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Your Help is Needed - Homi Restaurante - St. Paul

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My partner and I enjoyed another outstanding meal at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in St. Paul called Homi.

During our meal, we found out that they had been broken into in the middle of the night this past week and had many things stolen. Obviously cash was taken, but so was their cash register! Their TV was torn off the wall, and most heartbreaking for a small restauranteur, some of their precious kitchen appliances were taken! (Seriously. *Who* does that!? That's like stealing a poor man's fishing pole.)

This is a very small (~10 table), family run business, trying to make a go of it on University Avenue. They could really use some more customers. Hearing about crimes like this happening to folks like this just tears at my gut. So as I was enjoying my meal, I vowed to try to do something to help these folks out.

I have a big favor to ask of everyone here. If you like Mexican food, and believe that the little guy sometimes needs a hand, please do *yourself* a favor and give Homi a try very soon. I wouldn't suggest it if I didn't think my Chowhound foodie buds wouldn't enjoy it. The close to 40 Yelp! reviews are not wrong. (http://www.yelp.com/biz/homi-mexican-...) These folks do some spectacular, simple, home style, Mexican food. No mariachis, no margaritas, no fountains, or colored lighting. Just really good food served up by the owners and their family.

I swear you'll hate me for turning you on to another great little joint.

Thanks for hearing me out.

./s4z

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Homi Restaurante Mexicano
864 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104

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  1. +2 on my list to try.

    1. Thanks for letting us know. I'm so sorry to hear such bad news about a new place. It's been on my list to try, and I've now moved it up to the top.

      1. I agree this is a great little restaurant. Lets go and give them some support. I have eater their Mole', which is a family recipe, very good. They also do great sopes and Chilaquiles. They are such a nice family, I a sorry to hear about their troubles.

        1. What a bummer. Who needs this on top of the Univ Ave mess.

          Is this a place you'd take a baby? (Not that the baby would be eating. Just in attendance.) If not, have you ever tried anything for take-out from there?

          And, what have you tried there that you've liked?

          ~TDQ

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          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Fortunately, this end of University isn't under construction yet. I live nearby; I'm about to go on vacation but will be sure to stop in next weekend! It's really too bad about the robbery.

            You could definitely take a baby there-- it's a very informal place and I've seen families with kids eating there before.

            As for food, their guac is great. Their version of a spicy tamale wrapped in banana leaf (oaxaqueno?) was really delicious, too! They warned us a few times that it was spicy, but we insisted that was okay. It was more than okay! Oh, they also have wonderful horchata to drink.

            1. re: KristinT013

              Awesome, thank you. I've had a hard time finding good tamales, so I'm keen to try theirs. Thanks for mentioning it.

              ~TDQ

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                I've been there with my little ones and the owner's ~2 year old was toddling around the whole time. They made a scrambled egg and tortilla for my very picky 4 year old. I had the chilaquiles. It was amazing, but so spicy I could barely stand it. I would get it again because it was so good it was worth the pain.

            2. re: The Dairy Queen

              I just tried the Goditas last night. I had the chicken and the pork, both were quite good.

              My go-to favorite is the chicken enchiladas rojas (red sauce). The enchis are kind of spicy with the red sauce - which I like.

              My usual tablemate there really likes the traditional tacos (just the meat, cilantro, and fresh onion).

              We both like the Jaritos Toronja (grapefruit) soda pop.

              Honestly, I haven't had anything I haven't liked.

              With regards to the construction on University, remember that they have parking behind the restaurant. So enter from the back, off of Victoria... You can take the I-94 frontage road, turn north onto Victoria, and turn into their parking lot off of the alley, just south of University. No mus, no fuss!

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                We've been taking our son there since he was about 3 months. They're very welcoming and Hortencia has even picked up Guthrie from his high chair (with our permission) and talked with him while taking orders at other tables. Great place for babies!

                1. re: sdm2770

                  Oh, how sweet. You bring your own portable high chair or they have them there for you?

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    Thinking back I guess he was in his stroller (We lived across the street). I'd imagine they have a high chair or two around but you might toss your portable one in the trunk just in case.

                    1. re: sdm2770

                      They have standard restaurant wooden highchairs.

              2. I'll head over this week. Thanks for the heads-up.

                1. We made it to Homi finally today for lunch. My wife (whose mother is Mexican) and I were both very impressed with the food-- it's homestyle, authentic, comfort food. I had the chilaquiles verdes with chicken, which were slightly spicy and very flavorful (lots of cilantro, which makes me happy). My wife had the enfrijoladas, not something you commonly find on menus around here, but comforting and satisfying. Very friendly place, and a much needed addition to the scene, which is mostly dominated by taqueria style places (not that there's anything wrong with taquerias!). We will definitely return and try more dishes!

                  1. Thanks for the heads up! I'm always on the hunt for good Mexican in St. Paul, so this place will rocket to the top of the must-try list. You had me at chilaquiles.

                    1. Was in St Paul yesterday so I stopped for lunch. I had the chil.... chopped up corn tortillas in red sauce with pork al pastor cheese and chilantro, something I've never had before. Ym. Thanks for the heads up on the Guac, nice and spicy. Definetly a family vibe. I will try and get there again when I've had my fill of Japanese (was hoping Tanpopo was open for lunch again, no joy). Good tip on the parking!