Mexican food is the great culinary unifier. Fire-roasted meats, fresh salsas redolent with lime, toothsome ground corn, the familiar starchiness of beans, rice, and tortillas: These things taken together can be like a salve for the sometime austerity of life. And yet, Saguaro isn't that kind of Mex ... More >>
Let's just call this the summer of free tacos. Boston-native seafood brand Sea Cuisine and celebrity chef Jamie Malone of Minneapolis's very own Sea Change are partnering up to bring the Twin Cities a fish taco to be reckoned with on the 2014 Taco Bar Tour. Until the end of September, Sea Cuisine ... More >>
It's hard to say exactly what a typical suburb is nowadays, but whatever your definition, we doubt Richfield fits it. Although Richfield has its share of big box retailers and cookie cutter houses, it is also home to several ethnic groceries, locally owned restaurants, and life threatening traffic c ... More >>
When you consider the high concentration of bars in Uptown and tendency for people to be out late and on foot, there's an alarming lack of tacos in that neighborhood. Or there was until very recently, when World Street Kitchen debuted their lamb belly and jerk beef fusion ones and Nico's Tacos ... More >>
If you ask us, Minneapolis could always use more tacos. Fortunately, this year has been fruitful on the corn tortilla front. Boca Chica celebrated 50 years of service with $1 tacos in March, Taco Cat started delivering tacos by bicycle in April, and now Lago Tacos, Excelsior's lakeside taco joint, i ... More >>
We've been proponents of Las Teresitas since it opened about two years ago. The south Minneapolis cantina was our pick for Best Mexican Restaurant in 2013 and our Best Taco winner in 2012. Now it seems Travel & Leisure magazine has not only stumbled across the south-side taqueria, ... More >>
There's a reason that La Loma, when they cater public events, often runs out of their tamales. It's because there's not another place in the Twin Cities offering anything close to these handmade snacks, steamed in either a corn husk or banana leaf and filled with a finely ground corn flour and delec ... More >>
With a few tweaks, this new Hennepin Avenue hotspot could be a hit
A taste of Minneapolis burger joint Zeke's Unchained Animal and St. Paul taqueria Tacos, Nachos, and Beer
Here in Minnesota, we're much closer to the land of elk burgers and Molson beer than the land of tamales and Tecate. We're never going to have the abundance of killer taquerias that pepper Los Angeles or Dallas. Nevertheless, we do have a handful that come close to conjuring a balmy Mexican breeze ... More >>
American love Mexican food, and that affair has only deepened as more and more authentic restaurants opened to showcase the real flavors of our southern neighbor. The Twin Cities are no different, especially as the food often comes at a price that fits our frugal nature. Of course, not all restauran ... More >>
Which of the newest tacos in northeast Minneapolis make the grade?
With no announcement or fanfare, Maya Cuisine quietly opened its doors on August 17. The colorful new sign on the humble brick building located on the stretch of Central Avenue between 18th and 19th streets caught our eye, and we stopped in to investigate this newcomer to the neighborhood. Central ... More >>
It's been a slow build for the Andale Taqueria Y Mercado. Co-owner Fernando Mellado notes that there was about $30,000 in business in the first month of the restaurant side of the business. It didn't take long, however, for that to triple. Along the way, the restaurant has picked up fans and accolad ... More >>
Rusty Taco isn't new to Minnesota (there's one in St. Paul on Lexington Avenue), but Minneapolis is seeing the first of the Dallas-based chain with the recent opening of a brand-new outpost in northeast Minneapolis. The restaurant opened its doors last month in the former home of Look See Eyewear, ... More >>
Summer is upon us and with it the inexplicable desire to eat outside in the hot sun, preferably using only our hands. Summer is conducive to many a hand-held culinary experience in Minnesota: ice cream cones, hot dogs, and just about anything you can get your greasy hands on from a food truck or the ... More >>
Even people who hate Mexicans love their food
One nation under tacos
Jonathan Waxman, Top Chef Master and pioneer of California Cuisine, has teamed with the upscale Mexican restaurant chain Rosa Mexicano to create a unique supplemental menu that will soon be available to diners at its downtown Minneapolis outpost.The Hot Dish was invited to preview the menu and no ... More >>
Robin Asbell, cooking instructor, culinary advisor to the Whole Grains Council, and author of Big Vegan: More Than 350 Recipes, No Meat/No Dairy, All Delicious, will be appearing at the Kitchen in the Market (in Midtown Global Market) on December 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. The author will be s ... More >>
Mexican fare disappointing even on the good china
Food trucks bring new eats to the street
South Minneapolis gets spicy
A bigger, badder Barrio?
Lisa GulyaHangover helper: Pozole from Los Ocampo on Lake StreetWith the weekend almost here, and the resolve to drink less in 2011 already waning, the Hot Dish is here to help. We tested two versions of the hangover helper pozole, a Mexican soup usually made with hominy and pork, to see which re ... More >>
A.J. OlmscheidEnchilada from Boca Chica Taco HouseEnchiladas may well be a street food in Mexico, but here in Minnesota, in January, we're glad they're served indoors. We tested the enchiladas at two of West St. Paul's long-established Mexican eateries, Boca Chica Taco House and El Burrito Me ... More >>
Lisa GulyaManny's stackable steak sandwichIn the market for a quick lunch? This week's food fight compares tortas, Mexican sandwiches, from two of Lake Street's numerous mercados. Read on to discover who sells a more satisfying steak sandwich.
If you can't make La Fiesta mas Caliente de Minnesota--Minnesota's spiciest celebration--this weekend in West St. Paul's District del Sol (Friday 4-9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., includes a parade, low-rider car show, music, dancing, and more) you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo Fiesta with a Mexican m ... More >>
The Strib sex columnist on where not to put your food.
Restaurante el Huachi or La Loma? We size up two local pork tamales.
Manny's Tortas' everything-on-it approach makes for a truly amazing sandwich.
Enchiladas are another Friday must-have during Lent, and you don't even have to skip the fish fry.
Mexican food goes upscale on Lake Street
Antojitos are the street snacks of Mexico City, and the newest Los Ocampo on Lake Street offers an irresistible array
2006 was a tasty, tasty year. Dara goes through her memory book and anoints the stars.
In which a widely anticipated boondoggle turns out to be a boon for Minneapolis's urban fabric
New D'Amico Mexican Restaurant Masa Is Casual and Likable, and Mixes a Damn Good Margarita. Isn't That Good Enough?
New D'Amico Mexican restaurant Masa is casual and likable, and mixes a damn good margarita. Isn't that good enough?
Live long and prosper
A tour through five of the best taquerias on East Lake
The Twin Cities' Mexican food scene: Viva la revolución
Pre-Columbian, super-authentic Mexican where eat street meets downtown
Guadalajara kitchen magicians transform an abandoned chain
South Minneapolis's La Loma works magic with masa