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Bruno’s Taco Bar gives you more reasons to eat your favorite dish

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Save room for Bruno’s Fruity Pebble churros.
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You can never have too much of a good thing, especially when that thing is tacos. While there might be plenty of taco options to choose throughout Vegas, you’ll never catch me complaining about the addition of more.

Open since December, Bruno’s Taco Bar isn’t your typical taco spot. It’s casual, with concrete floors and a black-and-white aesthetic, and it’s a welcome addition to the modern Mexican-style shops that have been popping up throughout the Valley (think: Bomb Tacos or Tacos Huevos).

The menu appears to be small, focusing on seven tacos (skirt steak, baja fish, calabacita, short rib, potato chorizo, carnitas and chicken al pastor) that can be served on your choice of handmade corn or flour tortillas, or a lettuce wrap. But Bruno’s stands out for a number of innovative offerings, including vegetarian versions of nearly every taco. Baja fish ($4.25) becomes an enticing crispy beer-battered and fried cauliflower with cabbage slaw and pickled onion; chorizo can be swapped for soyrizo; and carnitas can be swapped for jack fruit.

Bruno’s chicken al pastor ($3.95) is a somewhat healthier take on the traditional pork version, but it doesn’t miss any of the flavor. The rosy red marinade packs in some delicate spice, with added zest from the chopped pineapple salsa and a cool avocado crema. The Guajillo braised short rib ($4.25) is rich but balanced by crisp radish, onion and cilantro, and the assortment of house-made salsas compliment the meat’s robust flavor with a blast of heat and acidity.

Bruno’s completes its menu with a variety of guacamoles (bacon guac!), churros, Mexican coffees and beers, sangria and margaritas. Attention to detail makes everything taste that much better.

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