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Mar 21, 2011 11:29 AM

Mexican - vegetarian-friendly, or at least pescatarian?

I'm looking for authentic, flavorful vegetarian-friendly Mexican places (no lard in the beans or masa, no pork bits in the sauces). I'd also love to hear about places with great seafood options, as I'll venture down this path if need be. Thanks!

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  1. Pepito's in South Minneapolis offers black beans that they claim have no lard, and I don't taste any. Their enchilada sauce has no meat either. There are a number of options that use these ingredients, so it's a favorite for us.

    You might also give a call to El Norteno on East Lake Street. I haven't been there for a while so I can't recall what their menu options are, but the sisters who own and run it are lovely, ethical people who will give you the straight scoop on their ingredients.

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    1. re: Rowdy

      Just as a warning, their rice does include chicken stock.

      1. re: Rowdy

        Pepitos is not authentic, but IS vegetarian friendly. There's no lard in their pintos or black beans.

        Misterpatrick has a good thought re: Fridays during Lent. and here's another: Enchilada dinner at Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Paul — All Fridays of Lent: 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 401 Concord St. Take-out and enchiladas by the dozen also available.

        1. re: MplsM ary

          Great one! I'd forgotten about Our Lady. I'm going this Friday gosh durnit.

          Another place I haven't been to in awoke but may still be good is El Amanacer on Concord across the street from El Burrito. They had an excellent dish of sautéed vegetables in annato and deep fried whole tilapia. If they are no longer the same you can head over to El Burrito. Whic by the way, has a great roasted corn stand out back.

      2. Hit the restaurants on Fridays over Lent. You'll always find vegetarian or fish options. I just at El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul and they have a whole page of lenten specials including chile rellenos etc. They also do some lovely vegetarian dishes. Many places serve nopales (cactus) and other vegetarian options, you just have to know what to look for. You can get veggies or mushrooms on everything at Los Ocampo which is delicious.

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

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        1. re: misterpatrick

          Los Ocampo has a number of vegetable fillings and a few fish dishes. I don't know if they use lard or animal fats in the preparation, but they offer some unusual fillings like pumpkin blossoms and "corn mushrooms" (aka corn smut).

        2. I cannot say that it is authentic, but Little Tiajuana at/around 26th and Nicolette caters to vegetarian hipsters....

          I would call Dominguez in S. Mpls and ask them about their beans. I love their fish tacos..

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

          Little Tijuana Restaurant
          17 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

          1. c'mon, nobody's mentioned la sirena gorda yet? great pesca-friendly tacos and much more on the seafood menu and fresh specials board at their midtown global market location.

            La Sirena Gorda
            920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407