Rusty Taco has landed in Reno

Local siblings bring Texas franchise to the Biggest Little City

Another taco place might not seem like something to get excited about, but we’re here to tell you that we taste-tested the newest joint, and it’s worthy of some praise.

Rusty Taco is a chain that began in Dallas. However, local franchisees Taylor and Ian Cain brought the restaurant to Reno, taking up the space that was, for a long time, Nu Yalk Pizza, on South Virginia Street.

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My personal favorites were the cauliflower served crispy (grilled is also an option) and topped with avocado crema, slaw, and pickled red onions. I wasn’t expecting it to outrank the fried chicken taco, but in my eyes, it wasn’t even a competition.

The other standout is the namesake Rusty Taco, made with Achiote pork, grilled pineapple relish (with juicy chunks of fresh pineapple), diced onion and cilantro.

Rusty Taco also offers up a not-so-secret secret menu (it’s advertised on their menu board at the restaurant) with a lot of ocean-ready items. The tropical shrimp boasts crispy hand-breaded shrimp with a pineapple relish, slaw and Thai chili sauce. The dynamite shrimp taco uses fried shrimp, slaw, jalapeño ranch, avocado and sriracha. There’s also a couple of Acapulco fish tacos, The Philly (pulling its flavors from the traditional Philly cheesesteak) and a pork Green Street taco.

All of the tacos are served with corn tortillas unless otherwise indicated but flour can be ordered instead.


9780 S. Virginia St., Reno, Nev. 89511
(775) 376-1085
Daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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