The hot weather makes me crave taco salad, and I spent last week sampling three great ones. It all started and ended on the patio of Cha Taqueria & Bar . I got the apple wood smoked chicken and it was amazing! I think that's what really set this one apart from the others. I also like how the fried shell was taco sized and served like a cornucopia so it wasn't a massive fried thing that you cant help eating. At $10 it seemed like a great deal and it was so good I went back again 6 days later and got the exact same thing.
The next day I couldn't get taco salad off my mind so I went to Casa del Matador. This one came in the more traditional large fried shell bowl. I chose the chicken instead of the carnitas that was listed on the menu. I'm not a huge fan of their sour cream so I had that on the side and used it sparingly. This was the most expensive of the three at $10.50. It was good and I would definitely have it again, but their hard shell Tacos Dorados are my favorite so I might just get that instead.
Day three of the taco salad tour was Chipotle. I live very close and eat here often, but I usually get the bowl with barbacoa. This time I got the salad and it was very good and at $6 it was the least expensive and probably the healthiest. Since you select toppings as you go, I was a little more conscious of not adding sour cream and I don't like their guacamole so I skipped that also. I only used a little of the dressing so I saved calories there too. This was my second favorite of the three and I will definitely get it again. I love summer!