Tacos from Uncle Julio
Re-purposing a building can make your new business seem more interesting -- who wouldn't want deliverance at Fellowship Bible Church after they found out it used to be the theater where they saw Deliver Us from Eva? Fill your belly where you used to fix your car, at Rusty Taco.From Uncle Julio's co-founder, Rusty's a Robert Earl Keen-blaring, fast, cheap, boozy taqueria carved into an old Just Brakes garage now retro-fitted with industrial ductwork and lighting, paned-glass bay doors, communal tables, and a huge patio shaded by a gas pump island's awning, befitting your tendency to keep filling up 'til just a little bit splashes out. The nine tacos all run $2, with corn/flour tortillas, chorizo, and queso fresco made in-house; highlights include grilled or fried fish w/ red cabbage/cilantro/chipotle cream, spiced beef-and-potato picadillo, and their signature achiote pork/charred pineapple "Rusty Taco" -- based on a recipe from Stephen Pyles, who after you leave will hound you on his BMX screaming "Two dollars!". Served-anytime breakfast options come with scrambled eggs and your choice of three extras from a list that includes sausage, roasted green chiles, crispy potatoes, and fresh jack (if it's too fresh, shove jack away and say, "I'm not that kind of boy, you muenster!"). For real fuel, Rusty's got frozen and on-rocks fresh-lime-juice margaritas, plus a dozen bottled beers from Negra Modelo and Sierra Nevada to Schlitz and PBR -- which can make you seem more interesting, until like certain buildings around town you're deemed un-repurposable, and they just have to implode you.