Taco tussle: Fuzzy’s vs. Rusty for best chain

Taco tussle: Fuzzy’s vs. Rusty for best chain

Taco tussle: Fuzzy’s vs. Rusty for best chain
February 16
23:51 2015

Kelly Benjamin & Hannah Ridings / Staff Writer & Staff Photographer

Denton houses two popular chain taco restaurants: Rusty Taco and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. Both have been staples of Texas food culture, but each brings something different to the dinner table.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop started in Fort Worth and made its way to Denton two years ago with its location on the Square. Fuzzy’s offers a bright color scheme, requiring a hint of yellow and green paint at every location.

“The atmosphere is very laid back,” Fuzzy’s manager Rachel Insley said. “This one is definitely more college-type than other Fuzzy’s.”

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Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is packed with hungry customers on Sunday afternoon. The restaurant is known for its fish tacos and queso blanco, a white cheese dip. There are two locations in Denton, one at 115 Industrial St. and the other at 2412 S. Interstate 35 East.

Insley said they also serve a wide variety of baja-style Mexican food ranging from street tacos to burritos and nachos. What differentiates Fuzzy’s food from its competitors, she said, is its “butt-burning sauce,” a specialty hot sauce only available at Fuzzy’s. 

“My favorite item on the menu is the chicken enchiladas because the butt-burning sauce is something we use in a lot of our meats,” Insley said.

On the other hand, Rusty Taco on Hickory Street claims to offer a college-friendly environment focused  on more than just serving street tacos.

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Beto Torres, a cook at Fuzzy’s, serves stacked nachos with shredded chicken. The nacho cheese is made fresh everyday and is a staple among Fuzzy’s frequenters.

“I definitely feel like this place is very laid back. We’re trying as much as we can to embrace Denton with this location,” assistant manager Erik Stolpe said. “We give employees opportunities to express themselves so we usually play a Pandora station here.”

Stolpe said Rusty Taco also offers unique sauce and meal options.

“We make a ton of the sauces at the restaurant,” Stolpe said. “The barbeque we cook here a couple times a week sometimes has cherries in it. We make a really good barbeque sauce and our jalapeno ranch is really awesome.”

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Rusty Taco employees Hayden Springer, left, and Brandon DeAngelo serve up street tacos topped with the secret sauce Rusty’s is famous for. The street taco-style restaurant is located at 210 E. Hickory St.

Springer said Rusty Taco makes its queso from scratch, not from a can. He also said the chips are made right in front of the customers.

Students seem to be torn between the two, but each claim to offer a unique branch to the Denton food ecosystem.

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