A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 10, 2012
Toxic Smell (Taco Bell nickname)

Taco Bell fast food restaurants have been nicknamed the derogatory term “Toxic Smell” since at least 1994.

Other Taco Bell nicknames include “Toxic Hell” (cited in print since at least 1990), “Taco Hell” (since 1989) and “Taco Smell” (since 1990).


Wikipedia: Taco Bell
Taco Bell is an American chain of fast-food restaurants based in Irvine, California. A subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., it specializes in Mexican-style food. Taco Bell serves tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, other specialty items, and a variety of “Value Menu” items. Taco Bell serves more than 2 billion consumers each year in more than 5,800 restaurants in the U.S., more than 80 percent of which are owned and operated by independent franchisees.

Urban Dictionary
Toxic Smell
n. Slang variation of Taco Bell. A reference to the ass gas caused by eating Taco Bell food.
Ben: Where do you want to eat?
Andrew: Let’s hit up Toxic Smell.

by Drewwic Sep 9, 2007

Google Groups: alt.food.fat-free
TACO BELL products in the grocery store…
Eric
1/24/94
(...)
Besides Toxic Smell...ah I mean Taco Bell, is one of the nastiest placesto get “Mexian” food.

Google Groups: rec.motorcycles
Sticky gloop
Ye Wild Rider
11/10/95
(...)
a similar effect can easily be achieved here in the states by first eating at a toxic smell (taco bell) franchise before riding.

Google Groups: alt.cooking-chien
Toxic Smell aka Taco Bell
tygrr
7/13/98
I had 4 bean burittos for dinner tonight

U.S. Taco . com
October 2007
Taco Bell (also known as “Toxic Smell")
Sometimes i crave Taco Bell (referred to by many as “Toxic Smell"). This is obviously not a logical craving because there is nothing nutritious about anything served there. Yet i crave it.

Serious Eats
Restaurant Nicknames
AUG 3, 2010
12:37 PM
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Satyr
1:13PM ON 08/03/10
Toxic Smell- Taco Bell
(...)
tbaxter
3:05PM ON 08/03/10
Toxic Smell = Taco Bell

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • Monday, December 10, 2012 • Permalink