Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar: The Tour

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The bowl of pozole served at Nico’s Taco and Tequila Bar on Hennepin has tender shreds of pork shoulder, a rich chile-infused broth, and a heap of puffy hominy, and is finished with all kinds of accoutrements: small piles of shredded cabbage, thinly sliced radishes, a few wedges of lime, and dried oregano. The whole steaming bowl, served with a pinto bean and cotija cheese tostada is, at $7, one of the best deals on this restaurant-filled block of Hennepin. Moreover, something about the dish really jives with the inherently homey space that Nico’s now occupies, a building rich in restaurant history. Locals may remember it as Pandora’s Cup, a popular smoke-and-study hub back in the late '90s; then as the well-loved but ultimately ill-fated American bistro the Duplex; and most recently, as Stewart and Heidi Woodman’s short-lived health-centered eatery, Birdhouse. Though the pokey corners and cramped kitchen present somewhat of a challenge to the people who work here, the building's quirks and coziness also make for a unique dining experience. PHOTOS BY E. KATIE HOLM

Don't forget to check out our review of Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar...

Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar
2516 Hennepin Ave. S.
612-345-7688; nicostacobar.com

Published on October 22, 2013

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