Oct 182008

*** Morelos has closed. A different restaurant with a new name and new owner has since taken occupation at this address***

Cuisine: Mexican
Restaurant Features: Bar

Locations:  Minneapolis & Richfield, MN
Addresses & Maps:
Minneapolis– 14 W. 26th Street Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612) 870-0053
Richfield- 2 W. 66th Street Richfield, MN 55423 (612) 243-9699

Atmosphere:  I visited the Richfield location which is tucked into the very end of the HUB shopping center facing Nicollet Ave.  The inside of the restaurant has a bright and colorful feel to it, with several large murals painted on the walls, colorful Mexican blankets draped over furniture, and hanging stained-glass lamps.  There are a couple of different dining areas and seating includes both booths and wooden tables.  Popular Latino dance music plays softly in the background.


There is also a fun little novelty bar area at the back of the restaurant.


Menu: There are 100+ items on the menu at Morelos Mex-Grill, each dish with its own ‘number’.  Breakfast dishes include Huevos Rancheros, Huevos con Chorizo, Huevos a la Mexicana, Ham & Egg Burrito, Chilaquiles con Pollo (or Carne Asada), Huevos Oaxaquenos, Huevos Morelos Deluxe, Huevos con Chipotle, Steak y Huevos.

Appetizers include Nachos, Potato Taquitos, Ceviche de Camaron, Shrimp Cocktail, Shrimp Tacos, Chicken Flautas, and Quesadillas Morelos Deluxe.

Salads and Soups include Taco Salad, Chicken Salad, Nopalito Salad, Seafood Soup, Shrimp Soup, and Meduso.

Lunch items include Tacos with choice of meat, Fish Tacos, Torta Cubana, Hamburguesa Mexicana, Enchiladas de Mole, Enchiladas Suizas, Enchiladas Rancheras, Burritos (with choice of meat, Chimichanga, and Chicken or Pork Tamale.

Entrees include Molcajete de Carnes (3 types of meats with cheese, salsa and veggies), Molcajete Acapulco, Molcajete Norteno, Hot Seafood Plate, Chile Relleno, Surf & Turf (Ribeye & Shrimp), Fish & Shrimp, Carne a la Tampiquena, Carne Asada, Bistec Encebollado, Steak Picado, Steak 1800, Carnitas, Pechuga en Mole Poblano, Pollo 1800, and Chicken, Steak or Shrimp Fajitas.  Vegetarian selections include Vegetarian Burrito, Enchilada, Quesadilla, Fajitas, and Tamales.  Seafood plates include Mojarra Frita (Tilapia), Camarones al Mojo de Ajo, Camarones Ranchers, Camarones 1800, Oysters, Spicy Shrimp, Fish, Chicken, or Steak “Maria la Diabla”.  There are also a couple of 3-item combination plates.

Desserts include Flan, Fried Ice Cream, Chocolate Sundae, and Fried Bananas with Chocolate Sauce.

Price guide: Breakfast $9-11  Appetizers $9-14 Lunch Items $3-13  Entrees $13-36  Vegetarian Entrees $9-13  Seafood Entrees $14-17  Dessert $4-6
What we ordered:  We started with the complimentary tortilla chips and salsa, and the House Margarita.  The chips were really good- hot and freshly fried, lightly salted and crispy.  The salsa was okay, but nothing special.  It was only mildly spicy, and the consistency thin like picante. I detected a tiny bit of cilantro, but nothing too overwhelming.  The lime margaritas were pretty good, with just the right blend of lime juice and gold tequila.  The margaritas were served with straws and had just the lightest dusting of salt around the brim.


I really wanted to try a sampling of the different meats and entrees that Morelos offers, so I ordered one of their combination plates (3 items for $12.99).  I ordered (from left to right) carne asada tacos, a carnitas tostada, and chicken enchilada which came with a side of rice and beans.  The carne asada was my favorite of the three, the meat was very tender and marinated to give it really good flavor.  The taco was served on a corn tortilla American-style with lettuce, tomato and shredded cheese (I would have preferred it Mexican-style with cilantro and onions).  The tostada was served on a fried corn tortilla, with a very thin layer of refried beans and a very small amount of pork carnitas and then topped with a large slice of tomato, a ton of lettuce and white Mexican goat cheese.  The pork was good, I just wish there had been more of it and less lettuce!  The chicken enchilada was also okay, the grilled chicken was very good, but would have been even better if paired with melted cheese.  The enchilada sauce was very mild.  I liked the rice which had a lot of flavor and also peas and carrots mixed within.  The beans were mildly flavored and had a thin consistency to them, with a few larger pieces of pinto bean and then topped with white cheese.  I enjoyed the meal but nothing other than the carne asada stands out.


My companion ordered the Grilled Chicken Salad, which was a large salad served on a bed of romaine with sliced tomato, large pieces of marinated grilled chicken breast, sliced red onion, sliced avocado, and freshly fried tortilla strips.  The size of this salad was very big and had several pieces of chicken and avocado.


Service: Our server was nice but wasn’t overly friendly.  Drinks were served promptly and the food came out about 15 minutes after we ordered.  I  was disappointed that they didn’t have take-out menus or their own website.
Overall Impression: Decent Mexican food, but priced a little high.  Definitely worth trying if you’re in the area, but wouldn’t be at the top of my list for places I’d drive 45 minutes to get to.  I would like to go back and try their breakfast sometime!

  2 Responses to “Morelos Mex-Grill ~ Richfield & Minneapolis MN”

  1. Ummm… Morelos Mexican Grill in Richfield is now called El Tejaban and there is also a former Tacos Morelos in Richfield on Portland and American Blvd that is now La Mixteca and yes, the new owners are brothers. La Mixteca is more so take out and El Tejaban is an actual resturaunt. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND both! =)

  2. FYI – The Bloomington location hasn’t been Morelo’s for some time now. It’s now called La Mixteca. I believe the owners are related however(brothers or something.

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