‘More than just a good taco.’ Chilliwack eatery saves lives, one taco at a time

What makes a restaurant great? As foodies, we often place our trust – and money – in four-star reviews, deals, attractive branding or, simply put, quality meals with great flavours.

In Chilliwack, one Mexican street food-inspired restaurant stands out amongst the rest for two core values: Do Good and Eat Good.

Now celebrating their first anniversary, Good Taco has spent the last 365 days honing their culinary craft, serving a menu packed with mouth-watering dishes, including tacos, burritos and quesadillas, with vegan and gluten-friendly options.

Inspired by the flavours of authentic Mexican street tacos, with options like al pastor, carnitas, pollo birria and carne asada, ingredients are of the highest quality, provided by local Canadian suppliers.

Proudly earning a 4.7-star review on Google, Chilliwack residents of all ages are talking about their love for this new Mexican eatery. New-turned-loyal customer, Sharlyn, had nothing but praise for the fast-casual service.

“Wow this place is awesome! I was pleasantly surprised by how authentic and delicious the tacos were. The staff were really friendly and welcoming, the restaurant is clean and well kept. Will be a regular here for sure!”

The next time you step into Chilliwack’s Good Taco, if the food hasn’t already blown you away, the mission behind the local eatery certainly will.

Here in Chilliwack, Adult & Teen Challenge BC owns the Good Taco franchise at #111 – 5525 Vedder Rd as part of its Work Experience Program. (at Garrison Marketplace just past Keith Wilson on the way to Cultus). Safe work experience is vital to the restoration of the men, many of whom have lost everything to addiction – marriages, children, education, careers and their dreams.

While also giving a portion of all sales to impoverished children at Casa de Luz Children’s Centre in Mexico, 100 per cent of all profit from Good Taco Sardis/Chilliwack goes directly to the Adult & Teen Challenge Society of BC’s Chilliwack Men’s Centre located in Yarrow, which specializes in addiction recovery and restoration.

Good Taco manager, Loralee Harbut says the influence of this program is growing with graduates paying their generosity forward for other men in need.

“This program has come full circle in a beautiful way. We currently have three men who have graduated from the program, and now as part of their work, are supervising at Good Taco and giving back to an initiative that has helped them get their footing in life. They are discovering and developing their leadership abilities.”

Josh Minard – a former graduate of the Work Experience Program – turned supervisor at Good Taco, says this role has made a long-lasting impact on his life.

“Good Taco isn’t simply a restaurant that we get the opportunity to work at, it is a transformative experience for everyone involved. This role has shaped my leadership abilities in ways I never thought possible.”

As Chilliwack’s Good Taco heads into its second full year of serving delicious food and infectious smiles, Harbut wants new and returning customers to know that their business means more than a meal served.

“I want people to know when they dine at our restaurant, they are doing far more than just eating great tacos, they are giving back to their community. At the crossroads of choice with their food dollars, they can choose Good Taco, a local restaurant helping men learn how to live their lives in a healthy way.”

The next time you’re in town, make Good Taco your choice for a great meal or catered event. Order online at GoodTaco.ca, email sardis@goodtaco.ca or call 604-847-7743.

For more information about Adult & Teen Challenge BC, visit hopewithinreach.ca or call 1.888.575.3930

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