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What do you get when you cross grilled cheese and a Doritos Loco taco?

One Mission grilled cheese + one Taco Loco = the Locomission!

Something came over me after I read about Doritos’ newest snack “food,” Doritos Locos Taco Doritos. Suddenly I had to have a Taco Bell Doritos Locos taco. No — that wasn’t good enough. Like Doritos, I had to take a Doritos Locos taco and make it better.

Innovation is the heart of Silicon Valley, after all. Egged on by copy editor Jason Wilson, whose personal beliefs endorse all invention as holy, I went for it.

So today, for lunch, I placed an online order for a Mission grilled cheese sandwich at The Melt (whose online ordering system rocks, by the way). Then I walked down to Taco Bell, ordered a pair of Tacos Locos, and then took them over to The Melt. I picked up my grilled cheese (pepper jack on sourdough) and took it back to the office.

And then I merged the two: I opened up the Mission, placed one Taco Loco inside, and replaced the grilled, cheesy lid. Voilá: The Locomission was born.

Verdict: It’s not bad. The flavor of the two foods, despite coming from almost diametrically opposite ends of the foodie spectrum, complement one another quite well. The semicircular taco shape is almost perfectly fitted to the semicircular shape of one half of a grilled cheese made with sourdough — as if they were made for one another. Taco Bell’s spiced ground meat is an excellent addition to the Melt’s spicy cheese. The nacho cheese-flavored Doritos shell was a delicious complement to the Melt’s sourdough. And there was even some lettuce and salsa inside the taco to offset the guilt of eating all that grease and meat.

As a bonus, this makes the sandwich quite filling. If I have one complaint about The Melt, it’s that one sandwich is never enough to satisfy me for lunch. But a sandwich plus a Taco Loco — now you’re talking. In fact, while I got two Locos Tacos, and only one fits on each half of a grilled cheese sandwich, I decided to skip the second taco and just eat the rest of the grilled cheese by itself.

The only real downside is that the Doritos Locos’ shell was rather soggy. I don’t think that’s the fault of the grilled cheese, as the shell was already a bit soggy when I took it out of its wrapper. Maybe I waited too long to consume it after ordering from Taco Bell. Next time I might pick up the sandwich at the Melt first.

The Locomission

$4.75 at The Melt + $2.78 (two tacos) at Taco Bell = $7.53

860 calories (for both tacos plus a whole sandwich)

Photo credit: Jason Wilson/VentureBeat