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Minneapolis mexican?

What's your favorite mexican in MSP? It is so hard for me to find good stuff here. Don Pablos is probably the best so far but I know there has to be better.

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  1. Head down E. Lake Street. Taqueria La Hacienda, Los Ocampo, bunch of places in Mercado Central are all very good.

    Taqueria La Hacienda
    334 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Mercado Central
    1515 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

    1. The only Don Pablo's I know of is in Richfield and there is a really tasty mexican place called Mixteca. Penn and American Blvd I think. Not high on atmosphere but everything i've had is pretty good.

      1. Welcome, boardsurfer, to the beginning of a long and enjoyable journey.

        Here's a post that is ADMITTEDLY two years old, about an afternoon that one group spent tasting our way through some Mexican places in a 10-block stretch of Lake Street in Minneapolis.

        The purpose of this one is to give you a sense of the neighborhood, supply a few illustrative details, and calm any reservations you might have about just walking up and trying something. Once you're good with that, there are many many more recent posts that can add suggestions and fill out more details.



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        1. re: KTFoley

          Oh, and don't forget to come back & tell us what you found!

        2. Ok, so the SP side of things: Boca Chica in SP is good, and they have a quick mex restaurant across the street. The lunch deals at the sit down place are good, and there is a buffet option, if you're feeling it.

          Ok, Don Pablo's is a chain, so you might be into Baja Sol Cantina. When I am in the mood for processed cheese queso, this is my go-to. Not everyone loves "authentic" mex.

          Baja Sol Cantina
          8335 Crystal View Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

          Baja Sol
          40 S 7th St Ste 243, Minneapolis, MN 55402

          1. I also cannot tell if this post is a joke, but if it is, I'll bite.

            In Minneapolis our favorites are: Gorditas el Gordo (the best), La Hacienda, Los Ocampo, Peneda's, Adelitas, Mixteca, Taco Taxi, and I agree with the post about anything in Mercado Central.

            Previously we had loved La Tortuga, but it has changed hands several times and we have not been into the current incarnation. I cannot recommend Taco Riendo, though we've only been there once (similar to Peneda's but without the turnover).

            Taco Taxi
            1511 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

            Mercado Central
            1515 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

            1. Thanks guys! Can't wait to try some of these places!!!!

              1. You did say MSP -- So with that in mind, I'll go with 3 top choices ..... Inexpensive: Mercado Central' on Lake St.. A bit higher in price, but not by much: El Burrito Mercado across the river from downtown St Paul .. and high end Mexican: Masa, downtown Mpls.
                Just for the fun of it, I'll also recommend the tamale counter in the Midtown Global Market on Lake....

                Midtown Global Market
                920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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

                1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

                St Paul Cafe
                717 Washington St, Saint Paul, KS 66771

                El Burrito
                3955 E Admiral Pl, Tulsa, OK 74115

                Mercado Central
                1515 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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                1. re: Maggie19

                  La Loma (the tamal counter in MGM). They are also in Mercado Central or at least they used to be.

                  Mercado Central
                  1515 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

                  1. re: Foureyes137

                    I can confirm: La Loma is still at Mercado Central.


                    La Loma Restaurant
                    560 Eastern Blvd, Clarksville, IN 47129

                    Mercado Central
                    1515 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

                2. Midtown Global Market has Ocampo, La Loma and La Sierena Gorda(seafood focused) .

                  all three are great. LSG has become one of my favorite. the fish floutas are awesome. the shrimp quesadilla with chorizo is awesome. the rice and beans(especially the beans) are awesome. the coconut flan is awesome.

                  Midtown Global Market
                  920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

                  La Loma
                  3855 Division Ave S, Wyoming, MI 49548

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                  1. re: getgot211

                    Also very good are the Octopus Tacos.

                  2. Pancho Villa is a full service Mexican Restaurant that is very good. Others are good but Panchos has it all. It is on Eat Street at about 25th

                    1. Hi! I'm fairly new here myself, and I'm learning that it's like signing up for a free online college course. These people know so MUCH!

                      BUT, thanks to the people here, I can tell you something about the Midtown Global Market, because my husband, my daughter and myself visited there today (my husband is a Vet, and it's the first time that he took Veteran's Day off).

                      If you park in the parking ramp to the east, the first two hours of your parking is validated. That's cool, but what's even better, there's somebody standing on the street making sure you cross safely. (Although I'm a "burbie", I've had a LOT of, er, adventures in those parts, and it's important to be careful. Knowing that your safety is being thought of, is important and smart business.)

                      My husband was hooked as soon as he found the Swedish vendor, being an American Swede himself. And I fell in love with the Tibetan store, with all its beautiful clothing (I WANT it!)

                      Food-wise, my daughter had a chicken torta at a place (I don't remember the name) very near the entrance, and my husband and I had a cupcake and cookie from the bakery recommended here. Wow, seriously tasty! And while we ate, we watched as another Mexican food vendor added fresh pork rinds to his display.

                      The Holy Land bakery is there, one of my husband's favorites, and he and my daughter are excited about the gyros they're putting together for supper. And I plan to buy all four kinds of feta cheese they have in their case, one day, to sample them and compare.

                      I could go on and on. But mostly, I want to assure you that the place is worth a visit, if only to buy a cup of coffee and people watch.

                      Thank you, Chowhounds! : )

                      Midtown Global Market
                      920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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                      1. re: miki

                        The torta may have come from Manny's, it is close to one of the entrances. We were there to go the the DMV last week and had to get the Manny's special.