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Authentic, fresh or innovative Mexican food?

We are looking for a a restaurant that serves authentic Mexican food (like some place that has menjudo or goat on the menu and lot of their food from scratch), or fresh Mexican food like Masa, A la Salsa or Salsa a la Salsa, or innovative Mexican/Latin cuisine (along the lines of Barrio) In other words, we are not interested in going somewhere that just sticks to the same-old-same-old tacos, enchiladas, burritos, etc.
A good friend is coming down from Fairbanks, Alaska and is craving some really good Mexican food.
We have eaten at none of the placed specifically listed above except Barrio on Nicollet (which we have taken our friend to several times). So opinions about the places mentioned or authentic restaurants (perhaps as yet undiscovered??) are of particular interest.
Muchas gracias,
-Fredan

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  1. El Nuevo Rodeo has an amazing menu and good food in my experience.

    1. I like Masa quite a lot.

      1. I like Masa a lot, as well - it's pricey, but the food is absolutely delicious. I highly recommend the Queso Fundido con Hongos for an appetizer, the enchiladas, of any kind, and the Tres Leches cake. We've always had a lovely experience. You might want to make a reservation for a weekend night, also.

        1. My Mexican cousin recommended Rosa Mexicano for an upscale special occasion.

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          1. re: shoo bee doo

            This came to mind for me as well for anyone that likes Masa, although I wasn't impressed with it. Price was very high for what it is.

            1. re: shoo bee doo

              Had lunch there several weeks ago. Supremely mediocre. I laughed at the cost of the guacamole. $13 for two avocados. Tortillas were terrible. This place will join the roster of other national chains that failed (and deserved to fail) on Hennepin Ave.

              1. re: SarahInMinneapolis

                Masa isn't a chain. It's owned by the D'Amicos.

                1. re: sandylc

                  I think s/he's referring to Rosa Mexicano as the chain.

                  1. re: drew13000

                    Oops, I should open the comments up before leaping! Thanks drew, and sorry Sarah!

                  2. re: sandylc

                    It looks as though SarahInMinneapolis is replying to shoo bee doo's recommendation of Rosa Mexicano.

                      1. re: sandylc

                        Absolutely. Rosa is the place I was talking about. Love Masa!

              2. Short of a trip to Chicago, Sonora Grill is my favorite grab-a-quick-bite place these days. For me, the food is a bit better than Barrio and has the same fusion-authentic vibe. Alas, I don't think they have goat on the menu, but everything at SG is definitely from scratch, and it's not the same-old-same-old tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. That said, their carmelos (flour-tortilla tacos) are very nice. And the spicy refried beans with cheese are swoony.

                I know I've had barbacoa de chivo (goat) recently, but I can't remember where. It was great, so I'll try to rack my brain to come up with the name.