Taco Libre is part of a Twin Cities taco renaissance

West St. Paul and Robert Street retain their reputation as ground zero for Mexican food, even though most of the establishments haven't updated in far too long. They ride on nostalgia and tradition, and while that's just fine with us, sometimes we crave something fresher. Enter Taco Libre. This efficient counter-service place is positively bustling, and we can see why. The menu is comprehensive, with almost 20 varieties of taco. Choose from standard options (chicken, steak), squiggly bits (beef cheek, tripe), and even things like huitlacoche (corn fungus) and squash blossom. Read more about Taco Libre and a holy trinity of hot new taco joints here. All photos by Lucy Hawthorne.