If you want a great craft beer, some mac 'n cheese, or even hot dish, you've got plenty of choices. But if you're looking for the sweetest tacos in the Twin Cities, there's really only one place to go: Minneapolis’ stretch of East Lake Street, where there's seemingly no end to the tortilla-based eats. Here are the nine best:
The 9 best tacos along MSP's East Lake Street
This small family-owned spot in Longfellow boasts tacos made with charred, succulent veggies that you can feast upon out on their private patio that is sheltered from the street. It's one of the best kept secrets in the city.
The vibrant Al Pastor is spit roasted like a gyro with pineapple that blasts the pork with juices like tart honey. Order up these tacos at their storefront or from the stall inside Mercado Central.
Sure, the burritos are the size of a small baby, but the tacos are a sweet choice 'cause you can get a variety of fillings. Our choice: fiery chicken in chipotle sauce with juicy tomatoes and soft onions.
If you miss one taxi, another one will be along in a few minutes... 'cause they’ve got two storefronts and a truck along East Lake St, and all the traditional tacos (from cow tongue, to cow trip, to just cow...) you can handle.
These tacos come with a fine dining pedigree... and tempura battered shrimp cloaked in a blazing hot buffalo sauce and topped with slices of raw jalapeños that're tempered with shredded cabbage. Check them out in their new digs with the patio and full bar or inside a stall at Midtown Global Market.
Their Midtown Global Market location has a full bar and sit down service that comes with free chips for snacking before your tacos arrive. Order the camarones chiltepin -- shrimp sautéed in a buttery, wine-spiked sauce with no-joke, spicy chiltepin peppers.
They’re known for their tamales, but they’ve got tacos that're also made with that slow-roasted carnitas and topped with their famous nuclear green salsa. Find them inside of Mercado Central or Midtown Global Market.
St. Paul’s premier family-owned Mexican grocery store/deli/restaurant moved over the river and brought their tastiest bites with them. Check out their specials board for the freshest tortilla-wrapped goodies of the day.
It’s hard to choose between their chorizo con papas, the res de tinga, or their chicharron prensado -- which boasts crispy, spicy pork topped w/ a little white onion and some leaves of cilantro. So don't. Find them in their location at Chicago and Lake or inside Midtown Global Market.
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1. El Norteño4000 E Lake St, Minneapolis
2. Taqueria La Hacienda334 E. Lake Street # 101, Minneapolis
3. Piñeda Tacos2150 E Lake St, Minneapolis
4. Taco Taxi1511 E Lake St, Minneapolis
5. Sonora Grill920 E Lake St, Minneapolis
6. A La Salsa920 E Lake St, Minneapolis
7. La Loma Tamales920 E Lake St, Minneapolis
8. El Burrito Mercado920 E Lake St, Minneapolis
9. Taqueria Los Ocampo809 E Lake St, Minneapolis
Although it's well-hidden on the never ending Lake St, El Norteno is worth keeping an eye out for. With a cozy patio seating section, this place is intimate and serving up straightforward, tasty Mexican grub.
Order up some tacos at their storefront or from the stall inside Mercado Central. Try he Al Pastor with pineapple and pork -- a strange combination, but surprisingly delicous
A hidden Lake Street gem, Pineda keep things simple with their menu. You needn't be asking yourself anything but, "do I want a burrito, or do I have a large burrito?" It all depends on how much cheese you can handle with you two meat fillings. If you fear the post-burrito regret, you can always opt for the less intimidatingly sized chimichangas or a taco combo to get more than your stomach's worth of carnitas, onions, and cilantro.
If you miss one taxi, just wait a few minutes and another one will stop by soon. These tacos are perfect for banishing any problems you might have and they have two store fronts on East Lake St.
With new digs and a full bar at Midtown Global Market, Sonora Grill is a great place to grab a taco before venturing onto other foods at the Global Market.
This family run spot is simply a counter inside Midtown Global Market, but they do have free chips for snacking before your tacos arrive. Order the camarones chiltepin -- shrimp sautéed in a buttery, wine-spiked sauce with no-joke spicy chiltepin peppers.
They’re known for their tamales, but they’ve got tacos, too. Don't miss out on their nuclear green salsa either. Check out their Midtown Global Market location or find 'em at Mercado Central.
Mpls's El Burrito is set up similarly to the 30yr StP stalwart: half south-of-the-border craft cafeteria, half pinata-laden grocery/ gift shop, so take a crack at finding something good.
This place has so many options when it comes to toppings, but we suggest trying the chicharron prensado -- crispy pork with white onion and cilantro. Find them in their location at Chicago and Lake or inside Midtown Global Market.