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Oct 25, 2006 05:40 PM

High End Mexican Twin Cities

Looking for a Mexican restaurant worthy of a birthday. We have been to Masa which was only OK. Any other suggestions in the area?

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  1. I think Masa is probably it as far as "high-end" goes. We don't have the great options that Chicago does in this genre.

    In terms of a nice, sit-down venue for Mexican that goes beyond tacos and the like, your best bet may be Salsa a la Salsa on Nicollet and 15th.

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    1. re: Jordan

      I 2nd the Salsa a la Salsa rec, with the caveat that, every time I have been there the service was so laughably bad it was unbelievable. The last time was a long time ago though, so maybe it has changed. Good food though.

    2. It's more caribbean/central american, but San Pedro Cafe in Hudson is really good.

      1. Boca chica is always good for a crowd. I don't know if I would call it high end. But as far as mexican goes it might be.

        1. The fanciest "good food" Mexican place I know is Me Gusta. But it's not very fancy, and I haven't been there for years. (There's so much else to try these days!)

          El Nuevo Rodeo isn't fancy (there's a walk-up-to-order counter in the back), but they are slightly more upscale than most of the places on Lake Street. And they have a full bar and a nightclub upstairs, so some of the patrons are really dressed up (white cowboy hats and tight pants are popular).

          I would NOT recommend Salsa a la Salsa. Although they have a liquor license, it's not particularly fancy, and the food isn't good enough to make up for the embarrassingly bad service. On my last visit, everyone was so unhappy with the experience that it killed our dinner conversation (they were too polite to say what they were thinking...). Plus the place is painfully noisy, even when only a quarter full - it's too loud to talk.

          If Latin-American food would do instead, try El Meson. They specialize in Caribbean food with some Spanish dishes (and the current chef is Mexican). It's a nice place with good food.

          Good luck, and let us know where you end up!

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          1. I tend not to think of the local Mexican cuisine, outstanding though it most definitely is, as "high end". I would suggest Solera for excellent Spanish tapas.