Demolition Man’s futuristic Taco Bell was a highlight at SDCC

Photo: Daniel Knighton/Getty Images for Taco Bell

During San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Taco Bell held a pop-up restaurant to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Demolition Man. The pop-up invited fans to enter the film’s version of Taco Bell, a futuristic world where the restaurant won the Franchise Wars, essentially turning all restaurants into Taco Bell. Imagine going to the taco fast food chain and experiencing fine dining. And at the pop-up restaurant, fans were able to do just that.

As a fan of the film (my nickname is John Spartan, after all), I was pretty stoked to enter a Taco Bell that offered a four-course meal. The two-story restaurant looked futuristic with a robot moving around to help the waiters. The color purple spread across the establishment with the Taco Bell logo glowing at the very center. The top floor had a pianist playing and singing classic tunes, which got all the patrons excited and joining along. When he took a break, songs like “Particle Man” by They May Be Giants can be heard in the background.

The bar held drinks inspired by the film including the San Angeles (tangerine juice, agave nectar syrup, triple sec, fresh lime, and club soda) and Mellow Greetings (hibiscus, blackberry shrub, fresh citrus).

The dining table had the smooth and metallic cups, sleek napkin holders, and a plant encased in a glass case.

The four-course meal included the following:

Joy Joy Hors D’oeuvre

Masa Geometrics / Corn4/ Legumes / Funghi / Tomato Aspic / Onion Soubise / Avocado / Cilantro & Capsicum

Crunchwrap Supreme Leader

Cheese & Masa Polygon / Seared Outlawed Aminos* / Green / Tomato Aspic / Nacho Cheese Crunch / Sour Cream Spheres

Franchise Freedom Fries

Nacho Cheese Potato Vessels w/ Bold Mexican Spices* / Cryo-Capsicum

Cinnamon Helix Confection

Oxygenated Twists / Cryo-Berry / 160 C Sugar

The food wasn’t the best, but I thought it was delicious. One other colleague agreed with me while another thought it was okay. This is Taco Bell we’re talking about, so I wasn’t expecting much in terms of quality. With that said, the ambiance and Taco Bell being turned into an upscale restaurant made this one of the highlights of San Diego Comic-Con 2018.

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