As a general rule, I don’t order tacos at burger joints. If I want tacos I go to a restaurant that specializes in tacos, even if that restaurant is Taco Bell. (By the same token, I only get sushi at sushi restaurants, a policy I instituted after a bad experience at the Cheesecake Factory.) But the normal rules go out the window when I hear the word “free.”
Tomorrow after 2 p.m., Jack in the Box will offer two free tacos to all guests. As the burger chain explains on its Facebook page, you don’t need a coupon, just “ask nicely and ye shall receive.” No purchase is necessary either, so you can simply get your tacos and nothing else. The offer is being promoted by the chain’s fictional CEO, Jack, who was reintroduced as the company’s mascot after its comeback from an E. Coli outbreak in the mid-90's.
The one caveat is that the tacos are only available at “participating restaurants,” which suggests that some franchises may choose not to participate in the giveaway. And of course there’s the fact that it doesn’t start until 2 p.m., which is later than most people want to eat lunch (and supplies could be exhausted by dinner time). Still, if you live in one of the 18 states in which the chain operates and you need a mid-afternoon snack – or if you’re the kind of person who eats tacos for dessert – it’s worth a try.
Oh, and if you’re still not sure about getting tacos from a restaurant that doesn’t specialize in Mexican food, take heart: While most people think of Jack in the Box as a burger joint, the company says that tacos are its most popular menu item.