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The 9 best tacos along MSP's East Lake Street

Published On 07/30/2014 Published On 07/30/2014
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1. El Norteño 4000 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Longfellow)

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.

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2. Taqueria La Hacienda 334 E. Lake Street # 101, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Powderhorn)

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

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3. Piñeda Tacos 2150 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Phillips)

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.

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4. Taco Taxi 1511 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Powderhorn)

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.

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5. Sonora Grill 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Powderhorn)

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.

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6. A La Salsa 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (North Loop)

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.

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7. La Loma Tamales 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Phillips)

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.

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8. El Burrito Mercado 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Phillips)

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.

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9. Taqueria Los Ocampo 809 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Powderhorn)

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.

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