A brand new taco shop has just opened in Sauk Rapids. Don Chuy Taqueria opened to the public on Tuesday, June 14th.

Don Chuy Taqueria LLC has been operating as a food truck the past few years doing pop-ups around Central Minnesota, but now has a permanent location on Benton Drive in the former location of Hernandez Burritos and Smoke-In D's BBQ (31 Benton Drive, Sauk Rapids).

I first learned about this new brick-and-mortar restaurant when I saw they were open in a local Facebook group I'm part of. Within minutes of seeing the post, I was in my car on my way over to scope it out. My favorite food in the world is a good authentic taco, and I just had to try this new taqueria out.

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Walking into Don Chuy I was greeted with the cheerful upbeat sound of Latin music filling the restaurant and the intoxicating smell of delicious Mexican food. The menu features a great selection of food, from tacos and tortas to burritos and bowls.

Abbey Minke
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I went for my tried and true go-to when at a new place: carne asada (steak) tacos. It is my baseline for any new Mexican place I try. In my mind, a good carne asada is the mark of a place that knows what they are doing.

After basically inhaling my meal, I can confirm they know what they are doing. The meat was beautifully seasoned, the salsas on the side provided the perfect amount of kick, and I liked that the cut of the onion was a slice as opposed to the usual raw diced.

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Fantastic food, quick service, and really nice people. It's exactly what you want when you go out. Don Chuy Taqueria is going to be a great addition to the Sauk Rapids area!

Their hours of operation are Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Be sure to follow them on Facebook for updates.

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