Cuisine: Authentic Mexican, Breakfast
Restaurant Features: On-Site Parking
Location: St Paul, MN (District del Sol)
Address: 194 Cesar Chavez St. St Paul, MN 55107 (651)291-0758
Hours: M-F 8am-10pm Sat-Sun 8am-11pm
Links: Google Map
El Amanecer is located right in the heart of St Paul’s District del
Sol, at the intersection of Cesar Chavez St and State St. The
restaurant is divided into two dining rooms, both with tables and
booths. The main dining room has beautiful, brightly colored murals
painted all over it’s walls. There is also a large, gorgeous handmade
Mexican Mosaic in the dining area when you first walk in.
Breakfast items include Lomo de Res con Huevos, Cecina con Huevos,
Bistec de Puerco adobado con Huevos, Huevos con Carne de Puerco en
Salsa Verde or en Chile Guajillo, Huevos Rancheros, Huevos Divorciados,
Huevos a la Mexicana, Huevos con Jamon, Traditional Breakfast, Huevos
con Carne de Shebrada, Chilaquiles Verde or Rojo Bistec, Rancheros con
Cecina, Enchiladas Montadas. Omelettes include the Mexican, Carne
Asada, Ham & Cheese, Puerco & Queso Chihuahua. There are also
Pncakes, Pancakes with Fruit, Molletes al Gusto con Chorizo, Jamon or
Appetizers include Quesadilla de Queso, Quesadilla al
Gusto (shrimp, steak, chicken or ham), Nachos al Gusto, Guacamole, and
Soups offered are Caldo de Res con Vegetale, Menudo.
platters at El Amanecer are all served with beans & rice and
include the Aztec Combo (taco, enchilada & tostada), Mexican Combo
(quesadilla, tamale & enchilada), St Paul Combo (taco &
enchilada), Enchilada Combo, Tamales Estilo Suizo, Enchiladas Rancheras
de Pollo or Res (chicken or shredded beef), Enchiladas al Gusto de
Queso, Res o Pollo.
Burrito, Taco and Torta Plates include
Burrito al Gusto (choice of meat in flour tortilla), Chimichanga al
Gusto, Torta al Gusto (sandwich with choice of meat and served with
fries), Platillo de Tacos al Gusto (can mix & match 3 tacos). All
plates except the Torta come with beans and rice.
include Chiles Rellenos de Queso, Carne de Puerco en Chile Verde,
Bistec a la Mexicana (strips of beef simmered in tomatoes, onions,
jalapenos and ranchero sauce), Fajitas (steak, chicken, or shrimp),
Carne Asada, Lolo de Res a la Tampiquena, Milanesa de Res (breaded
steak with ranchero sauce), Cecina con Sopes, Arraxhera con Enchilada
Rojo de Queso.
Seafood Entrees include Coctel de Camaron, Seafood
Cocktail, Oysters on teh Shell, Shrimp Salad, Jumbo Breaded Shrimp,
Shrimp with Michoacana Sauce, Camarones a la Diabla (Spicy Shrimp), Red
Snapper in Diablo Sauce, and Tilapia in Diablo sauce.
El Amanecer has a variety of Bottled Softdrinks including Jarritos and Mexican Coke.
Price guide: Breakfast $6-8 Combo Plates $9 Entrees $9-13 Seafood $7-17
What I ordered:
I had the three-taco plate and I tried three different meat with the
tortillas prepared three different ways. Pictured here in the left is
the Res (shredded beef) on fried corn tortilla. This taco was packed
full of mildly flavored shredded beef. The meat wasn’t too exciting
but the shell was nice and crispy. Next taco was chicken
in a fried flour tortilla. It had a ton of tender, shredded white meat
chicken that was only lightly
seasoned. The tortilla was small and very thin and was not fried long
enough so it wasn’t very
crispy. The last taco was asada served on the traditional double corn
tortillas. The tiny bites of steak were very tasty and tender, my
favorite of the three meats I tried. The corn tortillas were pretty
good. I had the homemade salsa on all three tacos, which gave the
tacos a little bit more flavor with the tomato and cilantro in it, but
it was still only slightly spicier than most mild salsas.
think I enjoyed the beans and rice more than I did the tacos! The rice
was very flavorful, slightly dry but very soft. The refried beans were
also very good and had a nice consistency- not too thick, not too thin.
Service: Very nice and friendly, happy to make substitutions on the menu. My take-out order took about 10-15 minutes.
Glad I was finally able to try El Amanecer. The tacos were decent, but
I would like to explore more of the menu on my next visit. Wish they
had a bar with margaritas!