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When two competitive eaters team up to open a restaurant, it's safe to assume the result will be something like Taco in a Bag, which serves a play on the walking taco, a regional food of the Southwest that consists of taco fillings stuffed into a bag of Fritos. If it's possible to make a high-brow version of the food, that's what Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti and Tim "Gravy" Brown did to win Food Network's Food Court Wars. They opened the original Taco in a Bag at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee before relocating to Lincoln Square last month.
These are more like nachos than tacos, but our favorites included lots of fresh lettuce, so they resembled taco salads. We tried all 13 versions available (the 12 standard offerings, plus the taco of the month), plus five doughnuts (also served in a bag) and the corn on the cob, which is dipped in chipotle mayo and coated with Parmesan. While the doughnuts were heavy and the corn on the cob had a ridiculous amount of cheese, some of the tacos were really, really good. Here's a rundown.