Actually, its not a taco. Its a “sandwich” — according to Noodles & Company, anyway. Psssh. What does a noodle shop know about sandwiches? Apparently enough to make a super delicious Spicy Chicken Caesar sandwich (that resembles a taco).
A co-worker has me hooked on these tasty creations. Think: Flatbread stuffed with Caesar salad and chicken doused in Sriracha. And throw in Parmesan cheese and some wonton strips for added crunch.
Hmmm. Interesting. The above specimen is bread-like (sandwich) but its also folded (taco). Hmmm.
So then I started thinking about other types of tacos. And I remembered hearing about puffy tacos. So I Googled “puffy taco.” According to Urban Dictionary, a puffy taco is slang for vagina. Um, no. That most definitely does not help with my research. Fortunately, I found additional, more appropriate, information about puffy tacos on SeriousEats.com:
Okay, so that is more like it. Not totally like it, but more on target than Urban Dictionary.
Sweet Baby Jesus. I wish I had come up with the term TLO. I love it. I also partially agree with the TLO creator that the category exists only to be avoided, mainly because they reference McDonald’s wraps in their definition… and wraps from Mickey D’s gross me out. (Add that to the list of things that gross me out.) But I can not (and will not) avoid the TLO at Noodles & Company.
So, having gone through all of this….
I have decided after much research, personal experiences eating both sandwiches and tacos and, most importantly, my own opinion that the World Tour Taco [Sandwich] does, indeed, qualify as a taco.
Happy Taco Tuesday, wherever you are in the world.