Owner/chef Kristen Martinez has quickly amassed a devoted following for her unique Tex-Mex take on tacos, taquitos, chilaquiles, breakfast bowls upon popping up this spring next to Five Watt Coffee. The startup’s newly relocated digs debuted over the weekend (729 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis), with a grand opening scheduled for Friday, November 12.
Martinez developed a deep love for the cuisine at an early age while cooking alongside her Mexican grandmother and mom in El Paso. Breakfast tacos served on house-made flour tortillas star offbeat proteins like chopped hot dog and soy chorizo. A top-selling “Hipster Death Veggie” variety stuffs a corn tortilla with sweet potato and kale hash and sauteed onions, garlic, and spices.
Martinez (pronoun: she/her) is also the lead singer of Minneapolis-based noise rap group Moodie Black, which recently returned from an opening set for Sleigh Bells in Houston and performed at the Turf Club for a Halloween show with Murf, Ecid, and Morticia.
MB Foodhouse got its start in 2019 at Moodhouse Fest, an all-inclusive music festival she created with a catered breakfast taco buffet for VIP guests. Her queer and trans people of color (QTPOC)-owned and operated stall shares space in North Loop Galley with Ono Hawaiian Plates, Wrecktangle Pizza, and Soul Fu.
Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays, and until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Brunch is served until 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.