Rusty Taco – Living Up To Its Name

by sara on April 15, 2010

Rusty Taco
4802 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206

Rockin patio and plenty of parking for BMW's

We hit up Rusty Taco today for lunch after hearing lots of press about their grand opening.  At the corner of Greenville and University (Hi Serene!) in the former Just Brakes location, this new taco joint is a magnet for SMU students, SMU alumni, parents of SMU students and friends of SMU students visiting from UT.  They just opened this week so they are still working out the kinks but there was already a line out the door.  The line went pretty quick and I ordered two grilled fish tacos and a breakfast taco (said they served breakfast tacos all day).  To my disappointment, they stopped serving breakfast tacos by lunchtime.  Said they were still trying to figure out the logistics on that.  And here I was taking IHOP for granted all these years.  Oh well, I added a brisket taco and drink, paid my $8 and sat down.  The layout of this place really is cool.  It’s about to get hotter than a Network Engineer from Oklahoma with the Texas summer heat around the corner so the open air format won’t last long, but for now it is perfect with the open windows and patio seating.  We sat inside, but technically we sat outside toos.

Network Engineer from Oklahoma aka Texas Hotness

Line Was Out Tha Doe! At $8 a pop that's pretty ballin. Why don't I open a taco stand?

They bring you your order. And if your name is Sara they sing to you.

Cerveza cooler. I want one of these to sit in after long runs.

Now, to the important part – la comida mexicana!!  Although that is misleading because to sum up Rusty Taco in two words, I’d have to say, “GRINGO TACOS.”  For $2 per taco it’s hard to complain but I’d be willing to pay a dollar more if the tacos had flavor.  These are not your neighbor’s to the south tacos.  The grilled fish taco and brisket taco were nothing memorable in my opinion.  They throw some red cabbage, cilantro and chipotle cream on there but the fish flavor was pretty pungent.  The beef was meh.  And yet I heard a girl next to me say “did you try the brisket taco?  It is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good.”  She also had a margarita, just saying.  A few of my lunch whoa-di’s ordered the queso and salsa so we could garbl those as well.  The queso tasted like 90% Velveeta, 8% tomatoes and 2% Lost island polar bear clumps.  Rusty Taco queso is to Bob Armstrong dip as Mark Cuban is to the Situation.  Although Mark’s back on my good side for investing in South Dallas.  And because the Mavs PWNed the Spurs tonight.

You put the lime on the taco and you eat it all up.

Gringo tacos

Clumpy and Lumpy walked into a bar...

The salsa was a fan favorite. So was the Hugh Grant lookalike but you had to be there.

House made chips were ver tasty! How much!?! $3 for salsa or queso with chips. Recession proof.

Corner slot is no eight ball, it is a chicken bone.

The above picture shows a chicken bone found in my friend Serene’s taco.  Serene is well known throughout all of Dallas for her unbelievably amazing Lazy Cake and she knows quality like nobody’s binness.  (in Gilly voice from SNL…) Rustyyyyyyy?  Did you put a chicken bone in Serene’s chicken taco?!?!?!  Sorree.

Rusty Tacos is still a bit…well…rusty.  I think they need to fix a few things (breakfast tacos served all day, Nickelback removed from the Jukebox, chicken bone discount, google a new queso recipe) but they have a neat concept, a great location and cheap prices.  Those 3 things alone will keep Dallasites coming back for more…

UNTIL…TORCHY’S OPENS!  That’s right kids.  You heard it here first on Foodgarbl.  Torchy’s is coming to Dallas!  Sorry Rusty, but it’s about to get BROUGHTEN.

Torchy’s Tacos Torchy’s is hitting the big city! Torchy’s Dallas location is opening in about 75 days! Dallas folks are you ready??? We’re gonna rock your world…;)

Here are pics from my last adventure in Austin at Torchy’s:

I liken Torchy's to a Mexican Disneyworld of sorts, minus the characters. Unless the characters can be mango habanero salsa and avocado cilantro creme sauce.

Breakfast of Champions. Champions = those who eat 3 meals before dinner.

I'm drooling

You tell me that doesn't look good. Just try. Can't do it can you?

I was so excited about the Torchy’s news that I went for a run tonight to try to get to my goal weight before they open so I can afford to gain 15 lbs.  Give or take 10.  After the run we decided to do refrigerator/freezer cleanout so I made us some smoothies using frozen nanners, blueberries, raspberries, almond milk, Chobani strawberry yogurt, half a cucumber, some flax meal and almond butter.  It was one of my better smoothies.  Wasn’t sure about throwing a cucumber in there but the Vitamix works wonders and smoothies are a great way to save veggies that are nearing the end of their life cycle.  Jason took his shirt off, did 50 push-ups, roared like a lion, then grilled veggie burgers for us (hippie fail).  I threw a little goat cheese crumble on mine and it was delicious.  We use the Don Lee Farms Veggie Patties from Costco and they really rock my world.  Gonna do a quick workout video, race the dogs up and down the stairs 5 times, shower and play words with friends.  I’m even jealous of my own life.

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Ice April 15, 2010 at 11:10 am

Excellent garbl today! I agree with your Rusty Taco review 100%. I got the beef fajita and the picadillo and I gotta admit I was pretty disappointed. Didn’t even finish the fish taco. Hopefully Torchy’s will be everything I’ve hoped and dreamed for! And I like saying I’m gonna eat a Torchy’s Taco versus a Rusty Taco. Gag. Your smoothie sounds very interesting, next time a visual aid would be cool. I’m imagining a cucumbery brownish thing in my mind. Great post!!!!!!

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Serene April 15, 2010 at 11:56 am

I am so proud that you know the location after I repeated it in front of you on 8 separate occasions. I was disapointed in the tacos, and especially disappointed after the chicken bone incident. I had to make a new batch of Lazy Cake in order to make it through this traumatic experience. Excellent garbl! You are amazing.

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Mnesha April 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Loved the review…..and I can’t wait till Torchy’s is open! I love that place 🙂

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Torchy June 24, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Thanks for the love my peeps. Were open and rocking in the big d!! The grill is on and the fryers are sizzling. Come by give us a holler and slap some queso down and try our new taco of the month the damn bp. Grilled achiote shrimp with cooked cabbage slaw, mangoes, cotija cheese, cilantro, and a little jalapeño tartar sauce. Were gonna give a dollar a taco to help out the folks who can’t fish no more down in the gulf. Peace and keep it real thanks for the big welcome to the big d!!

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