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Rusty Taco - Awful!

I went to Rusty Taco on Lexington for a taco tonight and was so disappointed. First, their "tip jar" was labeled as "complaints" and indicated that less than a dollar would be unacceptable. That was the ambiance. I hoped maybe the tacos would make up for that, but no, they were awful, expensive, and cold. The tortillas had not been heated, the contents were lackluster, and all in a waste of $5.00 for two bad tacos.
I have lived in Mexico and I know what a good taco is, and I would go to Taco Bell before I return to this place. Just awful.

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  1. I've never lived in Mexico, but my experience at Rusty Taco on Lex has always been positive. They were never cold, because they were made to order and brought to me. Are they the best tacos I've had? No. Are they solid? To me, yes. After all, it's a taco, not a souflee or a cassoulet. I'd never compare Rusty Taco to Taco Bell.

    1. I think you caught them on a bad night. RT is no paragon of Mexican food or even just tacos, but it's been decent and edible the several times I've been in there. Certainly a better taco than most other restaurants with the word "taco" in their title....

      1. I don't really care about the ambiance, but when I went, the food was greasy and lacked anything resembling good flavors..

        Taco Bell is indeed preferable to Rusty Taco.

        My current go-to taco in this town is at Maya Cuisine on Central NE.

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        1. re: JimGrinsfelder

          Rusty Taco is fine for 2 / $5.00. I don't think of it as a place that I'd "review", it's fast, cheap grub, not destination dining.

          Jim, get to Sonora Grill if you've never been.

          1. re: american_idle

            In my world...great tacos are destination dining. (see above, Maya Cuisine).

            Sonora Grill is definitely destination dining. I love that place. The biggest problem I have when I go to Midtown Global is picking between Sonora and Left Handed Cook.

            I wonder what will happen to Sonora's menu when they open their stand-alone on east lake....

            1. re: JimGrinsfelder

              I like Maya (only had Tamales) and I like it, but those Sonora Tacos are definitely worth the drive. And when in MGM, do what I do: get both, get tummy ache!

        2. such an awesome name....<heavy on the sarcasm> I've never been a fan of them after trying them out in Northeast MPLS. It's the burger king of tacos imo.

          1. I liked the fried chicken taco with jalapeno cole slaw, and flour tortilla, but the last two times I had it the slaw wasn't as good. I don't go out of my way to stop there, but if I am in the area it is a good fast food option.