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Sep 16, 2009 09:03 AM

Mexican restaurant recommendations in Minneapolis to go with kids?

Any recommendations on Mexican restaurants in Minneapolis that are good with kids? We are very tired of Pepitos as well as I think they've raised their prices and it has lost a little of its vibe. I know there has to be some great spots on Lake St. but it is kind of overwhelming with the number of them and we don't have the luxury of sampling them since we are hauling all the kids gear around. We are looking for something with table/waiter/waitress service and that has a highchair for our two year old. No kids menu needed - just good food and a comfortable table to sit down with our two and four year old.


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  1. Dominguez Family restaurant s very good with kids. They do have a kids menu, but more importantly are just very accomodating, and will do things like make sure that the kids food is out as soon as possible, and covered cups for juice. Just all around friendly people.

    Dominguez Family Restaurant
    3313 E 50th St
    Minneapolis, MN 55417

    1. I am sure any authentic Mexican joint in MSP is happy to have a family stop in. In my neighborhood is a very nice family joint called El Norteno, ( East Lake and 40th or so). They opened about 13 years ago when our daughter Olivia was born. We think the Olivia special was named after he. Otherwise I like Pearl of the Pacific at 60th and Nicollet too in case that is closer for you. It seems to be a nice family place as well. In any case, don't expect "vibe", just good homemade food and service.

      La Perla del Pacifico
      6009 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419

      El Norteno Authentic Mexican
      4000 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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      1. re: dalewest

        Thanks for the recommendations dalewest! I guess I was trying to be polite about Pepitos when I say they lost their vibe. The vibe they used to have was actually that they didn't have a vibe. It seems to have gotten to be a trendy place to go now and they seem to be taking advantage of it by raising their prices (charging for more than one basket of chips, etc.) and I think the food quality has declined. We used to like it when it was just about good Mexican food.

      2. Two recommendations, and to be honest I have never been a fan of Pepitos- I feel like their food tastes artificial, and I am pretty sure that the stuff they use as their regular cheese is pasteurized processed, not "real cheese" (or at least has the oily taste of the PP stuff). I like Los Ocampos on Lake St (not in the MGM)- it's open and there are often lots of kids. Not a stylish interior (orange, green ,and white fast-food decor), but REALLY good food. Also, Pancho Villa on Nicollet. Very tasty (especially anything with seafood, like the tostada with shrimp ceviche), and I often see families there.

        Pancho Villa Restaurant
        2539 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

        Taqueria Los Ocampo
        809 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

        1. Second CGG's recommendations for Los Ocampos (Lake Street not MGM) and Pancho Villa. Later in the evening, PV turns into a more adult place, but otherwise yes lots of families celebrating birthdays and such, and amazingly good seafood, esp compared to similar places in Cali.

          Was not so fond of Dominguez the one time I ate there. Reminded me of places like Zantigo - deflavorized for the upper Midwest palate. Could have just been the one day I was there, and should probably give it another try.

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          1. re: Loren3

            I love Los Ocampo on Lake Street, too, but it doesn't have table service. A La Salsa in Midtown Global Market (across the street) has table service, but it's not as good as Los Ocampo, alas. It does have a decent bar, though, so you can get Margaritas and such. Also on Lake Street and very family friendly without table service: La Hacienda and La Gordita.


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              I think A La Salsa's sister restaurant, Salsa a la Salsa on Nicollet, is better than the one in the MGM- they have chilaquiles that are pretty tasty!

              Salsa A La Salsa
              1420 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403