Cocina del Barrio opens tomorrow in Edina

Cold outside, spicy inside.

Cold outside, spicy inside.

The latest installment of the Barrio franchise, Cocina del Barrio, or "Kitchen of the Neighborhood," opens Saturday in what was an old CB Burnet office. With an eye toward attracting the Edina foodie crowd, the menu offers more wines by the bottle than its downtown counterparts in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as many different dishes, like salads, ceviches, and tamales. Executive chef Bill Fairbanks, who opened the original Barrio, oversaw the changes and additions, which should translate well to the south suburbs crowd.

Here are some pics of the bar and dining room area decor, which stays true to the Barrio name with drama and bulls. Lots of bulls.


The tacos, signature drinks, and tequila wall that they are known for will be there, along with the added upscale touches and new entrees, including lobster ceviche with hearts of palm and a pork rib chop from Minnesota's Compart Family Farms with corn pudding, mushrooms, huitlacoche (corn fungus!). The price point is about the same as the other locations, with the red snapper topping out the menu at $26. Yes and bulls. Bulls in gold...

And a bull in metal. Plus, the blood-red and dark environment that we know and love.

Also, Cocina del Barrio will have a swank, 20-seat private room -- perfect for small parties. Partner Ryan Burnet is excited about the place. "It's outside just the sopes and enchiladas. It's a full-on restaurant with a dining room," he told the Hot Dish. So, if you're ready to get your dine and tequila on, the new Cocina del Barrio may be the place for you.Cocina del Barrio5036 France Ave. S., Minneapolis952-920-1860Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnightFriday - Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.