Taco Bell Was Voted the Best Mexican Restaurant in the Country, and the Internet Can’t Believe It

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Taco Bell may be the home of Nacho Fries, but for many, the fast-food staple isn’t exactly a shining example of authentic Mexican cuisine.

However, per the results of a nationwide survey known as The Harris Poll, more than 77,000 Americans have deemed the California-based, Chinese-owned chain the best Mexican restaurant in the country. Taco Bell beat out the likes of Chipotle and Moe’s Southwest Grill to win “Brand of the Year” for the first time since Harris launched its EquiTrend Study 30 years ago.

For the past two years, Moe’s Southwest Grill has taken Harris’ top honors in the category, which measures the overall health of a brand by asking consumers questions based on three variables — familiarity, quality and future consideration. Chipotle was the winner the year prior, but a series of recent illnesses caused that brand to plummet more than 10 points.

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Taco Bell celebrates the national pre-order pick-up of what could be its biggest food creation yet on February 6, 2016. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Taco Bell) Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Taco Bell

Other contenders for first place included Qdoba, Baja Fresh and Del Taco, but Taco Bell’s innovative product offerings, such as the aforementioned Nacho Fries, propelled it to the No. 1 spot in 2018. “Taco Bell’s marketing is ubiquitous so it wasn’t surprising to me that they came out on top this year,” said Amir Kanpurwala, director of the survey. “It’s not so much that Moe’s or Chipotle are falling off the map. Taco Bell has just been a stronger brand as of late, as demonstrated by the strong familiarity and consideration marks.”

Still, considering Doritos Locos Tacos aren’t exactly a staple south of the border, many social media users were angered by Taco Bell’s first-place finish, especially since the country does boast some delicious, and authentic, Mexican restaurants. Check out some reactions below:

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