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Jul 16, 2007 09:58 AM

(MSP) El Burrito Mercado Advice?

Hi All,

I'm planning on making a trip to El Burrito Mercado for the first time (the Mercado Central is closer to me, and I usually wind up there). I'm wondering whether anyone could say what they take to be particularly tasty in the cafe part of the store. Thanks in advance for advice...

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  1. Don't be afraid to ask about the items. If the person that is helping you doesn't speak English, someone else back there will jump in and help out.

    If you like tamales, don't miss them. EBM makes the most consistent and best tamales in St. Paul. I usually get tortas because I do all of my dining in the car and it's a good way to sample the different items there over time. Their torta bread is fresh and generous.

    Also, over by the bakery case, they sell chicharrons and larger chunks of carnitas. If you're an unabashed carnivore and don't care about your cardiovascular health, ask for a small container of the chicharrons and munch them down. Definitely don't make an entire meal out of it though.

    If you have time, stop into the Mexican bakery two blocks to the west.

    1. My favorite is the roasted corn from the roaster in the parking lot. Get it with everything - butter (actually, corn-oil margarine, I suspect), crema (Mexican sour cream), crumbles of cotija cheese, and - if you like spicy - sprinkles of dried chili pepper. Heaven!

      Inside, the quesadillas with carnitas as the filling are rich, cheesy, greasy, and oh so yummy. (They'll put any of the available items in a quesadilla, but most are too soupy to work well. The carnitas are perfect.) But I don't get quesadillas very often, for the sake of my heart. Instead, I usually get two of the guisados - I like the spicy chicken and anything with cactus. The barbacoa de res (roasted/bbq'd shredded beef) is good, too.

      I'm not a fan of their horchata - I think it's too sweet. But they have a full line of Mexican pop - try the Pina or Toronja (grapefruit).


      El Burrito Mercado
      175 Cesar Chavez St, St Paul, MN 55107

      1. I love the chorizo and eggs scrambled together with corn tortillas. I don't get the rice or beans, but get a large spoonful of guacamole. I then use a lot of chopped onions and cilantro. Wonderful early morning.