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Andale Taqueria y Mercado
Grocery store + tacos = this place

Minneapolis

Finding good grocery store combos can be tough, as sometimes they're in the cracker aisle, but then sometimes they're with the chips! For a grocer eschewing delicious snack food altogether to combine with a Mexican restaurant instead: Andale Taqueria y Mercado.

From the proprietors of Cinco De Mayo Mercado, the modern, angular, and massively windowed Andale is half sit-down taqueria and half traditional Mexican grocery, complete with a full-service butcher shop (or "carniceria") slicing and selling everything from beef tongue to tripe, which is actually supposed to be quite flavorful, or so the rumen goes. The tacos are all gloriously under $2, with the usual suspects like chorizo, carnitas, and carne asada, plus decidedly more exotic options like "buche" (pork stomach), "barbacoa de chivo", (slow-cooked goat), and "cabeza", otherwise known as beef head, otherwise known as a special treat for ranchers working long, lonely shifts. The menu's also stuffed with burritos (all less than $8), like their thinly sliced, marinated pork "carne al pastor", as well as quesadillas like the ham and Oaxaca cheese "sincronizada", breaded beef tortas, and, on weekends, specials like a honeycomb tripe soup called "menudo", which is just like the band in its non-solid nature, except that now you're the one who's forced to suck.

So you can fiesta at home too, the grocer's also boasting a bakery, deli, ample fresh produce, and an array of hard-to-find Hispanic groceries -- just be sure to act like you know what you're doing, lest every aisle you're in be labeled the cracker aisle.

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1. Andale Taqueria y Mercado 7700 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55423

From the proprietors of Cinco De Mayo Mercado, the modern, angular, and massively windowed Andale is half sit-down taqueria and half traditional Mexican grocery, complete with a full-service butcher shop (or "carniceria") slicing and selling everything from beef tongue to tripe, which is actually supposed to be quite flavorful, or so the rumen goes.

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