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Find this pambazo at Maria’s on East Lake Street
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Explore the Wealth of Mexican Restaurants Along Minneapolis’ East Lake Street

Birria, tamales, tacos, and more

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Find this pambazo at Maria’s on East Lake Street
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Drive through this buzzing neighborhood and see its colorful murals and diverse businesses and shops. The East Lake Street area, a vibrant neighborhood in Minneapolis, offers some of the best Mexican food options in Minnesota. Here are some Mexican food favorites to try during your next craving. In this list you will find a variety of tacos, tortas, quesadillas, and other regional cuisines.

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Mercado Central

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Mercado Central is an indoor market that hosts a variety of restaurants, services, and shops. Here you can get a haircut, get your taxes done, and eat some of the best Hispanic food in the Twin Cities, especially Mexican food. Find a wide variety of Mexican classics, like tacos topped with cilantro and onion, tortas filled with juicy meats and veggies, home-style dishes, sweet aguas frescas made with fresh fruit, and tasty desserts. 

The view from the street of Mercado Central includes a vibrant colored mural of Mexican people, a Lucador, and Mary
This colorful building on East Lake is unmissable
Mercado Central [Official]

Cocina San Marcos

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Eat some street favorites like sopes, quesadillas, gorditas, and crispy corn empanadas stuffed with different meat options.

Cafeteria La Loma

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Pick up sweet or savory tamales accompanied with a warm atole drink (like a hot chocolate). You can order pork, chicken, and Oaxacan-style tamales.

A tamale cut in half with red pork spilling out of the soft masa, inside a corn husk on an earthenware plate
La Loma has been synonymous for fantastic tamales since opening over a decade ago
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Maria's Restaurante

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Get a giant torta that comes on a soft and buttery telera roll filled with juicy meats, beans, avocado, and more veggies. Meat options included everything from classic al pastor, milanesa (crispy breaded chicken), steak, to their ham with pineapple. 

A massive torta, the bread colored by anchiote stuffed with meat, guacamole, and crema
Behold the pambazo at Maria’s, a mix of chorizo and potato crammed into guajillo sauce coated bread
Maria’s/Website

Tortilleria La Perla

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If you’re looking for something heartwarming or to break a stuffy nose, try La Perla’s pozole, a stew with hominy and chicken with toppings. There’s nothing more Mexican than eating boiling soup on a 90-degree day.  Don’t forget to pick up a topo chico, freshly-made juice, or some pan dulce on your way out.

La Hacienda Plaza Associates

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One of the few spots listed in this article that is open late. Stop here after a night out and be sure to try their signature tacos al pastor, marinated and crispy pork cooked on a hot spit. Alambres are served on a bed of corn tortillas topped with grilled meat, bell peppers, onions, salsa, and melted oaxaca cheese. 

Que Chula es Puebla

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The Que Chula es Puebla (How Beautiful is Puebla) food truck lives on an E Lake Street parking lot. It serves classic food from the Mexican state of Puebla, such as their cemitas and tacos arabes. The Cemita is a sandwich served with breaded chicken or beef with Oaxaca cheese, chipotle sauce, and generous amounts of avocado. The standout dish is the taco arabe, which includes crispy and juicy pork, cooked on a spit, with a chipotle salsa on a flour tortilla. This dish was originated by Lebanese immigrants who brought shawarma to Mexico. 

Sonora Grill

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Sonora Grill is not your traditional spot. Located in the Longfellow neighborhood, chef and founder Conrado Badilla Paredes serves modern Mexican food with a fine-dining pedigree. Head there for a killer happy hour offering margaritas, chips with salsas, empanadas, and a great variety of tacos. 

Three cocktails in creamy white, garnished with coconut, purple garnished with a grapefruit slice, and creamy orange with a paper polka dot straw
Happy hour with a patio: available at Sonora Grill
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La Alborada

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Not only does La Alborada grocery store offer a wide variety of grocery options including an impressive butcher, but it also has a sit-down restaurant and deli. At the restaurant, find Mexican classics like tacos, quesadillas, and a lot more. If pressed for time, stop by the deli and pick up tamales, baked goods, salsas, and juicy carnitas. 

La Poblanita Taqueria y Banquetes

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La Poblanita is another grocery store and restaurant mix. It is one of the few places in the Twin Cities where you can get fresh masa for tortillas or tamales. Stop by there during lunch to try one of their guisados, which are home-cooked dishes that usually involve meat or veggies cooked in a variety of sauces.

Crispy orange-red tortillas wrapped around meaty fillings on a well-seasoned grilltop
Load up on groceries and unbelievable tacos
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Taqueria y birrieria las cuatro milpas

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This place began serving birria before the craze began. Birria is stewed meat — usually goat or beef — that is cooked with dry peppers and spices. And this place does it right. Birria was hard to come by in the Twin Cities until Las Cuatro Milpas introduced their recipes from the Mexican state of Michoacan. When you visit this spot, try their birria in tacos dorados (crunchy tacos) or stew paired with some of the best aguas frescas (drinks made out of fresh fruit), and be sure to try the pineapple or cucumber with chia agua frescas. Just a warning, after you have a taco dorado with birria, you won’t be able to have just one, or two, or three. 

Mercado Central

Mercado Central is an indoor market that hosts a variety of restaurants, services, and shops. Here you can get a haircut, get your taxes done, and eat some of the best Hispanic food in the Twin Cities, especially Mexican food. Find a wide variety of Mexican classics, like tacos topped with cilantro and onion, tortas filled with juicy meats and veggies, home-style dishes, sweet aguas frescas made with fresh fruit, and tasty desserts. 

The view from the street of Mercado Central includes a vibrant colored mural of Mexican people, a Lucador, and Mary
This colorful building on East Lake is unmissable
Mercado Central [Official]

Cocina San Marcos

Eat some street favorites like sopes, quesadillas, gorditas, and crispy corn empanadas stuffed with different meat options.

Cafeteria La Loma

Pick up sweet or savory tamales accompanied with a warm atole drink (like a hot chocolate). You can order pork, chicken, and Oaxacan-style tamales.

A tamale cut in half with red pork spilling out of the soft masa, inside a corn husk on an earthenware plate
La Loma has been synonymous for fantastic tamales since opening over a decade ago
La Loma/Facebook

Maria's Restaurante

Get a giant torta that comes on a soft and buttery telera roll filled with juicy meats, beans, avocado, and more veggies. Meat options included everything from classic al pastor, milanesa (crispy breaded chicken), steak, to their ham with pineapple. 

A massive torta, the bread colored by anchiote stuffed with meat, guacamole, and crema
Behold the pambazo at Maria’s, a mix of chorizo and potato crammed into guajillo sauce coated bread
Maria’s/Website

Tortilleria La Perla

If you’re looking for something heartwarming or to break a stuffy nose, try La Perla’s pozole, a stew with hominy and chicken with toppings. There’s nothing more Mexican than eating boiling soup on a 90-degree day.  Don’t forget to pick up a topo chico, freshly-made juice, or some pan dulce on your way out.

La Hacienda Plaza Associates

One of the few spots listed in this article that is open late. Stop here after a night out and be sure to try their signature tacos al pastor, marinated and crispy pork cooked on a hot spit. Alambres are served on a bed of corn tortillas topped with grilled meat, bell peppers, onions, salsa, and melted oaxaca cheese. 

Que Chula es Puebla

The Que Chula es Puebla (How Beautiful is Puebla) food truck lives on an E Lake Street parking lot. It serves classic food from the Mexican state of Puebla, such as their cemitas and tacos arabes. The Cemita is a sandwich served with breaded chicken or beef with Oaxaca cheese, chipotle sauce, and generous amounts of avocado. The standout dish is the taco arabe, which includes crispy and juicy pork, cooked on a spit, with a chipotle salsa on a flour tortilla. This dish was originated by Lebanese immigrants who brought shawarma to Mexico. 

Sonora Grill

Sonora Grill is not your traditional spot. Located in the Longfellow neighborhood, chef and founder Conrado Badilla Paredes serves modern Mexican food with a fine-dining pedigree. Head there for a killer happy hour offering margaritas, chips with salsas, empanadas, and a great variety of tacos. 

Three cocktails in creamy white, garnished with coconut, purple garnished with a grapefruit slice, and creamy orange with a paper polka dot straw
Happy hour with a patio: available at Sonora Grill
Sonora Grill/Facebook

La Alborada

Not only does La Alborada grocery store offer a wide variety of grocery options including an impressive butcher, but it also has a sit-down restaurant and deli. At the restaurant, find Mexican classics like tacos, quesadillas, and a lot more. If pressed for time, stop by the deli and pick up tamales, baked goods, salsas, and juicy carnitas. 

La Poblanita Taqueria y Banquetes

La Poblanita is another grocery store and restaurant mix. It is one of the few places in the Twin Cities where you can get fresh masa for tortillas or tamales. Stop by there during lunch to try one of their guisados, which are home-cooked dishes that usually involve meat or veggies cooked in a variety of sauces.

Crispy orange-red tortillas wrapped around meaty fillings on a well-seasoned grilltop
Load up on groceries and unbelievable tacos
La Poblanita Taqueria y Banquetes/Facebook

Taqueria y birrieria las cuatro milpas

This place began serving birria before the craze began. Birria is stewed meat — usually goat or beef — that is cooked with dry peppers and spices. And this place does it right. Birria was hard to come by in the Twin Cities until Las Cuatro Milpas introduced their recipes from the Mexican state of Michoacan. When you visit this spot, try their birria in tacos dorados (crunchy tacos) or stew paired with some of the best aguas frescas (drinks made out of fresh fruit), and be sure to try the pineapple or cucumber with chia agua frescas. Just a warning, after you have a taco dorado with birria, you won’t be able to have just one, or two, or three. 

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