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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pup n Taco- History Of A Fast Food Tradition

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One of the best fast food places ever and one I wish was still around is Pup n Taco.
I remember my Mom would take me to one up the street from our house almost everyday after I got out of school so I could get one of their rightous hot dogs. I wanted to take the time to remember them, share some photos, and a little on their history.

Pup 'N' Taco was a privately-owned chain of fast-food restaurants in Southern California, with its headquarters based in Long Beach, California. The business was begun by Russell Wendell in 1956 as a drive-in restaurant that served tacos and hot dogs. At the time Russell owned a chain of successful doughnut stores in Los Angeles - Big DoNut - which featured gigantic doughnuts atop a drive-in bakery. The first officially branded Pup 'N' Taco was opened in Pasadena, California in 1965.

The menu consisted of tacos, tostadas, pastrami sandwiches, burgers, several varieties of hot dog (the "pup" in Pup 'N' Taco) and french fries. Beverages included R.C. Cola, root beer and a variety of flavored slushes.

Ninety-nine stores were bought by Taco Bell in 1984, effectively ending the history of the chain. However, three operations in Albuquerque, New Mexico were not included in the deal and two still exist today as Pop 'N' Taco, the same as in Los Angeles.

The one I went to when I was little still stands as a Taco Beel to this day, just a shell of it's former glory of the Pup n Taco. Hopefully soon, I can make it over to the Pop n Taco. From what I have heard it is just as good. One of only 2 original stores still standing. In case you are wandering, they had to change the name from Pup to Pop because Taco Bell owns all the rights to the name Pup n Taco.


  1. OMG The best chili dogs ever better than weinerschnitzel by far sorry to see them gone.

  2. I worked at the Glendale (CA) Pup N Taco during high school.

  3. was there a pup and taco in Huntington Park Ca

    1. Pretty much if there is a taco bell! Then there use to be a pup N taco there unless it is a newly built building.

  4. It's corporate 'think' that would take away our choices of fast food in order to expand another franchise... at a fraction of the cost since establishing a business from ground zero (especially restaurants since the cost of kitchen equipment is a huge drain well before opening!) usually fails for the individual investor. Managing a failing business (indebted up to your eyeballs) after retirement sounds like not an optimum plan, but would keep you from gettng bored ;-)