I don’t see that I’ve told the Haus der Taco story on this forum, so it may not have been clear what I was referring to.
In 1993, my family took a trip to Germany, and spent several days in Heidelberg. Around the corner from the hotel where we were staying was a restaurant named “Haus der Taco”.
Now, I’m from Dallas, and I was extremely doubtful that this restaurant could make a taco like I could get back home. But I was curious… and over the course of our days here, my curiosity ratcheted up to the point that I felt compelled to give it a try.
Once I entered the place, I speculated that it was a Doner Kebab run by Turkish immigrants, with a slight recustomization to appear Mexican. (The stereotype of Turkish people I wish to invoke is that of having no particular affinity for Mexican food.)
The taco I finally received made me think that it was made by people who had read recipes for Mexican food, but who had never eaten it themselves, and who had had to make substitutions to get by in Germany. The taco shell was a large pita, wrapped into the shape of a waffle cone. It was filled with gyro meat (I don’t know what animal), lettuce, tomato, and sour cream; it wasn’t spicy at all.
It wasn’t bad at all… but definitely not authentic. I’m glad I gave it a try, though – I’ve gotten more mileage out of that story than almost anything else we saw in Heidelberg.