Is your taco game rusty?
Texas taco chain finally comes out of its shell for San Antonio debut
In response to the question, “Can you ever have too many taco joints?” most San Antonians would offer up a resounding, full-mouthed, “I can’t talk now; I’m eating this taco.”
Sure, we’ve got more than our fair share of taquerias, so many, in fact, that we’re known to many as a taco town, and even scored a shoutout from Texas Monthly, which recently penned an article about San Antonio’s taco trail, pronouncing we’ve got the best taquerias in the state.
The newest crave-worthy hot spot to roll into San Antonio is inspired by authentic Acapulco street tacos — and it’s ready to put a little fiesta flavor in your face.
Rusty Taco, the Dallas-based chain that specializes in street-style tacos made from original recipes (including a mouthwatering selection of breakfast tacos that are served all day), will finally open its first San Antonio location 17026 Bulverde Rd., in the Bulverde Marketplace, on Tuesday, February 8 at 7 am.
Though the chain originally planned to have the franchise open last summer, these handmade tacos are well worth the wait.
The concept was founded in 2010 by Rusty Fenton, who was inspired by his travels throughout the U.S. and Mexico to create a taco stand that served authentic food and drinks at affordable prices in a welcoming environment. The brand continues to grow nationally and now has 38 Rusty Taco locations in 12 states.
Helming the local restaurant — which, by the way, features a sizable outdoor space so you can get as messy as you desire when gobbling up tacos and queso — are owners and operators Andy Besing and Perrin Larsh (also a four-store Arby’s franchisee) with San Antonio-based Lone Star Restaurant Group. The duo says their aim is to share authentic tacos with a city that obviously has an appetite for them.
“We are thrilled to welcome guests to the first Rusty Taco location in San Antonio,” Besing says. “We offer terrific indoor/outdoor dining on our expansive 900-square-foot outdoor patio.”
Lone Star Restaurant Group also has plans to open additional Rusty Taco locations throughout San Antonio, though since the opening of its first local restaurant got pushed back a bit, the original timeline for opening those additional locations — sometime this year and next — may also get delayed.
But not to worry, because locals can grub down on all the Rusty Tacos they can handle from the Bulverde Road location starting next month.
Rusty Taco menu highlights include 20 street tacos, from Baja shrimp and beef fajita to roasted pork, brisket, black bean, cauliflower, and fried chicken tacos. All-day breakfast tacos include chorizo, egg, and cheese; brisket, egg, and cheese; jalapeño sausage, egg, and cheese; and fajita, egg, and cheese, to name just a few.
There are also four different kinds of nacho plates, piled high with a choice of meat and all the fixin's, and made-from-scratch must-have sides like queso, chips and guac, and black beans.
Rusty Taco also serves up a variety of drinks, including Mexican cola and Jarritos, and will feature a custom-built, full-service bar offering a “unique cocktail program.” Top picks include the “fancy beers” and the potent rocks and frozen margaritas that the restaurant is happy to note are made with “cheap tequila.”
Save room for dessert, otherwise you’ll be drooling while your taco compadres polish off dreamy sopapillas and churros.
“San Antonio is very special to our family, with happy memories of great taco eating adventures,” says Denise Fenton, Rusty Taco co-founder and brand director. “We are so excited that the first Rusty Taco is opening in one of Rusty’s favorite cities.”
The new Rusty Taco in San Antonio will be open daily. Sunday through Thursday hours are 7 am-10 pm. The taqueria will be open on Friday and Saturday from 7 am-11 pm, perfect for those late-night weekend taco cravings.