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Tacomat is billed as "Taco convenience incarnate" and is a converted parking-lot photography kiosk. It is the world's smallest taco dispensing structure and has 27 employees. The building requires oxygen tanks to be supplied, due to its small size.
Tacomat is very near to Comic Book Guy's apartment and can be seen from his kitchen window. Due to the proximity to Tacomat, Comic Book Guy cites "convenient location near city hot spots" as one of his apartment's best attributes.
When Bart inherited $100 from his great-aunt Hortense, he intended to spend the money at Tacomat, as the store had a deal on for 100 tacos for $100. However, Marge insisted he put the money in the bank. Comic Book Guy was later seen emerging from Tacomat with a wheelbarrow full of tacos, which he planned to eat during a marathon of Doctor Who episodes. Bart looked wistfully at Comic Book Guy's tacos, but Marge caught him and made him go into the bank.
Comic Book Guy's chronicle of a typical day in his life included going to Tacomat for lunch. When the sole employee working got frustrated, quit and left the store, Comic Book Guy helped himself to a dozen tacos, four extra-large soft drinks, and an assortment of Kiddie Meal toys. However, the whole day, including the visit to Tacomat, turned out to be a hallucination brought on by CBG's having eaten expired microwave burritos for breakfast.
Comic Book Guy ran up a large tab at Tacomat, and the unpaid bill was threatening to put him out of business. The Supercat of Springfield appeared at The Android's Dungeon for an autograph-signing session which raised enough money for Comic Book Guy to pay off his Tacomat tab, thus saving his store from closing.
In the PS2 and Wii versions of The Simpsons Game, outside the Springfield Museum in the Mob Rules level is a stall called "Mobile Taco Mat", once again offering 100 tacos for $100. In the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, a stall can be seen destroyed in the Shadow of the Colossal Donut level.
Behind the Laughter
The store's name is a reference to and wordplay on Fotomat, a retail photo-finishing chain that was in operation from the mid-1960s to late 1980s and was known for its drive-through kiosks located in parking lots.
Figurine from The Simpsons Christmas Village.
- Episode – "Bart the Fink"
- Comic story – Futility Belt (mentioned)
- Comic story – The Supercat of Springfield! (mentioned)
- Book – The Simpsons Guide to Springfield
- Book – Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture
- Video game – The Simpsons Road Rage
- Video game – The Simpsons Game (mobile stall)
- Merchandise – The Simpsons Christmas Village
Locations in Springfield