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For the Win! Taco Bell delivery by DoorDash
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For the Win! Taco Bell delivery by DoorDash

Taco Bell Delivery by DoorDash comes to Orange County

Bean and Cheese Burritos Are Just a Click Away!

There is nothing worse then getting stuck in a work meeting, past the sacred 12:00 lunch hour. With thoughts of 7-layer burritos dancing through my head, I tend to get hangry! Yesterday, Taco Bell announced that they have partnered with DoorDash to provide delivery in an Orange County pilot ! Woot! #TacoBellDelivery

Taco Bell Door Dash Tom Stuck in Meeting

Taco Bell Door Dash Tom Stuck in Meeting

 

Say what? Taco Bell Delivery? Yes you read that correctly. No time to make a run for that bag of bean burritos? No problem! I tried it out today and it was awesome. Note that there are some extra costs then driving and picking it up yourself, but more on that in a few minutes. 

Taco Bell Door Dash Tom Stuck waiting for lunch getting hangry

Taco Bell Door Dash Tom Stuck waiting for lunch getting hangry

Taco Bell and Blog Dash

Taco Bell and BlogDash (image courtesy of DoorDash Blog

A note to the the haters: I really don’t care how much fancy organic foie gras you claim to consume, I know you still eat Taco Bell.

Ordering Using DoorDash

Ordering my Taco Bell DoorDash was really easy and reliable. I simply went to DoorDash.com and created an account with my name, address, phone number. I then selected Taco Bell from a list of nearby restaurants. Delivery is currently available to select cities in O.C. See bottom of post for a list. 

 

Taco Bell Door Dash Restaurant Delivery Selections

Taco Bell Door Dash Restaurant Delivery Selections

 

 

By each restaurant was a timer, showing how long an order would take. I really liked this function as I did not have to go through the entire process to learn it will take over an hour. Informed decisions are best. I ordered at 11:15, the height of the lunch rush, so It quoted me 80 minutes. Later in the day the cycle time from order being placed to delivery was quoted at only 40 minutes. From my experience, this delivery time is very accurate. 

Taco Bell Wait Time

Taco Bell Wait Time

 

The menu showed which items were available for order, which was pretty much the entire menu.  I simply selected which items I wanted and how many of each. Food was separated into categories, such as tacos, burritos and specialties. 

 

Taco Bell DoorDash Delivery Select items

Taco Bell DoorDash Delivery Select items

 

Every group has that one guy who insists on customizing their food to death. The DineDash system is friendly to these freaks. Some items allowed up to 16 modifications! (most at charge). The ordering system is friendly to vegetarians. There was even a button called “Make it Veggie!” 

 

Taco Bell Door Dash Delivery Select items Vegetarian Customization

Taco Bell Door Dash Delivery Select items Vegetarian Customization

 

Delivery Experience

After I ordered I received a confirmation both on my screen and my email with a link to check the status of my order.

 

Taco Bell delivery by DoorDash  Order Confirmation

Taco Bell delivery by DoorDash Order Confirmation

 

The DoorDash website bragged that they have special logistical software that could calculate an exact time of delivery. I was skeptical. 

Much like Uber, I was kept informed about the status of my order, via the website and text messages. 

 

Taco Bell delivery by  DoorDash, Status Final

Taco Bell delivery by DoorDash, Status Final

Taco Bell delivery by  DoorDash,  Text Message Status

Taco Bell delivery by DoorDash, Text Message Status

As promised the delivery driver showed up at exactly at 12:29, one minutes early. I was impressed. My driver, Anderson, showed up with two bags of awesomeness and was all smiles. He was very friendly and obviously he liked his job. 

 

Taco Bell delivery by  DoorDash, our  Delivery Guy, Anderson

Taco Bell delivery by DoorDash, our Delivery Guy, Anderson

As I walked down the cubicle rows, heads popped up in true prairie dog fashion as the smells of burritos wafted in the air.

Taco Bell delivery by  DoorDash Tom picks up order

Taco Bell delivery by DoorDash Tom picks up order

Taco Bell delivered to the Office – The day I become the “King of the Cubicles”

Taco Bell delivery by  DoorDash taco bell bag

Taco Bell delivery by DoorDash taco bell bag

That day, I was the most popular guy in the office. Hungry co-workers stopped what they were doing to ask questions like, “how did you get Taco Bell so fast?”, “I didn’t see you leaving to your car”, “Can I get a taco?”

One guy had the nerve to snark,   “did your mommy bring you lunch?”  For that comment, he got cut off from the Taco Bell delivery. No Taco for you! 

Taco Bell delivery by  DoorDash taco bell goodies

Taco Bell delivery by DoorDash taco bell goodies

 

I sent an email blast to my other colleagues, “The Burrito has landed.” They showed up with eager eyes and greedy fingers like school kids hovering over the guy with fast food lunch.

Feeling smug with Taco Bell at work

Feeling smug with Taco Bell at work

I was king of the cubicle city for a day. Not a huge honor, but that day I was a big fish in a small pond. 

Taco Bell delivery by  DoorDash Tom Content Eating Burrito

Taco Bell delivery by DoorDash Tom Content Eating Burrito

 

Facts about Using DoorDash

  • How Do I order? Visit DoorDash Website to order Taco Bell Delivery
  • What Metropolitan areas are participating in the Taco Bell Delivery Service? Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco area , and Dallas
  • That’s fine, but which Orange County cities will have Taco Bell Delivery?  Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Laguna Beach,, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San, Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Westminster, Yorba Linda
  • Is there a minimum order size? There is no minimum order size, although the delivery fee can get expensive for a single taco…
  • What is the Delivery Fee?  $1 for your first order, 3.95 for subsequent orders. 
  • Are Prices higher when using DoorDash? They can be, depending on the market. I noticed a 18% increase on some items. This came up to .20-.40 cents per Taco Bell item. Not very bad for the convenience factor.  
  • How long does delivery take? Delivery times are quoted on the main menu, inside the restaurant icon. Dinner and Lunch rushes could be over an hour. 
  • Can you schedule delivery ahead of time? Yes and I recommend it during the most popular times like lunch and dinner. Ordering 30 minutes earlier can make a big difference. 
  • Tips: Tipping is greatly appreciated, but not required. You can add a tip to your online order. 
  • How Do I Pay? You pay with your credit card when you place the online order. No cash is exchanged. Sounds like Uber right?
  • Why are delivery times so accurate? They use a proprietary algorithm which selects the best driver for the delivery based on numerous factors such as distance, traffic, and food prep time.
  • Are drivers employees? They are independent contractors.  
Taco Bell and DoorDash

Taco Bell and DoorDash

About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

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