Fish, Chicken Or Beef? It’s National Taco Day!

by Lauren Scrudato

If the fact that it’s Friday isn’t reason enough to be excited, it’s also National Taco Day. Here are some fun facts to impress your friends with while you have a taco party tonight:

  • In 2012, Americans ate 4.5 billion tacos, which is equivalent to 490,000 miles, or 775 million pounds — just to get the point across.

  • Taco Bell was founded in California in 1962 and now has two billion customers in 5,800 restaurants in the U.S. alone.

  • Ensenada, Mexico is said to be the birthplace of the fish taco.

  • The U-shaped taco shell is first noted in 1949 in a cookbook by Fabiola Cabeza de Vaca Gilbert.

  • One of the first taco trucks is thought to have started in New York in 1966 when two New York housewives operated an early version of the taco truck.

If you’d rather not eat tacos out of a boxed kit today, stop by Orale Mexican Kitchen in Jersey City. Order a trio of tacos and you’ll receive a free shot of tequila. For anyone who isn’t a fan of tequila, October 4 is also recognized as National Vodka Day, so make Grey Goose your drink of choice tonight (responsibly, of course).
Some other local taco spots include The Taco Truck in Hoboken and Taqueria in downtown Jersey City. You’re only major question today should be hard or soft shell, so dine in any of these locations for some awesome Mexican cuisine. Andale!

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Lauren is a writer and blogger for The Digest. A lifelong Sussex County resident, Lauren has adventured out of the sticks of northwest New Jersey to join The Digest team. When she is not commuting in rush hour traffic, she is typically frolicking outdoors or cheering on the Yankees.

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