The Great Taco Debate 2011


We’re rocking the suburbs here at Tooth & Nail. Literally. Our office is at the top of a suburban hill in Seattle, which means when it comes to lunch options within walking distance…well, options are limited. But we bring forward for your consideration a little taco shop that shall remain nameless.

Now having spent some some of my prime Mexi-eating years [also known as college] in Southern California, I’d like to think that I know a little bit about what makes good Mexican food. To be fair, I also love Taco Bell more than the average person, but when it comes to small mom-and-pop-type joints, I can definitely pick up what they’re puttin’ down, if you know what I mean.

Except Nameless Taco Shop.

For as long as I’ve worked at Tooth & Nail, there has been a heated debate over whether or not Nameless Taco Shop falls under the “good” or “not good” category. Lines have been drawn, arguments have taken place, fistfuls of guacamole have been thrown. Okay, maybe not that last bit, but for the most part, everyone in the office has an opinion.

So I suppose this begs the question: what do you think defines a quality Mexican establishment?

After some discussion between my anti-Nameless Taco Shop teammates and I, we’ve come to an agreement that the sign of a good restaurant is whether or not they make their own tortilla chips and salsa. That’s not so much to ask, right? You have to admit that there’s not much better than being served a nice basket of crispy fried tortilla chips with some chunky salsa – or maybe even an entire assortment of salsas! Not much indeed.

However, Nameless Taco Shop? They offer those generic yellow tortilla rounds that you could definitely buy at any grocery store in America. I’m also willing to bet that the salsa came from the same market as the chips.

Furthermore, upon arrival to the office in the morning a few days a week, there is a distinct spiced ground beef smell in the air. I’m not saying that I necessarily mind this smell – in fact, it smells quite nice and makes me wish I had more to eat for breakfast than a bowl of oatmeal. But curiously, this aroma is not present every day of the week, which leads me to believe that they don’t necessarily use fresh ingredients in your meal on any given day.


Not to mention, Nameless Taco Shop is cash-only, which is a serious “first world problem” for me.

Of course I understand the appeal of the place. It’s about 200 feet from door to door, the prices are low and if you don’t have the time or want to put in the effort to get in your car and drive somewhere, it’s extremely convenient [provided you have cash on hand]. Personally, I’d rather hop in the car and make a run for the border.

I guess the point of all this is to ask what you, our readers, think the tenets of a regular lunch-worthy taco shop are, and if you happen to live in Seattle or have ever visited, to suggest somewhere I should send the opposing team for comparison. Gracias!

Where The Magic Happens


Just wanted to give you a quick hello from our bi-weekly marking meeting. Say what’s up to the Tooth & Nail Braintrust! Plus our fearless leader Brandon Ebel behind the camera.

Please excuse Scott’s gnarly facial hair.

Happy almost-Friday!

Tooth & Nail TV: Episode 6 (Teaser Version)

I know you’ve been wondering to yourself, “hey self, when do you think the next episode of Tooth & Nail TV is going up?” Well you can stop wondering! Filming has begun on the latest episode of Tooth & Nail TV, which will feature the latest music videos from Underoath, I Am Empire, Emery, Write This Down, Hyland and more!

Our hosts Micah Dean and Adam walked back into the office not too long ago wet, barefoot and carrying inflatable life rings, so I think it’s safe to say this could be something worth watching.

Oh, and we might also finally be giving you the answer to that nice little teaser of a band we posted about last week. Until then, I’ll leave you with a couple of photos from the “set” of Tooth & Nail TV, also known as our office.

Happy (Early) Birthday Micah Dean!

A bunch of years ago tomorrow, the one and only Micah Dean was born.

As an early celebration, there are now a bunch of these tasty treats sitting in our kitchen courtesy of yours truly. If you want to wish Micah a happy birthday, leave a comment or hit him up on Twitter @Micahdean.


Welcome _____ To The Tooth & Nail Family!

We have yet to make a formal announcement regarding the latest Tooth & Nail signing, but wanted to give you, our friends here at the Tooth & Nail Blog, a teaser of the newest addition to the family. Guesses are welcome, but if I told you at this point, I’d have to throw banana cream pies in your face or something.

new band