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Best Mexican Food in Minneapolis?

Cebollita Aug 8, 2008 01:36 PM

I'm addicted to Mexican Food, but live deep in New England and it's rare that I can find decent carnitas or chili verde where I live. I have to go to Minneapolis in a few weeks for business; and I've got a hankerin' for some serious Mexican food. Anyone know of some good Mexican joints?

  1. MSPD Aug 10, 2008 12:41 PM


    First, forget about chili verde. Not at all a specialty here. You'll find few, if any places that even serve it, nor people that know about it.

    As for the rest, do a Midwest board search on any of the following terms and you'll get just about all of the good places in Minneapolis for Mexican:

    Taqueria La Hacienda
    Mercado Central
    Los Ocampos
    Pancho Villa
    Salsa a la Salsa
    Midtown Global Market
    Gorditas el Gordo

    You might hear about El Burrito Mercado as well, which is excellent (especially for carnitas), but is 20 miles away from downtown Minneapolis.

    If I had to send someone to one place, it would be the Mercado Central. There are a handful of stalls that will satisfy almost any craving you have. Don't miss La Loma for tamales.

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      SmartCookie Aug 11, 2008 06:36 AM

      As far as Chile Verde is concerned, I think of that as much more Sowthwestern/Tex-Mex; Salsa Verde is another story, and all Mexican restaurants will have it.

      I would put my vote in for La Poblanita on Lake Street; very authentic and mostly overlooked.

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      1. re: SmartCookie
        churchka Aug 11, 2008 11:07 AM

        Tell me more about La Poblanita. I've driven past it a hundred times, but haven't stopped. What's their speciality? Do they serve alcohol?

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          SmartCookie Aug 11, 2008 12:41 PM

          Jeremy Igger's has a nice review on it; yes, they have beer and wine. They also have a great lunch buffet, but don't go by the menu listings they have on their website...


      2. AnneInMpls Aug 11, 2008 09:40 PM

        I am especially pleased with the seafood offerings from La Sirena Gorda ("the plump mermaid" :-) at Midtown Global Market. Last time I was there, I had some marvellous fish tacos, topped with a spicy green sauce was especially wonderful. Whatever the daily fish special is, go for it - it's bound to be good.

        I love the Tacos Al Pastor from Los Ocampo or La Hacienda, too.

        And I had a WONDERFUL meal at Manana in E. St. Paul. They're mostly Salvadoran, not Mexican, but definitely worth a visit.

        And don't get me started about all our Mexican bakeries... Did you know that we have dozens? Ya just gotta try a few. I can't really recommend one over another, though I'm quite fond of Don Pancho's at 140 Cesar Chavez Ave in St. Paul.

        You'll see them near clusters of Mexican restaurants (or google panaderia and "twin cities"...).


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          amgarrison Aug 12, 2008 05:46 AM

          It's kind of out of the way, but there are some awesome places up on North Central Ave. En El has great authentic tacos and stuff. It helps if you know Spanish, though...

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          1. re: amgarrison
            soupkitten Aug 12, 2008 06:17 AM

            there is a tiny mexican bakery-- durango bakery-- on central that has the best tres leche cake in town, i swear! you can buy it in small or medium size, or a full sheet pan, or you can pick up one portion from the cooler to go. the restaurant right next door to it has good lengua.

            i hesitate to rec the carnitas alambres at los ocampos to anyone who does not have good heart health-- but if the op likes carnitas, and wants to splurge (calorically-- not financially--it's cheap!)-- holy great pig in the sky---fantastic!!!!

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            Loren3 Aug 13, 2008 12:34 PM

            And if you're stuck out by the airport there's a place on Portland Ave called La Mixteca.

            Really good seafood soups (caldos) and pretty tasty huaraches and tortas. I usually just get a taco, though (shame on me).

            Mixteca La
            7822 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

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              Maggie19 Aug 13, 2008 01:01 PM

              If you are staying downtown (Mpls) check out Masa. Excellent upscale Mexican. Outstanding bar/margaritas as well.

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