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Two Mexican Hot Spots Get Back Into Business With Tacos To Go

Pajarito in St. Paul and Colita in Armatage are now accepting orders

Two crispy corn tortilla tacos on a sunny patio with a full wine glass
Colita has a limited menu available beginning next weekend
Jes Lahay/Eater Twin Cities

Pajarito and Colita, two of the Twin Cities most celebrated chef-owned Mexican restaurants will return to serving for the first time since the pandemic hit. Pajarito will serve out of its St. Paul location starting this weekend. And Colita will offer a pared down take away menu starting next weekend.

Pajarito was in the midst of opening a much-anticipated second location midMarch, just as the statewide mandated shut down began. It’s taken a minute to recalibrate, but now the restaurant, owned by chefs Stephan Hesse and Tyge Nelson is coming back with family meals to serve either two or four people. Priced at $37 and $72 respectively, the menu includes a choice of appetizer, main course, side dish and dessert. Main courses include chicken enmoladas, ribs, shaved beef tortas or build-your-own tacos with carnitas, barbacoa, chicken tinga, and mushroom and potato.

There are also cocktail mixes, including Pajarito’s famous habenero margarita, just hit the liquor store for your own tequila to add at home. Now, before anyone gets too worked up about the rest of the menu, it’s important to not that there aren’t any elotes brussel sprouts to be found. The season is over and it’s one reason to remain wistful for fall. Live in the sunshine of now with that torta until they come back. Order by phone (651) 340.9545 or or email.

Colita is also kicking off family meals to take home tomorrow. Order online or by calling the restaurant directly for a family meal of tamarind ribs, pork shoulder, freshly made tortillas, elotes, and spring pea salad. Dinner orders also come with the option of ordering either a sixer of Tecate or a bottle of wine.

Colita is the second restaurant from chef Daniel del Prado, who also operates Martina, that’s been open for take out for a couple of weeks.


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