the carved out hillbilly wooden jug band there though.
    The food was pretty bland with the chips and taco shells kind of stale. The sweet tea and water were in jugs in fridge in the dining room from what I recall. I think they even had paper towel rolls on each table instead of napkins.
    R.I.P.....Cid Sauce, large Chips & Dip, and bean & cheese. nacho. My taste buds will sorely miss you, but not my cholesterol level.

    palmettoconnection

    1 Sep 15 at 4:20 pm

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