El Bravo Mexican Restaurant ~ St Paul, MN

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Nov 172012

Cuisine: American, Mexican (Tex-Mex)
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 538 Rice St. St Paul, MN 55103 (651) 291-0363
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8:45pm, Sat 3pm-8:45pm  Sunday Closed
Links: El Bravo on Facebook * Google Map
Atmosphere: El Bravo Mexican Restaurant is located on Rice Street, in the North End neighborhood of St Paul, just one block north of University Ave and the Central Corridor Lightrail line.  This was my first visit to El Bravo since the time I visited in the spring of 2009, and I was pleased to see that the walls had been painted in shade of green and yellow that provided it with some vibrance that it seemed to be lacking in the past.  The paintings adorning the walls all seemed to be updated as well. What a difference some updating can do to the interior!!

Menu: Appetizers at El Bravo include Chips & Salsa, Guacamole, Nachos Refritos, Nachos Jalapeno, Quesadilla, Nachos, Nachos Bravo, Quesadilla Tostada  and Bean Dip.

Salads include Dinner, Beef taco Salad, Chicken Taco Salad and Veggie Salad.

Tacos are served on either corn, flour, crispy corn or fried flour tortillas.  Tostadas are served on a crispy corn tortilla topped with beans and chicken or beef, lettuce, tomato.  Options include Chicken or ground beef.  Burritos are stuffed with Beef & Cheese, Chicken & Cheese or Bean & Cheese, and then grilled with the option of smothering in enchilada sauce.

El Bravo also offers a couple of burgers and American items such as Hamburger, Cheeseburger, California Burgers Taco Burger, Chili, French Fries and Grilled Cheese.

Mexican entrees served at dinner include Carnitas, Huevos Rancheros, Mexican-Style Steak, Chile Relleno, Chile Verde, and Chile Colorado.

There are a number of Combination Dinners if you’d like to try a variety of the offerings at El Bravo.  usually some combination of Beans, Rice, Tacos, Bean Burritos, Enchiladas, Taquitos, or Chimichangas.
Price guide: Apps $2-7  Tacos $2-3  Burgers $3-4  Dinners $7-10 Combos$5.50-10
What we ordered: We started with the complimentary Chips and Salsa, which were very good.  The chips were freshly made and while the salsa wasn’t very spicy, it had a lot of flavor.

I ordered the two taco, two enchilada combo, with fried flour tacos and cheese enchiladas ($7.50).  This plate didn’t come with beans and rice but there was enough food that I didn’t really need them.  I did,  however, order a side of guacamole which was fresh and tasty.  The taco meat was seasoned ground beef and the lettuce and tomato were fresh.  Both the tacos and the enchiladas were much better than I remembered from my first visit to El Bravo.  The fried flour tortilla was delicious and not as greasy as you might think.  The enchilada sauce was really good as well.  I wouldn’t consider this authentic Mexican but it was very good for Tex-Mex style.

My companion ordered the same combo that I did ($7.50) but switched it up slightly and got two crispy corn beef tacos and two beef enchiladas.  Both were just as tasty as mine and a big hit with my companion.

Service: Our server was nice and the food was served reasonably quick.  We were in an out for dinner in less than 45 minutes.
Overall Impression: While my first visit to El Bravo wasn’t particularly favorable, several readers had left me comments telling me I had to go back and try it again.  It took some time for me to get back but I am so glad I did!! The food was very good and extremely low priced for a big meal.  I can now see why El Bravo has been around for so many years and why they have so many loyal customers.
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Cinco de Mayo Time!

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May 052012

Are ya’ll ready for the “American”-Mexican holiday celebrated today??

Here is a list of a few Mexican restaurants I have visited around the Twin Cities…..

Mar 172012

Cuisine: Tex-Mex, Mexican
Restaurant Features: Bar, Flat Screen TVs, Happy Hour, On-Site Parking

Locations: Coon Rapids. Columbia Heights, Roseville and Waite Park, MN

Addresses and Maps:
Columbia Heights– 5085 Central Avenue NE Columbia Heights, MN 55421  763-571-7784
Coon Rapids– 8955 Springbrook Dr Coon Rapids, MN 55433 763-432-2479
Roseville– 1925 Perimeter Rd Roseville, MN 55113  651-287-4055
Waite Park– 314 West Division St Waite Park, MN 56387 320- 230-8633

Hours: Sun 11am9pm * Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm * Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

Links: La Casita Website * La Casita on FacebookGoogle Map

Atmosphere: The Roseville location of La Casita is located on Perimeter Rd, just a few blocks west of Fairview Ave.  The restaurant is quite large and has many different dining areas, including a large indoor courtyard.  There are historic photographs and hand-painted murals on several of the walls, many of which are depicting Mexican soldiers.

The courtyard is well lit from the skylights overhead and the decor is bright and colorful.

The Bar Area is to the left when you walk in and is quite spacious, with several bistro tables as well as seating along the length of the bar.  There are a handful of flat screen TVs hung up over the bar.

Menu: Appetizers include Chili con Queso, Queso Blanco, Chicken Fiesta Flatbread, Nachos, Ultimate Nachos, Layered Bean Dip, Quesadilla, and Veggie Quesadilla.  Tortilla Soup also available.

Salads offered include Taco Salad, Mexican Grilled Chicken, Southwestern Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, Fajita Salad, and House Salad.

La Casita offers many Burritos including El Grande Burrito, Burrito Supreme, Shredded Beef Burrito, Burrito Colorado, Garden Burrito, Fajita Burrito, Chimichangas, Blanco Chimichanga, Grande Chimichanga, and Pollo Fundido.

Skillet Entrees offered at La Casita include Grilled Steak Fajitas, Grilled Chicken Breast Fajitas, Shrimp Fajitas, Garden Fajitas, and Fajitas Supremas.  Other Grilled items include Tacos Al Carbon, Grilled Chicken Breast, Carne Asada, Rancheros, Tex-Mex Chicken Sandwich, and Fiesta Burger.

Favorite Mexican Entrees include Chalupa, Mexican Club, Flautas, Baja Tacos, Mazatlan (spoinach and mushrooms in wheat tortilla), Arroz con Pollo, Carnitas, Chili Colorado, and Enchiladas.

Entrees with Seafood include Seafood Enchiladas, Cancun, Tacos de Dorado (Mahi Mahi) and Tortilla Crusted Tilapia.

There are a number of combination meals as well.
Price guide: Appetizers $6-10   Burritos $10-12 Skillets $12-16 Entrees $8-11

Happy Hour:

  • Daily 3-6pm
  • $1.00 off House Margaritas, Tap Beers, House Wines, and Rail Drinks.
  • Free Appetizer bar (Monday through Friday 3-6, 4.95 minimum purchase) featuring: chili con Queso dips, Bean dip, Fresh Veggies and dip, and more.
  • Late Night Happy Hour 9pm-Close = 2 for 1 House Margaritas, Tap Beers, Rail Drinks

Daily Specials:

  • Tuesday – ½ price house margaritas (open until close)
  • Wednesday – Tall tap domestic beer $3.00, Tall imports Specialties $4.00, Tacos $.99 (7 to close)
  • Thursday – Long Island Teas $4.00, Sauza Gold Margaritas $5.00
  • Sunday – Kids Eat Free Every Sunday – Your children (8 and younger) who accompany you on Sundays can select one item from our Children’s menu for FREE (beverage extra).  Children must be accompanied by parent who orders food of equal or greater value.

Birthday Special –Receive a FREE DINNER of your choice with purchase of entree of equal value.  Not valid with other offers or coupons.  (Drinks, appetizers and desserts are extra; I.D. required)

What we ordered: Our visit was during Happy Hour so I took advantage of the $3 House Margarita.  It was quite large for the price and was strong and tart.  Perfect for the price!

If you dine during Happy Hour you are welcome to the Chips and Salsa Bar, where this is quite a selection of different dips including Bean Dip, Carne con Queso, Salsa, Salsa Verde, Queso Blanco, and a Smoky Salsa.  All this for free, what a deal!

Another item on the Nacho Bar was a huge pan of hot, fresh Nachos Supreme.

This was my first visit to La Casita in nearly four years and I noticed immediately that they changed the menu in that time and as soon as I saw that they offered Fish Tacos, my decision was made. These “El Dorado” tacos came with two double-corn tortillas each piled with sauteed strips of mahi mahi, fresh cilantro, lettuce and tomato with a spicy chipotle mayo.  The plate was piled with salad, savory Mexican rice, and freshly sauteed peppers, red onions, zucchini, yellow squash, and broccoli.  I topped my taco with additional salsa and some of the chipotle mayo and they were awesome!

One of my companions ordered a Beef Enchilada and one Chicken Enchilada a la carte.  The beef enchilada was a corn tortilla stuffed with mildly seasoned ground beef and covered with a red chili sauce with melted monterey jack and cheddar.  This was enjoyed very much.

The Chicken Enchilada had shredded chicken stuffed inside a corn tortilla, smothered with salsa verde and melted cheddar jack cheeses.  This was decent but the beef enchilada was preferable.

Another companion ordered the Veggie Quesadilla, a large whole wheat tortilla was stuffed with cheeses and roasted peppers, onions, zucchini, broccoli, and yellow squash.  It was served with guacamole and a bed of lettuce.

Service: We had very good service at La Casita.  My companions and I met early on a Tuesday evening during Happy Hour before it started to get busy, and pretty much had our pick of tables.  Our server was friendly and attentive, yet left us alone to talk and eat.  We loved the complimentary Chips & Salsa Bar and another positive was the split checks.
Overall Impression: La Casita is one of my favorite Tex-Mex restaurants around, even more so now that they offer fish tacos! Big portions at very reasonable prices.
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Dec 102011

Cuisine: Mexican
Restaurant Features: Bar,
Location: Minneapolis, MN (Downtown)
Address: 609 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11am – 11pm  Fri 11am-12am Sat 12pm-3pm & 4pm-12am  Sun 12pm-3pm & 4pm-11pm

Links: Rosa Mexicano Website * Rosa Mexicano on Facebook * Google Map

Atmosphere: Located Downtown at the heart of the Theater District on the corner of 6th St and Hennepin Ave, the Rosa Mexicano chain out of New York has finally made its way to Minneapolis.  The interior of the restaurant is posh and trendy, with unique decor including a water table with strings of diving figurines suspended above.  From a distance they looked like doves or some type of origami; I had to get closer to see what they really were.

Along one wall of the dining room are lit shelves of multi-colored liquids in clear vases, a cheap but fun way to brighten and color up the room.

There is another dining area attached to the lounge area, used for over-flow dining or private parties.

The Bar and Lounge area is just to the right of the dining room, accessible from the main entrance on Hennepin Ave.  There are a number of tables where patrons can either enjoy a cocktail or stay for dinner.

Menu: Appetizers include Guacamole en Molcajete, Tortilla Soup, Market Salad, Chicken Flautas, Yellowtail Tartare, Roasted Bone Marrow,  Crab Empanadas, Veggie Quesadillas, Queso Fundido, and Pork Belly and Sea Scallop Tacos.

Entrees at Rosa Americano include Mexico City Street Salad and Barbequed Tuna Loin, Shrimp Brochette, Butterflied Red Snapper, Salmon with Tropical Fruit Mole, Grilled Steak with Chipotle Shrimp, Short Ribs, Mixed Grill Brochette, Filet Mignon with Wild Mushrooms, Budin de Pollo, Chile Ancho Relleno, Pork Steak, Beef Mole Enchiladas, Chicken Suiza Enchiladas, Veggie Enchiladas, Jumbo Lump Crab Enchiladas, Chicken Tacos, Steak Tacos, and Roasted Veggie Tacos.

Mexican Dessert offerings include Churros, Cheesecake, Anejo-Chipotle Chocolate Flautas, Blackberry Tres Leches Cake, Espresso Flan, and a selection of Mexican Sorbets and Ice Creams.

Price guide: Appetizers $8-14  Entrees $16-28

What we ordered: I had heard the table-side guacamole was well-worth its $14 price tag, and since I rarely pass up the  chance to eat fresh guacamole, that is what my companion and I started with.  You can order it mild, medium or salsa and it will be made fresh, right in front of you.

We ordered the guacamole with medium spice.  It was fresh and delicious and very flavorful.  It had nice big chunks of avocado and was creamy everywhere else.

The guacamole came with Chips & Salsa.  The chips were freshly homemade; hot and crispy.  One salsa was Pasilla de Oaxaca and one was Tomatillo & Habanero.  They were very different but both very good.  The Oaxaca salsa was smokey and had some zip to it. A basket of fresh, homemade corn tortillas are also served on the side.

I ordered the Traditional Margarita.  This drink was good but was mostly ice.  At $10, it was about $2 per sip and didn’t quite pack a punch at that price.

I had asked for a recommendation for either the Salmon en Fruit Mole or the Chile Relleno with Pork.  I usually love chile relleno and the shredded pork sounded very good so I went along with this.  I was actually quite disappointed with this dish.  The chile had been roasted or smoked so that it was very hard and chewy.  Once I peeled the pepper away, there was a mound of dry, seasoned roasted pork inside.  There was no cheese as most chile rellenos have, which would have helped it int he moisture department.  The manager stopped by to ask how everything was and I was honest that I hadn’t really enjoyed the chile relleno so he insisted that they make something else for me.  I told him this was not necessary but he felt obligated to make things right and he wanted to make sure that if I didn’t want a new dish for dinner, they could at least ensure that I had something for my lunch the following day.

The meal that they replaced the Chile Relleno with was the Budin de Pollo.  This picture was taken the following day after it had been reheated in the container it was packaged in.  Despite being a day old, I enjoyed this dish more than the Chile Relleno.  There were several large chunks of white meat chicken sandwiched between two layers of soft corn tortillas that had been baked with Chihuahua cheese and strips of roasted Mexican peppers.  It also had a creamy poblano pepper sauce that was mild yet gave the dish most of its flavor.  The portion size was big enough for two meals, especially with the sides of refried black beans and rice that they also sent along.

My companion ordered the Enchiladas de Jaiba, which is jumbo lump crab with pumpkin seeds rolled into corn tortillas and then topped with a tomatillo sauce and chihuahua cheese then baked.  This was very good, but my companion did not care for the extra crunchy texture of the pumpkin seeds in this dish.

Our entrees came with family-style Rice.  This was not traditional Mexican rice but it was flavorful and tasted pretty good.  The kernels of rice were short and plumb, I am not sure which variety it was.  I especially liked all of the fresh cilantro that it was topped with.

We also got family-style Refried Black Beans.  These were smooth, creamy and delicious.

Service: We arrived late for our reservation at the prime dinner hour and unfortunately the table had been given away.  The host was friendly and we only had to wait about five minutes before another table became available and we were seated.  We started with table-side guacamole and were able to get this service immediately.  It took awhile longer for our drinks.  The entrees took nearly 45 minutes after ordering, which seemed like quite a long time.  The server apologized for the delay but not really sure why it took so long.  Our server had several recommendations for me when I asked her, but I really wasn’t impressed with her selection.  My companion ordered a soda but it was left unfilled until we asked if there were free refills or not (there are!) when our meals arrived.  When I mentioned that my dish was just “alright”, the server walked away without asking me to elaborate.  Fortunately the manager also stopped by to ask about our meals.  He went out of his way to make sure we were satisfied when we left and felt very bad that the chile relleno was not up to standard.

Overall Impression: This was my first visit to a Rosa Mexicano restaurant and while I enjoyed the atmosphere, the food was below my expectations for the amount of money we paid.  The table-side guacamole was delicious but overpriced.  The food can be good, depending on what you order, but didn’t meet my idea of authentic Mexican food.  I have found far better food on my travels to Mexico, where I have visited on twenty separate occasions.
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El Toro ~ St Paul, MN

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Mar 062011

Cuisine: Mexican
Restaurant Features: Bar, Lunch Buffet, On-Site Parking,
Location: St Paul, MN (west side)
Address: 199 Plato Bvd. • St. Paul, MN 55107  (651) 222-2353
Hours: Sun – Thur 11am – 10 pm  Fri- Sat 11am – 11pm
Links: El Toro Website * El Toro on Facebook *  Google Map

Atmosphere: El Toro is located on the ‘west side’ of St Paul, at the corner of Plato Ave & Robert St, in a stand-alone building. There are a couple of different seating areas inside the restaurant, including this room where the lunch buffet is set up.  There are many tables as well as a few booths along the wall.

The bar area is slightly more festive than the dining room, with banners advertising Mexican beers hanging from the ceiling.  This area has several booths along two of the walls as well as seating around the bar.

Menu: Appetizers include a selection of Nachos, Shrimp Cocktail, Queso Fundido, Jalapeno Poppers, Mushroom Quesadilla,and Guacamole.

Soups include Tortilla and Fideo.  Salad options include Taco Salad (ground beef), Fajita Salad, Chicken Salad, Taco Loco, Chef and Guacamole Salad.

Enchilada choices include Enchiladas Rojo, Enchiladas Verde, Enchiladas Poblanas, Enchiladas Rancheras, Yolandas, Enchiladas Supremas and Seafood Enchiladas.  All come with guacamole salad and rice.

Quesadilla options include Shrimp, Ranchera, Veracruzanas, and Rellenas.

Burrito options include Mexicanas, Rancheras, Deluxe, Ruleta, Burritos Tipicos, Fiesta Burrito and Grande Burro.

Fajita options include Shrimp, Beef, Chicken, Texas Fajitas, Fajitas Vallarta, and Seafood Fajitas.

Special dinner entrees include Carne Asada, Steak Ranchero, Carnitas, Steak a la Tampiquena, T-Bone, Pollo Asado, Pollo al Lorito, Pollo Veracruzano, Chori Pollo, Chilaquiles Mexicanos, Taquitos Mexicanos, Chile Colorado, Chile Verde, Tacos de Chorizo, Chimichanga, Camarones de Diabla, Mojarra Frita, Tilapia, Shrimp.

You can also make-your-own plate with a large selection of A La Carte items including Tacos, Tostadas, Burritos, Enchiladas, Tamales, Rellenos and Quesadillas.

El Toro also serves Mexican Desserts including Tres Leches Cake, Flan, Fried Ice Cream and Sopapillas.

Price guide: Appetizers $6-10  Salad $4-8 Enchiladas $9-12  Entrees $9-14 Desserts $2-4

What we ordered: This was my first time to El Toro and we came for the Lunch Buffet which is suprisingly only $5.99 for all-you-can-eat.  They brought us complimentary chips, salsa and a creamy seasoned dip.  I have to admit I didn’t try any of these, my mind was set on the buffet.

My first plate at the buffet included beans, rice, a ground beef taco and a taquito.  I had just a taste of the beans and rice, both were decent.  The taco was good, with gringo-style seasoned ground beef which I topped with fresh tomato, shredded cheese and a heaping pile of fresh guacamole.  Very satisfying!  The taquito was also decent, a flour tortilla wrapped around shredded chicken then fried.

My intent with the Second Plate was to get a little bit of everything to try.  Unfortunately at least three of the items on the buffet were completely out and had not yet been replenished (various types of enchiladas, etc).  What I did have were the Chicken Quesadilla, Chicken Enchilada, and Huevos a la Mexicana (scrambled eggs with tomato, onion and chiles).  The eggs were the best thing on this plate, and would make  great breakfast tacos as well.  The grilled Quesadilla had big pieces of white-meat chicken along with some type of creamy Mexican cheese sauce (sort of like Mexican Velveeta).  The chicken was good but I wasn’t crazy about the cheese.  The enchilada was far from being fresh and was slightly dry.Eggs, Quesadilla & Enchilada at El Toro (lunch buffet) ~ St Paul, MN

Service: We had pretty good service and our server checked on us consistently which was nice, considering it was a buffet.
Overall Impression: El Toro has decent Mexican food and you really can’t beat $5.99 for all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.  It is not nearly as good at Boca Chica’s lunch buffet, but $3 less and they have just as much to choose from.

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Feb 262011

Cuisine: Authentic Mexican
Restaurant Features: Catering, Counter-Service
Location: Minneapolis & St Paul, MN
Addresses & Maps:

Minneapolis- 417 East Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 612-823-5398

Minneapolis-  809 East lake Street Minneapolis, MN 612-825-4978

St Paul- 895 Arcade Street St Paul, MN 55106  651-384-9959

Hours: Open Daily

Links: Los Ocampo Website * Los Ocampo Facebook Page
Atmosphere: Los Ocampo offers counter-service; a large counter with a colorful menu greets you as you enter the St Paul location.

The dining room has a sprinkling of tables, with Mexican decor gracing the walls and shelves.

Menu: Appetizers include Chips and Guacamole, Nachos, Pozole,  Menudo, Sope de Mariscos,

Taqueria Los Ocampo has a variety of Tacos, Gorditas, Huarache, Burritos, Quesadillas, Tortas, Torta al Gusto, Torta Cubano, Enchiladas, Platillo Costilla, Sope, Huarachazo, Sincronizada, Churrasco, Tiacoyo, and Alambre.  Meat options are plenty and include Chicken Tinga, Carnitas, Carne Asada, Carne Lengua, Chorizo, Chorizo con Papas, and many more.

Desserts include Flan, Chocoflan, Tiramisu, and Platanos con Lechera.

Price guide: $2-$10

What we ordered: There were many items that looked good on the menu but I wanted to try something a little different, so I ordered the Stuffed Poblano Pepper (aka Chile Relleno).  The pepper was battered then fried, the inside contained a small amount of a particular Mexican cheese that was light and almost spongy in consistency and didn’t have a ton of flavor.  I LOVED the rice and veggies that came with the Chile Relleno, the rice was very flavorful and was topped with sauteed peppers and onions. Mmmm!  I also ordered a carnitas taco ala carte, which I loved.  Los Ocampo has this really awesome creamy avocado sauce that is a dream atop your tacos.

One of my companions ordered the Chicken Quesadilla, a large corn tortilla fried and stuffed with stewed chicken, lettuce cheese, sour cream and slices of radish.

Another companion ordered the Carne Asada Tacos platter, which came with three tacos, beans and rice.  Delicioso!
Asada Tacos at Los Ocampo ~ St paul, MN

Asada Tacos at Los Ocampo ~ St paul, MN

Another companion ordered a Quesdilla with Papas y Chorizo, filled with potatoes that had been cooked with chorizo, making it extra flavorful.  Stuffed with lettuce, sour cream and mexican cheese.
papas con Choriz Quesadilla at Los Ocampo ~ St Paul, MN

Papas con Choriz Quesadilla at Los Ocampo ~ St Paul, MN

Service: We ordered at the counter and despite it being quite busy at lunchtime, our food was prepared and brought out to our table in less than ten minutes.

Overall Impression: Quick and cheap Authentic Mexican
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Feb 262011

Cuisine: Mexican, Seafood
Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking
Location: St Paul, MN (West-side)
Address: 567 Stryker Ave St Paul, MN 55107   651-291-9632
Hours: Daily 9:30-10pm
Links: Google Map

Mazatlan Restaurant ~ St Paul, MN

Atmosphere: Mazatlan is located on the corner of George St and Stryker Ave, on St Paul’s West Side.  The restaurant has been in this location for three years, a space that is divided into a restaurant on one side and a bar on the other.  The decor is nothing fancy but is comfortable and has cheerful Mexican-beach inspired murals on many of the walls.

Menu: I have to apologize and admit that I did not even look at the menu and I cannot find the menu online anywhere either.  When I make a return trip I will make sure to do a more thorough job of documenting what else they serve at Mazatlan Restaurant.

I know they have an extensive selection of Tacos, Burritos, Fajitas, and other Seafoods.
Price guide: $2/taco $7-16 Entrees
What we ordered: We started with the complimentary chips and salsa.  The chips were very good, the salsa was also pretty good, may have had a hint of tamarind?  I really wanted to try a margarita but I was technically only at lunch and on the clock so I had to pass. Next time!

While I should have looked at the extensive menu, I simply asked our server what she recommended.  She told me that the fajitas were really good, and recommended the Combination Fajitas which came with Chicken, Steak and Shrimp.  Sounded great to me, so that is what I ordered.  I was very happy with my choice! The order came with a heaping pile of sizzling white-meat chicken strips, steak, shrimp, with sauteed bell peppers and onions.  It came with both beans and rice and a basket of freshly made corn tortillas.  Delicious, especially with the salsa verde! I only made two tacos before I was full and had a lot to take home.

Along with our meals we were brought this cool table-top salsa bar that had fresh lime, pico de gallo, red salsa, green salsa, and another green sauce that was avocado-based and very mild.

One of my companions ordered the Chicken Burrito, a large burrito stuffed with juicy and tender shredded white meat chicken, rice and other veggies, then grilled on the outside.  Very yummy and a large portion size.

Another companion ordered the carne asada and carne lengua tacos, served on freshly made corn tortillas.  Decent amount of meat on each tortilla, then topped with the customary cilantro and onions.  Tacos can be sold ala carte, so you can mix and match.

Service: We were warmly greeted as soon as we arrived, and had our pick of tables so we chose to sit near the windows.  Our server was very nice and we were very pleased with our overall service.

Overall Impression: Glad we found this place, the food is authentic and they have many items to choose from on the menu, including many seafoods all of which is very reasonably priced for the large portions. The service was great.

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Dec 052010

Did you know that El Burrito Mercado in St Paul is open at 7am?? And that they serve the best Mexican breakfast around? I was in the area the other morning and stopped for a mid-morning brunch and I am so glad I did!

The omelet came stuffed with my choice of meat and fillings, and two sides.  I chose the birria (shredded beef in a red sauce), cheese and cilantro and had it topped with red chili and spicy salsa.  Muy delicioso, especially with hot tortillas to make mini breakfast tacos.  The two sides I chose were a papas con chorizo and zucchini with corn, tomato, onion and chiles.  This is one of my most favorite meals!!  The portion was huge, enough for two big meals

I enjoyed every bite and will be back for breakfast again soon!