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Have "street taco" plates replaced the once-popular combination platters at Mexican eateries?

Rudy's Mexican restaurant to become Vagabond

Rudy's Mexican Restaurant, 1122 N. Edison St., will close its doors and reopen as Vagabond. Since 2001, Rudy's Mexican Restaurant operated in its current location. It will close on Sunday, Dec. 7 and reopen four days later.

"We decided that we wanted to combine the overlapping worlds of dining and drinking to create a new twist on street tacos and a new entertainment option." says Matt Schmidt, director of operations.

Vagabond's atmosphere – created by Flux Design – will combine Airstream campers, retro speakers and boom boxes with elements of stainless steel, corrugated metal and reclaimed wood.

Vagabond's menu will feature tacos, tortas and burritos created by executive chef Ramses Alvarez. Street tacos are the menu's main focus and will include orizaba brisket, pollo rostizado and kung pow shrimp options.

"The inspiration was to step outside conventional methods which gave us the freedom to try different ingredients and cooking techniques," says Schmidt.

Vagabond will be open daily at 11 am for lunch and dinner.

Anyone remember when Rudy's was next door to La Fuente?

On a side note, the shift in Mexican food offerings has certainly changed over the years and moved from the massive combination platters to a pick-and-choose "street taco" menu that was available at the now-defunct COA and the Bel Air Cantinas. Interesting.


Talkbacks

andylit | Dec. 13, 2014 at 7:43 p.m. (report)

Deeply disappointed. The food was....meh. Rice and beans actually overspiced and over-salted, while the enchiladas (both beef and chicken) were utterly bland and boring. Not even good enough to take home the leftovers. The decor is very retro, very interesting. Perfectly suited for a burger joint. Absurd for a Mexican restaurant. Rudy's is gone, and we will not be returning to Vagabonds. 90 minutes after dinner and we both have stomach gurgles and upset.

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FoodieinMke | Dec. 8, 2014 at 12:52 p.m. (report)

Can't wait to try this new place. Can't understand why people enjoy Bel Air Cantina as their tacos are flavorless. I've had the street tacos when dining at Rudys and they are fabulous! Rudy's/Vagabond's tacos are contemporary but with a more authentic twist. I'm Mexican and can recognize the cooking techniques. Glad to see that this trend is catching on in Milwaukee.

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Photodavie | Dec. 5, 2014 at 5:10 p.m. (report)

Uh, yeah, way to copy Bel Air Cantinas successful model. I get it, if you can't make good food, just try to copy someone who does. This place has needed to close for years. It's a valuable space that Bel Air should buy and open a 4th location at as soon as the remodeled "vagabond" closes.

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