Del Taco brings back free food on Wednesdays

Earlier this year, Del Taco rolled out items on its Buck & Under and New Tastes menus and promoted them by giving them away.

Well, the chain is doing it again!

For the next three Wednesdays (August 28 and September 4 and 11), the chain is giving away items from its Buck & Under menu with any purchase.

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Taco Bell releases new Doritos Tacos Locos early

Taco Bell has released the third flavor of its insanely popular Doritos Tacos Locos line into the wild a bit early.

The Fiery Doritos Locos Taco won’t officially be on menu boards until Thursday (August 22), but yesterday the chain posted to its social media accounts that it was already available.

I tried the new taco today for lunch, and was pleasantly surprised. The shell isn’t overly spicy (much less so than Flamas Doritos), and the taco gets a good hit of flavor from the lime seasoning on the shell.

In comparison, I thought the Nacho Cheese flavor was overly salty, and the Cool Ranch flavor just left me underwhelmed.

Head over the jump for a video preview.

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Qdoba Mexican Grill to close nearly 20 percent of company-operated locations

Jack in the Box-owned Qdoba Mexican Grill will close 67 of its 340 company-operated locations by the end of September, the company announced this week.

The closures don’t affect any of the company’s 307 franchise locations.

However, the company plans to offset the closures with 70 to 75 new locations, including about 40 which will be company-operated.

A list of locations has not been released.

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Inaugural Riverside Tamale Festival coming Saturday

The inaugural Riverside Tamale Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (April 20) at White Park, 3936 Chestnut St., Riverside.

In addition to commercial and amateur “Best Tamale” contests, there will also be a tamale juggling contest, musical entertainment and a kids’ zone.

Proceeds from the free event will go toward the formation of the Trujillo Adobe Foundation, which has the goal of restoration of the Trujillo Adobe and revitalization of La Placita de los Trujillos.

Click here for more information. For updates, “like” the event on Facebook.

Celebrate Día de los Reyes with a Chinese twist at Dragon Loco

Sunday (January 6) is Día de los Reyes and Ontario’s Dragon Loco is celebrating it as only Dragon Loco can.

The Chinese-Mexican fusion restaurant will be handing out pieces of rosca de reyes, a ring-shaped sweet bread that is traditionally eaten on Día de los Reyes.

Typically baked into the rosca is a baby figurine, representing the baby Jesus.

If you receive the piece of bread with the figurine at Dragon Loco on Sunday, you’ll win free food!

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Rancho Cucamonga Osuna’s closes, promises to resurface soon

Fans of Osuna’s Mexican Grill in Rancho Cucamonga take note: They have closed.

However, they promise to return soon to a new location, according to this Facebook post.

The former location at 12592 Foothill Blvd. Suite 100, may have closed, but the small chain is still taking catering orders at 909-803-2200.

Also, it appears to be business as usual at its Walnut and Glendora locations.

For updates, check Osuna’s Facebook page.

Kool Kactus Cafe closes, will serve one last lunch this Friday

Loma Linda’s Kool Kactus Cafe has served its penultimate lunch service.

The longtime Mexican food restaurant quietly closed about a week and a half ago.

Owner Carole Inman closed the restaurant in order to focus on her existing catering business, aptly named “Catering by Carole,” and a new sauce and seasoning business.

A visit to the old Kool Kactus website now leads to the catering business.

Fans of the cafe have one last chance, however, to get a fish taco, or perhaps a squash burrito or spinach mushroom enchiladas.

Kool Kactus will have its grand finale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday (November 9), and will have its regular menu, including its usual Friday-only fish tacos.

Kool Kactus Cafe is at 24957 Redlands Blvd.

For more information, click here for the Facebook event page.

Stolen base last Thursday = free Doritos Tacos Locos today

You can thank (or blame) the San Francisco Giants’ Angel Pagan for this one.

Because Angel stole a base during game two of the recently concluded World Series, Taco Bell will be giving away a Doritos Locos Taco to anyone who visits a participating location between 2 and 6 p.m. today (October 30).

Yeah, it’s a pretty tenuous link between a stolen base and a “stolen” taco, but whatevs.

Click here for more information.

Taco Bell locations can be found throughout the Inland Empire.