Oh, MG. I am in love. For days afterwards I craved this place and continously nagged my BF to go back. (I'm still waiting). I kept thinking about the top picture, the Beef Fajita Taco. All it is is seasoned beef steak topped with grilled onion and cilantro. I'm not kidding. I kept thinking about it like one would have a crush on someone.It was downright disgusting the way I raved about it. Not a beef fan? They have veggie tacos, chicken tacos and amazeballs pork tacos. Remember. I'm not a pork fan. But their signature taco, The Rusty Taco is marinated pork with pineapple, onion and cilantro is incredible. So much so I couldn't wait to take a picture of it and inhaled it instead. I did get a picture of the Roasted Pork Taco with Cotija Cheese and and picked red onion. Nom, nom. Did I mention that they have a food truck?
The Rusty Taco
522 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414
I've been to a lot of Mexican style restaurants in my life. Chains, hole-in-the-wall type places, seaside joints on the Gulf of Cortez, you name it. Some of them right here in the midwest. Jalisco's in Milwaukee and La Perla in Minneapolis for example.(Probably because I'm partial to beef tongue tacos). But I've never been to a Mexican-Honduras-Spanish type.But there is one close to me. (happy dance).
They don't have beef tongue on the menu. But they did have a host who did not ask "whaddya'll have?" But asked if he could "make any recommendations". And "did we like meat?" "what kind?" Which is good because I might have gravitated to the enchiladas or the burritos and ended up with the Carne Asada, pictured above. Which I normally would not have ordered as the ones I've had in the past were really just heart-attacks on a plate with the overly large portions of meat, not mention the chesse, the rice, the refried beans. I pointed out to my favorite dining companion that my serving, unlike many in restaurants this day and age felt right. Not too big, (although I took a doggie bag home) and even better, the food didn't have the tell-tale signs of having being cooked in lard and oil. I felt good after eating. Not that I'd go out running a marathon, mind you, but I didn;t have that heavy, bloated feeling that can come from eating out. The lettuce (romaine!), tomato, onion & cilantro salad was fresh and therefore better than any made in advance salsa. Black beans instead of refried and the rice I suspect may have been saffron rice. which would make sense from it's Spanish roots.
2301 37th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55421
A Minnesota native returns after 13 years away discovering a whole new food landscape.